Yay!! First Technique Challenge – Create a Scene

Zoe September 8, 2010 23

Oh Wow… it’s here, it’s here!! The very first Make it Crafty Technique Challenge is here!!! I am so excited and so nervous all rolled into one!

Warning this is a long post so I hope you have a hot cuppa in hand – I think I have had at least FIVE whilst writing it over the last ummm 12 hours on and off.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

So what is a technique challenge?

Well… here is the idea:

Starting the second Wednesday of each month we will have a technique challenge that will run for TWO weeks and we will offer tutorials explaining the technique and then provide feedback and advice on your submissions. We will also open a new group in the Learning Centre Ning Group for each technique where you can join and ask questions, request help with your creation and receive advice on your practice projects before submitting your creations to the challenge.


This means that you may receive feedback that you were not expecting or even wanting to read. The designers will try their best to offer their suggestions in a respectable understanding manner.

The idea of these challenges is a learning experience; whether you are just starting out and learning the technique, whether you are trying to get better at a technique and have some questions about it AND for those that are already comfortable with the technique and want to teach US a thing or two… hehehee

What is the first technique challenge?

Create a Scene

Surely this was a given… heheeย  – considering I LOVE creating scenes, and of course you can pick yourself up some great digi stamp scenes from Make it Crafty!

There are many ways you can create a scene. You can merge digital stamps together, you can combine rubber stamp images together and you can even combine and layer digital stamps with your favourite rubber character stamps and vice versa.


How to layer and edit your digi stamps in Photoshop Elements

Sandy our scenic expert has created a fantastic step by step tutorial for you showing how you can layer and edit your digital stamps using Photoshop Elements.

Sandy will also be available for the next two weeks in the Learning Centre ‘Create a Scene’ Group where you can ask her questions about creating scenes.

How to use your Make it Crafty Digital Stamps in MS Word

I have also created a tutorial in video format showing you how you can use the Make it Crafty digital stamps in MS Word to create a scene. Make it Crafty digi stamps are designed especially for layering on top of each other. Sandy explains in her tutorial the troubles you might face with other digi stamps on the market.

You can access our tutorials at any time by clicking on the ‘Techniques‘ menu on the right.

Let’s get inspired!!

Well my oh my! I feel like the luckiest person in the world right now with such a wonderful team of ladies who have been so eager to get the ball rolling so they can share their ideas with you.

Now what you need to know is… Not all the ladies are experts at every technique challenge! This is what makes these challenges so special. As a team we are all learning too!

Sandy the Scene builder expert!

Sandy also creates absolutely STUNNING cards using Stampscapes on a different blog here – She has a great eye for creating depth in her scenes and I highly recommend taking a look at some of her videos and even asking her for ideas on how she creates a field of depth in her scenes.

Sandy has incorporated the ‘Haunted Halloween House‘ with the ‘Old Oak Tree‘ digi stamps and created a gradient background in Photoshop Elements before printing and colouring the rest of the image with copic markers.

View Tutorial on how to make this scene!

Mag is a wonder with her magical scenes
Mag created this scene using the masking technique I explain in this video and she then coloured the image using Copic markers.
I like how she cut around the image leaving a white border so they pop off the page.

Mag has used the Mushroom House digi stamp and incorporated ‘Sittande Barflicka’ from Hanglar & Stanglar

TIP: Because Mag wanted to sit her character beside the mushroom house she has re-sized the house in proportion to the character so that it didn’t look out of place. To add additional depth to her scene she has incorporated layers of berry stamens and leaves.

Zoe: I have always been fascinated with creating scenes.

I have created a card using two new images ‘Girls Messy Bedroom‘ and ‘Rocker Roxette
I also have these funky candy flowers in store – they really do smell like candy!

I created this scene using MS Word before printing it out and colouring with Copic markers.

When colouring really detailed images like this bedroom scene I suggest using one shade of colour in the small areas – like the picture frames etc that you can see and then you can use your greys or darker colours to add shading to help them pop off the page. If you look closely at where my shadows fall, I have attempted to have the light source come in through the window.

TIP: To help keep the scene in perspective I moved the character ‘Roxette’ down the page. This helps to show she is closer to the ‘Camera’ view allowing me to have her larger. (Easier for colouring in)

View Video Tutorial here

Leah is new to creating scenes
but tells me she is having lots of fun experimenting with background images and her favourite characters from Some Odd Girl

Leah used the ‘Fairy Tree House‘ and combined it with ‘Tia’ and ‘Mushes’.
She printed out each image separately, then coloured with Prismacolor Pencils and cut around the characters and popped them up in front of the fairy house.

