Wednesday, February 6, 2013

still addINKtive Challenges #4 - Colours & Sketch

This week at still addINKtive we are back to our normal Colour & Sketch Challenge - you can use either the colours or the sketch as the basis for your project, or you can combine them both, which is what I have done:-


 Here is the sketch, as well as the gorgeous colour palette:-


Rather than cut a fancy mat to go under the rectangular panel, I decided to make a "stamped" mat of flowers.  The best part of this decision was that I used digital stamping, so I didn't have to mask up all 33 of those blooms!  

Using MDS content in Microsoft Publisher, I was able to resize the flowers from the Bloomin' Marvelous SAB stamp set, so that my bashful blue flowers were the largest, then slightly smaller crumb cake flowers &, finally, small espresso blooms.  To add a touch of interest to each flower, I used a versamark marker to add iridescent ice embossing powder to the centres.  You can almost catch a glimpse of it here (look at the flowers in the top left):-


I used the debossed side of the vanilla panel, as it was much softer & more in keeping with the delicate look I was after.  A double seam binding bow & a raised sentiment panel finish the card.  Plus, I printed a trio of flowers for both the envelope & the insert:-


We hope you can join in the fun at still addINKtive this week, & being the first challenge of the month, there will be a prize up for grabs!  :)

You can check out the challenge & the the amazing DT samples HERE or you can find all the links to the DT blogs HERE.

Card Components
Very Vanilla, Bashful Blue cardstock, Petite Pairs stamp set, MDS One Big SAB disk (digital stamp images), Large Oval & Scallop Oval punches, Fan embossing folder, Vanilla seam binding, Versamark ink, Iridescent Ice & Early Espresso embossing powder

11 comments:

Mae Collins said...

I love your idea of the stamped flowers to make the shaped outline on the sketch, very clever idea. Thanks for the inspiration.

Vicki B. said...

so pretty, love how you used the colors on the flowers and framed the middle element!!!

Nikki Spencer said...

Always an inspiration Helen! This is very creative and clever too.xxx

Susan Joyce said...

Gorgeous card Helen love the flower border, so very pretty and finished with a lovely bow.

Lisa Young said...

Oh, how clever you are using MDS for the floral border! I love that. This is such a sweet card and I also love that you "stamped" the inside and the envelope. Those are the things I rarely, if ever, think to do but I always appreciate when I see it done.

Debbie Henderson said...

I so love the way the vanilla bow sits with the vanilla embossed layer and those stamped flowers made to peek under like a frame..awesome!

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

Oh my! This is wonderful! So pretty! Hugs xxx

Kathy @ Stamping Still said...

I love the flowers around the frame and I am SO impressed with your computer skills! This card is absolutely gorgeous and I love the way you've used the colours.

Scrappy Géri said...

hi helen!
not sure whether or not you got my former comment... just wanted to say that I love your card and more particularly the frame you made with the flower! geri x

Lynne Armstrong said...

Love the flower frame on this Helen...great idea...and definitely much better to do it digitally than all that masking lol Lovely card and that bow is gorgeous :)
Hugs xx

Bronwyn Eastley said...

Before I read your blurb, I thought, "She masked all those flowers - phew!" Thank goodness for digital stamping. This card is super impressive, Helen, as always you astound me with your creativity!