Over at Just Add Ink this week is a new challenge - Just Add Colouring. I must admit that colouring is not exactly one of my strengths but something I am definitely working on. I have however been playing around a bit with some sponging, and hope that sponging does indeed count towards this challenge.
I have been a member of the amazing Stampnation community for a few months now. With regular challenges and videos brought to us by the extremely talented Catherine Pooler it is a fantastic resource especially when the mojo is lacking. During the month of August ran Inspiration Nation - 5 weeks of picture challenges to inspire us.
This gorgeous picture was the final challenge (the cool thing about Stampnation challenges is that they NEVER close) and I was inspired by the red gingham in this picture. I didn't have anything gingham however, no stamp or DSP so in my efforts came up with the idea of using sponging to create a gingham piece.
With the help of my stripes embossing folder, a craft knife and a hefty dose of patience I made a mask piece out of a piece of scrap card.
I used the mask to apply Real Red ink first horizontally and then vertically onto a piece of white cardstock, making sure my second layer was a little darker. I absolutely LOVED the effect that I got - it really does look like gingham.
I also wanted to include the colours of the burlap as well as the flowers, so matted the gingham piece underneath a crumb cake panel which I cut a circle out using my circle framelits and then paper pierced using my piercing tool and matt to add some visual interest to an otherwise plain layer. I also added a flower I made using a combination of my big shot flower dies, and a banner label using the Remembering your Birthday stamp set - a really versatile set of birthday sentiments. I really love how this card turned out and hope you all do too.
Im hoping to have a play around with some water colouring later today - so hopefully there will be another entry. Having had a look at the other entries this far there is likely not a hope in hell I will get a mention but a girls gotta try right!!!