Saturday, February 21

6 Cards in 1 Night (VSN Part 1)

SplitCoastStampers is currently hosting a Virtual Stamp Night (VSN).  It's an event where participants, who are anyone, create cards based on challenges posted in their message boards.  But it doesn't end at that.  You need to finish your card in 45 minutes.  So every hour, a new challenge is posted.
This is my first time to join VSN.  I have joined Virtual Scrapbooking Night (VSBN) several times before, but was a little leary about VSN because I just didn't have the confidence.  Before, I was more of a scrapbooker than a cardmaker/stamper.  But I guess, now I can say I can be both.

I enjoyed doing the challenges, even though I wasn't able to do all of them.  But 6 cards in one night, and another 4 the following night, is an achievement, I should say.  Hurray for me!  Woot!

So without further ado, I'd like to share with you the cards I created for VSN.

On the first night, which started at 5 pm, there were 7 challenges.  I was able to do the first 6.

For the first challenge, we had to make a standard size card (4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches) with a mounted piece of paper, one big circle and one big heart.

Materials used:
- leftover cardstock and ribbon
- CTMH Free Spirit
- Signo White Gel Pen
- Stickles
- leftover Christmas alpha foam sticker (YOU)
- Nestabilities scalloped heart
- Colorbok White Pigment Ink
*I hand cut the red heart.

For the second challenge, The challenge was to pick a color scheme according to your favorite chocolate:

White Chocolate - Very Vanilla (vanilla), Certainly Celery (celery), Rose Red (sweetheart), Handsome Hunter (bluegrass)
Milk Chocolate - Close to Cocoa (mocha), Real Red (maraschino), Almost Amethyst (lavender)
Dark Chocolate - Chocolate chip (chocolate), Apricot Appeal (apricot), Cameo Coral (flamingo)

I love Dark Chocolate!  So this was the card I was able to make.

On the third challenge, we had to take a stamp set that we have but don’t like or never used, and incorporate it into a lovely, luscious card.

For this card, I used three never been used stamp sets:

The first one is a Michael's dollar stamp bought a long time ago.  The second stamp I bought in Japan a little over 2 years ago.  And the third one is a stamp I bought in Indiana a year and a half ago.  And yes, I've never used them.  Here, I used the black & white with a punch scheme. The rose I colored with Copics and touched it up with Spica glitter pen.

In the next challenge, we had to make a card using the new things we love and everything on the card (except the cardstock and ink) should be new within the past two months or something we've been hoarding and have never used before.  It so happened that my Verve Stamps just arrived that day.  That was a perfect opportunity for me to play with them right away.  I used Artful Elegance, Notes of Prayer and Jeremiah 29:11 by Verve Stamps. I embossed the cross and adhered it with foam double adhesive tape. I also used Nestabilities Labels 1.  This card is a bigger sized one, and I meant to give it to the mother of the former owner of our house.  He is DH's distant relative, and he just passed away very recently.

For the 5th challenge, we had to make a monochromatic card with one neutral color.  This challenge encouraged me to use my scrap paper. The border punch is Martha Stewart Simple Scallop. I cut the flowers with Nestabilities Daisies, and the image is SU Sweet Little Sentiments. I wrote the brackets myself.

For the 6th challenge, and my last card for the night, we had to make a card using the Split Negative Technique.  I've never done this technique before and it's very interesting.  I decided to go simple with my card so the eyes will focus on the "mirror image".

Materials used:

- CTMH Adorable
- SU Baroque Burgundy
- ColorBox Fluid Chalk Inkpad in Yellow Ochre
- Memento Inkpad in Tuxedo Black
- Stickles in Frosted Lace (love this!)

Curious about the Split Negative technique?  Learn it here.

I wasn't able to do the last challenge because it was already late and I needed to wake up early next morning because I was going to have a crop at home.  I'll tell you more about that next blog.

Want to try the VSN challenges and play?  Check it out here.  And you can learn more about Virtual Stamp Night here.  Just remember that you need to make an account in SCS to upload your cards in the gallery. And don't forget, you need to make each card in 45 minutes or less.  It's more of an honor system.  Who knows, you might win some prizes.  The deadline to upload your cards is Sunday 10 pm Eastern Time.  But if you don't want to join, you can still use the challenges as inspiration to making cards.  They sure made my creative juices flowing.

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