Friday, September 23, 2011

Inkspirations Challenge #88 - Shimmery Skies

Hithere, this week's colour challenge from the Team at Inkspirations is bright & fun:-
These colours made me think of Spring & the outdoors, so I thought I would make a kite.  Originally I had planned for a clean white card, with a few pops of bright colour, but I just wanted to add some fluffy (cupcake) clouds, so started the quest for a pacific point sky!

Well, as you know, pacific point is rather a strong blue & for the life of me, I couldn't get a clean brayered background, in a soft tone of this colour without faults in the brayered result.  So I worked the brayer until I got a nice even coating of colour which was very dark.  Then I sprayed it with Frost White "Shimmer Spray" that I had made up with rubbing alcohol.  This left me with a much lightened sky, so I gave the glossy cardstock another blast of "shimmer spray" & lightened it even more.  The fun part of the process was not knowing what I was going to end up with, as the cardstock colour changed quite considerably during the drying process.  The end result is a lovely shimmery sky.  You can see it a bit more in this photo:-

I made the kite using the Penant Punch & a 1" Square Punch, layering the DSP panels & sponging the edges.  The ribbons on the kite string were also made with the penant punch - I simply cut a 1/2" strip which I folded in half to make it 1/4" wide, & with the folded side down near the pointy end of the penant (but not all the way down), punched out little triangle shapes that unfolded to become the bows.  I sponged the edges of the bows using a cotton bud (Q Tip).

The kite & the front cloud have been raised on dimensionals & the string & bows have been attached using Crystal Effects:-

Wow, you should see what the rest of the Team have in store for you, so please come & join us!
The Challenge Site



Card Components:  (SU except as noted) 
Cardstock:  Pacific Point, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Glossy White
DSP:  Brights Patterns Stack
Inks:  Versamark, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie
Stamps:  PTI Everyday Button Bits (sentiment)
Other:  Kitchen String, Penant Punch, Square Punch, Cupcake Punch, White Embossing Powder, White Frost Shimmer Paint, Rubbing Alcohol, Brayer, Sponges, Dimensionals, Crystal Effects


Sarah Milbourn Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator said...

Helen, I love it!! So bright, summery and tranquil!

Christine Blain said...

What a great card, my friend! Amazing what a difference some Frost White shimmer spray made to Pacific Point - great effect. I just love the little bows on the kite string.

Kim S said...

This is fantastic...I love where you took that bright blue!

Marisa said...

Such an adorable card! Love the clouds and the kit with the bows on the "tail" is fabulous!

Paula said...

A clean and simple card, but still stunning! LOVE the kite and the shimmery sky Helen!

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

Oh Helen! You are a star! Pacific Point has to be my most disliked colour ... but you have made it look sooooo gorgeous! How clever! Love the idea of the shimmer paint spray over the top! Must remember that! Hugs xxaxx
PS Funny story ... we were looking at new cars last Saturday ... and one was a similar colour to PP! I even said in front of the saleslady ... that I couldn't consider that colour because it looked too much like PP!!!! :) xx

Brandi Wiggins-Côté said...

This is utterly fantastic! I love it! You're brilliant, you know that?

xo B.

Fiona Harrison said...

That sky is beautiful, bet the shimmer is lovely. The kite is so cute too soaring in the 'cupcake clouds'.