I can't believe that it's time for another challenge at Crafty Ann's already! It's true what they say about time speeding up........
Anyway, on to the card. I'm getting well ahead because this one is for our GS's 19th birthday in June. Our theme this time is Fancy Folds - these can be the card itself or on the card - or both, as I've done here. The folds don't have to be complicated and I've chosen an easel card. I decided to keep it fairly simple colour wise and let the tartan take the lead.
The image is new to the shop and came about as the result of a request - something to reflect the energy of traditional scottish music! I must admit to being stumped at first so I did what I always do in this situation, and left the thought to 'ferment'. Sure enough, part way through an episode of NCIS, this image started to form in my head. I was a scottish dancer for 10 years and I think that's where the idea started and 'Fit as a Fiddle' was born!
I shrank a piece of the tartan paper (from Collection 1) in photoshop and digitally paper pieced the kilt and the Tam O' Shanter. (There's a tut for digital paper piecing here if you want it.) If you shrink rather than crop the paper, the pattern reduces too to make it the right size for the image. I coloured the rest of the image using promarkers.
I used the same tartan at normal size for my backing papers and made the piece for the easel into a frame. The stamp in the bottom right hand corner is a quotation by Mark Twain and the rubber stamp is from Sweet Pea. It doesn't show in the picture but the black card on the base has been put through the c/bug argyle folder and the sentiment, which is one of the three on the Fit as a Fiddle sheet, has been cut out with a nesties label die. A few black pearls and some homemade 'brads' finish it off.
I'm also entering my card into these challenges: