Friday, December 9, 2022

Just Add Ink #633 Colour

 



Hello there,
another week closer to Christmas and another Christmas card coming your way - that's probably not a surprise. This week at Just Add Ink we have a colour challenge for you, suggested by me ;) Your can use it for a Christmas project as I have, or for whatever purpose that works for you. Here are the colours.


And this is what I came up with.


This was pretty much all about the watercolouring. I black heat embossed the large poinsettia twice, so that I could cut out the central ring of petals and mount them up on top of the base layer. I used several layers of colour to build up the colour and once dry added little silver pearls to the centre. A simple watercolored background splattered with white gouache, and sentiment finished off the front. For the inside I added one more watercolored poinsietta.

It's only getting busier at this time of year so something simple was definitely the way to go this week.

The JAI design team have lots of lovely projects to inspire you so please go check them out and then come back and join in the challenge.

Thanks for visiting,

Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Joyful Christmas (R)
Dies: Stitched Rectangles
Cardstock: Basic White, Sweet Sorbet, Bermuda Bay, Basic Gray
Ink: Sweet Sorbet, Bermuda Bay, Basic Gray, Versamark
Accessories: Black, and White embossing powder, Heat Tool, Red and Green adhesive backed pearls, Watercolor paper, Aquapainter, White gouache, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape, Big Shot die cutting machine (R). 









Friday, November 25, 2022

Just Add Ink #631 Sketch



Hello there,
this week at Just Add Ink Tina has a sketch challenge for us. I was a bit stumped how to interpret the wavy elements at first but then I had one of those light bulb moments. Here's the sketch.


And this is how it turned out.




Embossing - both dry and heat - and fussy cutting were the main elements to this project. The fussy cutting was very fussy but well worth the effort in the end and I think the three rows of Christmas lights definitely captured the essence of the sketch.

The Just Add Ink DT have lots of fabulous projects showcasing how they used the sketch so please go check them out and then come back and join in the challenge.

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Holiday Lights (PaperTrey Ink)
Dies: Stitched Shapes (R)
Cardstock: Thick Basic White, Basic White, Basic Black 
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Melon Mambo, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Pacific point, Gorgeous Grape
Accessories: Evergreen Forest embossing folder (R), Starburst punch (R), Silver and Clear embossing powder, Heat tool, Paper snips, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape




 

Friday, October 28, 2022

Just Add Ink #627 Choose Two



Hello there,
I had a busy busy week so having a card come together easily for this challenge was super helpful. I think you'll find this week's Just Add Ink challenge, from Tina, is a fun one. This week we want you to Just Choose Two.

So choose two of the above options and feature them on your project. I went night and pulled out a classic SU! set that I love.




This came together really quickly. I picked my colours for the night sky, masked a moon to add some drama, balance and the perfect place to place the iconic santa and his sleigh image. Cut a town silhouette - just love when a die does all the work for you! Splattered everything with white gouache and wink of stella and heat embossed the sentiment. IRL the colours are more intense and I am really happy with the outcome.

Hope you enjoy the challenge, you can tell the rest of the DT did, just go check out the rest of their projects!

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Hearts Come Home (R)
Dies: Hometown Greetings (R)
Cardstock: Basic White, Basic Black
Ink: Versamark, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Starry Sky, Fresh Freesia, Polished Pink
Accessories: 1 3/8" circle punch (R), Blending brushes, Heat tool, White embossing powder, Wink of Stella, White gouache, Big Shot die cutting machine (R), Dimensionals, Tear and Tape.




 

Friday, October 14, 2022

Just Add Ink #625 Inspiration

 



Hello there,
the season definitely inspired my choice of inspiration picture for this week's new challenge at Just Add Ink. I couldn't go past this field of vibrant spring flowers especially as the garden is filled with spring blooms right now. Looking at the inspiration picture below, draw on the colours, patterns, or objects in the picture and use it as the main element of your project.


I count't resist creating my own field of flowers, this is how it turned out.



I started by pulling out a whole bunch of ink pads based on the colours I could see in the inspiration photo and then started stamping flowers and foliage. Once I thought I had enough I started die cutting them out and then working out the placement on the card front. Having the flowers flow down the card on a diagonal adds a strong structural element and balancing that with (subtly textured) white space means they have plenty of impact. The card was finished off simply with a sentiment and a tiny scatter of sparkly sequins.

The Just Add Ink DT have lots of fabulous projects to how you so please go check them out and then come back and join in the challenge.

