I get to share some projects I have been holding on to that are part of a product review for Splitcoaststampers. Many of you know my long standing love of “Splitcoast” because it is always full of creative inspiration, techniques, tutorials and reviews. I was asked to take a look at some Clearsnap Petal Point Pigment Inks that are being released in two new color groupings (Sunset and Boardwalk). Please hop right over to see my thoughts and the analyses of some amazing stampers (and their projects!) – Product Review. If you want to see the whole gallery of work with these inks, CLICK HERE.
In my review, I mention how I was playing with the ink and trying new things. I reference a card on kraft (Crumb Cake) card stock and an ombré card. I wanted to share those here too since I had not put them on my blog yet. I love the pretty Sunset color family for my Congrats card, don’t you?! The strong colors from the pigment ink are fabulous on this background stamp!In my flower card I was able to use the Boardwalk ink to get a gorgeous look on my Crumb Cake paper. I love how the Dune color is a match and yet shows up beautifully with the line image flower. While you are over at Splitcoast, take some time to look around and appreciate all the resources. You’ll be glad you did! Thanks for stopping in today. See you soon!
Stamps: Beautiful Day (Altenew), Paper Pumpkin sentiment(SU), Dotty Angles (SU retired); Ink: Clearsnap Petal Point Inks in Sunset and Boardwalk; Paper: Crumb Cake, Thick Whisper White, Early Espresso; Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Wooden Element Sentiment (SU), Twine, Gold Sequins, Heat Tool, Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder
I had some time to just stamp last week and I wanted to join in the April Challenge from Where Creativity Meets C9. Their theme this month is One Layer. Sounded right up my alley! With a one layer card the whole focus falls to the image so I choose the beautiful Hello Lovely stamp by Concord & 9th. I really do love it!
Once I had the stamp chosen, the fun was in the colors. I used a light gray card stock and this gorgeous purple pigment ink. It happens to be a sneak peek of a new release coming soon from Clear Snap. Pretty, isn’t it?! The nice part about pigment ink is the strength of color and how it embosses. I just heat embossed with Clear embossing powder. All the work here is done by the great image and the ink!The sentiment for this comes from a holiday set (also C9), O Christmas Tree. I love when sets have purposes beyond the holiday! After cutting the panel with a stitched rectangles die, I thought the card needed just a little more. I recently won some beautiful sequins from 28 Lilac Lane (designed by May Flaum) and the Mixed Berry set went perfectly with the ink. I added a few just to give an extra something to the card.
I hope you are having a great week! I am slowly coming back to reality after a week vacation. Our family took a wonderful trip to San Diego last week…what a treat! The boys both had some real favorites events. Oldest loved seeing the USS Midway and all the airplanes while the youngest enjoyed both the zoo and Sea World. I love a vacation that can allow everyone to see something that feeds their interests!
So I finally got back into the craft room yesterday and that always seems to be a slow process for me. Fortunately, Karren created a fabulous (and really workable) sketch for Freshly Made Sketches that made it a bit easier. I knew I wanted to use these pretty flowers from Altenew (Botanical Garden) and also pulled inspiration from Altenew’s April Inspiration Challenge. I loved the blue and the yellow and also the bokeh styling of their photo.
For my flowers, I wanted to try a new to me technique. I have some sneak peek Petal Point inks from Clearsnap that are pigment inks so I tried this technique from Jennifer McGuire. It is a little bit messy but I agree with Jennifer that using your fingers to apply ink is easy to control. It also allowed me to have a bit of a splattered look on the flowers per the inspiration.
The fun part with pigment ink is that it stays stickier for a little longer and that allows time to be able to come back and emboss the whole image. The effect gives a bit of shine and depth to the card that is hard to capture in a picture. For my center panel of the sketch, I cut a piece of Thick Whisper White and embossed it with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder (SU). It adds a subtle texture without pulling attention from the flowers.
I hope you are off to a great week. I’m back to stamping today and a bit of gardening too. I love this time of year in Virginia and my youngest is still off this week for break. We are getting the gardens all ready for planting our vegetables and re-mulching to get things tidy after the winter. I’m lucky he is such a great helper! Thanks for stopping in today. See you soon! Supplies:
Stamp: Botanical Garden (Altenew), Sentiment (Paper Pumpkin by SU) ; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Petal Point Pigment Inks; Paper: Thick Whisper White; Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot, Woodgrain TIEF (SU), Dimensionals, Basic Pearls (SU), Black Sharpie Marker
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