You have been rockin’ our weekly challenges lately, so I can’t wait to see what you do with this one! The Paper Craft Crew Design Team has a great one for you – a colour challenge! They’re fun, bright and perfect for summer.
PCC346 COLOUR CHALLENGE
Here’s your challenge! Use 3 of the 4 colours shown above – and use neutrals such as white, black, brown as necessary. You get to choose whatever combination you want, and whatever stamp set, layout, etc. I had quite a think before I created my project. I mean, I could go with the obvious flowers, but I thought you might expect something different. You know, since I’m part of the design team. So – I pulled out my alcohol inks and had some fun!
ALCOHOL INK GOODNESS
It so fun playing with alcohol inks. Even when you have a plan in mind, something a bit different is bound to happen. That’s just the nature of the ink, flowing across the paper.
The colours I chose are Limeade, Sunshine Yellow and Sailboat Blue alcohol inks. For my neutrals, I used black, white and the translucent vellum paper. I also used some metallic gold foil, which you can see in the ink.
INK PANEL DETAILS
When using alcohol ink, the best paper to use is called Yupo. It’s actually a synthetic ‘paper’; very smooth and the ink doesn’t absorb into it, but dries on top. This allows the ink to retain it’s vibrant colour. If you don’t have Yupo, you can use photo paper; the movement of the ink will just be a bit different.
Once you have your Yupo panel ready, get your alcohol inks, Alcohol Blending Solution, and air puffer ready. For my air puffer, I use one that is meant for cleaning cameras, but a straw works well too. Start with one colour at a time, dropping it onto the panel, and moving it about by tipping the panel, or blowing the air. If you want it to move around more, and/or lighten the colour, add a drop or two of the Alcohol Blending Solution. The blending solution ‘thins’ out the ink to get it moving again, but it does dilute it, creating lighter areas.
Once your first colour is mostly dry, you can repeat the process with your second and then third colours. You’ll notice some areas where the ink is thicker than others, and more tacky. On those areas, lay your gold foil – I use Ranger Shiny Transfer Foil Sheets – over the tacky area, and rub firmly. Pull up the foil sheet, and you’ll see the foil left behind, stuck to the ink.
COMPLETE THE CARD
Set aside your ink panel, to pull together the finishing touches. Use your die cutting machine to die cut the ‘hello’ from the MFT Well, Hello dies. Die cut it once in bright yellow, and twice in white cardstock. Next, die cut the background outline of the word, in Vellum paper. Use a liquid glue pen to stack the layers together, with the yellow on the top, the 2 white die cuts next, and the vellum on the bottom. Attach this to the middle of your ink panel, slight to the left side.
On a strip of black cardstock, stamp the rest of the sentiment from the MFT Sweet Hello stamp set in Versamark ink. Cover it with white embossing powder, and heat set. Now, attach this to the bottom right of the ink panel, using foam tape.
Finally, attach your front panel to a panel of bright green cardstock with foam tape, and then to a card base of bright yellow.
Stacking the sentiment die cut layers add more dimension, just as popping the bottom part of the sentiment with foam tape. I had such fun making this card, that I made a second one!
SECOND ALCOHOL INK CARD
For this card, I used the same techniques and products as described above. There’s only two differences, the first being that I used substituted the Limeade ink for Watermelon.
I also die cut the top ‘hello’ from gold foil, and embossed the bottom sentiment in gold embossing powder.
WHICH COLOUR SCHEME IS YOUR FAVOURITE?
So here they are together – which one is your favourite? I couldn’t decide, that’s why I’m sharing both!
It’s a bit difficult to get a photo without any glare, because of the shine of the alcohol ink on the smooth surface!
JOIN OUR PCC346 COLOUR CHALLENGE!
So – what will be your colour palette? I’m looking forward to seeing your creative project! To see what the rest of the Design Team created, head over to the Paper Craft Crew challenge blog. You’ll also find the link there, to add your card.
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