The challenge at Just Add Ink this week is Monochrome and I love monochromatic cards so just had to play along with this one. Monochromatic means using tones of the one colour, but in card making I assume it means to use one plus a neutral. I did cheat slightly though because I used black to stamp the butterflies and coloured their bodies with choc chip. I’d still class it as a monochromatic card though – Hopefully they do too! I decided to use my favourite Stampin Up colour, Baja Breeze and its darker shade Not Quite Navy with vanilla as my neutral.
I used the grid technique on the background piece using baja to sponge and NQN to stamp the images. I stamped the butterfly in choc chip on the vanilla piece but also stamped them onto shimmery white with stazon and then watercoloured them only using Baja, NQN and a touch of choc for the bodies. Then I cut them out and stuck them on top of the vanilla piece using mini glue dots. I realised that you can really bend the shimmer white card and it gave the butterflies a lot of extra dimension. Plus it gives them a pretty shimmer.
So as you can imagine after doing all that it was not a quick and easy card. But the hardest part about it was tearing my background grid piece! Stamping 411 have another wonderful sketch challenge this week and I decided to incorporate both of these challenges into the one card. It meant that I had to tear my background though and it was hard for me to do it because I really liked how it was. Anyway I am very happy with the end result I think it actually looks really nice torn now, thanks Stampin 411 for making me do it! I just finished it off with a birthday sentiment which I stamped with NQN and clear embossed.
Stamps : because i care, all a flutter, elements of style, music notes wheel, friendly words wheel, sincere salutations
Card : NQN, very vanilla, Baja breeze, naturals ivory, shimmery white
Ink : baja breeze, NQN, stazon, choc chip, versamark
Other : mini glue dots, aqua painter, sponge, clear embossing powder
I was having trouble rolling the wheels straight and evenly and I remembered a tip I’d read once and decided to give it a try. Instead of holding the handle and pushing away or toward yourself, you put the handle down on the table and roll it back. Amazingly I found it heaps easier and it worked really well for me. Unfortunately I can’t remember who had this tip to give them credit, but next time your “wheeling” give it a try!