Personals Column

By Taheerah | 18th June 2012 | 11 Comments

Hello everyone – and welcome to another happy Monday!!

First of all, I wanted to say a sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of you who have supported me on this crazy rollercoaster ride that is Gallery Idol 2012! I would *never* have got this far without you so I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your support and votes, and especially for all your really kind words about my last entry!

I hope you’re ready for some more, as we’re kicking off with Round 4!!

So the challenge for Round 4 was to use a household product and create a card with it. This probably sounds pretty easy but it was quite a challenge!

Once again I jotted down a huge list of ideas and did a couple of sketches. There really are a million and one things in the home you can use to create something amazing with!

My first idea pretty much bombed straight away (using wire to create a circuit board – really?! I mean, it looks like a great circuit board, but then just looks like it’s on a card for no reason!), and my other ideas were good but didn’t feel right. I finally settled on using newspaper and went off to flick through the pages of the latest local paper. This thing usually goes straight from my letterbox to the recycling bin, lol! But this time I just happened to have an issue lying around – I guess it must have been fate!

I was originally going to create a collage-type background and then have some form of ‘Stop Press!’ sentiment across the front, but as I was flipping through something else immediately caught my eye – and my idea was born:

What do you think? I truly love how this turned out!!

I started by tearing out a section of the Personals column to be slightly smaller than an A2 card. I then used another household item – a red CD marker – to underline, circle and tick great ‘qualities’ of a person. I used some adhesive tape to adhere the newspaper to a Rustic White card base.

I then tore a blank strip from the top of the newspaper page and used a stamp set called Grunge Double from Recollections to spell out the sentiment. I love how the font gives the impression of a paper-pieced sentiment. I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black and adhered it to a strip of Stamper’s Select White cardstock for some stability, then used Pinflair Glue Gel to adhere off the base for some dimension, I trimmed the edges with scissors so that they were flush with the card edges.

I repeated the same with the ‘You’ part of the sentiment, but instead of tearing a straight strip I used my marker again to double-circle the word and then tore around the shape of it before backing with cardstock and adhering in the same way. And voila!

I really hope you’ve enjoyed taking a look at this project. I know it’s not bright and colourful but it came together so perfectly and just has a great feel to it. It also works for both a guy or a girl and I love that!!

Voting for this round of Gallery Idol is now open!! To get yourself to the voting page just follow this link. The remaining 9 other contestants are beyond amazing so I know you’ll have a hard time choosing a favourite!! I do hope what you’ve seen here will have swayed you to cast a vote in my favour, and I would truly appreciate that more than I can express. It is my absolute dream to reach the Top 5 of Gallery Idol – even if I don’t win it after that that’s fine, but I want to reach the final round and really give it my all. Please please *please* help me get there!!

Voting is only open until Thursday so don’t delay!!

I’d love to know what you think of this creation. Thanks so much for stopping by – I do hope to be seeing you again soon!! :o)

11 thoughts on “Personals Column”

  1. Such a great idea to use the newspaper! You just tied everything together so well without it being too busy! You've got skills girl!!! 😉

  2. haha, Beyonce! You always think outside of the box – and aren't afraid to take risks! Those are great qualities in an artist 🙂

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