Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Colour INKspiration Challenge #13 Blog Hop

It's the start of another Colour INKspiration challenge and as usual we are kicking it off with a blog hop to get your creative cogs turning. Whether you have come from visiting Denita or are starting with me you are sure to get lots of inspiration.

We have some gorgeous colours for you for this challenge.

I love all of the colours but I don't normally use them together. When I showed these projects to my class ladies on Monday one commented that they didn't look like my usual style. I think that is why I love being on this Design Team so much. It gets me thinking in different ways and using my creativity. I was so literal for this challenge! That's okay right? Whatever floats your creative boat I say! So I set about creating a canvas and 2 cards using the Climbing Orchid bundle.

I am really happy with my canvas. So happy I had to go back to the cheapie shop to purchase the easel as well! A work of art needs to be displayed!

It came together quite easily. I added a few design elements to add texture and dimension.
  • A light wash of Wild Wasabi for the background. The larger bristled Aqua Painter gets this done in no time.
  • Shadow masking for the background. Lightly sponge Fresh Fig through a decorative mask. When dry, line up the cleaned mask with the sponged pattern and move slightly up and to the right. Apply Embossing paste. Don't cover the whole canvas.
  • White Stampin' Emboss powder to add definition to the petals.
  • A Fresh Fig base to each orchid to make it pop.
  • Stampin' Dimensionals (and Minis) in between layers to give height.
  • Dabby, plonky blending with an Aqua Painter to give shading.

I recreated a similar version as a card.

I had intended the above card to be part of a class but I needed an easier version so came up with this one. No Embossing Paste or powder but I still think it is effective. In the class we were discussing how we love this sentiment because of it's universal appeal. I always need cards in my stash that would suit any occasion. Add in some ribbon, a gold punched border and a tassel and I was happy.

INKspired to join the challenge? It's so easy. Firstly, get some INKspiration by hopping around to see what all of the Colour INKspiration Crew have to show you. Then you have 12 days from today to make and upload your creation to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group. You don't have to have a blog to participate but if you do you can link back to your post. Make sure you use all of the challenge colours. Not a member of the Facebook group yet? Just click here and ask to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in the fun too. We can't wait to see what you create with these gorgeous colours.

Next up we have my very talented friend and Guest Designer for the hop, Megan Lenske. Make sure you check out her take on this colour combination. You will love it!


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  1. Eeeeekkkk super super gorgeous cards Lou love them x

  2. Absolutely stunning. Oh. My. Goodness. They are divine. Good on you getting an easel for display. They deserve every bit of showing off.

  3. Wow! These are all stunning.... But that canvas is just beautiful. Really lovely work.

  4. Literal is awesome! The canvas is my favourite. You are a whizz with those orchids! Kelly x

  5. Wow Lou these are awesome.

  6. Such a beautiful display, Lou. Your creations are just beautiful. D x

  7. Whoah! You went to town on these mini works of art.

  8. Thank you for the beautiful cards and I love the canvas. I never thought to decorate a canvas. Thank you for the great techniques and inspiration.

  9. These are pretty darn spectacular Lou! I'm just loving the layering of ink and embossing paste and your arrangements of the orchid flowers on all three projects is just beautiful!

  10. Just wow! I've not been a huge fan of this set until now..:0) These are such a gorgeous collection Lou, so vibrant and pretty! xx

  11. I love both cards, especially the second one. I have the tassels but haven't used them so this was helpful for me to see. The embossing paste is on my next demo order!

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