TIP: See how in Leah’s image, because the character is a lot larger than the door by moving the character slightly off the page to the side it helps to show that she is closer to the ‘camera’ providing depth in the scene

Maria has recently begun experimenting
creating scenes after a few pushes from me and her biggest fear each time is how to colour the large blocks of landscape area.

This can be a struggle at first and does take some practice. I asked her what she would recommend for beginners when tackling this and her tip was ” Colour one small section at a time and the task becomes less daunting and before you know it its all coloured.”

I would also like to add, when colouring skies with markers keep moving and quickly! Don’t let an area dry and then go over it again as this will create lines. Start in the nitty gritty areas around the image and then expand out to the big block areas increasing the size of your colouring stroke.

Maria created a scene by incorporating the ‘Garden Picket Fence‘ digi stamp and the gorgeous “I Love You This Much’ character by Elisabeth Bell.
She merged them together using the techniques Sandy has explained in her tutorial. It looks like they were made for each other!

Carisa’s first time creating a scene with large spaces
She was a little nervous but definitely up for the challenge. I am really proud of her taking the plunge and sharing her creation with you. She wishes she had more colour options for the green grass so I thought I would share some copic tips of what you can do in this scenario when you don’t have many colours to work with!

The beauty of copic markers is that you can mix your colours! If you look out in nature at rolling hills for example, you will see they are rarely one shade of green. There might be yellows, browns, oranges and more. Using your blending tool you can lay down some ink in one section and then colour with your shade of green creating a lighter shade. You can also use the blender marker to break up sections by adding dots or strokes of texture. Try blending a yellow and green together or even a light brown and green together to create different colours. Experimenting is the key!

Carisa has used ‘Wonky House on Hill‘ as her backdrop and ‘Sapphire Sitting Fairy

TIP: Adding just a blue outline around the top of the image is a great way to make your image pop without colouring in the whole sky!

Jill’s first time creating a scene
Jill has joined the team to play along with our fun challenges but she wanted to challenge herself on the first challenge and created a scene using the the ‘Hilly Lane‘ and ‘Crooked Picket Fence‘ digi stamps and combined it with Stampin’Up stamps from the ‘Summer by the Sea’ and ‘Forest Friends’ range. Jill is also still new to using digital stamps and with some guidance and help I am sure she will starting a bit of a collection in no time. heehee ๐Ÿ™‚

Jill coloured the images with Promarkers and then cut around them and popped them up for dimension. I just love the idea of adding the little picture frame. What a lovely gift to give someone.

TIP: When using a simple landscape image like this you can cut along the horizon and use coloured paper for your sky! Great idea Jill. ๐Ÿ™‚

And of course we need some prizes don’t we!!

Being a technique challenge there will be a few prizes up for grabs!

I am very excited to be offering an…

Encouragement Award!

To be eligible for the encouragement award you must be a member of the ‘Create a Scene’ group in the learning centre and have requested assistance in learning the technique. I hope that this will encourage those of you who are umming and ahhing about whether you should ask for advice. ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. The winner will receive a choice of 3 digital stamps plus a special ‘I learnt it’ badge.

I am also going to have a ‘Zoe’s Pick’ award

These will be designs that grab my attention for one reason or another. It could be that I find it very appealing to my eye or it could be because you wrote about your experience in learning about the technique and I thought the result was fantastic. I need to see what happens but I will not be using random.org to select winners during the technique challenges.

  1. Winner will receive a choice of 3 digital stamps plus a ‘I won it’ badge
  2. An additional top 2 who will each receive 1 digi stamp of their choice plus a ‘I topped it’ badge

Last things to remember before entering

IMPORTANT BEFORE ENTERING: If you do not want to receive feedback that you may not particulary like. DO NOT ENTER!

  1. All projects must be new and follow the theme of ‘Create a Scene’
  2. A maximum of THREE entries are allowed (additional entries will be deleted)
  3. You must link back to this blog and mention us in your post if you are entering via your blog.
  4. You can enter as many other challenges as you like.
  5. You can use any stamps you like – you do not have to use Make it Crafty digi stamps
  6. Be prepared to receive constructive feedback on your work – If you do not want to link directly to your blog (for feedback) you can upload your project to the Learning Community Gallery and copy and paste the link to your uploaded photo.

I know this idea is new and there might be a few bumps in the road to iron out along the way. I do hope you want to join in and give it a go. ๐Ÿ™‚

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!


