Friday, 4 November 2016

IndigoBlu October Challenge Reminder - Monochrome

Hi all.  I was so excited to have been chosen as one of the Top 3 over at IndigoBlu and as a consequence they asked if I would be a Guest for the October Mid Challenge Reminder.  The challenge for October is Monochrome, so I chose to use reds and oranges, and their Peony Dinkie stamp which is beautiful. 

I started by stamping the flowers three times on to a piece of white card using Versafine Smokey Gray ink.  I then coloured the three flowers using a waterbrush and Distress Inks in Fired Brick and Spiced Marmalade and Adirondack Peach Bellini.  I started with the palest colour which is the peach which I used all over, then the spiced marmalade for lighter shading,  and finished with fired brick to deepen the shading.  I then fussy cut the flowers out.  I decided to heat emboss the flowers with Versamark and WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I did this twice to build a nice shine which probably doesn't show that much in the photo but in real life gives the colours more intensity.

For the background I shaded with the three colours using blending foam and darkened round the edges with a bit more of the Fired Brick DI at the end.  I then did some ghosting.  This is a fairly new to me technique which I tried on a recent card.  I sprayed the Peony stamp with some water and pressed down on to the background for a few seconds to allow the water to lift the ink.  I then used a piece of tissue to soak up the loosened ink.  As the stamp is quite detailed it only lifted it quite lightly but then I stamped over the top with Fired Brick DI to give the flowers definition.  I did lift a little more of the ink with a waterbrush to add a few extra highlights, and also spritzed some water lightly over the background too.

I found a piece of white lace which I coloured with the Fired Brick DI and after it had dried I adhered it to the centre of the background before gluing this to the front of the square white base card.  I then placed the flowers using Pinflair Glue Gel for dimension and decided that I would die cut the tag from a piece of vellum using the smallest die from a Spellbinder set called Labels 8 Decorative Elements.  I stamped the sentiment using the Fired Brick again.  I then adhered it by one corner just under the flowers using the Pinflair Glue Gel.  I decided to finish with a few sequins which were white and so I coloured them with a red Promarker.

I kept to just the three colours so the tones would all work together for this monochromatic theme, and although this colour combination is not one I use often the fiery brightness of these tones seems apt for this time of year.

Thank you for dropping by and do go and take a look at this latest IndigoBlu Challenge as there is always lots of inspiration from their wonderful Design Team, and a great prize each month for the winner, as well as a Guest Designer spot at the start of a new challenge, or a guest spot mid month if you make the Top 3.  So get out your IndigoBlu stamps and be lucky! 

See you again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

Take It Make It Challenge: November - Anything Goes.
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Shine Bright Like A Diamond.  (The flowers are shiny and also the added sequins)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Thinking of You.
The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge.
The Flower Challenge - No 2 - Occasion.


  1. Gorgeous vibrant card, the flowers are beautiful and so is the background to compliment them. Have a great day, Shirleyxx

  2. Your card is beautiful

    Congratulations on your win over at Stamping Sensations too - well deserved, it was a beautiful make


  3. Stunning card Pat. Beautiful. The Fired Brick lace is perfect. x

  4. Congratulations on your win, and then being chosen as GD (no big surprise, that! You do fantastic work). I'm loving the rich deep fall shades you've done with these gorgeous flowers. The background is awesome, and brilliant idea to take the ghosting (which I can never get to look right) one step further with definition of these lovely flowers. This is just awesome. TFS & hugs

  5. What a week you're having Pat. Congratulations on being Guest Designer at IndigoBlu and also on your win at Stamping Sensations. Your card is absolutely beautiful. The peony is a lovely stamp and the ribbon that you coloured looks really pretty. Barbxx

  6. Congratulations on your DT spot Pat..beautiful card and stunning colours


  7. Stunning work pat...your card is amazing...thanks also for popping over to visit me. Hugs rachel x

  8. A super card pat and the colours are stunning - thanks for the top off about the wrong link to my blog - I've asked Indigoblu to change it for me!
    Leanne xx

  9. Congratulations Pat, your card is beautiful, I love the colours.
    Janice x

  10. Congratulations Pat on your gdt. Very well deserved. Gorgeous card.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Flo x

  11. Stunning design Pat my friend! Love those fiery colours! You have done a great job. Hope you are having a lovely weekend and that the following week is a great one for you! Hazel xx
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  12. These flowers are gorgeous, Pat! And your ghosted flowers and an inspiration! Congratulations on your win and Guest Designer spot! So well deserved!

  13. Beautiful card Pat, the ghosted stamping looks amazing, love how you've done that, Cathy x

  14. Very pretty! I love the colors you picked and the little tag for your sentiment is very sweet!

  15. Wow, how gorgeous! Love the colros and depth that you have achieved! So glad that you join the fun over Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Thinking of You” Challenge! Awesome details and design! Super work!

  16. Very pretty, lovely vibrant colours Pat. I also eally like the ghost stamping too. Thank you for joining us at The Flower Challenge, Lisa DT

  17. Such a beautiful vibrant colour Pat and pretty flowers too, a great card! Thank you for sharing with us over at The Flower Challenge.(If you could please add our banner re our guide lines that would be great too.) ;) Viv DT xx

  18. Wow Pat what an amazing card, love love how you have done this and used this flower. I also have this flower stamp but have felt stumped how to use it and you have shown me just how to use to perfection. Thank you so much for supporting us at The Flower Challenge Aileen DT

  19. What a wonderful project! The hint of sparkle is just fantastic. Thank you so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog this week :)

  20. Beautiful design. Thanks for playing long with the Craft Stamper Challenge xx


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