ELEVENTH HOUR STAMPING FOR COLOUR INKSPIRATIONS #20!

I had a little time this afternoon to make a quick card for the Colour Inkspirations #20 Colour Challenge.  I usually don’t stamp on a Monday with other commitments on but in between them and phone calls I got some stamping in just in time for the challenge to close.  These were hard colours this round and I wasn’t sure what I would do.  This card changed a few times along the way.

Firstly, the colours: Calypso Coral, Dapper Denim, Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke.

They look so pretty in the picture don’t they but I don’t often work with such heavy colours.  And I don’t use Always Artichoke.  I don’t even own the inkpad for it!  I used the Stampin’ Write Marker.  Here is my card.

I dusted off the Swirly Bird set and the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits for this one.  The sentiment is from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set.  I dusted that one off too. 🙂

To finish the card I added a touch of Paper Doily under the Banner with a strip of the Calypso Coral Sheer Ribbon.  And for the “bling” factor I added a small dragonfly from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits and some adhesive Pearls.

So I have posted it just in time.  If you want to check the other cards out or join in these challenges yourself then head over HERE.

Jenny

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ECLIPSE TOUCHES OF TEXTURE FOR CI18!

It’s another Colour Challenge at Colour INKspirations group –  Colour INKspirations #18

The colours this round are so pretty. Powder Pink, Basic Gray, Sahara Sand and Sweet Sugarplum.

So of course the card had to be pretty right?  I hope my card is anyway.

I have been playing around with the Eclipse Technique lately.  You might have seen that around your blog travels.  To do the Eclipse technique: You stamp over your white card mat (or you could use a piece of Designer Series Paper).  Then cut your letters or shapes out from the piece.  Once the card (or Paper) is adhered to your card mat, the letters are then adhered back on to your card mat raised up with Dimensionals giving a 3D look.

This is my card I created using the colours and using the set Touches of Texture.

The “Just For” is stamped in Basic Gray from the Work of Art stamp set.  Check the dragonfly.  I stamped it on Vellum and coloured it in on the back with markers. Then went over it with the Wink of Stella pen.

You still have time to have a play.  Head -> HERE to join the Facebook group if you are not already a member there.  Challenges are great to take part in.

EDITED TO ADD:  I was picked in the TOP 5 at Colour Inkspirations challenge for this card.  So that is very exciting! 🙂

Thanks for looking.  Have a great day,

Jenny

 

FRESH COLOURS FOR CI17 COLOUR CHALLENGE!

I had a little play today with the Colour INKspirations Challenge (CI17).  I have missed a few rounds lately so it was good to take time out to play.  I really like to have a go at these challenges as it really extends your creativity.

The Colours for this week are: Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, Tempting Turquoise and Flirty Flamingo.  What fun, fresh colours!

I had in mind to use the Beachy Christmas set in the Holiday Catalogue.  I hadn’t got around to using this set yet.  And you don’t need to use this just for Christmas …

For this card I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #261

I was going to watercolour the houses with just a wash but then saw the Work of Art set.  One of the larger “block” type stamps covered over it nicely.  I did do a test run on scrap card to mist the colours after I stamped but I liked it better just to leave them.

The Flirty Flamingo card mat was embossed with the Sparkle Embossing Folder.  I added a strip of the Eastern Palace DSP.  I love that Lemon Lime Twist!  The sentiment I used was from Better Together set.

The clouds were from the Lift Me Up Bundle stamped in Pool Party.  I wouldn’t have necessarily stamped them in that colour but had to add it somewhere.  I did add some sparkle with the Wink of Stella pen.  It’s a bit hard to tell though.

Now when I made this I first used the Peekaboo Peach instead of the Flirty Flamingo.  So I had to put that one aside and redo it with Flirty Flamingo. Once I had finished the card I then went back and finished this one.  I thought I would show you that one too.

I used more of the Eastern Palace DSP.  I played around with the sentiment a bit to cut angles and all kinds of things but ended up just trimming it down and adding some doily underneath.  The sentiment is from Dragonfly Dreams.

I think I like this version better.  What do you think?

Thanks for looking.  I hope your weekend has been great and you have had a chance to be creative,

Jenny

A TOUGH ONE FOR COLOUR INKSPIRATIONS #12!

