Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Eclectic Blooms CI#21

Colour INKspiration is a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from the South Pacific, all through Australia and New Zealand. We love to get together for these colour challenges, to inspire each other, and you, to create. We love it when you join in with our challenges to share your work and all you need is a Facebook presence. You can link in here on Facebook.

I thought about this challenge for a while as I could only see the obvious, perfect colours for a flowery card. While I have chosen a favourite flower thinlet, Eclectic Layers, it has been paired with an older technique, which we have the opportunity to explore now that glossy paper has returned to the Stampin' Up!® inventory.
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The black layer was cut much smaller than the polished stone layer to show more of the pretty colours, but with my other cards I've kept the two layers even. The black layer was diecut with the flowers but not using the outer edge which cuts them out. For the stems I turned a die upside down and only partially rolled it through the Big Shot. After die-cutting, the black layer was raised on Dimensionals. The Glitter Enamel Dots seemed close enough to the challenge colours to include, for a touch of 'bling'!

This technique is called Polished Stone and to do it - it's very easy! - you need glossy card, rubbing alcohol and reinkers in your chosen colours. I taught this in a class several years ago, and I think it might be a fun one for early 2018, what do you think? I cut the card to 10cm X 14.3cm and coloured in a variety of combinations. Each one turns out differently, even if you try to get the same result.

For these big butterflies the totally pink, peach, yellow piece was perfect, with a sentiment from Butterfly Basics.

Another one using a two-tone polished stone piece for a dragonfly and butterfly combo. This is one-with-the-lot! The pieces have been re-inserted, there is the lovely lacy border, Decorative Ribbon Border Punch and layers - lots of layers, inside and out!
Now it is time for you to head on over to share a project made by Jackie Aitken.

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  1. A womderful creation, Rachel. I have to try this with the Glossy paper! And I am in love with the black overlay with floral die-cuts. D xox

  2. You are right Rachel I think it is time to try this technique again I had forgotten how pretty it can be with the right colour combo ... love all your creations.

  3. Wow Rachel! The polished stone looks fabulous behind all the die cut panels.

  4. Wow! The black framing the polished stone is stunning! Gorgeous cards and divine way of showing off the colours.


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