Good evening, CASEing the Catty fans! Welcome to your next stop on our blog hop of fabulousness this week. For the next two weeks we are CASEing the colours of the Kerchief Card Kit on page 9 of the Sale-A-Bration catalogue – Balmy Blue, Coastal Cabana, Early Espresso, Gold, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Petal Pink, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, and white.
I love a colour challenge! I’ve seriously been missing my crafting mojo lately, so a colour challenge is a great way to get the creative juices flowing. This week I have a case of the blues – I’ve picked out Night of Navy, Balmy Blue, and Coastal Cabana to use as the base for my creations.
These are my favourite blues in the SU! colour range, and work beautifully together, especially paired with lots of crisp Whisper White. When working with colour challenges I like to start off by both ink blending the colours and playing with bits of cardstock or DSP to see where that takes me. This week that play happily resulted in two cards that work for a more masculine take on a Valentine’s theme.
For my first card, I have blended the three colours together to make the background for this sweet silhouette from Silhouette Scenes that I have stamped and fussy cut from Whisper White cardstock.
I traced a heart die onto some adhesive paper, cut this out, and stuck it down on some Thick WW cardstock. I then blended the inks directly onto the card, starting with the Coastal Cabana, then some Balmy Blue, then finally the Night of Navy. I then scattered some drops of water and picked those up with a paper towel, then splattered a little Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint for a little sparkle.
When you (carefully!) remove the adhesive paper you are left with this clean white shape and the ink radiating out from that. I just love how this looks and the magic of the transformation when you remove the mask.
I simply layered this panel on a mat of Night of Navy cardstock and a base card of Thick Whisper White, then popped the silhouette up on some dimensionals. I took ages to decide what to do next. Leave it sentiment free? (Which I actually really loved the look of). I thought about stamping straight onto the background or adding a label of some kind but I didn’t really like how that worked. So, in the end, I used this old die to cut “You” from Coastal Cabana and silver foil, layered those and popped them onto the couple with some mini dimensionals.
My second card combines a few techniques I love to use. Again using the Silhouette Scenes stamp I stamped the couple onto some Vellum (use StayzON ink and a Stamparatus to do this). The vellum covers the front and back of the card and is adhered at the top of the back, so the front sheet can be lifted to reveal the front of the card underneath.
On the front of the Thick Whisper White card base I layered strips of the coloured cardstock on the diagonal then trimmed the edges. A stitched heart in gold foil and the beautiful “together is the perfect place to be” sentiment finish it off nicely.
I love the way the vellum softens the front of this and then when you lift it up there’s all that fun colour.
One last share is my husband’s birthday card (today is his birthday). I’m sharing this here because it uses a similar ink blending and masking technique to the first card. In this instance I simply used a piece of Washi tape to section off the top of a card front of Thick Whisper White then blended the ink above it, darker at the bottom and lighter towards the top. The ink is Blueberry Bushel, simply applied more heavily at the bottom and lighter towards the top. Lots of speckles of Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint (yes, I love the stuff!) were added for interest. Then you peel away the washi tape and you are left with this lovely crisp line and lots of white space underneath.
The adorable little puffins are from a Lawn Fawn set. I love puffins so I just had to have these little cuties in my collection. They are stamped in Memento Black and coloured with Stampin’ Blends. This was such a quick card to make and it’s a great technique that would work with an endless combination of colours and characters.
If these blues or any of the other fun colours this week take your fancy then please make and share with us over on our CTC Facebook wall. This challenge runs for two weeks so you have until Monday March 2 to do just that.
Next up in this week’s hop is the lovely Rose.
Thanks for stopping by,