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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

CI09 Denim and Cherry Richness

Welcome back for another round of Colour INKspiration this week, and a big welcome to Fi Cobbin who is our guest designer for this week.
I just love the inspiration pic this week - so many luscious images in there, and I once I started playing I quickly realised that this is one of my favourite colour combinations so far. 
We have a friend's (significant) birthday this weekend so it had to be a birthday card, but I have left the numbers off there! She's not a frills and fussy person so that ruled out flowers - which is itself an instant challenge for me!  But I loved the richness of the pool party backgrounds in all the photos so that was my starting point. I created 2 watercolour wash backgrounds - one on Watercolour paper and the other on Shimmery White. Then I stamped the solid leaf image using pool party but I spritzed the stamp before applying to the wet paper.  In real life the colour is a bit more intense, and I was really happy with it. Pool Party is one of those colours that somehow just makes me happy!

There are a myriad of circles and leaves in the inspriation picture and they just took me on a little flight of fancy.
This card has a sneak peak of a new Stamp set coming with the new Catalogue in June- you can purchase this set before then if you are a demonstrator- or if you sign up as a new demonstrator before June 1 and join my team - the CQ Paperlover's Crew.
 For the leaf images I tried the 'rock and roll' technique but somehow my ink edges on the solid image stamp were a bit blunt and angular  - looked more like a "rock and block" effect so I softened that by using the Stampin' Write marker ( I think I remember that being called the "Thumping Technique".)

At any rate I ended up with a 2 tone leaf which lent itself to some detail overstamping. The Colorful Seasons stamp set really does lend itself to lots of creativity and artsy play!
There's a dinky little tiny circle image which just needed some Cherry! This card was lots of fun to make. And since it is for a special birthday I made it into an Easel card.

A group of us a heading away for a special lunch and a rugby game to celebrate the occasion so "We're gonna have a good time " seemed perfect! The Big on Birthdays stamp set is really fabulous.

I love the look you can achieve with water and ink on the Shimmery White so I had to make that into a card also, which is similar but different.

The Seasonal Layers thinlits cut out very intricate leaves and I had to tie one onto this card.

And of course the inside should never be naked either.

Thanks so much for looking this week. I really hope you get inky yourself with these gorgeous colours and post a picture of your creation to our Facebook group.

Next on the hop this week is Denita- she's always got amazingness in her projects.

and remember

"don't just post online,
post something pretty!"



  1. Fab cards Liz. I really love the spritzing then stamping and your use of the lemon slice stamp!

    1. Thanks Lou - but the lemon slice image - the little citrus circle actually comes in the Colorful Seasons set! How cute is that.

  2. The cherry circles are gorgeous and I'm loving the watercolour backgrounds on both :-) x

  3. Just gorgeous, Elizabeth. I just love those leaves, and the die cut is amazing. D x

  4. Truly a gorgeous use of the colours Liz. Love your water colouring technique x

  5. Love these colours in your beautiful leafy creation Liz! Favourite combination so far - I love how diverse we all are in our creativity! Kelly x

  6. Such a fabulous effect Liz. Love the way these colours have blended so beautifully. A fab technique card and l'm sure much appreciated by the recipient. xx


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