Wednesday, January 07, 2015

{Spotlight Project} Shirley Asks, "What's Your Favourite Donut Topping?"

The things we do for our art! Many moons ago when I used to eat donuts (they were actually doughnuts to me), the only version you got was coated in sugar. Not even any jammy filling. But now you can get so many different toppings, so I thought I'd do a little research for this card.

It seems there are endless varieties of topping to choose from, so I went into production to make some of my own. Here's my little donut topping factory in action:

First step on the production line, I stamped the donut image four times on white card using Versafine Onyx Black.

The next stop was to experiment with different media for toppings:

  • Top left: Glass Beads Texture Gel which goes on opaque white but dries clear.
  • Top right: gold and clear micro beads on a layer of Glossy Accents.
  • Bottom left: Liquid Pearls.
  • Bottom right: dry fine glitter on a layer of PVA glue.

And my toppings were born:

  • Top left: Vanilla Frosted
  • Top right: Cinnamon sugar
  • Bottom left: Glazed
  • Bottom right: Powdered sugar

The next stage in the production line was to colour the donuts. I started off using Aquarelle Neocolour II water-soluble crayons (top left) but abandoned them in favour of Distress markers. But I like all the different shades when they're all piled up on the card.

Then I fussy cut them out, leaving a narrow white border all around, then piled them up for a yummy birthday card. Here's another look at the finished card - enjoy!

My favourite topping would be vanilla frosted - what's yours?

Stamps Shirley used in today's project:

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  1. My favorite topping is buttercream frosting with raspberry filling. YUM! Now I'm hungry...

  2. Love your "sweet" card! I always get either the chocolate doughnut with chocolate icing or just a plain glazed doughnut. I am so boring that way. LOL

  3. This card is gorgeous. I love donuts above all else, and a mountain like that is what I think heaven looks like. I like strawberry or raspberry jam filled donuts, with pink strawberry topping. Mmmmm.

  4. Shery! You're making me hungry! :) Gorgeous looking doughnuts indeed ;)
    Your lovely stamps have arrived, super-happy! Can't wait to have a go! Thank you for a speedy delivery, much appreciated by us craft addicts :) Big hugs,
    Ingrid xxx

  5. Nice card, the toppings indeed look yummy, I am not much into doughnuts, but do eat a vanilla glazed one at kiddos go crazy with various toppings like chocolate, caramel, sprinkles and what not!

  6. Chocolate. The end!! Your doughnuts look good enough to eat I am telling you!! I love the shine you get on the vanilla and the brown sugar is spot on! Great job!!

  7. Now I want a doughnut! Love how you came up with your toppings for such a yummy variety. My favorites are glazed sour cream doughnuts.

  8. Great card! Love the layers of donuts. I could eat any kind of donut, I'm not sure I have a favorite.

  9. Love the yummy layers of donuts, a striking and sweet creation, something different! I am not a donut person but my children all time favorite is chocolate!

  10. Delicious, Shirley! Love your showcase of these yummy donuts! Given a choice, I'll take a wonderful dense donut...sourcream glazed. The mere thought has whetted my appetite! Your card: fabulous...just like you!

  11. What a fun idea. Pink frosting with chocolate sprinkles. I can see this becoming a popular theme LOL Hugz

  12. I do not eat anymore, but powdered sugar on my Grandma Knutson's cake donuts were always my favorites :-) Your donuts all look yummy! TFS

  13. Cute card - love the donut stamps.
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  14. Your card and story are both absolutely yummy!! I love the different ways you frosted the donuts! Great card layout and design - TFS!

  15. Well, any of these yummy looking donuts would do fine right about now!!! But seriously, my favorite topping is probably just glazed with maple as a close second!! You did an amazing job at making these donuts look most tasty!!! Good job!!

  16. Great toppings - cute and fun! I love chocolate frosted donuts.

  17. Ohh, i love different dimensions on toppings and again I love how the sentiment is put together. Vanilla and cinnamon are my favorite.

  18. Ohhh cinnamon sugar sounds good...gorgeous card.

  19. A donut mountain! yeah! Love the different frostings and sprinkles. It adds a nice dimension to the card.

  20. What a fun idea Shirley, great idea for the 'toppings'


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