Welcome to the latest challenge at Colour INKspiration. This gorgeous palette was chosen for us by Crew Member, Leonie Stuart.
If you haven't played with us before, we are a group of Stampin' Up Demonstrators from the South Pacific. Challenges are shown and entered via our Facebook Group page. If you don't belong, and would like to, click here. Don't forget to answer the three easy questions you'll be asked when you ask to join the group.
Each challenge, Top Picks and a winner are chosen by the crew and the winner offered a chance to Guest Design with us for a future challenge. We welcome Bev Evans as our Guest Designer for this challenge.
If you don't have an exact challenge colour, feel free to replace it with whatever you have that's closest, for example Bermuda Bay for Coastal Cabana. Black, White, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand and metallics are free colours, as are flesh toned Stampin' Blends.
I don't know about you, but the combination of bright colours and greens steered me towards florals. While I usually steer away from what seems to me to be the obvious choice, this time I just went with it.... a combination of ill-health and a lovely new floral set to play with! 😀
I do not know why I resisted the Cottage Rose bundle for as long as I did. It should have been the first thing in the cart when the new catalogue came out way back in May.
I started by gold embossing the large rose image twice. I watercoloured both of them. I fussy cut both of them out because I wanted a narrow (read non-existent) edge around as much of it as I could, then sponged Coastal Cabana around the bits where I needed an edge. An easier option would have been to use the matching die and sponge all of the edges. I kept one of the images as the base and cut out the other into smaller pieces to build up the cluster.
After embossing the card front with the Hive 3D folder, I sponged Coastal Cabana over the area where I was going to build the flower cluster. I used the uncut image as the base and added in the cut down elements around it. The second large rose is popped up on dimensionals as are some of the extra foliage pieces. I did play around with adding in some of the superb die cut foliage that come in the set but, in the end, didn't use them because I wanted to stick to a more realistic look.
The sentiment is gold embossed on Coastal Cabana and cut using the Stylish Shapes dies. The Brushed Brass Butterflies were the final embellishments.
We'd love to have you join in the challenge with us. Visit the Colour INKspiration site to check out the album of Crew Cards for inspiration. You can also add your entry there. We all enjoy seeing what you do with our colour palettes, so join in!
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