I have missed the Colour Inkspirations Challenges the last couple of weeks.  I thought I would steal a bit of time to join in this round.  I have to say though this was tough!  So many colours!! Here is the image.  We were required to use at least 4 colours but neutrals can be added.   I usually only use 2-3 colours on my projects.  After that it gets confusing.  But it is good to challenge oneself. 🙂

Here is the colour inspiration to use.

What do you think??

 

To start with before tackling the card I pulled out all the inkpads in those colours to see what worked together.  Then pulled out all my stamp sets that might be suitable.  Then picked out the stamp sets from those that I might like to use.  I did a little search on Pinterest to get some ideas. I hadn’t used the Watercolor Wings set for a while so thought that might be good.

Where to go then?  I went through my sketches board on Pinterest and found this sketch to work with, Freshly Made Sketches #291.

Here is my card for Colour Inkspirations #12.  I chose Night of Navy, Flirty Flamingo, Smoky Slate and Peekaboo Peach.

I stamped the sketchy butterflies in the different cards over a white panel and then cut about 3cm off the top (about 1 1/4″).  Then adhered that to a Peekabook card mat and then the Whisper White card base.

I stamped the butterfly in Peekaboo Peach with 2 of the different stamps in the set.  The outline image of the butterfly was heat embossed with Silver Embossing Powder.  Plus stamped the black abdomen of the butterfly. It’s hard to tell but I did cut another butterfly out with Vellum to add behind this one and then added some Silver Thread.

The sentiment was punched out with the Duet Banner Punch and then another one punched from Silver Foil and they were layered together.  I added some Silver Thread to that too.  It needed something else so then I added some Rhinestones.

I am still not sure about this?? I think it is missing something but … it is what it is!  I don’t have time to make another card for the challenge.   What do you think??

Thanks for visiting.

Have a great day,

Jenny

COLOUR INKSPIRATIONS #10 – AND A TUTORIAL ON CLEAR BLOCK STAMPING!

A quick post for you now.  I didn’t think I would get a card done for this challenge this round and it closed tonight.  Apart from being busy with getting my Open House ready I just couldn’t work these colours.  They are so not my colours!!

Anyway,  I had some inspiration last night and had a little play today.  So firstly these are the colours for the Colour Inkspiration #10

Cajun Craze          Delightful Dijon            Island Indigo      and         Smoky Slate.

What do you reckon??

Here is my card.

The background on this is created with Clear Block Stamping.  I have tried this a few times over the past few years.  Every time you create this technique it always works out different, even if you have used the same colours.  It is an effective technique.  I will explain how to below.

Firstly, on the card though. The base card is Island Indigo and the card mat is Cajun Craze.  I never use this colour.  I don’t even own the inkpad for it.  I used the Marker. The chair from Layered Seasons Thinlits is cut from Copper Foil Sheet.  Check out those clear drops!  The card needed something else on the front.  I was looking what to put on them and found the White Perfect Accents.  I was positioning them around the card and then one of the white backs came off.  It was clear!  I liked that look much better so I took the backs off the other two. They look like water drops.  I think I will do that more in the future.  I hardly ever use those Accents as they are so stark white.  (Did you know you can colour them too with Sharpies!!).

Now to create the Background.

CLEAR BLOCK STAMPING

1. Ink your Clear block.  I used Block E.  For this card I first inked the top half of the block with the Island Indigo ink by patting the inkpad directly on the block.  I then wiped the top edge with a tissue then patted the Smoky Slate inkpad on the edge.

On the bottom half I patted on the Delightful Dijon inkpad, then wiped the bottom edge a little with a tissue to take off some ink.  I then ran over the edge with the Cajun Craze marker as I don’t have the inkpad.

Using a spritzer or small spray bottle spritz the block LIGHTLY with water.

2. Leave the block on the table top facing up.  I did tilt the block a little but I didn’t want it to run too much.  I find when you leave the block on the table rather than turn the block on to your card it saves some runs and drips.

Place your Watercolor card on to the block and rub over the back of the card. Gently peel off the card and leave to dry.

Once dry decorate your card as you desire.  This creates fun backgrounds.

Hope you will give this technique a try.

Thanks for stopping by,

Jenny

 

COLOUR INKSPIRATIONS CHALLENGE #09!

