Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Gallery Idol 2013 - Round 2 - "Defining Dad"
Today marks the beginning of Round #2 of the 2013 Gallery Idol Contest. The theme for this round is 'Defining Dad'. Voting starts on Monday, June 3rd at noon and ends on Thursday June 6th. You can cast a vote over at the PaperCrafts Contest Page or just click on the 'Vote For me' link in my blog sidebar and it will take you right to my card. You can use your Facebook account to sign-in or create a user login if you prefer. The 15 designers with the highest votes for their cards will move on to Round #3 next week.
I spent quite a bit of time 'thinking' about this before I ultimately pulled out supplies and sat down to create what I was envisioning. I created rough sketches for 3 ideas and then walked away from them for a day. When I went back to them it was clear to me that this was the one I wanted to create and enter.
My father was not a man who could really be defined by any of his hobbies or his occupation so as my mind started churning on this assignment I found myself brainstorming words but no real imagery. I've always been a big fan of typography in all forms and hence find myself attracted to both 'subway' and 'chalkboard' styles of art and that is what led to this design.
As is bit more obvious in this photo, the DAD letters and the star are dimensional. The DAD letters were cut on my Silhouette Cameo and I fussy cut the red star from a red glitter card stock (Martha Stewart). Both the letters and star were layered a couple of times to get the dimension I was aiming for.
Now before any of my fellow OWHers get concerned this card does not meet OWH guidelines. I created it specifically for this contest and besides it's waaaay past the deadline for Father's Day cards as you all know! :)
I created the text panel for the card using 5 different font families (Helvetica Neue, Impact, Thornburi, Stencil Bold and Passing Notes) and I am sharing it with you here today in case you'd like to make a card with it. This graphic is missing the word DAD and the star so that you can personalize it in whatever way you like. You could use chipboard letters, stickers or even alphabet stamps, and the embellishment of your choice. You could even put a short first name in that space too... get creative, have some fun with it and be sure to let me know so I can come visit and see what you've done!
I hope you like this card and I am honored to be among such a group of talented designers in this contest. At the risk of sounding like a politician I would of course love your support and your vote but regardless of whether I am back for another challenge round I'm thrilled to have been chosen in the Top 20 and happy that you took the time to pay my blog a visit today!