Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Be Strong, Not Neutral CI #35

Colour INKspiration is a fortnightly blog initiated by Bronwyn Eastley in Tasmania. The design team is made up of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from all parts of Australia and New Zealand.You are at the blog of Rachel Palmieri, Independent Stampin' Up!® demonstrator. I run classes at my home studio in South Morang, Victoria, share Stampin' Up!® products and tools at parties for my customers, coach my lovely team and create cards and the occasional 3D project.

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There has been a radical change to Stampin' Up!® this year with a Color Revamp! So exciting to have new colours to play with!!! Not only that, but they have re-arranged their colour families and the neutral range has a handful of colours included, and that is what we are focussing on this time at Colour INKspiration. At Colour INKspiration we've decided to feature a Colour Collection for the first challenge each month (2nd Wednesday) until we have showcased them all! The second challenge in the month (4th Wednesday) will be a Pinterest inspired pic as per usual just to mix it up a bit. This month we are starting off with the NEUTRALS COLLECTION and you can choose any 3 colours from that range for your challenge project. We are also changing the rules about what else you can add to the mix; essentially just the Basics - Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Basic Black as well as metallics. My choices were Merry Merlot and Mossy Meadow along with Early Espresso. What could be better for an early short black than that combo?

As a non-coffee drinker (no, never!) the Coffee Break suite has been a very late addition to my shelf, and although I began stamping and die-cutting some cups and lids, they've been put aside for another day. My husband is Italian-born, so naturally he likes a short black and has a variety of cups I can use as props!

I've used the now-retired friend framelit (Lovely Word Thinlit Dies) cut out with an oval Stitched Shape and backed with Crumb Cake card. The designer series paper from the Coffee Break suite is really nice and manly, I wonder if it will make a future appearance in the Clearance Rack?

 The other words are a sentiment from Rooted In Nature stamp set, which I stamped in the three different colours, and hand cut. Mossy Meadow stamped VERY dark (I have an older stamp pad too) so I used a second uninked stamping for the sentiment. Because of that, I inked the leaves from Rooted In Nature with Versamark, and see how clearly they have stamped. That is a handy hint for you. If you can't afford to buy ink in all the colours, use Versamark, and it gives a darker impression on the card, as if you'd used the same colour ink.

Nikki Spencer is bound to have a beautiful project to share, check it out now.

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  1. I'm so sad those framelits retired too. Your friend panel looks fabulous. Thankyou for reminding us about the versamark tip - a good tip for new and seasoned stampers alike- especially when there is so much amazing new stuff we all want!

  2. Great card Rachel, the effect of the three colours sentiment really stands out.xx

  3. Wow Rach - this is great!!! The colours & theme are perfect. I love the 'be strong' sentiment for a coffee card! Kelly x

  4. I can smell the coffee! Love the new sentiment teamed with a coffee card :)

  5. Oh thats an awesome card Rachel! I love it. Those sentiments go perfect with that DSP!


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