Friday, August 16, 2013

Sea Shades

Gez's challenge this week on The Daring Cardmakers is simple - and perfect for this time of year. 
The Colours of the Sea
Any sort of card - not necessarily seaside-themed, but making use of those gorgeous sea colours; aqua, blue, green and all the shades in between.

I'm having one of those times when actually making anything is like getting blood out of a stone - and here was Gez, offering me the chance to use my favourite colours and still my creativity wasn't stirred.  Not good.
My one idea was to make a mosaic background and I wanted to use diamond or hexagon shape - but an unexpected extra OH-working-at-home day meant no Craft Robo yesterday and I don't have any dies in the shapes I wanted.  Hey ho at least I have the Neties scalloped squares, they'll have to do

The card I used for the background was made with various inks swooshed around with a baby wipe.  I made a couple of pieces, one lighter than the other, then sprayed over the lot with some of my new Crafters Companion "Spray and Sparkle " silver shade - I love this stuff - it gives quite a subtle sheen to the card and an extra glint to whatever is underneath = nicer than that dull look you sometimes get when you play with ink

I saved some of the lighter card for the upper section, then cut the squares from different parts of the rest, turning the die randomly as I didn't wnat the "stripes" going all the same way.
Materials and Tools
14cm smooth white card blank, A4 of the smae card for inking
Various inks applied with a baby wipe
 Crafters Companion "Spray and Sparkle " (silver)
Turquoise Seam Binding, Dew Drops in sea colours
Decal sticker sentiment (home-made)
Spellbinders scalloped squares die-set Fancy shape from Lace Doily Motifs set
Memory Box Rosette die - cut down to about 3c,s wide

It may have taken most of the day, and meant getting out and rejecting most of my stash but I got there in the end.  Please please let my crafty mojo come back soon

Do visit The Daring Cardmakers Blog to see some gorgeous sea shade inspiration from our fab design team

That's all for this time - please leave a comment :)


Hazel said...

Love the mosaic background and the colours are beautiful shades of the sea - remind me of holidays abroad x

Kaz said...

gorgeous card Kathy. I'm sending your mojo a kick up the whatsit, although it doesn't look like it needs it to me xxx

Traceyr said...

Wow Kathy this is super. I thought the paper already had a sheen on it so that "spray and sparkle" stuff is magic.

Fingers crossed indeed for the return of your crafting mojo. x


Angelnorth said...

Beautiful colours and a lovely effect with the inking and shimmery over-spray!

Sharon (glitterangel) said...

I really love the mosaic technique, it's a beautiful effect.