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INKspired Challenge #130 - Darling Donkeys

 

Hello Everyone!  Welcome to another INKspired Artists challenge created by Teneale Williams.

You may have reached my blog from Katrina Healy, if not please hop back when you are through and check out what she has created using this colour challenge!

This Blog Hop will feature a challenge that involves using the Sale-a-bration catalogue (paper, stamp sets etc.). This is a great time of the year where every $90 of product purchased from either the Annual Catalogue or the Mini Catalogue equals free product from the Sale-a-bration catalogue!

I have chosen the 'Darling Donkeys' stamp set for this challenge, and I just love it! It's so cute and versatile, and hard to believe it is free!

I made this card especially for my husband. He loves Winnie the Pooh and the little donkey sitting down reminds me of Eeyore, so this card is all about him! This card will also be featured as part of my next class showcasing some different techniques and products.

Firstly, the card base is Whisper White Thick card stock. The feature is stamped on Whisper White card stock and matted on Black card stock.

Isn't he just as cute and cuddly as Eeyore!

The sky (Balmy Blue ink) and the grass (Pear Pizzazz ink) are used with the new Blending Brushes to create an soft and even background for this little guy to set in.


On a more close up view, you can see the colouring and the light splattering of Frost White Shimmer Paint. Eeyore was coloured in with the light Misty Moonlight Blend Pen, and then the colour lifter pen was used to create the lighter shading. The light and dark Petal Pink Blend Pens were added to the muzzle and hooves of Eeyore.

Eeyore was hand cut out of thick Basic White Card stock after stamped and coloured in. He is set on the card front with dimensionals.

The sentiment is also from the Darling Donkeys stamp set and is stamped directly on the card front after the sky and grass is created and before the splatter of shimmer paint. 

You can see that I splattered the shimmer paint after Eeyore was set on, however I am sure it would be just as effective to not include Eeyore in the splatter.

I added an epoxy clear heart. I am thinking one of the red or white Resin Hearts from the Mini Catalogue would have looked smashing as well! 


This will be a Valentines card for my husband, so I picked it up a bit on the inside with the little donkey kicking up his heels! 

The 'Wild about You' is from the Zany Zebras stamp set in the Annual Catalogue.


Thanks for having a look at my blog contribution, and leave a message if I can help you make this card or assist in getting you started in creating lovely creations for yourself!


Now it's time to hop forward to Narelle Macey's blog.  I can't wait myself!

Cheers and happy stamping!

INKspired Challenge #129 - Art Gallery


 Hello Everyone!  Welcome to another great sketch challenge created by Teneale Williams.

You may have reached my blog from Katrina Healy, if not please hop back when you are through and check out what she has created using this sketch challenge!

I chose to use the Art Gallery stamp set and the coordinating Floral Gallery Dies in ink combinations of Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape for my card. I hope you like the white on white throughout the design. This stamp set is really beautiful, and is a two - three step stamp process.


The background ink colour used for the large and smaller flowers is Highland Heather. As Highland Heather coordinates perfectly with Gorgeous Grape, I could stamp it in its full intensity. This way I could use Gorgeous Grape full intensity for the accent stamps. There are actually two accent stamps used for the large flowers. A tip - if using one colour just stamp off for the background.


The base card and additional layers are in Whisper White. I have chosen to give some texture to the second white layer with the Subtle Embossing Folder. The front and focus layer is cut using the Stitched Rectangle Dies.

I just love a bit of accent by adding some splatter of colour.  This can be done by flipping the large brush end of either Stampin' Writers or Blends pens on the inside of the cap creating a splatter of colour on the paper.

The sentiment is heat embossed in white on a piece of Gorgeous Grape card stock, and then cut out using one of the dies from the Floral Gallery Die set.

I used some white twine around the layers before adhering to the base with dimensionals. Dimension such as this provides some depth to the cards especially when using white on white designs.


 A beautiful inside to accompany a beautiful outside. I added some accent to the left lower corner with the tri-flower stamp, and of course, a bit of splatter. I used the dark and light Highland Heather Blend pens.

Thanks for having a look at my blog contribution, and leave a message if I can help you make this card or assist in getting you started in creating lovely creations for yourself!

 Now it's time to hop forward to Julie Martin's blog.  I can't wait myself!

Cheers and happy stamping!



INKspired Colour Combo Challenge 126 - Mountain Air


Hello Everyone!  Welcome to another great colour combo challenge created by Teneale Williams.

You may have reached my blog from Katrina Healy, if not please hop back when you are through and check out what she has created using this colour challenge!

I have actually gone quite simplistic with this colour combo challenge. I am really taken by the Mountain Air Stamp Set and the beautiful, yet simplistic, results.


