We’re into the second week of our current colour challenge at Cupcake Inspirations. For last week’s launch post I shared a pretty floral card. This week for the reminder post I went with a more graphic design.
I started with a white card base and used some one inch wide washi tape to mask off two stripes – one an inch from the top, and the other an inch from the bottom. I then ink blended some Limoncello ink from Catherine Pooler onto the open areas. I didn’t want a full coverage of ink, so I faded each stripe to white. With the top stripe I added the colour to the top, fading down into white, and with the bottom stripe I did the opposite. Then for the middle stripes I blended on both edges fading to white in the middle.
I used some more washi tape to mask off the yellow stripes, then removed the original washi masks. I used Something Borrowed to ink blend these two stripes, with the same directional fade as the adjacent stripes. I then removed all of my masks.
For my focal point I used some of the Kat Scrappiness Never Ending Rectangle Dies to cut three snippets of white card. I did direct to paper with the Something Borrowed ink and the second layer to turn it blue. I left the largest layer white, and used the smallest layer for some stamping.
I pulled out Catherine Pooler’s WooHoo stamp set for my stamping. The celebrate stamp fit perfectly on my focal panel, which was good considering I hadn’t planned that far ahead when I was cutting my panels! I also used the three balloons from the same stamp set.
I arranged all four stamps onto my panel in my MISTI and stamped with the Something Borrowed ink, using it full strength for the sentiment but going with second generation stamping for the balloons. I then used a Scrapbook.com Clear Stackable Sponge Dauber to apply more ink onto the edge of each balloon before restamping, which helped to add some dimension to the designs.
I considered using the swirly string stamps from the stamp set to add strings to my balloons but decided instead to draw them in with a Sakura Gelly Roll Glitter Gel Pen.
After laying all the layers together I felt I still needed to tie in the yellow a bit more. I did this by taking a small confetti stamp from the stamp set and stamping it repeatedly over my focal panel with the Limoncello ink.
With a final check to make sure all looked how I wanted it to, I used some Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue to adhere the three layers together and then to attach them to my card base. I was very careful to make sure it was glued down straight, but later realised I hadn’t taken quite such care to make sure the panel was centred! Luckily it doesn’t look too terrible.
Despite the mishap with the positioning I rather like this card. I think the way I ink blended the stripes really adds some extra interest compared to a more solid blend. Although I do like blending like that too, from time to time. The celebrate sentiment and balloons work well to give this card the option of working for a variety of celebratory occasions, not just a birthday, though I am currently imagining it as being a birthday card.
I hope that this inspires you to come and play along with our colour challenge. You can find further inspiration and play along with us either by visiting the launch post or the reminder post, and as always there’s more inspiration from the rest of the team directly at their blogs via the links below.
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