Cheerful Daisies Blended for Colour INKspiration Challenge #149

Cheerful Daisies Blended for Colour INKspiration Challenge #149


Cheerful Daisies blended with Stampin’ Blends and used for Colour INKspiration challenge #149, despite me having promised to put this stamp set away.

Welcome to my blog. Today’s post is for Colour INKspirations Colour Challenge #149. Our inspiration pic for this challenge was chosen by our very talented team member … Lou Kitzelman. Ingrid Heijen-Hermens is our guest designer for this challenge and I can’t wait to see what Ingrid creates.

Check out how to join in the challenge below …. if you don’t have the exact colours, you can use a close substitute, Berry Burst instead of Moody Mauve for instance.

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The Colour INKspiration challenge is a great one to get your inspiration flowing. It is very easy to enter the challenge. You don’t need a blog, you can simply post your card image in the facebook group. This challenge finishes on Monday August 21st at 7:00pm, so you still have all weekend to get crafting and we would love to see your creation.

Our CI#149 challenge features Fresh Freesia, Moody Mauve and Misty Moonlight. The challenge parameters are to use all three of the challenge colours (or if you don’t have the exact colour, you can substitute a close alternative). In addition you can use neutrals such as Basic White, Crumb Cake, or metallics.

Check out how you can join in the challenge at the end of this post or on the facebook page here.
And if you need inspiration, the designer’s album for this challenge is absolutely fantastic. Click on the Media tab and then “Albums”, or go straight to the album here.

Cheerful Daisies blended …

Okay, okay, okay … I know I was supposed to put the Cheerful Daisies bundle away. But it is such a versatile set, and these daisies are just so “happy”. A very aptly named set, I reckon!!

Cheerful Daisies blended

The feature of this card is the Daisy images coloured with Stampin’ Blends in the challenge colours, Fresh Freesia, Moody Mauve and Misty Moonlight. I stamped all three of the daisy outline images and the solid leaves randomly over a piece of Basic White Thick cardstock with Black Memento ink. How many to stamp? I chose a die to use for cutting out a panel of the blended daisies first and then stamped enough daisies to fill that panel.

The daisy outlines were then coloured with a combination of Fresh Freesia and Moody Mauve in the Stampin’ Blends. These colours blend really well and I was able to get lots of gorgeous blending effects just by using combinations of light and dark blends in both colours.

The background has been coloured with Misty Moonlight light Stampin’ Blend. Before I started, I dried off the piece with my heat tool to try and negate any blending of the Misty Moonlight into the pink daisy petals. I coloured the background quickly and lightly and didn’t worry too much if there were parts that weren’t coloured smoothly. I then added a few strokes of dark Misty Moonlight around the petals and came back in with the light Misty Moonlight and blended any obvious stroke marks. There are still some lines and texture, but I think this adds a handmade, painterly feel to the piece.

Nested Essentials Dies …

Nested Essential Dies

I pulled out these dies to cut a panel from the blended daisy panel. I used the largest in the affectionately named “coffin dies” to use … I must admit, this is the first time I have used these die shapes because I can’t “unsee” a coffin now. But if this has to be a coffin, it certainly is a very pretty one!!

Cheerful Daisies Blended

Countryside Blossoms Shimmery Background …

Countryside Blossoms Embossing Folder

I have used the Countryside Blossoms Embossing Folder for my background today. It is a regular embossing folder, but still has a wonderfully precise and detailed embossed effect.

I have been playing around with different embossed backgrounds recently … for the last colour challenge I used a double embossed technique.

For my background today, I wanted to create a shimmery effect in Fresh Freesia colouring by applying a watercolour wash on a piece of Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper. I would normally have mixed up some Fresh Freesia ink refill and Wink of Stella to create a shimmery ink to use for the wash BUT all of my Wink of Stella Pens were a little too empty to use. So I pulled out my Pearlised Enamel Effects and added a few drops of the white liquid to some Fresh Freesia Ink Refill on a palette and mixed them together well.

Pearlised Enamel Effects Basic

I applied a layer of water to the Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper panel first and then washed the entire piece with the shimmery Fresh Freesia ink. While the piece was still wet, I placed it in the embossing folder and ran through my die cut machine. Being wet (or damp), the embossing pattern is more deeply etched into the paper and some of the ink is pushed into the pattern more in some places, which also helps accentuate the embossing. The shimmery effect is subtle, picked up by the light when the card is tilted.

Countryside Corners Embossing Folder

Note: You may have to wash your embossing folder once you are done as the wet, shimmery ink tends to be squeezed out as you emboss the card.

Finishing touches …

Cheerful Daisies Blended

I utilised the White Pearlised Enamel Effects again by adding little dots to the centres of the daisies. I left these overnight to dry!!

The sentiment is from the Cheerful Daisies Stamp Set, stamped with Black Memento ink onto Fresh Freesia Card and die cut with a small stitched banner shape from the Stylish Shapes Dies. I adhered it with Dimensionals to the daisy panel.

Cheerful Daisies Close

The Baker’s Twine is white, some has been coloured with Fresh Freesia Stampin’ Blend, tied in a bow and adhered above the sentiment.

Last step is to add some Brushed Brass Butterflies!

INKspired to join the challenge?

It’s so easy. Firstly, get some INKspiration by checking out all of the creations of the Colour INKspiration Crew in the challenge album on our Facebook Page. Then create and upload your creation to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group. CI#149 finishes at 7 pm (AEST) on Monday August 21st, so you have all weekend to create. 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. You can also use neutrals such as Basic White, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand and metallics.

Not a member of the Colour INKspiration 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.

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Shopping info …

If you are in Australia and would like to purchase any of the supplies to create this card, links to my online store and shopping info are listed below. All purchases will receive a Video Class Bundle (12 videos to watch at your leisure) and go on the Catalogue mail out list for the next Catalogue.

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