Colour INKspiration #70 blog hop

Welcome to first Colour INKspriation blog hop of 2020. Colour INKspiration is a challenge group on Facebook that sets a colour challenge approximately every two weeks using Stampin’ Up! colours. Inspiration pictures are from Pinterest.  For today’s blog hop you may have started here or you may have hopped over to my page from Jan Clothier’s page.

Today’s Colour INKspiration challenge is a  little different from the normal format of the challenges. Normally you are given a set group of colours but in this challenge you can pick 3 of your favourite Stampin’ Up! colours.  For this challenge, I have chosen: Poppy Parade, Granny Apple Green and Coastal Cabana. You may add Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Crumb Cake and metallics to your project. We also allow ‘Ivory’ and ‘Bronze’ in the Stampin’ Blends. If you don’t have all the colour palette, feel free to use the closest SU substitute.

As well as getting to chose what colours I want to use, the theme for this challenge is Birthdays.  For that reason I have decided to use the 2020 Sale-a-bration (SAB) stamp set, Happy Birthday to You, which you can get for free when you spend a minimum of $90 AUD on Stampin’ Up! products.

For my first card,  I started out with a thick Whisper White card base.  I gave the front of the card base a wash of Coastal Cabana ink with an aqua painter. On separate piece of card stock, I stamped the cake image in Memento ink. The cake and flowers have been coloured using blends markers. I then fussy cut out the cake and attached it to the card base with dimensionals. The sentiment also comes from the Happy Birthday to You stamp set and is stamped in Coastal Cabana ink and cut out with the Stitched Rectangle dies.  Some glitter enamel dots have been used for additional embellishment.
I decided to recreate the card but step it up a bit in the second version, with more layers and a different colouring method.  This time I have used a water colour method that I saw in a Youtube video by Australian independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, Alisa Tilsner.  I’ve used the same challenge colours,  but water colour give a softer effect.

Used in this project:

Paper:  Whisper White, water colour, Coastal Cabana

Ink: Poppy Parade, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate, Versamark, Momento

Blends: Poppy Parade, Granny Apple Green, Smoky Slate

Stamps: Happy Birthday to You

Die Cutting and Embossing tools: stitched rectangle dies

Tools: aqua painter, white embossing powder.

Embellishments: glitter enamel dots



All items listed above are available through my online store. If you live in Australia, just click on the shopping cart in the left hand column of this page.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Now it is time to hop over to see what Leonie Stuart has made.

If you want to check out other challenge submissions for this challenge, check out the Facebook group by clicking on the thumbnail on the right hand side column after you finish the blog hop.

Happy stamping


13 responses to “Colour INKspiration #70 blog hop

  1. The cake looks gorgeous with those bright flowers. The water-coloured one is also great.

  2. Both cards are beautiful Cathy, but I especially love the water coloured effect on your second card it’s so stunning and soft.

  3. Oh. My. Goodness. Love love love. The colours are totally lush and I really love the watercoloured card – stunning.

  4. Gorgeous Cathy. How different do the two cards look with the two different ways to colour. One so vivid and the other so soft. Gorgeous! TFS x

  5. Both such gorgeous cards, Cathy. Love this cake image, & the two different colouring looks you’ve given it. Beautifully finished with the enamel dots. x

  6. both cards are gorgeous but I’m a watercolour girl all the way, so I totally love your second card. thanks for showing both, really stunning

  7. Love the colors of your card. I also noticed the kitty on the watermark. I have 7 kitties.

  8. Wow and wow! What a bold, vivid colour combo – love the bright card coloured with the Blends and the contrasting, soft water coloured version. AAAAAhmazing!

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