Thanks for visiting,

Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Sending Smiles
Dies: Sending dies
Cardstock: Thick Basic White, Basic White, Basic Black
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Shaded Spruce, Garden Green, Polished Pink, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Poppy Parade, Fresh Freesia, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape
Accessories: Subtle embossing folder (R), For everything fancy sequins, Big shot die cutting machine (R), Dimensionals, Tear and Tape




Friday, September 30, 2022

Just Add Ink #623 Colour

 



Hello there,
time for a new Just Add Ink challenge, and this week Di has a colour challenge for us. It's bright, bold and perfect for Christmas so that's the theme I went with. Here are the colours.


I decided to pull out watercolour paper for this project, this is how it turned out.



This was fun to do and definitely not perfect as I had colour leak across boundaries in some of the fine detail areas, but I figure that is forgivable and adds to the arty homemade feel. To add Christmas sparkle I silver embossed the bauble, added a silver foil bow, silver sequins and splashes of Wink of Stella. If I had added a bauble to the inside there would have been no room for a Christmas message so I just added a little watercolored Christmas tree instead. I really loved how bright and intense the colours came out in this project!

The Just Add Ink team have plenty of colour filled projects to share with you so please go check them out and then join in the challenge.

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Bright Baubles (R)
Dies: Stitched Rectangle, Tree Lot dies, Christmas Banner dies, Pretty Pines dies (R), Delicate Baubles dies (R)
Cardstock: Thick Basic White, Basic White, Sweet Sorbet, Starry Sky, Parakeet Party, Watercolor, Silver foil
Ink: Versamark, Sweet Sorbet, Starry Sky, Parakeet Party
Accessories: Sequins (R), Silver embossing powder, Heat Tool, Wink of Stella, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape, Fine tip glue







Friday, September 16, 2022

Just Add Ink #621 Sketch



Hello there,
this week at Just Add Ink it's time for a sketch challenge from Lou. I tossed a few ideas around before settling on making a Christmas card. First, here's the sketch.


And this is my take on the sketch.



I had fun piecing my little caravan together from different colours, which is just as well as it was the most labour intensive part of the project. The background was created quickly using blending brushes, and the sky portion finished off with white paint speckles. The caravan clustered with the trees made me think of being out in the woods so I added a woodgrain embossed mat to continue that outdoor feel. Silver sequins and silver thread help add to the festive feel.

The Just Add Ink DT have lots of lovely projects to share with you so please go check them out and then come back and join in the challenge.

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Trees for Sale, Itty Bitty Christmas (R)
Dies: Stitched Rectangle, Tree Lot dies
Cardstock: Thick Basic White, Basic White, Basic Black, Pacific Point, Balmy Blue, Garden Green, Granny Apple Green, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Gray, Real Red, Silver Foil
Ink: Versamark, Pacific Point, Balmy Blue, Garden Green, Granny Apple Green, Pear Pizzazz, Shaded Spruce
Accessories: Timber 3D embossing folder, White baker's twine, Silver thread (R), Silver sequins (R), Blends (Daffodil Delight), Blending brushes, White embossing powder, Heat Tool, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape, Fine tip glue, Gouache



 

Friday, September 2, 2022

Just Add Ink #619 Masculine

 




Hello there,
this week at Just Add Ink Tristan is asking us to Just Add Masculine. This challenge just happens to be perfectly timed for upcoming Father's Day.



I went for a natural outdoors feel.





I added layers of muted colour in the background. Adding the vellum layer meant that attention wasn't distracted from the focal panel which again was in soft blue, green, brown natural shades. The key to adding complexity to masculine cards is often texture. I brought that in by adding an embossed woodgrain mat, stitching detail and a little linen thread.

The Just Add Ink DT have an inspirational array of masculine projects to show you, so please go check them out and then come back and share yours with us!

Thanks for visiting,
Kim


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: A Good Man (R), Oceanfront
Dies: Stitched Rectangle
Cardstock: Thick Basic White, Basic White, Night of Navy, Misty Moonlight, Balmy Blue, Bermuda May, Coastal Cabana, Mint Macaron, Pool Party, Vellum
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark, Night of Navy, Misty Moonlight (R), Balmy Blue, Coastal Cabana, Just Jade (R), Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
Accessories: Timber 3D embossing folder, Linen thread, White embossing powder, Heat Tool, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Friday, August 19, 2022

Just Add Ink #617 Choose Two

 



Hello there,
this week at Just Add Ink, Di has a versatile Choose Two challenge for us. For me it was the perfect opportunity to make a couple of baby cards to celebrate some new arrivals among our family and friends. Just choose two of the three options below and feature them in your project.



