Creating Kindness Blog Hop
Welcome to this month’s Creating Kindness Blog and Video Hop. Our guest designer this month is my almost neighbour Kelly Kent from Western Australia, a very talented papercrafting artist and blogger.
You may be starting the hop here with me, Cheryll Miller, or you may have come to me from the blog of Carolynn Sander in Canada. A full list of blog participants is at the bottom of this post.
The theme for our October hop is to create a card inspired by the colours around you. It is Spring in Australia and we are surrounded by a riot of colour at the moment, with every garden filled with blossoms. So I didn’t lack for choice of colour inspiration … I did however find it hard to make a choice!
This beauty catches my eye every time I go past it, isn’t nature amazing! I love the way the orange and purple colours mix … it is almost decadent! The colours I see in this flower are Pumpkin Pie and Rich Razzleberry, along with some vibrant Lemon Lime Twist for contrast.
Watercolouring with Heat Embossing
I have white embossed my flowers on Watercolour Paper, masking as I went along to put some in the foreground and some in the background. The flowers have been lightly watercoloured with the Pumpkin Pie and Rich Razzleberry inks and an Aqua Painter. I did try to blend the two colours in one flower, however my colouring skills don’t have a patch on Mother Nature and the end results were random and not as bright and vibrant as the single colour flowers.
Here is a close up of all that watercolour effect in the flowers.
As all three colours are so bright, I toned down the Lemon Lime Twist to create a softer background before adding some texture with one of the little pattern stamps from the Oh So Eclectic stamp set. This background gets added last, masking the flowers so that it appears the pattern really is “in the background”.
The greeting is from the All Things Thanks stamp set (Wood Mount | Clear Mount) … “you are amazing” applies to so many people in my life so I use it often. I have heat embossed it with clear powder onto a vellum banner. Because the vellum is non porous, you might be able to get away with just stamping the greeting with the Black Archival Ink only and have it stay wet enough for long enough to get that clear embossing on and heated. However I applied Versamark to my stamp first and then inked it up with Archival Black Ink before stamping, so the ink stays wet longer and I have plenty of time to get a good coverage of clear powder.
Make sure your heat tool is nice and hot before applying heat to the powder. This will help to ensure the vellum doesn’t warp. The Stampin’ Up! vellum is the best I have ever used, particularly for heat embossing.
To attach the vellum to the watercoloured panel, I used my sewing machine and gave it a couple of rows of stitching. Stitching is a great method of attaching vellum, no problems with glue show through. I did attach a couple of glue dots behind the lettering, just to hold the banner in place on the card front.
And then to finish off, I carried the same theme through to the inside of the card.
Many of the Design Team create videos for their projects. Start off at my channel with this video, then click the video description to get the links to see the other Design Team’s video tutorials. Fun and easy!
There are links in the video description for each Design Team Member who has created a video this month, but here is a list of links to all participant’s videos.
Jay Soriano – https://youtu.be/XrvF46lOFfU
Jenny Hall – https://youtu.be/jzf0XrPSUn0
Maria Willis – https://youtu.be/2Qe21DVshZE
Carolynn Sander – https://youtu.be/tqD-faCpGzY
Cheryll Miller – https://youtu.be/CWO5OsWdVi0
Danielle Bennenk – https://youtu.be/6h5xcVyfpqc
The members of the Creating Kindness Design Team hail from all over the world and are such talented ink and paper artists. If you have time to pop around to each blog, you are sure to be inspired. Next up is the fabulous Danielle Bennenk (aka Mrs Brightside) from the Nederlands.
If you are in Australia, you can find all the products used to create this card in my online shop. Don’t forget to use the October Rewards Code to receive a gift from me at the end of the month and to go in the draw for the Season Like Christmas stamp set on 27th October.
It’s a great time to be shopping with so many discounted stamp sets and designer series paper at the moment.