Totally Tropical

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Hello everyone. I don’t think this card can in any way be called clean and simple….It combines ink blending, stamping, die-cutting, splattering – yet not embossing.

I put this together for the current challenge at Daring Cardmakers. I liked the idea to use bold and bright colours and took my Altenew ‘Totally Tropical‘ stamp and die set. I arranged all my Catherine Pooler inks at the side of me, and stamped like crazy. I then took my Distress oxides and blended like crazy, too.

For the background, I blended, then splashed with water, then splashed with the Gansai Tambi Pearl colours. Whilst that was drying, I stamped most of the flower images, playing with the combination of colours for each flower. I stamped the leaves using different green inks, and then die cut the whole bunch of them.

The sentiment is a die from the same stamp set, which I die-cut four times using black card and double-sided sticky sheets, so I could layer that up for dimension.

Now the background was dry, I played with the layout, wanting some sense and uniformity – yet not too much…..using my 3D glue – to give me movement and placement time – I then stuck them to the blended and splattered ink panel. I wanted the sentiment to be framed by the flowers, and still stand out from all the colour.

Here is a close-up of the shimmer:

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3 cards, 6 challenges

Hello everyone. As hubby has been golfing – the weather has improved somewhat – I have spent quite a bit of time in my craft room. I have three cards to share with you today.

The first card:

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Using a stamp set from my recent crafting retreat with Uniko, and based on the colours from CAS Colours and Sketches, and the theme from Crazy 4 Challenges. Some masking was involved once I had stamped the bird – and I think I’m getting better at that!

The second card:

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Using the colours from Hand Stamped Sentiments – tranquil tide, rich razzleberry, daffodil delight (changed for an Altenew yellow instead – my daffodil delight is running dry!)

The stamp set is Altenew ‘Totally Tropical‘, stamped and die cut. I didn’t stamp all the layers of the leaves and flowers, but I think they look quite effective as they are. The background is a piece of card coloured with tranquil tide using my blending tool, then embossed with Avery Elle ‘Polka Plate Die‘, then another white layer which was die cut with the same plate and placed on top. This meant the dots stand a little proud, giving more dimension. The sentiment is from Uniko ‘Birthday Sentiments‘.

I shall also be entering this card into the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – something for a girl/feminine.

The third card:

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This for my mum, and I’m just about to take it over to her. She absolutely loves daffodils – perhaps because she was born in March.

The stamp set is another Uniko buy from the crafting retreat, stamped, then masked and stamped again – and again. Actually, stamped in black using Catherine Pooler ‘Midnight’ ink. Bev from Uniko and I played with that whilst we were at the retreat. It apparently doesn’t run with water-colouring, or using alcohol markers…….it’s true! All true! As you can see!

I used my Inktense pencils to water-colour the image – three different yellows, and two different greens. Hopefully that added some dimension to the flowers and leaves. I did go back into the green once it had dried as I wanted that darker. I added some splatters for the first time in – well – days…..

This card will be entered into the following challenges:

Just Add Ink add water (water-coloured)

Brown Sugar Challenge Spring or Easter