Here's how my projects turned out - I chose dots and die cuts.





A Little Wild is still a favourite for me to pull out for baby cards. Being short on time and inspiration this week I cased the design of a card on p49 of the current SU! catalogue. It's always good to know that sometimes you don't need to reinvent the wheel. To give it my spin I  added in some more detail - layers, stitching and banner. My little characters sit on bed of foliage and flowers that was a mix of stamped and die cut elements. This project was a mix of colouring, stamping and a lot of die cutting. I loved how both cards turned out but confess it took me hours to get done.

The Just Add Ink DT have lots of fabulous projects to how you so please go check them out and then come back and join in the challenge.

Thanks for visiting,

Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Cup of Tea, Happiness Abounds, A Little Wild (R), Banners for You (R), Round & Round (Papertrey Ink)
Dies: Stitched Rectangle, Teacup dies, Penned Flowers dies, Blossoming Happiness dies, Forever Flourishing dies, Stitched Shapes (R), Little Loves Framelits (R), Bunch of Banners framelits (R), Fishtail Flag Stax Layers (My Favourite Things)
Cardstock: Thick Basic White, Basic White, Magenta Madness (R), Misty Moonlight (R)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Magenta Madness (R), Misty Moonlight (R), Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party
Accessories: Sunshine and Rainbows DSP (R), Subtle embossing folder (R), Blends (Shaded Spruce, Granny Apple Green, Polished Pink, Misty Moonlight (R), Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Pumpkin Pie, Natural Tones - Deep, Medium Deep, Medium),  Wink of Stella, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape





















Friday, August 5, 2022

Just Add Ink #615 Inspiration

 



Hello there,
things are frosty and cold here, so it was a good time to stay inside and craft using this week's new challenge at Just Add Ink. Just Add Inspiration from Nikki, here's the inspiration pic.


This is how my project turned out.



The different geometric elements of the inspiration picture really grabbed my attention, so I reflected that and the colour palette in my card. The pop of green was I think a super important element to add. While my sun rays look fully silver embossed, they were actually stamped in grey ink first and then over stamped with versa mark. I wanted the embossing to be a bit broken and scratched up, which you can't see here in the pic but you can in real life. Not quite sure if this will be a masculine birthday card or a sympathy card - I think it could work for either purpose.

The rest of the Just Add Ink DT have fabulous projects to share with you too, so please go check them out and then come back and join in the challenge.

Thanks for visiting,
Kim


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Rays of Light
Dies: Stitched Rectangles, Majestic Mountain dies, 
Cardstock: Thick Basic White, Basic White, Basic Black, Shaded Spruce, Crumb Cake
Ink: Smoky Slate, Versamark
Accessories: Heat tool, Silver embossing powder, Linen twine, Pinewood Planks 3D embossing folder (R), Big Shot die cutting machine (R), Dimensionals, Tear and Tape.




Friday, July 22, 2022

Just Add Ink #613 Colour

 



Hello there,
I couldn't resist a Christmas in July project this week as the colour challenge for Just Add Ink was just perfect for an atmospheric wintery card. Nikki suggested the following colour combo for us.


And here is how my card turned out.



I started by watercoloring my background, and once dry adding heat embossed snowflakes and some shimmer to the "lake". A die cut mountain range was the perfect divider for the sky/ lake division and adding trees to frame the scene let me add in the Mint Macaron element. The polar bear comes from a retired set but he is just too cute not to use and was simply coloured with blends. A mat of embossed woodgrain helps reinforce the natural feel and add some extra subtle texture.

The mix of colours really appealed to me and I am really happy with the result.

The rest of the JAI DT have lovely projects to share with you so please go check them out and then come back and join in the challenge.

Thanks for visiting,
Kim


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Warm & Toasty (R), #Elfie (R), Itty Bitty Christmas (R)
Dies: Stitched Rectangles, Majestic Mountain dies, Pine Wood Dies (R)
Cardstock: Thick Basic White, Basic White, Starry Sky
Ink: Starry Sky, Fresh Freesia, Mint Macaron, Versamark, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Blends (Fresh Freesia, Starry Sky, Smoky Slate), Watercolored paper, Heat tool, White embossing powder, Timber 3D embossing folder, Frost white shimmer paint (R), Shimmery crystal effects, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape.