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. 🙂
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.
ALL PROJECTS ADDED TO THIS CHALLENGE WILL RECEIVE
GENUINE CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK ON THE TECHNIQUE.
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… hehee – 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.
TUTORIALS – WHERE TO START!!
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.
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 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.
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 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)
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!
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 🙂
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. 🙂
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…
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. 🙂
- 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.
- Winner will receive a choice of 3 digital stamps plus a ‘I won it’ badge
- 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!
- All projects must be new and follow the theme of ‘Create a Scene’
- A maximum of THREE entries are allowed (additional entries will be deleted)
- You must link back to this blog and mention us in your post if you are entering via your blog.
- You can enter as many other challenges as you like.
- You can use any stamps you like – you do not have to use Make it Crafty digi stamps
- 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. 🙂
We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Zoe & the Team xxooo