Friday, 19 August 2016

JAI 325 sketch challenge - Falling Flowers

It's Friday (yay!) so we have a new challenge for you at Just Add Ink & Tina has suggested this very flexible sketch.


The weather has turned very warm in Sydney over the last couple of days so I made a bright, happy card to celebrate that Winter's on it's way out... I hope.


I used one of my newest purchases from the Annual Catalogue - the Falling Flowers stamp & die bundle. If you're thinking 'Another flower set?' Well, yep, I totally cannot resist a beautiful flower & these are fab as the flower outlines can be coloured, embossed,  or both.... & cut out for you too. No fussy cutting here - yippee! :) But I digress...

The card is all about the flowers so the other elements are simple but not boring - I used chevron paper (Pop of Pink dsp pack) to represent the squiggly line in the sketch, leaving the bold flower cluster to be the star.  The 'for you' is from Thoughtful Branches - had to sneak that one in again - I can't resist that script handwriting font.

Back to the flowers - first I stamped the flower & leaf images onto shimmer white cardstock (so shimmery!) in basic gray archival ink onto, which is waterproof & gives a softer look than black, then watercoloured & cut them out.

The shimmer card gives a different look than colouring on watercolour paper - the smooth & shimmery finish  accepts more blending & water than regular or thick white, but not as much as watercolour paper. This is definitely what I'd call 'messy colouring' as it's not as smooth & blended as I'd normally like but I still like the effect. Here's a closer look.


I used my aquapainter & ink from the ink pad lids; melon mambo & rich razzleberry for the large flower, melon membo for the buds, daffodil delight for the small flowers, rich razzleberry for the tiny flowers & wild wasabi for the leaves. I coloured the pink pearls with a sharpie pen.

I carried the theme over to the inside, leaving lots of room for a message. I like to leave 'for you' cards blank until I need them.



Well that's my take on the sketch, so now it's your turn. Check out all the team's projects here on the Just Add Ink blog & link up your challenge project too.

Thanks for visiting today. If you'd like more info on my card, just leave a comment. Here's a final combined image to pin for later. Check out my supply list below to see & order anything I've used.



Inky wishes
Di


Supplies
To see & order any items used in today's project, just click on the items below to see them in my Online Store. You can order from me if you live anywhere in Australia. I would love to be your Demonstrator if you don't already have one.  Please allow "Demonstrator contact" in your preferences so I can thank you properly when you place your order.
Note - Stamp sets & bundles noted below may be available in other mount options (eg wood, cling rubber or photopolymer). I have listed the option that I used, then some alternative separate options at the bottom.. Please check the online store if your preference is different.





Sunday, 14 August 2016

JAI 324 inspiration challenge - Thoughtful Branches for Spring

I almost missed Just Add Ink's inspiration pic challenge thanks to a busy week, but managed to sneak in completing a project in at the last minute, albeit with this delayed post. This is the pretty inspiration pic the lovely Trish challenged us with.


It's still very much Winter here in Sydney & I can't wait for Spring to arrive. This inspired me to use the inspiration pic colours & feel to create a Spring scene with a blossom covered tree.


Create a watercolour wash background.
1. Attach watercolour paper to largest stamp block using washi tape to create a masked edge & help keep the paper from warping when wet. This was a great tip shared here by SU CEO Sara Douglass.
2. Create ink palette to watercolour with. Add a drop of pool party & pear pizzazz ink refills to their respective ink pads. Usually I simply squeeze the inkpad lid to get ink to watercolour with. Using the reinker makes it easier to add more colour over a larger area.
3. Use aquapainter to pick up ink & wash over watercolour paper. Start with the sky (pool party), working from the deepest area near the horizon to the top. Leave to dry, then repeat for grass section (pear pizzazz). Be careful not to re-wet the pool party section as colours may bleed together.

Add a spring blossom tree
Cut the tree in kraft cardstock using the Thoughtful Branches bundle / Beautiful Branches thinlits. The kraft card has a lovely, warm, natural feel. Then attach little flowers  in rich razzleberry, sweet sugarplum & blushing bride (tree builder punch). Use

Flower tips:

For instant flower dimension, press flower centre with non-pointy end of the paper piercing tool.
Bling some flower centres with rhinestones & give the remainder glossy centres with a little drop of glue from the fine-tip glue pen.

Finishing touches
Stamp & silver emboss sentiment (Thoughtful Branches) & add some ribbon. Mount watercolour card on sweet sugarplum base. Let me know if you have any other questions

Now, you need to head over to the Just Add Ink blog to see all the gorgeous projects the team made for the challenge. We'd love you to make your own card using the challenge too.

I have lots more Thoughtful Branches cards to share this week once I get to photograph them.
Thanks for visiting today & remember to pin my card for later if you liked it.

Inky wishes, Di

PS. Remember that Thoughtful Branches is ONLY available to order during August, while stocks last. See this post for more info about it or click on it in the supply list below to order.


Supplies
To see & order any items used in today's project, just click on the items below to see them in my Online Store. You can order from me if you live anywhere in Australia. I would love to be your Demonstrator if you don't already have one.  Please allow "Demonstrator contact" in your preferences so I can thank you properly when you place your order.
Note - Stamp sets & bundles noted below may be available in other mount options (eg wood, cling rubber or photopolymer). I have listed the option that I used, then alternative separate options at the bottom.. Please check the online store if your preference is different.



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