Monday, July 18, 2011

Blocked Field Flowers


Another challenge from SCS for today is "Try a New Technique - Color Blocking" - (TLC334).  I haven't tried the acrylic block color blocking technique before ... it's so much fun!!  The only problem I had was making sure my blocks were straight on the page.  After a few tries and having crooked lines, it finally dawned on me to use my Stamp-a-ma-jig --- success!! :)  Here's another clean and simple (CAS) card using today's technique.

"Blocked Field Flowers"
 
 
Stamps:  Field Flowers (SU!)
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White (SU!)
Ink:  Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  square and rectangle acrylic blocks, water mister, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Aqua Painter, heat tool, and sticky strips
 
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I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up for my first block stamping.  I inked the block with Certainly Celery ink, misted lightly with water and then stamped onto Whisper White cardstock.  I repeated the process, stamping three more times with different sized blocks.  I used my heat tool to dry the paper.

I inked the stem with Always Artichoke and stamped on top of the color blocks.  I then used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the two different flower heads and stamped both in Cherry Cobbler.

I used the Aqua Painter to add a small amount of water to the flower heads and stems to soften the look.  I used the heat tool to dry the image again and then mounted it with sticky strips onto a card base of Cherry Cobbler.
 
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Today's Clean & Simple challenge is an inspiration photo chaallenge (refreshing, summery cocktail called Pink Hurricane).  I have a stamp set from Taylored Expressions that's perfect for this challenge and I haven't used it very much, so I'm happy to be inking it up!  Hope you like.

"Pink Hurricane"
 
 
Stamps:  Plant Hope (SU!); Chillax (Taylored Expressions)
Paper:  Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White (SU!); Bazzill White
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Daffodil Delight (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  post-it notes for masking, sponges, white gel pen, Nestabilities oval
 
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I started by placing a mask for the horizon line of the water and then adding a ripped mask for the sand.  I sponged Tempting Turquoise for the water, removed both masks and placed a mask over the water before sponging Sahara Sand for the sand.  I removed the mask and then lightly sponged more Tempting Turquoise for the sky.  I inked the palm tree stamp with Stampin' Write markers and stamped onto the sponged background.

I cut the top white cardstock (Bazzill) to size and then positioned the oval die cut to one side and ran it through the Big Shot.  I used sticky strips to mount the main image in-behind the cut-out oval.  I inked the sentiment in Early Espresso and stamped at the bottom of the card.  I mounted the main panel onto the card base of Tempting Turquoise.

I inked the drink stamp in Early Espresso and stamped onto Whisper White cardstock.  I used the Stampin' Write markers to color in the image (Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise and Daffodil Delight).  I cut out the drink and then adhered to the front of the card, popping it up with dimensionals.

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