I didn’t think I was going to get time for this week’s colour challenge at Colour Inkspirations.   Then yesterday I had a  little amount of creating time.  I should have been getting some samples ready for my launch or get class cards done but ….

These colours have eluded me this week and I really couldn’t get anything together.

The colours were Cherry Cobbler, Dapper Denim and Pool Party.  Well, I sat down and created and for some reason in my head it was Bermuda Bay instead of the Dapper Denim.  I just posted it to the challenge page and and have just realised that I have used the wrong colours!! So I guess this is not going to cut it for the challenge.

But I will show you the card because you might like it even in those colours right??? 🙂

I wasn’t sure where this card was going at the beginning but I thought that the Best Birds set might be good with these colours.  I thought about stamping the birds and watercolouring them but then decided to do a background.  I have wanted to try this technique for a while so this might work well.  I will tell you about that below.

THE BACKGROUND

The background is created by inking the block, spritzing it with water lightly and then stamping.  I don’t know what this technique is called.  Direct to block stamping with a mist.  LOL! Here is exactly how.

First press the lighter colour inkpad over your block.  Take the next colour ink and press it over parts of the block.  You might like to take a sponge and dab the ink in places in the centre of the block where the inkpad won’t reach.

Then with your next colour, sponge the colour in different parts over the block by dabbing the sponge in the inkpad and patting on the block.

This is roughly what it will look like after you have inked the block.

Then using a spritzer or small water spray bottle lightly mist over the block with water.  Place the inked block upside down on to your card.  I used the Shimmery white or you could use watercolour paper.  Allow the card to dry.  You will find that each time you do this the results will be different so have fun and play with it.

TO FINISH THE CARD

Mat the piece on to black card.  Then adhere the piece to the Bermuda Bay card base which I stamped the “hashed” background on to it with Bermuda Bay ink.

Die cut 2 birds from Birds and Blooms Thinlits in black cardstock.  For the stem I first cut the branch from this Thinlits set but I thought it was too thick.  This stem is from the Stylish Stems Framelits.

Stamp the sentiment in versamark on to a piece of  black cardstock, tip over the White embossing powder and heat to set it.  Then cut the piece with the small oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. Twirl some Silver Thread behind the piece and then raise it off the card with Dimensionals.

Lastly, stamp a flower from the Birds and Blooms set and colour it with Bermuda Bay ink.

 

So while it is not right for this colour challenge I liked the end result – and I got to play with the Birds and Blooms set which I hadn’t for so long. So all is not lost. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by.  Back again soon,

Jenny

 

A TOUGH ONE FOR COLOUR INKSPIRATIONS CHALLENGE #08!

I have to say this colour challenge was a hard one.  I don’t really like brown colours.  I might add just one of them to a card occasionally although I do use Crumb Cake quite a bit but that’s a soft shade! To get all these brown shades on one card was tough!  I have contemplated it over the past week and nearly didn’t worry about it but come on, this year is about facing challenges! 🙂

Here is the inspiration image with the colours for Colour INKspirations #08.

Cute image hey! but Delightful Dijon, Early Espresso, Soft Suede and Tip Top Taupe together – all on one card…  Seriously!

So I played around yesterday and managed to create something that I am kinda pleased about.

BTW: I am trying out a new place to take my photos.  What do you think??

The base card is Early Espresso and then a mat piece of the Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper.  On a piece of Shimmery White card I stamped 3 of the “block” images from ‘Work of Art’ set.  The first one is stamped in Early Espresso, the middle in Soft Suede and the 3rd one in Tip Top Taupe.  Then I lightly misted the card with water and tilted the card a little to let the ink run a little.  I gave a little assistance with an Aquapainter too in spreading the ink.  The “BIRTHDAY” is from ‘Crazy About You’ and stamped in Early Espresso.  

I dusted off my ‘Hello You’ Thinlits.  It’s been a while since I have used these – and they are retiring in less than a month!.  I cut a “happy” in Delightful Dijon and another in Whisper White and adhered them together just offsetting them a little.  They were then adhered straight on to the card with the Fine Tip Glue Pen. Before adhering the piece to the base I wrapped around some Linen Thread.  Then finished the card with some Early Espresso from the Brights Candy Dots (already retired).

