Friday, 11 January 2019

CI#50 Beautiful Beach Colours feb

Well Hello!
Welcome back to the Colour INKspiration bloghop. This week's colours are just absolutely stunning together. It took me a while to get started using them but they are so nice to use together.

I was intrigued by a technique I've never heard of before which Kelly described in the last challenge so I just HAD to go and get some glycerine for sponging. What a smooth and lovely effect this is. You need to 
  • stamp your inkpad onto a clear block so you have a generous amount of ink to work into the sponge/ sponge dauber ( or use ink refill drops)
  • use  only a few drops of glycerine and work it into the sponge so that it is distributed evenly - I put a little puddle on a large clear block and used this as a palette
  • sponge from off the project onto your card as normal - small circular motions to cover the area, adding more colour for more depth as desired.
  • the smooth coverage is lovely and the effect is mesmerising- a bit like the ocean in the picture!
  • you need to store these sponge daubers separately ( airtight container) once they have glycerine in them and I wouldn't recommend using them directly on the inkpad as the glycerine might damage the inkpad.
I did that with Coastal Cabana as the background colour for my stamping after placing a punched out circle of paper as my mask on the vanilla card base. (-Terrible photo sorry but it's the only before shot I have). I started sponging on the mask and worked my way outwards to create a smooth patch of colour.
With my mask still in place I stamped the flowers and leaves from the gorgeous Painted Seasons Sale A Bration set. The little dots in mango were just the tiniest accent it needed.  You can earn this set as a bundle as a Level 2 Sale A Bration choice- ie free with a purchase of $180 of any product.

I have to confess I don't have the greatest success with masking and was disappointed that the flowers did not stamp very close to the edge of the mask. So to remedy the flaw I decided to make cover the fault with a circular frame and make it a shaker card, There are so many great sets of sequins at the moment so I simply piled them on top of my sentiment and glued the window in place.
I took a tip from Jackie Aitkin who is one of our team members and a Stampin' Up! Artisans this year. (ie super talented stamper!) and placed a thin bead of Multipurpose Liquid glue on the adhesive foam strips so that I had a little bit of wiggle room to get the frame in just the right spot. Great Success!!
And of course the inside is also decorated because I was having so much fun.
I did a few samples using these colours and stamps. This one didn't make it as a shaker but it still needed a frame. I quite like the little birdie and the timber heart with the sentiment, and the sequins added the mango touch for me.

Next this week is Monique

I know you will have fun with these colours, so after you have seen all the amazing inspriation projects in this hop get your inks out and create a card for the challenge. You simply need to take a photo and post it to our Facebook Page.We'd love to see what you create.

I hope you have a creative week and remember, 
"don't just post online,
 post something pretty!"

cheers, Liz

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  1. Absolutely gorgeous Liz. I think it is perfection!

  2. What a gorgeous spray of flowers! The sponging really elevates it. You've employed some very creative ways to use the centre of your design. The shaker is pretty special!

  3. These are both gorgeous Liz. You are so right about the glycerin sponging being mesmerising. The effect is just wonderful. I so need to try this too! x

  4. I looooove the way you've used the colours this time! Love the sponging and the circle frames too. Totally gorgeous.

  5. Love these cards and the way the frames draw the eye, whether they're shaker frames or not.


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