Wednesday, 28 March 2018

CI#30 amazing reflection colours

Welcome back for another round of colourful fun. This week's inspiration picture is amazing and the colours are gorgeous but gee I found it hard to get any ideas to work this week! Does that happen to you too? I had loads of ideas that were fabulous in my head but translating those to reality was just elusive this time around. 
However I'm happy to say that after lots of attempts at various ideas, sticking with it paid off and I am quite happy with the final result. A blend of watercolouring and bokeh techniques,  inspired by the ripples in the water in the photo- and the leaf in the foreground. I love the Shimmery white Card for this sort of watercolouring. It's easy to work with.

These are all pretty strong colours together so I added only the smallest amount of Cherry by stamping the sentiment and the wee hearts so as not to overpower the piece. I could have used those enamel hearts on everything if there were enough in a pack! The tiny sentiment is from the Tabs for Everything set, it's so elegant. And the hearts are from the new Heart Happiness set. 
The Bokeh effect with the white Craft Ink does not photograph terribly well but it certainly softens the edges between blocks of colour. I cut the leaf sprays from Indigo and from the Champagne foil and they look lovely together. I did also run the layered panel through the sequin embossing folder to help unify the layers.
My thread and the large clear sequins are straight from the sewing box (Sadly untouched these days) as I didn't want to mix silver and champagne or coloured sequins.


One of my early attempts used the tree rings and more watercolouring. I loved the panels and will come back to this technique with more colours ( and time.......), but I couldn't quite get it to work.

Next this week is Jackie with her gorgeous pocket card. It will be fascinating to see what the team have created using this amazing palette. And don't forget we love to see what you create too. Just post a picture to our Facebook page - you might be our guest designer in the future.

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

cheers, Liz


  1. What a great idea to use the bokeh technique with these vibrant colours. And it really does reflect the water background in the picture - so clever and beautiful all at once. I do like the tree rings too - such amazing inspiration!

  2. Liz, I love both those cards and the softer versions of the colours. I'm going to have to order the Lovely Inside & Out stamp in clear mount if it carries over, to use with the stamparatus - I assume that's what you used?

  3. That bokeh watercoloured background is absolutely delicious Liz! The silver branch is perfect on it. Love how your mind works!

  4. I love your watercoloring and the bokeh effect is simply stunning, Elizabeth. Both of your creations are really beautiful. D xox


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