Well I don’t think it is a TOP 5 finisher but I am happy with it and you just have to have a go don’t you. Taking part in challenges really stretches your creativity and I have really enjoyed doing them and taking time to stamp for myself.  Find out more about the Colour INKspirations Challenges HERE.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great weekend.  I hope there is some creativity involved for you. 🙂

Jenny

A FUN CAROUSEL BIRTHDAY CARD FOR COLOUR INKSPIRATIONS #07 CHALLENGE!

I have wanted to make a Bendi card for some time.  I had actually forgotten about it until I saw it on Splitcoaststampers last week.  I thought this would be a great idea for this week’s Colour Inkspirations Challenge #07 and Carousel Birthday set might just work well for it. Why not use it too when it will be leaving us very soon. Boo Hoo!

So here are the colours for this week.

And here is my card…

Can’t you just hear that Carnival music playing. 🙂

If you would like to make your own Bendi card then you can find the tutorial HERE on Splitcoaststampers.com.

Just a tip with the tutorial:  I spent a lot of time stressing about where to line the slits up and how long the tabs should be.  Don’t worry too much about it though.  If you mark the pencil lines as it say on the tutorial. Mark the tabs in first that will slide in your slits. Make them how wide or the angle you want then cut the tabs.  Then line up the tabs on the pencil line where the slit is to be and mark the widest part of the tab in pencil on the line.  I then cut the slits with my Stampin’ Trimmer.

Have fun making your own,

Jenny

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TOP 5 PICK FOR COLOUR INKSPIRATIONS #06!

I am a little excited!  I have just been chosen as a TOP 5 Pick for this past week’s Colour INKspirations Challenge #06.  This was for my Dragonfly Dreaming card I showed recently. It’s nice to know they liked my card.  I can now proudly display the badge on my blog. 🙂

This was my card if you didn’t see it.

I am really enjoying taking part in these challenges.  It has helped me think about my stamping a bit more and to give things a go.  Life is crazy, busy but it has been good to take some time out and stamp something for myself.

If you want to join in too then head over to the Facebook Group Page HERE and check it out.

Wishing you a happy day/night.

Jenny

DRAGONFLY DREAMING FOR A COLOUR CHALLENGE!

I didn’t get to the Stampin’ Up! Onstage event this weekend for a number of reasons which was sad BUT I did get to hang out with my beautiful girl for Brunch and a movie and we had a lovely family wedding yesterday AND as a bonus I got to stamp today.  So while I missed all my stamping buddies and all the sneak peek into the new catalogue I had a special weekend. 🙂

This Colour INKspirations Colour challenge has been running for the last 3 weeks but I haven’t had a chance to look at it and to be honest I was a bit daunted as to how to put all those colours together!

This week’s colours for Challenge #06 were Night of Navy, Pool Party, Calypso Coral and Gold.  Yep! I would not normally put those colours together.

Here is what came together today.

It’s hard to tell by the photo but the front of the Night of Navy base card is actually cut and the sponged strip is set behind the cut section rather than layering it on top. To do that, I cut down on the left side of the Night of Navy card to leave a small border. I then adhered the sponged panel behind that on the left. Then with the portion of card I had cut off I cut it down to about 3cm (just over an inch). I adhered that over the sponged piece on the right. I hope that makes sense?? 🙂

To Create the Sponged Panel:

On a piece of Whisper White firstly wipe over the piece with the Embossing Buddy.  Stamp your dragonfly from Dragonfly Dreams with Versamark and then add Clear Embossing Powder and heat with your Heat Tool.  Using sponges and starting at the bottom sponge over Night of Navy ink, then Pool Party in the middle and Calypso Coral at the top.  Ink up the “spots” from Timeless Textures with Versamark and then add Gold Embossing Powder and Heat.  

After adhering the piece to your card as described above stamp the “dots” from Dragonfly Dreams in Night of Navy ink down the right hand side of the card base.  On a strip of Whisper White stamp the sentiment from Dragonfly Dreams in Versamark and then Gold Embossing Powder.  Add some loops of Gold Thread behind the sentiment and add that to your card with Dimensionals.  Cut some small dragonflies from Gold Foil and add 3 to your card.

I actually didn’t think I would get a card done for this challenge so that was a nice accomplishment for the day.  Hope you like it.

Have a great week,

Jenny