Thursday 30 June 2011

Summer Card Camp - Week 1

Summer Card Camp started three days ago... Amazingly talented Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner are going to share with us combo colours, techniques, sketches... In the first four days we've had a colour combo, two instructional videos and amazing inspiration by guest designers and the students. We are only on the fourth day and already I feel that I have learned quite a lot! And the inspiration is really amazing...

So... week 1 and the first colour combo is the following:

Great combination or what?

And here is what I came up with:

And since this is a birthday party card, I will submit the card also for the Wee Memories challenge with the party theme!

Unfortunately I can't add any more comments, as I just realised the time and I have to dash off to work... lol!

I hope you like it!


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Sunday 26 June 2011

Ice Cream Party

And another card from me today...

The colour combo I used a couple of days ago (from The Play Date Cafe Hollycock, Sky Blue and Orange) inspired me so much, so I thought I would use it again. After all, it is summer! And I wanted to give it another try to Lily Pad Cards Lucy's Lovely Lines challenge...

For this card I used Distress Inks in three different ways: resist technique for the background, watercolouring technique for the ice creams and colouring with daubers for the sentiment and the "paper lace".

I also used Glossy Accents and Diamond Icicles to highlight some details.

So the card is for the following challenges:

Lily Pad Cards - Lucy's Lovely Lines with the following sketch:

Wee Memories Challenge #60 - Party time!

Hero Arts June 2011 challenge - I chose the watercolour techniques option.

I hope you like it!


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Saturday 25 June 2011

Happy Birthday in Rainbow Colours


Today for my card I used all my favourite colours... lol! The colours of the rainbow ;o)

Here is a close-up of the flowers:

This card was inspired by the following two challenges:

Get Creative June 5th Card challenge: Make a card with six of the same element... I used the same chevron stamp six times, and I also made six felt flowers ;o)

Embellish Magazine Rainbow Color Trends Challenge

I used the stamp sooo many times (more than the final six you see here!) and with so many different inks... My conclusions are:

- When the stamp has solid parts or bold lines, it is good to use a soft surface beneath your paper, such as a mouse pad. I used a mouse pad I got from IKEA for 0,50c... but I think that any "foamy" type of surface should do
- At the end, the inks that gave me the best result in terms of fully and solidly stamped images were pigment inks... I tried chalk, Versafine etc... Versafine is fantastic for detailed stamping, but not all colours worked very well with the stamp (which was kinda strange...)
- Last but not least, you don't have to spend a lot of money on stamp cleaning products. I was just using baby wipes... of course at the end I had the messiest stamp ever, because baby wipes would clean most of the ink, but not the ink that would get between the lines. I have found out that no matter how a stamp looks like, Ultra Clean Stamp Cleaner by Hero Arts makes miracles. I have tried other cleaning products as well, but for clear stamps I got the best results with this one...

For more detailed materials you can see the pictures below.

I hope you like it!

Materials: Various felt sheets, plus:

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