Our new theme at the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge is sure to get your mouth watering. The theme is food and drink, and we’re sponsored by STAMPlorations who are offering a $20 gift certificate to our randomly chosen winner.
I spent much longer on this card than I actually needed to because my original idea had a completely different background. If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen that in my Stories. Once I had finished the other background though, I didn’t want to cover it at all, which meant I couldn’t use my focal image. So instead I decided to use that background for a standalone card (which I have since shared here) and use the focal image I had planned with a different background.
For the focal image I used one of the Fruity Frap digi stamps. I printed it onto some Neenah Solar White 80lb card stock, then coloured it in with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers. I of course used oranges to colour the orange. I went with citrus greens for the leaves, then creamy shades for the drink. I used the orange again to add the look of orange syrup to the top of the cream. I used a very pale blue green to add some colour to the straw and the cup. The last colour I used was a touch of grey to add dimension to the label. Having completed all the colouring I fussy cut the image out and set it to one side.
For my background I took a piece of watercolour paper and did some ink smooshing. I first used Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink as a base layer, dried that with my heat gun, and added a couple of more layers using Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink. I again dried it and once I was happy with the coverage I trimmed the panel down to be a little smaller than my card base.
My panel was pretty warped from the water and heat so I covered the back entirely with double-sided tape so that I could adhere it nice and flat. I then noticed that one of my corners was slightly ripped. I didn’t want to trim the panel down more than I already had, so instead I used my We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper to round the corners on my watercolour panel, which got rid of the broken corner. I considered rounding my card base too but, after consulting with my husband, decided against it.
I adhered the background panel to my card base, then used Tombow Mono Multi Glue to adhere the fussy cut image into place. As a final touch I used Versafine Onyx Black ink to stamp a sentiment, which is from the Just Because stamp set.
Whilst this card ended up really differently from my original plan I’m really happy with the end result. I think the splash of colour in the background works really well with the design. I also really like the texture I managed to get on the orange. I enjoy seeing my progress as I improve my colouring skills. Don’t forget that this is my project for the new Cupcake Inspiration Challenge. If you’d like to come and play along with us you’ll have a chance at the prize, so be sure to head over here for the details. You can also find more inspiration there from my fellow team members, or if you prefer you can visit them directly via the links below.
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Caffeine Fueled Paper Play – Coffee
Cards Und More Challenge – Color Palette
Classic DT Challenge – Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenges – Anything Goes
Cupcake Inspiration Challenge – Food & Drink
HLS Watercolor Challenge – Anything Goes
Oddball Art Challenge – Anything Goes and Optional: Sweet Lemon Sour
Polkadoodles Challenge – Anything Goes
STAMPlorations Never-Ending Anything Goes Challenge – Anything Goes with STAMPlorations
STAMPlorations Theme & Sketch Challenge – Anything Stamping
Check out what the rest of the DT made:
Charlotte (that’s me!)