Friday 30 March 2018

Just Add Ink 402

I'm feeling some relief today. Not only is it the start of the long weekend but my swaps are made for On Stage (my first one), my classes for April are planned and almost ready and all my Design Team cards are up to date - even ahead. And the sun is shining and we're doing well on the first day of the cricket test against England!

So when I saw the new challenge at Just Add Ink today, I was delighted to be able to play.

Beautiful Bouquet was the first thing I wanted from last year's catalogue and yet I've not used it as much as I thought I would. So today, I decided that it was time to give it some action. I'd also seen today a technique that I hadn't seen before on this card, which was edge stencilling. So I thought I'd have a try at it for this challenge.

Copper foil made a good accent for Fresh Fig, where it is not only a mat but is in the flower centres and in some of the foliage of the bouquet. I embossed the centres with an retired embossing folder that I cannot remember the name of but I like the way it's just added a touch of texture to them.

There are so many elements in the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set and Beautiful Bunch dies that you could create hundreds of different looks. I like using the flower centre stamp as a kind of fluffy blossom background element. The tiny blossoms stamp works just like gypsophila does in a flower arrangement - great for filling the gaps. So I'm not sorry I got this set. I just need to remember to use it more frequently!

Will it make the 2018 catalogue? Watch out for the retiring list when it comes out later in April.

Update: Delighted to pick up the win at Just Add Ink.

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  1. This is lovely Jan, the copper foil accents add a real lushness and glamour that really complements the deep tone of the Fresh Fig. Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.

  2. Gorgeous card, Jan. I adore the partially inked stencilled background, it draws the eye to your stunning Floral arrangement. Love the luxurious feel the Copper Foil adds, especially to flower centres. Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Just Add Ink this week.

  3. Just catching up and saw this card of yours over at JAI - don’t know how I missed it Jan, a worthy winner, just beautiful. I love the central flowers arranged with the faded out brick background framing them perfectly. Love it!