The Whiff of Joy Challenge #85 is to make a Door Hanger using at least one Whiff of Joy stamp. There are numerous ways of interpreting this - have a look here at what the other members of the Design Team chose to do.
Since I have never made a door hanger before I was a little daunted by this challenge. I had an idea of what I wanted to do, but increasingly find that it is only as I work physically with a project that it comes together (or doesn't). During this project I learnt a valuable lesson - when something refuses to come together after a dozen or so attempts, consider ditching the focal image. The credit for that revelation goes to my husband who muttered something about perhaps the image being wrong as he heard my sighing after a dozen experiments (trying to get the "correct" blue for the coloured image on my centre panel) ended up in the bin. That was exactly it.... I'd become so blinded by the image I'd set out to use & couldn't think outside it.
The base of the door hanger was made from 3 inch square chipboard pieces (Magenta) which I painted (Stewart Gill Pearlise Textile & Craft Paint). These were then glued together in pairs whilst sandwiching 3 strips of ribbon between. The central ribbon was extra long & looped over prior to gluing in order to form the hanging loop. The easiest way of assemblage was to lay it out, photograph it, remove all the embellishments, glue the ribbons between the chipboard pieces & leave to set under a heavy weight. When dry the panels were decorated one by one starting at the top whilst referring to the photos for placement.
The butterfly was made using a Cuttlebug cutting die & embossing folder set. Two images were cut & one inked & layered on top of the uninked one after shaping. The points of gluing were the antennae & the body so that the wings could be separated & lifted. The uppermost butterfly was then embellished with gems of varying size.
Stamps Whiff of Joy Spring Swirls (image & sentiment).
Inks etc.... VersaMark watermark stamp pad & Stampendous Detail White Embossing Powder (image & sentiment), Aged Mahogany Distress Ink & Brilliance Mediterranean Blue for inking cardstock edges (& the latter for sponging the butterfly) excepting the swirls/white elements.
Colouring Stewart Gill Pearlise Textile & Craft Paint (Mermaid), Stickles Glitter Glue (Ice Stickles Crystal Ice, Dark Blue & Xmas Red).
Cardstock etc.... Magenta Paper Products (chipboard), white, navy, dark & brilliant red from "stash".
Punches. Dies etc.... Woodware (scalloped square, scalloped ovals & small hearts), EK Success (Swirl Flourish & Wave Flourish), Cuttlebug Cutting Die & Embossing Folder set (Butterflies).
Gems Papermania (crystal) & Kanban (red).
Flower Wild Orchid Crafts (Gardenia Stem).
Ribbons from "stash".
Challenges Entered Allsorts Wk 64 - Primary Colours Only: use at least 2 of red, blue & yellow + skin, fur etc... (I used mainly blue & red but the yellow is there - add yellow to blue to make the green of my Gardenia's leaves/stem) Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight - Punches (scalloped square & ovals,small hearts & flourish punches) Craft Your Days Away #1 - Favourite Things (there are a few of my favourites in this; the colours of deep red & blues; swirls & gems; butterflies, flowers & ribbons; using punches & stamping) Cute Card Thursday #124 - Whateva! Cute Stamps & Cards - Scallops (scalloped ovals & square, scallops on the butterfly's wings & the flourishes are scalloped in shape) Fab 'n' Funky #35 - Use Your Favourite Colours (the deep red & all blues) Flutterby Wednesday #117 - Open Including Butterfly, Fairy or Angel Papertake Weekly - Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue (old - chipboard, new - stamps, borrowed - the idea of using both colours of ribbons was my husband's, blue - paint). Simon Says Stamp & Show - Things With Wings Wild Orchid Challenges #3 - One For The Girls (this is most definitely girly - a man is unlikely to hang this on his door!)