Wednesday, April 6, 2016

I couldn’t stop at just the clouds…

Well if you recall my last post it was a sad one, but with a really cool technique. And by the end of my post I could not wait to get back into my studio to try out a few of my ideas. Did you pull out your die plates like I did? Want to see what I came up with?

sticky note guide

Because the diamonds were much closer together than the clouds were on my rainbow card I had to go about shading these a bit differently. I made myself a guide out of sticky notes that would protect the diamonds to left and to the right of the one I was inking up. This way the ink was only going on the diamond I wanted it to go on.  I used the my ink in a really fun way that gave each diamond an ombre effect. Can you see how the ink graduates from the lightest at the top of the diamond to the darkest, rich color at the bottom? And of course I applied the ink using a circular motion to give it that soft, blended feel. Can you tell what color this is (without reading the inkpad)? Calypso Coral from Stampin’ Up! Such a fabulous color. The die plate I used for this is from  Papertrey Ink and I think it is called Harlequin.

triangles blue

I also made one using a two color blending method. Just remember to use your sticky note guide on the bottom of your diamond for the first color you choose and then flip it around to the top half of your diamond for the second color also. When choosing your two colors I would definitely try to choose two colors that look appealing when they blend with one another. For example a yellow with an orange or a red would shade well together because you would just get a different degree of that color. However two colors like purple and green might not blend so well. The result of those two might get a little muddied in the middle. So whatever two colors you choose, always play with them first on a bit a scrap paper to see if you like how they combine before you put ink to card.

bee

Here is a finished card I did using a hexagon die plate, also by PTI. What could be more fitting for hexagons than bees? And bees love flowers, right? The color I chose for this card, surprisingly, is not Hello Honey, by Stampin’ Up! I bet you thought it might be. I actually grabbed that color first but wasn’t loving it. My second choice was clearly the way to go though. The winner was Delightful Dijon. It totally lends itself to the honeycomb feel of these hexagons, don’t you think? These bees came from an old school die I have had since my first die cutting machine. It’s a Quickutz. Add a little warm diamond glitter from Elizabeth Craft Designs to their wings and they are just irresistible! The yellow and black flowers are from a Stampin’ Up die set called Botanical Builders Framelits Dies and the white flowers are a Martha Stewart punch.

coral

Here is my finished Calypso Coral card. This is one of those cards/pictures where I wish I were a better photographer. I sit here looking at the picture of this card and can’t help but think that something gets lost in the translation. The beauty of the rolled rose flowers, the sparkle of the crisp, white, glittered leaves and triple layered, sparkly butterly just don’t “pop” in this photo the way they do when you hold it in your hand.

So there is my expansion to my last technique. I hope you tried it too. I had so much fun. Thanks for taking a look. If you haven’t tried it yet, give it a go…you won’t be sorry!

Happy Crafting!

Shan

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