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.