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