Wednesday, 26 April 2017

CI08 Playing with Gold

Welcome back to Colour INKspiration this week.We're a bit out of sync lately having had the changes to timetables with Easter and Anzac Day. So it's good to get back into the swing of things. 

This week's inspiration picture is just so gorgeous but browns are not a colour palette many of us use routinely as a base so I found it hard to get started for this project.  I began with some clear block "smooshing" using delightful Dijon and Shimmer Paper which created a nice panel to use for the accents and sentiment. I did actually stamp the butterflies and heat emboss them with clear powder but that doesn't show up very well in the photography.

Then I used my favourite leaf image from Kinda Eclectic and created a full sheet of background card stamping with soft Suede onto Tip Top Taupe. I'm really sad that this set is retiring - but i don;t think it will leave my shelves!!
 I loved the panel but wanted to accentuate with some gold highlights so I stamped the miniature butterflies from the Perpetual Calendar set over and among the leaves and heat embossed them with gold too. The frame is obviously gold, and I heat embossed the sunrays onto vellum in gold also.

Here's a little bit more detail

And the inside is decorated with a few strips of paper and card.

I had lots of scraps left over and they sort of just fell together for another Mother's Day card to add to my market stall next week.


Thanks for looking today, the beautiful Jacque is up next with her lovely soft style. The range of projects produced this week is stunning. Enjoy your tour of the hop, and be sure to leave some comments as we all really appreciate your feedback.

and remember, 
"don't just post online - 
post something pretty"

Sarah Douglas challenged us all at Onstage to "post something that means something - 

I think she's on to something.

cheers, Liz


  1. Wow, your cards are amazing and so detailed and beautiful and gorgeous. I really love the Mother's Day card too. The smooshing looks so soft and pretty.

    1. Thanks Julia, smooshing is one of my favourite techniques!!!

  2. Wow, 2 amazing cards Liz! Love the texture & design in the Kinda Eclectic card - it suits the theme perfectly! Kelly x

  3. Oh my, both cards are gorgeous! You have done an amazing job with this colour challenge TFS xxx

  4. You have made the tones of browns look so pretty!! They are stunning!! Love love love them xx

  5. Wow! What a stunning card Elizabeth! I am loving all those layers! You have worked those colours perfectly!

  6. Liz, I can't begin to tell you all the things I love about your cards. I love the kinda eclectic leaves, love the new shiny embellishments, and the inside of the card etc etc.

  7. Love those layers! I really struggle to get balance like this ... everything just works sooooo beautifully! T

  8. Wow, these are both lovely Liz. The addition of gold accents really adds that something special.

  9. Love them both Liz! The smooshing makes them!

  10. Oh wow, looks stunning. Love the gold!

  11. Liz your cards are so lovely, I had missed the little butterflies on the background of the first card.

  12. Absolutely stunning, Elizabeth. The gold accents give life to both of your beautiful projects. D xox

  13. Two gorgeous creations Liz! I love the gold details and the collage style...really beautiful!xx

  14. Two gorgeous cards, Liz. Love how you used the 'scraps' for the second one and it's a stunner too. Great idea to do Mother's Day cards with an Autumn theme - makes perfect sense!


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