We’re celebrating the Brights for Colour INKspiration #37.
I love the Brights! On most days they are easily my favourite collection – but I struggled a little with this challenge. Maybe it was just choosing three – or not being able to combine them with other colours to make them shine! Too much bright???
I got there in the end with a whimsical watercolour theme.
I started with Shimmery White cardstock, a lot of water and my three Brights – Coastal Cabana, Gorgeous Grape & Melon Mambo.
Once this was done, I somehow got to a flamingo theme. Maybe because the watercolour reminded me of a style of watercolour painting I love with animals painted in wonderful colours.
I love this emu painted by Vanessa Perske for the Love Your Sister charity.
When I chose my colours, I hadn’t intended to be able to embellish with Glitter Enamel Dots – but in a wonderful twist of crafting fate, the new colours include Coastal Cabana, Gorgeous Grape & Melon Mambo!!! (and Granny Apple Green).
What’s your favourite Brights trio? We’d love for you to join the challenge via our Facebook group. Click here to join.
Your project needs to have 3 colours from the Brights collection to be eligible to be part of the top 5 voting for the challenge. You can add any of the Basics (Whisper White, Basic Black & Very Vanilla) and metallics if you want some bling!
As usual, the design team came up with amazing projects this week. This hop is full of fun, creative designs!
To see more, visit one of the brightest & bubbliest people I know – Nicole Wilson…
Thanks for stopping by! Today I’m sharing a card made for this week’s Just Add Ink challenge. It’s a Choose Two theme with three texture choices to get those creative juices going!
I don’t often craft with purple as the main colour, but I was drawn to the two new amazing purple tones introduced as part of the colour refresh – Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape!
I used splatters of both purples to create a watercolour background and I then added water speckles to remove some of the colour. I’ve been meaning to try this technique for a while – it was lots of fun!
To make the flowers on the sentiment shine, I added extra watercolour to those segments and finished with a couple of coats of Clear Wink of Stella for some extra sparkly speckles.
Did you spy the Stamparatus in the new catalogue??? It’s available again to order at the absolutely amazing price of $85.
It came in so handy for this card as I needed to ink the ‘hello’ stamp about 6 times in StazOn to get a solid image. The ripple effect of the watercolour paper means the letters weren’t as solid as I wanted (even after 6 rounds of ink), so I used the Black Journaling Pen to fill in the layers.
My class on the weekend had a watercolour theme by request. I love designing classes that suit the stampers in attendance – it gives the project design a little something extra.
Watercolouring is lots of fun and has many different styles. Within the Stampin’ Up! range, you can use Watercolor Paper, Shimmery White cardstock & Whisper White cardstock as your base. Then your tools of choice are blender pens or aqua painters. And finally a choice of ink – Staz On, Archival Black/Grey, Craft White (for bokeh). Each combination gives its own result. Changing one feature can change the project entirely.
Here’s what we made…
AQUA PAINTER COLOURING on WHISPER WHITE
Stamp Set: Best Thoughts (Hostess set from 2015 Annual Catalogue)
BOKEH TECHNIQUE – AQUA PAINTERS with REINKERS on WATERCOLOR PAPER
As a technique, colouring can take a little bit of time to develop your skills. Some people are drawn towards one method of watercolouring more than others – which is what art & expression is all about. I always forget to take pictures of what the ladies made during the class, but their end products were so creative and it was a pleasure to watch their cards evolve as they added colour & played with their own style.
Thanks for the inspiration ladies, it’s always so delightful to spend time crafting with you. Kelly x