I thought, what would these colours look like as a sky background for the wonderful Majestic Mountain Dies that coordinate with the Mountain Air Stamp Set.


Also depending on the light, the results are daylight or evening. I started with a brayer sponge in Basic Gray ink on Whisper White Cardstock, lighter from the bottom until around midway. 

Next, I added a layer of Just Jade ink on top the Basic Gray, darker above where the 
mountain tops would be.


Lastly, I added a dark layer of Merry Merlot ink blending the Basic Gray, Just Jade and Merry Merlot. 

I needed some stars and a moon, so first I splatter water over the background, 
and a perfect moon appeared! 


Next I spattered Frost White and Bright Champagne Mist shimmer paint by applying a small amount  to the edge of a clear block, and flicking it with a paint brush onto the background.  


This produced the perfect illusion of stars in the colourful sky!
Next I layered two sets of mountains. 

The mountains were stamped in Shaded Spruce ink on a die cut piece of Basic Gray.


The whole front sheet was then placed on a base card in Merry Merlot Cardstock.


I chose to use a sentiment from the Sending You Thoughts Stamp Set in White Embossing powder on Merry Merlot Cardstock and then trimmed around the wording.  The sentiment is placed on the card with dimensionals for added layering.

I hope you try using brayer sponges for dynamic backgrounds. Also, don't forget to splatter some glimmer paint for that added effect.

Let me know what colours you used and how it came out!

Thanks for having a look at my blog contribution, now it's time to hop forward to Narelle Macey's blog.  I can't wait myself!

Cheers and happy stamping!





 

INKspired Scrap and Add Plaid Challenge 125 - Christmas Gleaming

 Hello Everyone!  Welcome to another great colour combo challenge created by Teneale Williams.

You may have reached my blog from Katrina Healy, if not please hop back when you are through and check out what she has created using this sketch challenge!

I love this challenge! I also love using Black, White, Crumb Cake and Red in combination! I went straight to my Buffalo Check Stamp and the Christmas Gleaming Stamp Set as I am in the festive mood! Also, I wanted to create a country look and 'feel at home' card.


Black cardstock for the base, with Buffalo Check in Black on Whisper White cardstock for the background. My focal design is Crumb Cake trimmed with the Stitched So Sweetly dies on a background of Black.


The ornaments from the Christmas Gleaming Stamp Set are heat embossed with White embossing powder. I then used a Black Stampin' Write Marker to create a spatter on the Crumb Cake, along with splatters of Frost White and Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint.


To off set the Black, White and Crumb Cake, I added a sweet little bow using the Real Red and Gold ribbon from the All The Trimmings Ribbon Combo Pack out of the Mini Catalog.


I love the insides of cards just about as much as decorating the front of cards! I added the corner stamp from the Festive Corners Stamp Set in Real Red Ink, and one small embellishment from the All the Trimmings Embellishments.

Thanks for having a look at my blog contribution, now it's time to hop forward to Narelle Macey's blog.  I can't wait myself!

Cheers and happy stamping!






INKspired Colour Combo Challenge 123 - Gnome for the Holidays

  Hello Everyone!  Welcome to another great colour combo challenge created by Teneale Williams.

You may have reached my blog from Katrina Healy, if not please hop back when you are through and check out what she has created using this sketch challenge!

When I see these colours, I picture Christmas! I love Real Red and Crumb Cake together in anything, so I decided to use the new Gnome for the Holidays Stamp Set.


 Just the cutest Stamp Set and so easy to use and colour!

I started with a card base in Crumb Cake Card Stock, then a layer of Real Red Card Stock  and Whisper White for the main stamp area.



Simple colouring in using the light and dark duo blend pens in real red, crumb cake and mossy meadow. I didn't use pear pizazz in the mix of colours, but it is one of my favourite colours.



I included the real red stitched grosgrain ribbon with white stitching as a border. This ribbon is part of the Playful Pets trim combo pack. I really love it!



All the Gnomes are so cute!

I added some Wink o Stella to the striped hat and to some of the other Gnomes to give them a little sparkle. Then I included a few of the Gilded Gems to highlight the crumb cake, and to give the card a little bling!


I think I could actually hear the Gnomes saying 'Holly Jolly Everything'!

As a child (and now) I always loved walking through the woods looking for a Gnome home in a tree.  I was sure Grandma and I found some. The Gnome home stamp is a perfect embellishment to the inside of my card! Also used some Wink o Stella to the light bulbs, such a perfect effect!


The Grand kids will love this card for Christmas! I also created a little fun for the kids by turning the inside vertical, with the front of the card horizontal! Try it sometime, it is a fun little surprise!

I really hope you try the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set!

Thanks for having a look at my blog contribution, now it's time to hop forward to Narelle Macey's blog.  I can't wait myself!

