Saturday, April 30, 2016

Totally Techniques - Floating Re-Inkers

Welcome back happy campers! I hope you are enjoying the hop today and that you have found some great inspiration.  I can't believe how talented this group are!

I hope that you have just visited with Heather isn't her creation gorgeous? Wow!

Here is my project for the month:
The card is a bit of a combination of the old and the new. The base card is a new In Colour Sweet Sugarplum mounted with Blushing Bride and a square of the new Playful Palette DSP stack ~ it looks a bit textured like Irish linen but in pink and cream.  The card is an easel card.
I love the floating re-inker technique and use it a lot already. Rose Wonder seemed the perfect set for the technique and I am reasonably happy with how it all unfolded. I heat embossed the rose stamp image in white embossing powder on Shimmery White cardstock because it is a little more porous than Whisper White cardstock but not as absorbent as water colouring cardstock or coaster board.

I spritzed the entire image with water and then added ink directly from the re-inker bottle to the saturated cardstock. The colours leached nicely pooling in areas close to the heat embossed lines. I used Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum and Blushing Bride. I moved the ink about with an aqua painter and spritzed it when I thought it was drying too quickly. The leaves were done with Always Artichoke and Pear Pizzazz.
Of course I didn't want to leave the leaves were they were so when I fussy cut the flower out I cut off the leaves and repositioned them. This contracted the stamped image a little and allowed me to position it in the space with enough void around it to balance the composition.

The burlap ribbon is retiring and I am devastated as I am a real textures person. I love the tactile and it seemed only right to fray the edges of the ribbon a little and position it below the stamped and coloured image. There are two pieces of burlap ribbon.  The gold is two strips of Glimmer Paper cut about the width of washi tape and I adhered two pieces inside the card - one to act as the stop for the easel and the other to balance the card.
Gold Metallic Thread seemed the perfect contrast - you will see the fine tousing behind the rose to tie in the gold contrast and the textures of the burlap and glimmer paper.  The sentiment is from Another Thank You.
The final touch is the use of the Clear Wink of Stella pen to highlight the edge of the petals and to marry in with the bling on the card.

Don't leave us without checking out all of the terrific projects for this technique.  Pop over to Nadine's Blog - I love all of her work, and I am sure that you will enjoy this month's design!
I hope you have taken some inspiration and look forward to you popping back soon. . .

Shanni xx

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Fancy Folds Hop - Camera Shutter Card

Such a busy and exciting time at the moment in my life - I have lots happening, I will be in New Zealand next week with my stamping sisters for OnStage Local Auckland ~ always such a blast! Then off next month to the Mediterranean with Stampin' Up! Grand Vacation demos. . . So this all means swaps, swaps and more swaps. . . not to mention creations for my special people.

Today it's all about the Fancy Folds Design Team and the awesome fold that's been selected for this month. . . a Shutter Card but I call it a Camera Shutter Card as I know there are a lot of "shutter card" designs out there.

You could quite possibly have just been looking at Frenchie's amazing card - how neat were those colour combinations, DSP and the stamped images?! She is such a talented lady!

Here is my take on the challenge:
I was really stuck on what to use as the basis for the card but focused on the fact that we won't have this beautiful DSP for much longer with the retirement of the Annual cattie. So this is the card 6'x6' square card.

Base card is Whisper White cardstock mounted on a square of Soft Suede to pop the colours of the DSP. We have all followed the tutorial by StampinTx which is a delight and lots of fun! The DSP is English Garden and the main colours are Night of Navy, Soft Suede and Tip Top Taupe.
This is just a gate fold card with a tricky insert on the inside. . .You know me I love textures and touches of bling. The stamp set I used is Garden in Bloom at two steps stamp set that I adore. For the flowers I mixed Night of Navy, Marina Mist and a spot of Island Indigo re-inkers on a saucer and made my own colour. I wasn't happy with the Night of Navy match to the DSP so this was my solution. I inked up the stamps using a dauber and because they are watercolour-esque it suited the project fine. The outline on the flowers is Night of Navy, the centres Tip Top Taupe. The leaves are Crumb Cake and Tip Top Taupe. I stamped on Whisper White and fussy cut them all out then pieced them together. . .
The sentiment is from Me=Grateful (I just like writing the name of this set). and I used the balance of the sentiment inside. The base shape is Lots of Labels Framelits. I used the largest in the pack, traced the outside on the back of craft coloured Corrugated Paper, I fussy cut it out so that it would be a mount for the actual Big Shot cut out. The sentiment is stamped on Whisper White cardstock in Night of Navy. For bling I added Gold Metallic Thread tousing and sequins from the Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit in the Occasions min.

I decorated the inside of the card as well and went against all of my card making principles and used dimensionals - eek! The flowers and leaves were stamped as per the details above and fussy cut. I mounted the centre facade on Night of Navy to tie in the colours and to make the centre of the card look framed. I used the Banner Framelits to cut my camera shutter sliders and replicated the Lots of Labels framelit shape inside.
I thought that I would give a reverse shot of the card so that you could see that the colours do marry in quite well despite them being at odds on the colour wheel. . it also gives you some perspective of how the flowers sit when the card is open. Here is a view from the inside of the card:

So the finished product one more time. . .
I hope that it has given you some inspiration to give this fold technique a try. It certainly is a versatile and unique card style.

Don't leave us just yet. . . head over and check out our next design team member

Have fun until next time and thanks for stopping by. . .
Shanni xx

Fancy Folds Design Team Hop