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The Greatest Showman Card

Are you looking for a way to jumpstart your cardmaking creativity? How about challenging yourself (or a crafty friend) to create a card with a few special supplies?

Check out what Sandy created after Carly challenged her and you will be inspired too!

The Greatest Showman Card With Essentials by Ellen

Hello coloring friends!!! It’s Sandy Allnock, back again to visit with a card that, well, went a little sideways, but came out great in the long run!

My sweet friend Carly threw down a challenge for me – combine Leading Gentleman with the new Life’s A Circus set – and use distress markers. WOW! What a hard one! I tried it any number of times, and I think I came up with a good solution once I found the movie poster for The Greatest Showman!

The Greatest Showman Card With Essentials by Ellen

I loved the monochromatic theme on the poster, and tried to create the collection of characters behind the main showman – watch the video and let me know what you think!

Wasn’t that crazy!? I was sure I could get away with coloring the gentleman with the distress markers, but that didn’t quite work out too well. The markers DID do well on top of the Oxide inks, kind of melted in nicely on the Canson XL paper!

The Greatest Showman Card With Essentials by Ellen
The Greatest Showman Card With Essentials by Ellen

The final solution – coloring him in Copics then fussy cutting him out – was when I knew I had accomplished the goal; He remained nice and dark to fit with the rest of the card, but then he popped against all that background color!

On Instagram I’ve been doing “background challenges” – posting an image colored, then asking for suggestions. Be sure to join in the fun, I’d love to get your ideas for crazy backgrounds for cards!


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  • Reply Guest post: The Greatest Showman Card! + freebies | Sandy Allnock April 6, 2020 at 6:08 am

    […] listed and distress markers. I struggled! You’ll have to go see and render your own verdict on her blog….or View the YT tutorial on Ellen’s […]

  • Reply Gina Love April 6, 2020 at 8:09 am

    Holy cow! That is stunning!!! ✅ I think you can go ahead and mark that challenge off as completed.

  • Reply Jean R-T April 6, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    Wow, Sandy! You are amazing!

  • Reply Scraporcraft April 6, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    Wonderful background! I like the look of the spotlights coming through.

  • Reply dlp454 April 7, 2020 at 7:32 am

    Oh my gosh! You constantly amaze me! There is absolutely no way I would know how to approach this scene without watching you and listening to how you accomplished it. Love how you “stick with it” regardless of your “fails”. ;-).

  • Reply Henriëtte April 7, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    Looks stunning Sandy, I loved the video and see how you made mistakes and solved them.
    Thank you so much for sharing, stay safe and have a great day.

  • Reply lizbechtel69 April 13, 2020 at 6:20 am

    I so like that you include what works and what doesn’t! That is helpful for me and I am sure others. I didn’t think the second guy looked bad; but I do see how the third one with the Copics was a better contrast to the background. Challenge done and now what did you challenge Carly with? Enjoyed the video!

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