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

Get your Carousel Birthday set in store ->HERE while it is still available.  Wood Mount $47.00 AUS  Clear Mount $33.00  AUS

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

 

 

FALLING PETALS SPOTLIGHTING!

This weekend I have had a play at this week’s Colour Inkspirations Challenge #05.  The colours we had were Blushing Bride, Soft Sky and Sahara Sand.

They are such pretty soft colours and lend themselves to cute baby cards or soft floral or even butterflies??

Recently I shared a card with you of a different way to use the Falling Petal Embossing Folder.  You can see that post HERE if you missed it.  I have wanted to play with this idea since then and thought I would try it out with this challenge.  This is the card I ended up with.

The lighting is not very good today.  It is wet and overcast so not the best.  Actually it has been torrential rain for the past week!

To the card:  The base card is Blushing Bride and the mat is Sahara Sand.  I embossed a Whisper White card mat with the Falling Petals Embossing Folder.  Tied around some White Baker’s Twine before adhering it to the Sahara Sand card mat and card base. I cut a piece of Thick Whisper White with one of the larger Layering Circles Framelits Dies and embossed it with the Falling Petals Embossing Folder.

On this circle piece I created some little flowers with the embossed hearts/petals.  I used the Sahara Sand Marker to first draw some lines from each petal to create the flower stems.  Then coloured each flower with the Blushing Bride inkpad and Blender Pen. Then with the Aquapainter I added a light wash with the Soft Sky inkpad around the flowers. Just a note: After giving it a light wash with the Soft Sky it did wash out the Sahara Sand stems so I went over that lightly again.  I went over the petals with the clear Wink of Stella pen too to add some sparkle but it is hard to tell in the photo.

This coloured piece was then adhered on to a Blushing Bride circle a bit larger. I then adhered it to the white card mat lining it up roughly in the same place.  This created a type of spotlighting of the petals at the top of the card.

The sentiment is from Birthday Blossoms and cut with the Project Life Framelits.  I added some small adhesive pearls to the sentiment piece.  A small dragonfly was cut from the Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper to add some extra sparkle.

What do you think of this card?? I felt it was missing something?? Not sure.

Anyway, I think these challenges are good.  It makes you think a lot about your creating. It’s nice to steal away a little “me” time stamping too.

I hope you have a lot of creating opportunities this coming week.

Jenny

DUSTING OFF THE DAHLIA FOR COLOUR INKSPIRATIONS CHALLENGE #04!

I had a little play yesterday.  I was supposed to do so many other things but really …….  🙂  I wanted to have a try at the new Colour challenge at Colour INKspirations.  I wasn’t sure if I would get a chance later this week and I missed last week.  This is the colours for this week.

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I had been contemplating these colours all weekend and really wasn’t sure what to do with them.  I haven’t used Elegant Eggplant in YEARS!!  It was one of my “go-to” colours a long time ago. So I dusted that off and then looked at my stamp shelf to see what I could use.  The Definitely Dahlia stamp was one I hadn’t used in ages either.   After looking through Pinterest for a few minutes.  (Really only a few minutes.  You have to control yourself there!).  I was inspired to create a multi coloured flower.  So here is my resulting card.  I am still not sure of it but here it is!

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TO RECREATE THIS.

The Dahlia – For the ‘Definitely Dahlia’ stamp I first inked it with the Crushed Curry, then sponged some Delightful Dijon in the centre.  The idea then was to sponge the Elegant Eggplant on the edges.  When I first did this and stamped the Dahlia the purple went a brown colour.  That was not what I wanted!  So after cleaning the stamp I repeated with the Crushed Curry and Delightful Dijon, then with a tissue I wiped off some of the Crushed Curry on the edges.  Then with a sponge I went over the edges with the Elegant Eggplant.

After stamping it, some of the colour was a bit faint to what I would have liked (it’s an old inkpad) so I went over the image with the Elegant Eggplant Marker to touch it up.  I then went over it with the Aquapainter just to smooth it over.

The Dragonfly – The patterned Dragonfly from ‘Dragonfly Dreams’ set was stamped with Black Stazon onto clear Acetate and then cut using the  Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits.  I adhered that on to the card with Glue Dots.

To Finish –  Stamp over some “dots” from ‘Gorgeous Grunge’ with the Crushed Curry.  I tied around some Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine a few times around the card.  The sentiment is from the ‘Dragonfly Dreams’ set.  The card is layered on to the Elegant Eggplant card mat and then on to a Thick Whisper White card base.  Always bling to finish with the Rhinestones right. 🙂

So what are your thoughts?? Certainly not as good as some of the stunning cards entered for this challenge BUT you just have to have a go.  Check out the amazing cards and you can join in yourself if you like.  Head over HERE to join on Facebook.

Get your Dragonfly Dreams Bundle or the Definitely Dahlia at my store HERE now. 

Jenny

COLOUR INKSPIRATIONS CHALLENGE #2 – HOW TO TAKE ON A CHALLENGE!!

I had a play this past week with the Colour challenge at Colour INKspirations.  I have been enjoying taking some time out to take part in these challenges.  This was a hard one though.  I wouldn’t normally use these colours and certainly not that many together.  Here are the colours.

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So what do you make of these colours??? All colours must be used!

Well this is the card I ended up with.

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Just a close-up of the horse because all horses are sparkly right?? 😉

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HOW THE CARD CAME TOGETHER.

I thought I would tell you about the process in making this card as it might help you when you approach a Challenge – or just in making a card. You have 3 main parts when putting a card together: The stamp set, the colours and the layout.

Stamps: I just received the Carousel Birthday set so was keen to give it a try. That was the easy part!

Layout: I don’t know about you but I find it hard to just sit there and put together a card. I need some direction.  Often when I make a card from scratch I turn to a Sketch layout.  I have a number of them saved on a Pinterest board.  I went through these and found one that I thought would work well with the stamps. 

This was the sketch I used from ilovecardsketches.com (which I couldn’t seem to find the blog now).

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So the stamps are sorted and the sketch is chosen.  Now the colours are already chosen so just put it together. Right! Still not such an easy feat!

Colours: I usually only work with 2 colours plus a neutral for most of my cards so to HAVE to use all these was hard. That’s what a challenge is for though.  To extend your creativity.  Now how to use them.

When there are a number of colours to use I find it helps to first pick a main colour.  One that will be predominant.  So in this case the Mint Macaron. I have used that in the card base, the Carried Away DSP, and touches on the horse. Then you use the other colours in smaller quantities.  Choose one colour that will be the next main colour in smaller amounts, which would be the Soft Sky.  Then I have added some touches of the Garden Green and Wisteria Wonder in very small quantities.  This will give you balance.

Finish the card: Then with all those sorted you can finish the card with the sentiment. Which I cut with the Project Life Framelits. Then add touches of embellishments.  I used a little Paper Doily for softness and then added some bling with the Rhinestones. I went over the horse with the Clear Wink of Stella.

Card done and entered just in time. 🙂  If you want to join in on these challenges or even just to look and see the cards then you can request to join the Facebook group HERE.

Hope you found this helpful when you go to make your next card.

Jenny