We have a colour challenge starting today at Cupcake Inspirations, with a lovely summery inspiration image. The colours are cyan, tangerine and pink, which lead to a bit of a discussion amongst the team about exactly what cyan looks like. Sometimes more specific colour names can get a bit confusing, right? But don’t worry, no need to get the colours exactly perfect, as long as we can see them in your project!
I decided to go floral for my card and pulled out the Altenew Build-A-Flower: Sakura Blossom stamp and die set. I actually used these for another Cupcake Inspiration Challenge not long after I first got them! You can find that here.
I decided I would represent the pink with the big flowers, the tangerine with the smaller flowers, and the cyan in the leaves. I worked a layer at a time, leaving each flower (or leaf) to dry for a few minutes before stamping the next layer, to make sure they would remain crisp. With this set I like to die the elements before stamping them, then place them back into their negatives in my MISTI for positioning.
I went to the Floral mini cube bundle for the pink flowers. The bottom, solid layer is stamped with Frosty Pink, the second more detailed layer with Coral Berry, and the final centre part with Ruby Red.
I don’t (yet!) have any orange Altenew inks, so I bought in Catherine Pooler’s Tiki Torch, using second generation stamping for the lighter solid layer, then full strength for the detailed layer. I then used Simon Says Stamp’s Orange Slush for the central detail line.
For the leaves I chose Altenew’s Aqualicious. As I had done with the orange flowers I did second generation stamping for the bottom solid layer, then full strength for the detail layer. The leaves do not have a third layer.
I set all my leaf and flower elements aside and worked on my card base. I used the On The Plus Side stencil (my first time using it, as it just arrived this week!)and blended the Aqualicious through it with a blending brush. I kept the ink most intense in the bottom left corner, fading out to white as I moved towards the top right corner, and I stopped just after half way so that I wasn’t covering the entire card.
I spent quite a lot of time fiddling around trying to decide how I wanted the flowers and leaves arranged. Once I’d found an arrangement I was happy with I carefully held them together with washi tape. If you have Press N Seal that apparently works very well for this purpose, but I’ve not found it here in Finland.
I carefully moved the floral arrangement away so that I could stamp my sentiment, from the same stamp set as my florals, using the Aqualicious ink once again.
The last thing to do was attach the florals. I used Tombow Mono Multi Glue to adhere the arrangement into place. I added the glue only to the centres of the flowers and stem-end of the leaves. This meant that I could curl up the edges of the petals and leaves to give the look of dimension to the arrangement.
This card took me quite a while but I think it ended up really pretty! I wasn’t sure if the cyan leaves would work, and had originally been thinking of using vellum for them. Do you think the cyan works, or would the vellum have been better?
I hope this inspires you to come and join in with our colour challenge. You can find more inspiration from the rest of the team in the challenge post here, and also directly on their blog posts via the links below.
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Cupcake Inspiration Challenge – Colour Palette
Seize the Birthday – Anything Birthday Goes
Stamping Sensations – Make It Colorful
STAMPlorations Stencil Challenge – Use A Stencil
Check out what the rest of the DT made:
Charlotte (that’s me!)