Colour INKspiration #49

So excited today – Colour INKspiration is back for 2019!  The Design Team is refreshed and ready to share fabulous projects with you.  We take our inspiration from the colour palettes of beautiful photography.

The year is starting with Colour INKspiration #49 and these gorgeous colours.  You might be starting here or you may have come via our lovely guest designer Virginia Hampson.

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I’ve been wanting to try some colour blending.  At our last team meeting my upline shared a tip on using glycerine with reinkers to create smoother blending.  I’m pretty sure this isn’t a new technique – but you know me… never the first to be trying things (but I get there in the end!).

I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock and drops of the four colours on one of my large acrylic blocks.  I added a blob of glycerine in the corner of the block, ready for blending with my inks.  The process of blending is the same as if you just used ink, but after you’ve added ink to the dauber, pick up some glycerine as well and then apply the ink as you usually would.  I used circular motions and built up the colour gradually.  The glycerine acts as a lubricant and helps to distribute the ink more evenly.

Once I had my piece of cardstock blended with the four lovely colours, it was time to make it into something!  My original plan was a couple of cards, but I had leftovers, so I made a tag too!

Blending with Glycerine | kelly kent

The card on the left is simply a strip of the coloured cardstock (5-3/8″ x 1-1/8″) adhered to a thick Whisper White cardstock base, with white baker’s twine tied around.

Blending with Glycerine | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the Well Said bundle in Basic Black.

 

Blending with Glycerine | kelly kent

For the second card, I cut 4 x Stitched Shapes circles and arranged them across a thick Whisper White cardstock base.

Blending with Glycerine | kelly kent

The layout of this card was a happy accident.  I was planning something much more geometrical – but in the end the ‘random’ placement seemed to work best with the bright & fun colours.

Blending with Glycerine | kelly kent

I used the same bundle (Well Said) to add the black happy birthday sentiment – this time in the reverse pattern of the first card.  To get the die cut words to adhere easily, be sure to attach Multi-Purpose Adhesive sheet (MPAS) to the cardstock before you run it through the Big Shot.  It makes it so much easier and cleaner to add the words!Blending with Glycerine | kelly kent

I had some pretty blended cardstock left over, so I added MPAS to the back and cut happy birthday from the Well Written dies.  I attached this to a piece of Whisper White cardstock finished with the tag topper die from the Beautiful Layers thinlits dies.

Blending with Glycerine | kelly kent

There’s so many possibilites now my blending skills are at next level (thanks to the glycerine!).


We’d love your project to be among the great entries we receive each challenge.  To join the challenge, simply create something using the 4 challenge colours for this fortnight and upload your card to our Colour INKspiration Facebook group.  Click here to visit.

Continue the hop by visiting Julia Quinn‘s bright, cheery & yummy project…

Thanks for joining us!  You can look forward to Colour INKspiration challenges twice a month for the rest of the year!  Make sure to subscribe to my blog to see my projects for each challenge, or join the Facebook group for all the challenge information.

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9 thoughts on “Colour INKspiration #49

  1. Right – so now I need some glycerine! I’ve never heard of this technique- and like you I’m slow to get on the train, but I can see me enjoying this, thanks Kelly. Your projects all look great, and you know i love the random circles approach. Stunning!

  2. Oh My Kelly, those coloured circles are amazing. How did you do them – is it what they call, “Bokeh”. Please do a video on it as it is absolutely stunning. Have heard of the glycerine trick but I am not advanced enough yet to be using it but would love to learn how you did the coloured circles, please.

  3. Simply lovely, Kelly. At first, I thought you’d some sort of bokeh mask but was very interested to read about the use of glycerine to help blend the inks. You’ve achieved such vibrancy of colour too. What a great idea!

  4. These are so beautiful and clean and simple and totally elegant in the simplicity. Love love love. And Thankyou for the glycerine revelation! This is new to me too!

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