Cheers and happy stamping!












INKspired Sketch Challenge 122 - Hooray To You

. Hello Everyone!  Welcome to my blog and a new sketch challenge created by Teneale Williams.

You may have reached my blog from Katrina Healy, if not please hop back when you are through and check out what she has created using this sketch challenge!

Sketch challenges not only inspire me, but they also 'challenge' me!  I thought long and hard about what stamp set to use, what colours and papers etc., something that can stand alone with simplicity around it. I will be interested in hearing if this card has achieved this.


I have used the Hooray To You Stamp Set together with the Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper in  shades of blues.


I started with a card base of Thick Whisper White card stock and topped it with the shades of blue Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper. The focal image is stamped in Night of Navy Ink on Whisper white card stock in regular weight.


I wanted to make the colours pop, so I used the beautiful and versatile white crinkle ribbon. Vellum paper is used as an offset background to the focal piece, this was chosen as I wanted to accentuate the crispness of the white and blue.


I used a piece of the DSP and heat embossed the words from the Hooray To You Stamp Set in white, and die cut a small piece of vellum to make a scalloped trim. The edging was done with one of the dies from the Be Mine Stitched Die Set.

I also added some embellishment from the 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots.


What's a card without an equally beautiful inside.
Here I added some Melon Mambo ink to jazz it up a bit! I used the sponge brayer to apply a small layer of ink at the bottom of a piece of white card stock.  Then using a scrap strip of the DSP, I again created a scalloped edging. Delicate and sweet!

Have a go and let me know how you went!

I hope you have enjoyed my card and it gave you some inspiration!

Happy Stampin' Fun!

Thank you for visiting my blog, and now hop on over to Narelle Macey for more inspiration!







INKspired Colour Combo Challenge 121 - Blossoms in Bloom


 Welcome to another colour combo challenge designed by Teneale Williams

You may have just visited Katrina Healy's blog  and hopped over, if not please use the link to hop back when finished, visit her page and see what she has created.

At first, I thought I would not include old olive in the mix of colours for my card.  However, after creating a watercolour background with Mango Melody, Pool Party and Pretty Peacock, I decided to just play with adding some Old Olive. I really love the effect, and it actually adds the 'icing to the cake', and as spring will be upon us soon it reminded me of my upcoming flower beds in the garden.

I also used the Many Layered Blossom Dies from the Blossoms in Bloom Bundle, and the sentiment is from the By The Dock Stamp Set.

I used the large / flat water painter brush from the new Water Painters set.  This brush was perfect for creating the streaked effect. 

I used the shimmer white card stock for my watercolour background, and I began by using the Pool Party ink first from the bottom left corner and  just up to about a third of the card front. Next, I began blending the Pretty Peacock ink lightly where the Pool Party ended and continued up with varying levels of intensity to around two-thirds, and finished off with Mango Melody.

I used the Mango Melody ink very lightly at first on the remainder of the card front. Then I applied the Old Olive in varying levels of intensity over the whole card, not too much and not too little.

Next, I went back and added some Mango Melody in a darker intensity here and there. It is important to remember not to use too much water on your brush, you don't want the paper to become saturated. 

I like to either use a small clear block pressed in the ink pad on one side and then pull the ink down with the water on the brush to create the colour intensity I want, or to apply a few dots of ink from the re-inkers to a clear block, and do the same.

The feature is created from the Many Layer Blossoms dies. I cut the thin overlay from Whisper White card stock, and the underlay in vellum from the fuller die. I believe that this layering has produced a subtle effect over the water colour background.

The sentiment is on Whisper White card stock, cut out with the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch, and lightly sponged the edges with Pool Party Ink. I popped the sentiment up with dimensionals.

I topped it off with a bow made from the Snowflake Splendor Ribbon that will be available from the Mini Catalog in September 2020. This ribbon is iridescent and picks up the colours around it beautifully!

I think this picture above highlights the softness of the colour combination.

For the inside of me card, I used Pool Party card stock as a background to the Whisper White, and added one of the smaller flowers in the die set.  I added water colour in the same combination lightly to the Whisper White flower before gluing to a vellum underlay.  

A tip I find helpful for gluing the thin cut outs to the vellum (or any surface) is to apply the multipurpose liquid glue on a sponge, then sponge lightly to the back of the cut out. I suggest to do this on the Silicone Craft Sheet, this will provide a safe gluing surface and the sheet can be easily wiped cleaned.


I really hope my card showed off the colour combination, as well as how to create a simplistic water colour background for any card! The possibilities are almost endless to the imagination!

Have fun Stampin'!

I encourage you to click on Narelle Macey's name and check out what she has done with the colour combo challenge!


If you want to know more about the products used or watercolour techniques, please leave a comment and I will happily get in touch with you!