Wednesday, 13 March 2019

CI#51 Bouquet of Colour

Welcome back to another round of Colour INKspiration, and what a stunning colour palette we have this week. I hope you feel inspired to get your inks out and play along after you've been around and seen all the gorgeous projects from the design team.
If you've followed me for even a short time you'll know that one of my mantras is that " a girl can never have too many flowers"!- something I'v tried hard to teach both of my sons...so this beautiful bouquet could only be interpreted one way for me.


I don't ever consider myself a lover of purple but sometimes when you use it it's amazing how it just lifts a project. These are sunset colours for me. I had fun getting inky with some old tissue paper. I played with water and ink and mixed the colours on my silicone mat before laying the paper on top- a sort of reverse watercolour technique. Once dry I adhered it to some whisper white and then layered up the laser paper on the tissue, holding it conveniently in place with a purple frame - Thankyou Stampin' Up for the rectangle framelits!
My interactive card is a bit like the chocolate sliders which were in vogue a few years ago. And I did see a video by Jennifer McGuire which inspired me too.
I wanted to use the spotted voile ribbon because the bride's sleeves in the photo look so lovely but it didn't slide at all. So it is just an additional bow tied in with the white satin edged ribbon. The colours were so lovely on the front that I didn't add any sentiment.
Here it is a little bit open..
And here is is all the way open...
There's not a lot of room to write a message, although you can write on the back of the card insert. But I think the sentiment really says it all anyway. 

Next on the hop this week is the beautiful Jacque Williams from NZ - she's gone with flowers too this week! I'm so looking forward to seeing what everyone creates this week.

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

cheers, Liz
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Saturday, 9 March 2019

CTC #219 Gingham Gala inspiration with a Joy Fold.

Welcome back for another week at CASEing the Catty- how is it Sunday again already??
No matter, this week we are CASEing the Gingham Gala section of the Occasions Catalogue, and I was inspired by the wee butterfly card in the bottom right of our Inspo picture.
I have been busy making Fancy Fold cards since my class last weekend focused on "Simple Stamping with a Fancy Fold" so this post gives me an opportunity to share a Tutorial for the Joy Fold card which was one of 4 we made. You can see some of the other tutorials on posts for recent days here, and here.
This style of card has been around for a while and there are many different versions I'm sure, so this is my version (Metric).
A Joy Fold card has a base card which opens right to left like a regular card (or book), and a smaller card adhered to the card base which opens left to right. The small card front sits over the top of the larger card base.- it's your basic Reef Knot-"right over left, left over right, makes a knot both tidy and tight".
Here's my card this week.


I was inspired by the little blue butterfly card with the tiny punched out butterflies,  and the timber element. For my card I used 2 circle punches instead. I wanted to get the colours to tone with the patterned butterfly paper so I cut the circles from the backgrounds of some of those.




My circles are scattered randomly but there is almost no background Cardstock visible. If some of the circles had a little bit of pattern on them I just covered that or placed it hanging over the edge to be cut off. In fact I completely covered my card mat, so to help bond the DSP and the card base together I have run the entire piece through the bigshot using the subtle folder- love this effect. The timber butterfly was getting a little lost so I added some blue ribbon behind and made the butterfly stand out a little by first inking the shape with Balmy Blue, then applying a thin layer of Tombow and sprinkling the whole piece with Dazzling Diamonds.
Right side open
Left side open
Love this sentiment.

TUTORIAL
CARD BASE: 
                         10.5cm x 14.7 cm                Score at 10cm
                         DSP for card base = 9.5cm x12.2cm
                         DSP for card front = 9.5cm x 10cm
JOY FOLDING SMALLER CARD :
                          20cm X 8cm                       Score at 10cm
                          Card for Mat = 9.5cm x 7.5cm x 2 pieces
  • Score and burnish folds
  • Adhere large mat of DSP to card base, and smaller piece to front of left flap of card base
  • Adhere mats to front of smaller card and inside of smaller card
  • With the spine of the larger card base to the left, and the spine of the smaller card facing the right, adhere the smaller card to the card base
  • If you need a keeper to hold it close use a small punched circle and a dimensional.
This is the sample I used at class. I wanted a bit more colour than the plain black and white spotted base to I simply stamped some Balmy Blue all over it using the watercolour image from "Love What You Do". It's a great stamp to cover a large area. You can colour black and white- or black and vanilla - DSP easily to suit your purpose. It's a handy trick and one I use often.


You can see the keeper is just popped up on a dimensional, and the card front just slots in behind it

 That's it for today, sorry about the long post. Hope you get a chance to make one of these. They are easy and a nice change from the regular format. Don't forget we love to see what you create and you can pop a photo on our Facebook group page

Next up this week is Monique. I wonder what amazing creation she'll have to inspire us.
I hope you have a creative week and remember, 
"don't just post online,
 post something pretty!"

cheers, Liz

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