Tuesday, June 24, 2008

INKredible Color Challenge 6/23

First, let me point out that there are 3 new posts for today. Yes, I've been busy trying to catch up. I actually got tagged by someone - or rather my blog was tagged. I scrambled to make some quick thank you's. And I've been busy with this week's color challenge (Certainly Celery, Elegant Eggplant, and Orchid Opulence). I started messing around with this technique on Sunday and wasn't liking how it came out, but decided to plug on with it and I'm pretty pleased with the results. I have a special person in mind for this card. Someone who is celebrating their birthday today as a matter of fact, and likes purple, and is my.......... too many clues. But of course, she will be getting it belatedly - SORRY!!!!!

If you notice - or I should point out - well maybe you're new here, but it seems that I have a "problem" adding sentiments to the front of cards. Well, not a problem exactly, I guess I have a block about it. I will try in the future to be more "openly sentimental" - but don't hold me to it!!!!

OMG, why is this so big - I took this close up to try to show you that I rolled the edges of the flower in Elegant Eggplant and then gave the whole flower a coating of CE to make it pop a little more. That brad is purple not pink BTW.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Fabulous Flowers
Paper: Certainly Celery, Elegant Eggplant, Orchid Opulence, Whisper White
Ink: Certainly Celery, Elegant Eggplant, Orchid Opulence, VersaMark
Accessories: Brayer, Clear EP, Round Ice Brad, 5/8 Cert. Celery grosgrain, 1/4" Elegant Eggplant grosgrain, CE

There are only 3 colors used on this card (not counting the white background). You will notice that there are many different variations of the colors. This has to do with what is used to stamp them with and what is used to stamp them on. For instance, the flower embellishment is stamped in ink the same color as the paper which gives it a deeper hue. The leaves on the flower are colored with marker over paper the same color, giving it more variation (or a subtle attempt at texture). The little spider-like flowers that you see in the white areas are stamped both full strength and stamped off once - giving it the appearance of more tones of the same color.

The technique used on this card is called Emerging Color. The white paper is stamped with the colorful flower images first. Then dusted with the embossing buddy. The large blossom is then stamped in VersaMark over the colored flowers and embossed with clear embossing powder. Then you need to use your brayer and the darkest color to roll over the whole thing. Wipe away the excess ink off of the embossed image and this is what you get. You can find a great tutorial here on Splitcoast.

Please make sure to check out the other challenge submissions by Stasia , Colleen, and Debbie.


  1. I love this card! I'm going to have to try the emerging color technique. Also, I'm adding you to my blog roll.

  2. Beautiful card. I love your work.

  3. LOVE it !LOVE it! LOVE it!

  4. Holy WOW, This is beautiful!!!!!! What a perfect sample for this technique. Love the colors!!!

  5. Hi! Purple and lime green is one of my favorite color combinations. I love your card, theres so much detail going on. Just beautiful!
    I hope you don't mind but I think I'm going to pass on the tag for now. No matter how many times I tried to write up a post, it just came out so boring. I have such a hard time writing about me. I really do want to thank you for thinking of me though. Take care!

  6. this is one of the most favorite cards i have ever seen - love this technique and cannot wait to try it!


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