Tuesday, 19 March 2019

The Paper Players 433

The challenge at The Paper Players is my nemesis and, I think, not just mine! The dreaded ONE LAYER CARD. Yep, nowhere to hide with these. No covering up a botched sentiment with a banner popped up on dimensionals, no die cuts or snippets of embossed card stock.  Not even a lovely coloured border to frame things - unless you sponge it on. Just you, the ink and ONE LAYER of card!


After starting, and abandoning, a number of ideas I decided to use this challenge to try out a technique I've seen in a number of places around the internet. I don't think it has a name but it's using Stampin' Blends to colour white embossing. Here's how that turned out...




In real life, the colours are a bit brighter than they look here but still pleasingly subtle. The centres are in Light Daffodil Yellow, the stems in Dark Granny Apple Green and the floofy bits are in Dark Calypso Coral. I left parts of them white so that it would look more nuanced than heavily colouring all of them.



What I particularly like about this card is that although the stamped panel are dandelion flowers, with the stems truncated into a line like this they're not unlike exploding fireworks. I think that ties in with the 'Happy Birthday' rather well.

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Friday, 15 March 2019

As You See It 196 - Design Team Card

Time for a new challenge at As You See It. This week, it's colour challenge week. Who doesn't like a Granny Smith apple? Maybe that's why I'm so in love with Granny Apple Green.


                                                    

The colours seemed to say 'forest' to me, so that led to Rooted in Nature, my favourite set from the 2018 Annual Catalogue. I started with a piece of DSP from the Nature's Poem DSP. Beautiful, isn't it?


After fussy cutting the log, I added in some foliage in the two greens before adding in the greeting, using Stitched Label and Layering Circle framelits.


And I couldn't resist using my favourite sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings, 'Awesome at any Age'. This set is one of the highlights of the Occasions catalogue.

Pop over to As You See It Challenge and see what the rest of the team have done, then why not join in with us. You can link up until Wednesday 27 April, 11.55 p.m. PST.

I also used the sketch at Inspire. Create for inspiration.


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Thursday, 14 March 2019

Freshly Made Sketches 379

Today, I really wanted to play with the beautiful Dear Doily bundle. I turned to the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches for inspiration.


After white embossing some of the doily stamps onto Whisper White, I brayered Coastal Cabana over it making sure to keep the colour deeper at the bottom.


Then I've added in some Flirty Flamingo because it's so lovely with Coastal Cabana.  The layered doilies are so pretty. I've added in a sentiment from the Well Said bundle.


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CAS Colours and Sketches 312

Classes are already over for this month, so it was with pleasure that I got some time to play around today. I was inspired by both the challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches and my desire to play some more with the absolutely fabulous Dear Doily stamp set and Doily Builder thinlits. I just LOVE, LOVE this set.


For the vertical element, I first stamped the sprig of lavender. I coloured directly onto the stamp using some of the 2017-19 In Colours: Tranquil Tide, Fresh Fig and Berry Burst. Since they'll be leaving us in a couple of months, I wanted to use them because I LOVE them too! After stamping the first one onto the card base, I stamped and die cut another two and added them to the vertical, tucking most of them under the doily die cut.



I replaced the rectangle in the sketch with the very pretty vellum die cut doily. I purchased some vellum adhesive on line and this is the first time I've used it. Although it's not completely invisible, it seems to be a lot less visible than many other adhesives.

I know that the sketch has the sentiment under the shape but it looked so much better superimposed on the doily. So I'm guilty of using the sketch as a starting point but I think you can still see it in this card.


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