Friday, May 18, 2007

Imagine starting from Scratch

Tracie has set the most fantabulous Dare this week

I dare you to "start from scratch" I want to you design a card with NO purchased/pre-assembled embellishments - that means no blooms unless you cut them yourself, no buttons, brads etc etc.

Great fun!I firstly started mucking around, (or is that creativly experimenting!) with adirondack inks to make some backgrounds. I covered an A4 cutting mat with cling film and rubbed cranberry, denim and eggplant inkpads over the plastic. I then squooshed a bit of water on with a plant sprayer and rubbed the cardstock in the beautifully coloured puddle. Its a messy technique but the blended colours you get are wonderful. I stamped the Sassafrass Lass brackets and flower onto smaller pieces of the inky card and cut them out, making the flower into a ribbon slide. I used a small imagine text stamp (havent a clue of the manufacturer of this one) over and over to create the strip at the bottom and inked the edges. The big Imagine is a Heidi Swopp stamp from ATDML and its framed by the scrummy brackets. I used Rafia in place of ribbon for a change. I also made up some matching coloured alcohol ink backgrounds but didn't end up using them. I love that the adirondack range is all colour coordinated like that so you can use different inks and they still match.

My hands are now dyed in lovely shades of purpley blue, but hey, who needs nailvarnish to embellish when your whole hands can be coloured!

If you want a bargain on some inks try this lady on US ebay, Nic recommended her to me and she fab!

14 comments:

Lythan said...

OOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooooooo
I love this card. I can see some more inks going on my wishlist...

Kathy said...

these colours are beautiful, you are such a clever girlie!

Just make sure you don't do this ink-playing-with stunt the day beofre your wedding!

Dolly Mixtures said...

I was thinking the same thing as Kathy!Have had Adirondak Inks for ages and haven't really had a proper go at using them so you've inspired me to have a go at my own backgrounds. Love what you've done on this card.

Sarah said...

You are clever Rhi, this card is beautiful.

Tracey said...

This is gorgeous Rhi, love the colours so much
Tracey xxx

Lynne.x said...

Love this card - it's gorgeous.
I've got these inks too, will have to give this technique a go - but I wont do it the day before your wedding .... ;D

Kimberly White said...

This is lovely! Thanks for sharing your technique! Kim

Paula said...

Love this card. It is the colour & the words, they let your mind drift & that is so fun.

maggieb said...

Rhi love the card love the colours looks like you had fun making it.

manicstamper said...

Hi my name is Sheila and I am addicted to Adirondack inks too............ha ha ha!!!
Fabulous card Rhi. I love the big brackets.

Rein said...

This is a great card!

sharon said...

Gorgeous, I love the colours.

Gillian Hamilton said...

STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL work Rhi...
I just love your BG paper you made, the colours are just GORGEOUS! and your design is Brilliant!

Keryn Campbell said...

If ever I needed an excuse for Adirondack inks that card was it. I have cards using it already forming in my head.
I just love those brackets.