Saturday, September 27, 2014

September ODBD Challenge

Once again, I've failed to keep up, and I almost missed the chance to make a card for the Operation Write Home Our Daily Bread Designs monthly challenge. Each month ODBD offers to pay for shipping for up to two boxes of cards to our heroes overseas. The only things WE need to do is get 50 people to post a card for the challenge. This month we're at 46, so I'm here to make it 47!

September's challenge is to make your own background, so I cheated and pulled one from my UFO pile and used it to make this card:

I made this by first stamping a Hero Arts background onto water color paper and heat-embossing it with white embossing powder. Then I used Distress Markers to color in the openings, one at a time. It was a technique I think Shari Carroll shared at some point, but I've sadly forgotten where. You color the marker onto two sides of the opening, then use a water brush to pull the color out and fill in the rest of the space. It makes a cool dark-to-light effect! It's tedious, but the result is lovely!

I have no idea why I haven't used this piece until now, but I'm glad I have -- easiest card ever! I just had to trim it and add a sentiment.

We still need a few more entries -- only one per person. And we can go over 50, too! :) If you have time, please make your own background and come on over to link up!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Lovely! I think it may have been Jennifer. But those two are both such geniuses it could be either :) And it's a technique I keep thinking I gotta try too!

  2. This is beautiful! Tedious?! You're making magic crazy lady!! :) I had no idea they paid for the shipping. How wonderful. I think I'm going to have to play along and make sure it's over!!

  3. Oh my goodness! This is my type of card. You did a beautiful job on that background.

  4. I CANNOT believe you've only used this now! It's GORGEOUS!!!

  5. Wow! This is a gorgeous card!!! Where did you find all the patience required to make it? You must have been in the moment.

  6. i don't see how it's CHEATING to have made EXTRA cool artsy backgrounds and retrieve one later use it on the PERFECT card. that seems like brilliant overachievery pre-planning to me!!!!!!! (ps: omg, i LOVE that background!!!!!!!!!!!!) <3 <3 <3

  7. I was so impressed with this technique that I decided to try it myself: I posted your card as I wanted to make sure you got the proper credit for being my inspiration. Thanks for sharing this; I love your blog!!


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