Welcome to The Daring Cardmakers.
We are a team of card-makers from the UK and mainland Europe, who'll try to inspire and encourage you to make some wonderful cards.
Every Friday at about 10am UK time, one of our design team will post a new dare/challenge, along with our creations to get you inspired.
So go on, give it a try - we dare you!
Leave us a comment with a link to your card so that we can view your lovely creations too!
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Hi it's Keryn here and it's my turn to Distress you all, or at least your cards with this weeks dare. You can make a card for any season, any holiday, any occaision but you need to use either a fingernail, curled edges, sandpaper, tearing, anything you like really as long as looks like it's had a fair bit or wear and tear.
Please leave us a message when you've made your card so we can come and see how distressed you can be.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Now, you still have time to join in if you want too- but if you want a little extra dare, you’ve come to the right place !
We are introducing a new series to our little mid week dares, based around traditional and anniversary gift themes to inspire a design. We are not necessarily looking for an anniversary card (although obviously that’s allowed :) the card can be for any occasion but it should be inspired by the gift theme of the chosen year.
Now, we could start with 1st Anniversary, but that would mean you'd be able to guess the next dare in the series, and that would be too easy eh? :) So we've decided to pick the dare year randomly and we are starting off with
'The 7th Anniversary'
We’d like you to make a card inspired by the Traditional or Modern gift theme
for a 7th Anniversary, which is……
'Wool or Copper'
Don’t forget to leave us a link to your card so that we can come see your lovely creations!
Friday, April 18, 2008
Please keep sharing the cards you're making, we love to see them.
"Hot and Spicy"
and make of it what you will.
Finally, we have some happy news to share. Tanya has agreed to join us on the Design Team as a full time member. Tanya's work is lovely, and we are really pleased to have us join the team full time. Welcome aboard Tanya.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
To do this you need to chose paper with quite a bold pattern. Papers such as those by American Crafts; the more modern K and Co; Sassafrass Lass and Scenic Route are good places to start. I am using Piggy Tales in these examples. I love these papers as they are so bright and colourful and also have a matching plain colour on the back. This technique works well for cards using punches and loads of white space. They often solve my problem of what to put on men's cards!
So here is what you will need
a variety of toning papers, some punches, distress ink, card stock, black and white pens. I use any old black gel pen but the only white pen for me is a Pentel Hybrid Gel pen (currently available in Smiths!)
Punch out shapes in a variety of sizes - I tend to use circles or squares. Flower shapes would work well too. Don't make them too small or the doodling gets tricky.
Choose to use some on the patterned and some on the plain side.
I then always distress the edges, this makes the shapes "pop" on white cards. You can see the difference between the one on the left and those on the right
then draw an outline circle - there are all sorts of ways of doing this, here are a few examples...then outline the patterns with black pen
You can leave them like that - I think the patterns look smarter and fresher with a bit of black added. But then if you add some white and some additional patterns...
you get a really individual look! Then just have fun in front of the tv doing some doodling.
And then assemble onto cards
It also works for larger pieces of patterned paper. This card would be quite nice...
but I prefer the look of this one!NB It is well worth washing your hands frequently while making these cards as distress ink and black gel pen transfer easily. Often my choice of where things go is dictated by hiding smudges - there were three on the above card...
So there you go - I would love to see your creations. Link them here in the usual way!
Friday, April 11, 2008
The lucky winner of our Spot Prize on the "Shrink to Fit" Dare is Mucky Pup
Please contact Kathy with your postal info and your prize will be on its way asap
Monday, April 07, 2008
Now this weeks mid week dare is inspired by Rachel and is called 'Folded' ! This is not folds in the card blank itself, but rather folds ON the card- whether it be some kind of paper folding technique or folded embellishments or even just a folded over message of some type.
Here's a couple from the design team to give you a couple of ideas ! The first card is from Sue, the second from our lovely guest designer Michelle.
Have fun! We look forward to seeing what you come up with !
Friday, April 04, 2008
First we want to say a big Thank You for all the wonderful cards you've been sharing with us. We really do appreciate the time and effort you all put into our dares, and if you leave a comment here we love to come and visit your blogs to see what you've made.
Next, we've had a bit of a think, and decided that instead of asking our Guest Designers to come and play for just a couple of weeks, we're going to ask if they can put up with us for a whole calendar month, We think it'll be so much more fun, having longer to get to know them and their work. So today we'd like you to say Hi to the very talented Michelle who's been brave enough to join the Design Team for the month of April. Welcome aboard Michelle!
And there's more.....this week we have stash to give away, courtesy of UK magazine Papercraft Inspirations who featured the DCM blog last year - make a card specifically for this dare (and no other) and you'll be in with a chance of winning when we do the draw once next Friday's dare is announced.
So without further ado, here's my tiny little challenge for this week
but because I'm feeling generous, I'm going to let you add a SIMPLE greeting as extra to your 5x5 allowance! :-)