Zoe & the Team xxooo


  1. Jen Leeflang September 8, 2010 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    wow – I will have to go through all that again a few more times before it sinks in, but this looks really exciting! Thanks – I’ll be back!

  2. Sandy September 8, 2010 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    Fabulous work by the entire team, you all ROCK!

  3. Ms. Jen September 8, 2010 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    This is actually a great idea for a challenge. So often I look for critiques and even if I’ve done a lousy job everyone always says how pretty it is because that’s what a great community we are. Fab idea. I just hope I can get one done in time!

  4. Anonymous September 9, 2010 at 12:21 am - Reply

    well done, Crafty Gals! i had a ton of fun doing this first one, and i am SO inspired and awestruck by the talent of my teammates!

    we have officially kicked off – WOOT!

  5. Leah the Orange September 9, 2010 at 12:22 am - Reply

    ahem. that was me, Leah!

  6. carisa September 9, 2010 at 2:14 am - Reply

    omg, what a great post zoe!! i love how you commented & provided tips for each DT creation. i just love being on this team and look forward to seeing the entries come in! if i can do this anyone can!!! i can’t wait to try it again with the tips & tricks of the trade.

    and OMG, I love your scene!! that room with the rocker chick is fabby. going to have to add her to my ever growing collection of MiC digi’s for sure!

  7. tgerber September 9, 2010 at 2:18 am - Reply

    To Zoe and the crafty team, WOW, i am speechless, it is still a lot to take in, but i will get there!!
    Zoe, you know i just love your houses and scenes, so will have a go at this, thanks for something so different, but stunning!!
    lotsa luv

  8. Uptrot September 9, 2010 at 4:37 am - Reply

    Just love what you have all done guys – great team spirit! Jill x

  9. BlackBird September 9, 2010 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    Thatยดs great. I`ll like to trie it.

  10. Solveig September 9, 2010 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    WOW! I am amazed over your projects… So many things in just one card! WOW… I have a few things to learn I see! Fun challenge! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. stephanne September 10, 2010 at 6:19 am - Reply

    Wow Zoe and DT gals, these are spectacular!! I need to keep an eye on that constructive criticism before entering though, lol, I might pout or something, my scenes stink!!

    Congrats on the new blog challenge!!
    hugs, stephanne

  12. KimberleyG September 10, 2010 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Congrats on getting the challenges up and running. I’ve got my own projects going, so I won’t be participating, but I wish you all the best.

  13. Anonymous September 11, 2010 at 4:26 am - Reply

    Wooohoo, wooohoo and another woohoo! Congrats on the launch Zoe and kudos to my team mates for their fabulous projects! So excited we will all be learning so much together and who would have thought we’d never outgrow our love to colour and be creative. Hugs, Maria

  14. Anonymous September 11, 2010 at 4:27 am - Reply

    Forgot to mention that I’m just ooohing and awwing at your creation Zoe! Love your card and the new images. Hugs, Maria

  15. Sandra DeFalco September 12, 2010 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Hey Zoe – Wow, your DT creations are awesome! I’ll be back to check out Sandy’s tutorial, and then see how brave I am to attempt something. Tutorials are always the best way to learn for me. Good luck in all your new challenges, and your new ning group too!
    ? Sandi
    (oh yeah, I sent my sister Pattie here to submit an entry)

  16. Patricia September 12, 2010 at 11:32 am - Reply

    Hi everyone. I think I joined here twice so I will have to figure out how to change that. I just enetred one of my creations to this technique challenge. I am working on another and will post it soon. I love challenges…

  17. monique September 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    What a lovely challenge. I just posted my entry on my blog :)).

    Hugs Monique

  18. Sandra DeFalco September 15, 2010 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Hey Zoe – I added an entry, my very first time making a scene. Well, I’m ready to face the music!

  19. Marjon September 18, 2010 at 12:34 am - Reply

    I love the challenge so i added my entry,hope you like what you see.

    Grtzz Marjon

  20. prita September 18, 2010 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    Hi Zoe I have just posted my entry for the first cahllenge “Make a scene” hope you all like it. Pauline

  21. Nancy T. September 21, 2010 at 1:52 am - Reply

    ohh my…I forgot to post…I was simply blown away with the DT’s work. It is all fantastic. Thanks so much for this challenge….I had alot of fun…I can’t wait to see what the next one will be….

    Nancy T.

  22. tgerber September 22, 2010 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    Well i had so much fun and it will not stop here, my interest have been focused and learning by the day!!
    Thanks Zoe and the amazing DT team, really fun!!!
    lotsa luv

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