Friday, April 15, 2016

Sparkle & Shine Challenge #28

Hey all, it's time for another challenge over on the Sparkle & Shine challenge blog. Here is our inspirational photo for this time around...


For my card I pulled out my Color Burst pigment powders. I started with a blank panel of watercolor paper and sprinkled pigment powders onto the surface of the dry paper. Then I saturated the paper with water using a Mini Mister. 


After that dried then I used the Altenew Oriental Orchid stamp set to stamp the images. Then I pulled out some bleach and painted in the images with the bleach to turn it all white. It was pretty amazing seeing the magic happen. Those flowers and leaves were all just as dark purple as the rest of the paper. I would recommend using a better quality watercolor paper for this though. I used a really cheap one and you can see where the bleach bled beyond the borders of the flowers in some spots. With a good quality paper the water will stay only where you put it.

We hope you come and join us in the challenge. One lucky random participant will win a $15 gift certificate to the Right at Home online store. Click HERE to be taken to the Sparkle & Shine blog.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Sparkle & Shine challenge #27

Today is April the first and no fooling' that means that it is time for another challenge over on the Sparkle & Shine challenge blog. The inspiration photo for this time around fits right in with the "April showers brings May flowers" saying...

However, we have been having the most gorgeous sunny and warm days here in Portland that I  couldn't bring myself to make a card that had anything to do with rain. I just know that it would jinx us and the rain and grey clouds would come back. So, I went with the happy bright colors...


I recently received the 6 new Caribbean colors in the Color Burst pigments and I used all six for this card. On the background panel I simply sprinkled some powder on a dry piece of watercolor paper and then sprayed it with some water from a spray bottle. Set it aside to dry completely and easy peasy...done!


I die cut the thanks out of a piece of watercolor paper that had been painted the same way as my background panel. I also cut two out of white cardstock and layered the three together to give it some added dimension.  Once I had that done I went to add the sequins and decided to join in on the Make It Monday this week at Papertrey Ink, so I dry embossed some lines leading down to each sequin. 
I know, I said I was avoiding the whole concept of rain, but then when I was done I thought those lines and sequins together looked an awful lot like rain drizzles and drops. 

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Thanks for stopping by today.

Stamps and Dies: Bloomin' Cute (Papertrey Ink)
Pigment Powders: Ken Oliver- Color Burst (Fuchsia, Tangerine, Chartreuse, Lime Green, Turquoise, Orchid)