Friday, 17 April 2015

Watercolouring with Love & Kindness

Today, I'm sharing the first of my mid March class projects with you. This class was one of those times when things don't go quite to plan but work out really well in the end. Why? I'd originally planned a Blendabilities marker class, but the surprise & sad discontinuation of the Blendabilities range meant I needed to re-think the projects.

Watercolouring was the perfect alternative to colour the sweet tulip bouquet stamp image (Love is Kindness) & we used using an aquapainter & our ink pads (using ink in the lid as a palette) on whisper white card.  Normally I prefer to use watercolour paper, but I needed a pure white card to match the DSP.
I made two versions of the card using almost the same supplies & the gals chose which one they wanted to make - in pink pirouette/strawberry slush & pool party or daffodil delight/pumpkin pie.
See the striped background? We created it by sponging the BRILLIANT Irresistibly Yours DSP with sponge daubers & ink. As the paper is white with glossy resist patterns it's easy to make it any colour you like.  While the Irresistibly Yours paper is no longer available, you can recreate the look using white card, our striped mask, sponge daubers & ink. Still easy & so effective.
I can't finish without saying that yes, I've used the Crazy About You die & stamp bundle again for the sentiments. Just. Can't. Stop. Using. Them :-)

More Love is Kindness
Once I started watercolouring I didn't want to stop, so I made another couple of cards with Love is Kindness  & Crazy About You. They're an unusual colour combination for me - hello honey, crumb cake & baked brown sugar - but I really liked how they turned out.
I used watercolour paper for this one, which makes it lots easier to blend. It also worked well with the Typeset DSP too.
I liked the clean layout of this one & discovered that the bouquet was easier to cut out than I imagined. :-)

Well that's it for me now. Thanks very much for Stopping by & hope you've enjoyed seeing my cards. I'll be back next time with the second project from the class. If you have any questions about anything, just leave me a comment.
Inky wishes, Di


Friday, 10 April 2015

JAI 258 colour challenge - teen tri-fold birthday

It's new challenge time at Just Add Ink & this week we have a fun colour challenge set by Rochelle using this bold combination of blackberry bliss, smoky slate & melon mambo.
I thought this combo would suit a sweet friend of Cara's whose 16th birthday is today (I don't think she sees my blog, but shhhh as she won't get the card until tonight!). I took my lead from the blackberry & melon, using slate as a supporting player & made this very bold angled tri-fold card featuring Celebrate Today's brilliant balloons.
I was very much inspired by this lovely card by the fab Julie Kettlewell. Julie kindly shared her measurements & instructions in the same post too - thanks heaps Julie! Such an easy card but the angles really add drama & interest. Here's another view from the top so you can see the z-fold.
I added a gift card/cash pocket to the bottom of the back sentiment panel, carrying over the dsp & stamp images from the card front.
Here's a closer look at each of the panels - this one shows the front & 3rd panel. The middle panel doesn't need to be decorated (click on the pic for bigger images)
The reverse side includes the decorated middle & back panels. The dsp is one sheet of melon mambo - the chevrons are on one side & the small print is on the reverse.
One final pic to show another angle - this one is tricky to photograph.
I love seeing how differently all the design team use the challenge colours. You can check out everyone's creations & add your own to the challenge here. We'd love you to play along with us. Thanks for visiting my blog today. Please leave me a comment if you have any q's or if you liked my card. Pin away if you'd like too :-).
Inky wishes, Di

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