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01 October, 2019

October 2019 Main Challenge

October is here, and with it comes a brand new More Than Words challenge!
Our Main Challenge is based on a word inspiration and a creative challenge.

Word Inspiration - COSTUME
Creative Challenge - BLACK BACKGROUND

What does the word COSTUME inspire you to create?
You can choose to use the actual word somewhere on your project 
or simply be inspired by it. Please explain in your blog post 
how it inspired you if it isn't obvious in your work.

We want to see your dark and mysterious side by using 
a BLACK BACKGROUND on your project. Whether your costume 
is a Halloween outfit, a wedding dress or a work uniform, 
the theme is up to you, but your background must be black!

Please check out all our challenge rules in the RULES tab above.

Now let's see what our fabulous DT has come up with, 
inspired by the COSTUME & BLACK BACKGROUND main challenge!

Priya: I love COSTUMES with lots of drama like heavy warrior suits or big head gears. On this page I used a photo depicting my favorite kind of costume. BLACK BACKGROUNDS are great to work with. Everything you add to it just pops up!

France: Venice masks were my COSTUME inspiration for this layout. I enjoyed seeing many decorative pieces during our vacation in Italy last fall. I made my BLACK BACKGROUND on a piece of 12x12 cardboard with a coat of black gesso. A bit of stenciling with white gesso, gold modeling paste and touches of a white spray give this page an artistic feel, just like the mask.

Nuneka: When I think of COSTUMES the thought comes to mind how sometimes we are afraid of showing ourselves as we truly are. My page incorporates this theme. Using a BLACK BACKGROUND allows me to show how we can glow, even when just being true to ourselves.

Nicole: Being the month of October, I was inspired by the word to create a Halloween-themed layout. This was my niece's first Halloween way back in 2005, and she was dressed up in the cutest witch COSTUME. For this kid's page, I decided to use a fun  BLACK BACKGROUND with white polka dots and added lots of bright colours to contrast with the dark base.

Daisy: For this challenge I used a photo of a cosplay Sakura in her wonderful COSTUME as she is one of my favorite characters of the Naruto manga. To get a BLACK BACKGROUND I used heavy black gesso on a thick 12x12 chipboard. To work my background I used the watercolor Metallic Accent from Prima because it comes out well on the black as well as silver modeling paste from TCW.

Daria: When I reflected on this month's word, I came across this photo of a friend in a red chic COSTUME. This lady is fond of astrology, so I created a layout in her style. I really like working with a BLACK BACKGROUND although I rarely do it. I love how this turned out.

Anat: We often use COSTUMES to explore a fantasy world where magic happens to everyone. And a BLACK BACKGROUND is the perfect base for a magical project. In my 3D art journal spread, I tried to get into this atmosphere.

Di:  I have to say this challenge really pushed me out of my comfort zone as I didn't have a photo depicting a COSTUME. I therefore decided to find one on the internet and create a real fantasy page featuring this one I found. I have gone with all metallics and shimmers as they really pop against the BLACK BACKGROUND.

Edith: To represent this month's word, I chose a picture of one of my favorite superheroes, Aquaman. Most would agree that his COSTUME is very eye-catching! I loved using a BLACK BACKGROUND with accents of aqua and white to create my page.

Mary: For the word inspiration COSTUME, I chose a photo of a lady in a red and black mask which I love. I decided to give a mysterious feel to my page as on the photo. I love working on BLACK BACKGROUNDS so this creative challenge was definitely one of my favorites.

Hina: The word COSTUME inspired me to create a journal page about the life of a Queen, her royal status and how she perfectly needs to carry herself all the time. Whatever the circumstances, she has to dress up for the show! I thought that gold on a BLACK BACKGROUND would embody perfectly this page fit for a queen.

Rosalie: I love the thoughts evoked by the word COSTUME... the drama, colours, textures and layers which is what I tried to create on my page. I wanted to dress up my simple BLACK BACKGROUND like I would dress up in a costume.  I used a black and white photo of a child playing on the beach which I found complemented the dramatic concept of my creation.

Alicja: For this month's challenge I've not only created a layout using a black base, but I've also used a photo with a BLACK BACKGROUND. In this case, the word COSTUME brings to mind personalities and people's different natures and personas. We can change them more or less to find the balance in life.

Heather: The powerful makeup of my child caught my eye in this photo. She was acting in a friend's movie at uni and was wearing a borrowed COSTUME. I added movie-themed elements to the page such as the lights around the frame and the old movie camera. The trail of stars across my BLACK BACKGROUND added movement and a touch of fun!

Caroline: As a mother of 3, Halloween and COSTUMES have a big place in our hearts when October arrives. It is my favorite holiday. Each year I find the perfect disguise for my boys. This one is a mad scientist that my oldest one wore a few years ago. We love to go in the neighborhood to collect treats. I used a solid BLACK BACKGROUND for the creative challenge.

Oh, we don't think we've ever had such a dark reveal before!
But what brilliantly stunning projects and ideas our DT have come up with.
We hope that they will have inspired you to play along.

Here are the fabulous prizes up for grabs!

(as voted by our DT)

$50 USD value prize from THE VINTAGE CHICKS CLUB

(as voted by our DT, in no particular order)

$25 USD value prize from MINTAY PAPERS
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$25 USD value prize from 2CRAFTY
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$25 USD value prize from KORA PROJECTS
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$25 USD value prize from LINDY'S
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(picked at random from all eligible entries)

$25 USD value prize from MAJA DESIGN

(hand picked by our Admin team - two entries not in our Top 5,
but that have that special something that captured our attention)

$25 USD value prize from FABRIKA DECORU

$25 USD value prize from AB STUDIO
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One participant, with a high number of votes and handpicked by our Admin team, 
will be invited to be our December 2019 Special Guest Designer.

We are very grateful to all our generous sponsors for these fabulous prizes.
To learn more about any of them, click on the SPONSORS tab above.

We are looking forward to seeing your entries into our
October Main Challenge COSTUME & BLACK BACKGROUND.

Link up your projects using our LinkyTook in the right sidebar
by October 31 at 11:55 pm EST.


  1. Wow! What a semsational collection of projects!

  2. This has always been my favorite challenge... all the beautiful art is so inspiring! An amazing design team!

  3. Wow! Edith, you've nailed the theme "costume" :D

  4. Amazing entries everyone - and it doesn't hurt to see Jason Momoa either! :)


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