Sunday, February 4, 2018

Royal Shadow - Texture at International Art & Soul Challenge

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge, chosen by DT member Hazel, is Texture. I used both visual texture & tactile texture.

This card references two special events occurring this weekend: Groundhog Day & Super Bowl LII. The "dirt" paper is actually from an [American] Football-themed box I got from Amazon Prime last year; I just couldn't throw it away, and stripped the top portion off of the corrugated sheet so that I could easy die-cut it. The grass-patterned paper is (coincidentally) from a Football-themed DP by HOTP. America's own weather-predicted rodent says we're having more winter long as it doesn't get too cold, I'm fine with that — fewer bugs & allergies!

I've really been enjoying making Box Cards/Card in the Boxes, and just had to use one of my favorite seasonal images from MelJen's Designs. I used flocking and Flower Soft to add texture. 

I used my "Surprise Box" die set from Our Daily Bread Designs. Although just "smooshing" the tabs into the box portion works just fine, when I have more patience I use this method to add the tabs while constructing the box. 

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I prefer to use a traditional paper glue (Tacky, Elmer's, Mod Podge) for this step, because it allows you to move the strips temporarily but is permanent when dry. Add some weight to it for a few minutes to get to adhere and lie flat. Tape or silicone glues can't always withstand the movement of this card; but they're great from adding the layers & embellishments since they won't add moisture to your paper. To make elements "float" just use any scrap plastic.

Crafter's Cafe #189: Humorous
WordArt Wednesdays #320/321: Anything Goes

Update: This was chosen as a Top 3 at Crafter's Cafe!

Thank you for visiting! Hope you'll join us at International Art & Soul,


  1. Your box card is beautiful and your description tells me how much work went into it. I've just given my Flowersoft to an art charity as I'd had it years and only used it once. I didn't even think about using it on my mixed media pieces, doh! Hazel x

  2. Stunning CG an your wee Ground hog just cracks me up. I had to look up what a ground hog was a few years ago as they looked familiar but I had never heard of them hahaha, in Africa they are know as Hyrax, several varieties and I recall the ones we had in our garden used to eat all my root veg I was growing before I could get to them grrrrrrr. The texture on your card is amazing and so love that you have use not just touchy feely texture but visual too. Can't go without mentioning you awesome walkthrough on how you made this creation and great advice on types of glue to use too :) :) :) xxxx

  3. I saw this on the international art and soul Facebook page, but I wanted to wait until it was published so I could comment here ! This is without a doubt one of the cutest cards I have ever seen ! It is adorable !


    Your design team sister ,


  4. Very funny, love it! Thank you for entering your wonderful creation at The Crafter's Cafe this fortnight for our "Humorous" challenge.


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