Wednesday 12 April 2023

Tropical Leaf for Colour INKspiration 141


Welcome to the latest challenge at Colour INKspiration! I'm delighted to say that this time around, I chose the graphic for this challenge and our team leader, Lou, threw into the mix the addition of one of the retiring 2021-2023 In Colors: Evening Evergreen, Soft Succulent, Polished Pink, Pale Papaya and Fresh Freesia. Although thankfully Fresh Freesia isn't leaving us completely: it's coming back as one of the Core Colours instead. For the purposes of this challenge, you can still use it. 

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 Yvonne Spikemanns Van-Bruggan 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 Mint Macaron for Soft Sea Foam. Black, White, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand and metallics are free colours, as are flesh toned Stampin' Blends.

I have been playing around with the Tropical Leaf set, one of the amazing things available as an On Line Exclusive. These products don't appear in any catalogue, only through a Demonstrator's On Line Store. They're well worth a look! You can look at the Tropical Leaf bundle here.

I chose Soft Succulent as my retiring colour. Just as well - the pad is almost dry, so this is probably the last thing I'll make with it. A shame, as it's such a great colour - especially paired with Evening Evergreen.

For this pair of cards, I used two different embossing folders: Cane Weave and Metal Plate.

I like using non-traditional colours for foliage, so the black leaves mix with the Soft Succulent ones. Because the leaf vein stamp is separate from the solid leaf stamp, it make it very easy to mix in new colours. I used Versamark ink and gave all the leaves gold veins.

The punch from the bundle is perfect for the large leaves but it's very easy to fussy cut the smaller leaves for variety.

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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  1. At first I thought the main card was Navy, just shows how the light can change black to a dark blue when photographing, the card design is lovely and love the soft succulent used for the leaves with the black.

    1. Yes, I'm not sure why but it proved difficult to get a good photo of this one. It didn't help that my Soft Succulent ink was almost dry so it was quite pale as well. Sorry to see it go!

  2. I love those big, bold leaves and a great way to use this EF too. I have an idea already for my Inkspiration card - can't wait to play along!