The INKspired blog hop has hit a milestone, this round marks 100 sketch challenges that I have illustrated for my team to take INKspiration from to create their own creation and boy, oh, boy we have had some amazing creations over the past few years and we are just getting started. I really am humbled that so many of my Stampin’ Up! downline mostly start blogging so they can join the fun of the blog hops and to see their growth and confidence develop fill my heart. We started back in 2014 with 3 of us are still going strong, a huge thank you to Barbara Williams and Maree Mcintosh for sticking with me.
As this blog hop is a special blog hop we have a stamp set to give away, comment on all 8 blogs (please leave the same name on each post) and I will draw a winner to receive one of my favourite new stamp sets Fanciful Fragrance! A winner will be drawn Sunday 30th June at 8pm Sydney time. [Edit: The prize has been drawn and the winner was Thoughtful Creations/ Sharon A. Congratulations]
Here is the sketch we are using this round. I have received a few messages from the team not sure about the proportions of the layers and generally not loving the sketch.
Personally, I liked the sketch but I had been sick in bed all week, so I only started yesterday and with a weekend full of classes I could not over think! I just needed to create. It also helped that I had my stamp set selected and the colours, plus the recipient. I have a unicorn loving niece who I ordered the new Cling ‘Leave A Little Sparkle’ stamp set for, thinking it could stay on my craft shelf for her to use when she comes to craft with me but my favourite little stamper has different ideas so I realised I needed to use this set fast.
Knowing her favourite colours I knew the colour combination would be working with normally Pool Party is my go to blue for her but last weekend when we were crafting Coastal Cabana is her top pick. Like most 9 year olds, bright tones of pink and purple are her preferred tones, Melon Mambo, Gorgeous Grape and Highland Heather rounded out the compilation.
I watercoloured the unicorn image on the new watercolour paper because I was busting with excitement to play with it and I have to say the jury is still out. The new paper is lighter and I could notice the difference in smoothness from the retired paper, however, I did not see an improvement in vibrancy. Question, have you used the new watercolour paper and notice improvements? Please let me know your feedback.
The photography does not show the texture details. The Coastal Cabana cardstock was embossed with the Subtle folder and wiped with the craft white ink pad. That middle layer is my greatest creative moment on this card, check out that Melon Mambo detail using new “Heirloom Frames Dies And 3D Embossing Folder” I watercoloured Melon Mambo ink onto watercolour paper, cut and embossed the frames through a die cutting machine, then wiped white craft ink over the top which allowed the ink to only apply to the embossed section. The final step was sponging a Melon Mambo ink over the dried white craft ink, applying colour in so many ways has highlighted the embossing detail so well.
In honour of the name of the stamp set Leave A Little Sparkle I have covered the front with Frost White Shimmer Paint mixed with rubbing alcohol to make a spray mist. You may even see some of the sparkles on the photos above.
Finally, inside the card. The ‘Leave A Little Sparkle’ stamp set has 2 unicorn images and I have stamped the second image inside. The greetings are very sweet in the stamp set also. I am hoping to use this set a little more before it is taken by my sweet little niece.
Now it is time to see what Queensland’s Jo Wilson has to wow us with!
Don’t forget to comment on all the blogs to enter the draw to win the stamp set.
[Edit: The prize has been drawn and the winner was Thoughtful Creations/ Sharon A. Congratulations]