It’s my week to choose the theme at Make it Crafty and we wanted to challenge you to “Void the Warranty” or in more common terms, to think outside the box! Take a second look at your products and see what you can do differently… use half of a ribbon slider as a tag, color a summer scene to look like winter, use a tool as an embellishment or even as simple as recycling something you normally toss out. I think I’m guilty of falling into a rut more often than not and this type of thinking allows me to pull myself out and try something new. Who know… maybe you’ll be starting a new trend with your ideas!!
For my project today, I tried a couple things that I normally don’t do. The most obvious one, perhaps, is the way I colored my image. I normally use a lot of colors but this time I only used three… B21, B34, B45 and the Blender marker. Plus I printed the image out in blue instead of black ink. Before I printed it, I merged my images together, including the ribbon border – all of them are from Make it Crafty.
The center is merged from three images (Far Away Castle, Daddy & Lucy Butterflies and at the very front-bottom is the Pebblestone Path). However, what you may not recognize is the border which was created from the Ribbon Swing. I used the ribbon-ropes four times and “snapped” it into a circle shape using Adobe Photoshop. This border technique is in reality altering the stamp so make sure you know which companies allow for that.
My goal was to create a project that resembles the blue and white porcelain dishes. I have a small collection of egg cups (representing the countries I’ve traveled) and one is an authentic Royal Copenhagen “Blue Fluted” pattern that is my favorite.
That leads right into the next “outside the box” idea I used which was to use the Shadow Box Circle Frame Kit as the base of the plate instead of as a shadowbox. That was simple enough and I only used the two flat round pieces that come in the kit. From that point, the project was simple – print in blue, color blue, cut out and paste on the chipboard. Done! However, I couldn’t resit taking a picture with some felt play-food to give the full effect as the final touch.