Thursday, February 24, 2011

Vicki's Dive Team Poster

My daughter is on the Varsity Dive Team at her high school, and our Sectional competition is on the very near horizon! As an encouragement to the girls, each of the parents is asked to make a poster for their daughter, to be placed in the hallway going into the pool. This is what I created for my daughter. (Her name is Carleen, but we call her "Charlie"...and the dive team calls her "Chuck"...which is where we got "Good Luck Chuck"!)

On the bottom, I used my Cricut Expression Machine and the Everyday Paper Dolls (EPD) cartridge to create the 'swimmer girl', selecting cardstock to match her school colors for her swim suit. She is blonde, so I used my Copic markers to 'highlight' her blonde hair with accents of browns and golds. I placed a tiny piece of blue for her eyes behind the eye cutouts, and then used a black marker and white gel pen to give the eyes a realistic look. I used chalks to put pink in her cheeks. The diving board on this cartridge is a high board, so I simply cut off the legs of the board to create the shorter one-meter board. I actually cut the board three times, in different colors. I used the aqua as the base, and cut out only those sections in cream and metallic silver (AC Metallic) that I needed for the details. The water in the pool for diving really isn't wavy, but I still wanted to get a watery effect. I cut several 12 inch sections of the waves from the EPD cartridge, and used white chalking ink to highlight the 'wave' portions. The pool walls are typical blocks, so using a black marker, and my Tim Holtz ruler, I designed the large 'subway tile' look for the background.

The judges score cards with '10' on them are from Graphically Speaking. Using my Gypsy, I used the 'Tag' base, and placed the '10' inside the tag. I cut the base of the tag without the numbers, in red cardstock, and then cut the whole tag, with the numbers cut out of it, in black, and glued them together.

The "CPHS" letters on the wall are done with Base Camp, and the top letters are from "Hannah Montana". I used a similar technique with each of them, just with different colors. I used my Gypsy to create the Shadow layers first, and welded those together. Then, once I got the sizing exactly how I wanted, I created the regular letters on a separate layer of my project to fit inside the shadow layer. This is really easy to do with the Gypsy!! The shadow layer is a simple cut, however, I had to pull out my 12x24 mats since the lettering is so large. The top layer was 'drawn' first, using the Cricut markers, and then, without unloading the mat, cut - swapping out the marker for the regular blade. Then, I used my Sakura Quickie Glue Pen to adhere the letters together.

Cutters Creek Items used:
Cricut Expression Machine
American Crafts Metallic Foil Card Stock - Silver
Tim Holtz Design Ruler
Sakura Quickie Glue Pen
Glue Glider Pro

Cricut Cartridges Used:
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Base Camp
Graphically Speaking
Hannah Montana
Everyday Paper Dolls


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