Friday, June 03, 2016

June Elemental

    how has you week been?  The weather has been horrible on our side of the country - rainy, windy and so cold we had to turn the heating up again and go back to the thicker duvet. Not funny - especially as I keep reading about how lovely it is in more westerly parts of the UK.

Anyway, Sharon cheered me up a bit with her Daring Cardmakers challenge this week as it gave me
"...... as it's the first Friday in the month that can only mean one thing - our monthly elemental inspiration pic.

Please choose 3 elements from the pic as the inspiration for your card
 (suggestions: colour palette, ribbons, cactus, plant pots, geometric shapes, metallic tape, bricks, balloons....)"

For my card I went with the colour palette, the balloons, and the triangle mosaic pattern - I also included the brick style pattern used for the copper wall tiles to give a bit of texture in the white space at some corners
I made a stencilled background using Mini Kaleidoscope (Crafters Workshop) stencil and an aqua ink (Colourbox Cats Eyes), leaving a lot of the space white

Replacing the stencil I rubbed on PVA glue in some areas, and working quickly removed and cleaned the stencil then added some leafing foil in copper to the still-tacky areas.  
Once completely dried, I used a stiff paintbrush to remove any unwanted copper foil 
Having cut down the stencilled piece to the right size for the card blank, I used a brick pattern embossing folder (Darice) just on parts of the white space in the corners., then inked all around with various shades of aqua ink

The balloons are either die-cut, punched or hand-cut circles and ovals, inked with various shades, then some were given a layer of Glossy Accents (Ranger) and some left plain.  
I didn't have the right colour twine for the strings, so I inked that to match too
The sentiment is a tiny home-made decal sticker (Crafty Computer Paper), the white and copper card tags are hand-cut

I actually made two background pieces using the same techniques and materials just to make sure I got something I could work with once it was all dried.  Using these foils is a bit tricky and messy and I didn't want to have to get them out again because it went wrong!

Here's Sharon's wonderful Inspiration Picture - there's loads of stuff in there to choose your elements from, and you can see how the DT responded HERE

That's me done for this time, I hope you'll leave a message - it's always good to know you're not talking to yourself ;)
Thank s for visiting


Angelnorth said...

Talking to yourself is a good way to get responses that suit ;o) Love the combination of aqua with the shiny copper and the bouquet of balloons looks really happy!

Shabneez said...

Love the background Kathy - great card. It's been miserable weather down south too :(. Shabneez xxx

Janet Packer said...

Lovely card Kathy. The challenge sounds interesting, Is it open for entries for four weeks?. Oh, and I have another question ... What method do you use to just get embossing in a few selected areas? TIA?

Kathy said...

Janet, the Daring Cardmakers challenges are weekly, every Friday a new one to play with ;)
For this one I just tucked the corner of the background piece into an embossing folder - it's only one of the small folders, and I have an ebosser that takes A5 stuff so I had room on the platform to have the piece of card 'hanging' out of the folder.

KarinsArtScrap said...

fabulous design and gorgeous card Kathy
Gr Karin

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous card, love the textures and the lovely colours.

Hugs Erin xx

Jackie T said...

Hi Kathy this is a gorgeous card I love the design and the colours. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Laine said...

Stunning project Kathy. Love the colour palette.

Jan said...

This is great! xx Jan

Brawny x said...

Gorgeous card Kathy. X

Holley (Tondre) Barnhart said...

Wow, love the balloons and that awesome background you created

Svenja said...

Love your card, Kathy! Especially that you've also used embossing and that it has so much texture.

Sharon (glitterangel) said...

oh wow, I'm really loving this card, the design is fabulous, and I bet that copper looks amazing in real life!

Dawn said...

Great card Kathy! I love the olour combo & all the lovely elements!
Dawn xx

Unknown said...

What a great composition! Awesome card!

Tracy Welham said...

Fabulous card, the light catching on the balloons is so clever. Creative Blessings, Tracy x