The talented Virginia Lu has started a new Inspiration Challenge called Virginia's View ... and the first theme is Watercoloring with these fabulous inspiration photos.
I loved those emboss resist thank you cards, especially the colors at the top right ... so I decided to try *watercoloring* with my Memento Fireworks Sprays to achieve a similar effect.
I stamped Wild Flowers with Label with Versamark Ink on a square of Watercolor Paper and clear embossed. Next I poured several colors of Fireworks Spray (New Sprout, Pear Tart & Summer Sky) and used a big paint brush to apply wide strokes to the paper ... I love the effect.
I finished with a partial sentiment from Hero Arts With Sympathy for my label and scattered some tiny teal gems in the sky.
I've been joining in at the February Photo-A-Day Challenge, and one of the prompts this week was Magic. To me, one of the most magical processes of creating is heat embossing ... the ahhh of powder turning to glossy raised surface.
As I thought about different color combinations for my design, I saw the great colors from Sunday Stamps (which were actually the colors of my bedroom as a teenager) ... I thought they would be a perfect non-traditional holiday color palette.
I picked-up this little Hero Arts Snowflake Set (LP209) which was perfect for an inchie card. Snowflakes and Sentiment were stamped using Gina K Designs' Blue Denim Ink and then cut them into 1 1/4" squares to allow a bit more white around the edges of my snowflakes. I added tiny silver balls to the centers.
I thought the first day of a new year would be a good time to make a card that scares me ... specifically, a one-layer card. There's no where to hide in a one layer card ... no where to cover-up smudges or crooked stamping ... and no room for mistakes.
The Challenge at the One-Layer Simplicity Challenge is Restocking the Shelves ... to make cards that have been depleted from your stash. For me, that is birthday cards.
I decided to use Ivory Cardstock (since I noticed my pile of ivory is much taller than my pile of white) and the new Hero Arts Birthday Blackboard (I love how it says to eat cake twice ... pretty much my definition of a great birthday).
I picked three colors of ink that I knew would blend into a pleasing color when they overlapped (a variation on the three primary colors). I started by inking the middle of the stamp with Cornflower Blue ... and then added Vermillion and Orange Blossom on each end. With careful eyeballing, I got my stamp in the middle of the folded card.
It was actually very easy to make several cards ... and now my birthday stash is restocked. Thanks ladies for the inspiration.