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Monday, June 19, 2017

Colour INKspriation's new challenge

Did you know, Colour INKspiration is on Facebook and this is the eleventh Colour INKspiration Challenge – CI11

This fortnight we have 3 colours Marina Mist, Early Espresso and Soft Suede to use to create our projects. Other neutrals are welcome such as Black, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand and Metallics.

Colour INKspriation CI11 zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

So would you like to join the challenge? Then jump right in and get your creative hat on, make something with these colours and upload your picture at Colour INKspiration.

This coffee inspired colour palette stumped me for a while as I was wanting to continue on my own personal challenge, by trying to recreate the inspirational piece. The last 2 Inspirational pieces had been a collage of images. These images made it easy for me to create a collage to put into a frame.

Well I couldn't create a collage so decided to just make a card. I brought out my Large Letters framelits and with Washi Tape to hold them in place I cut out the word love on my Whisper White card.

large letters framelits zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

Then I tapped the Marina Mist ink pad on one of my very old and crinkled Big Shot plates, I then tapped the Early Espresso on and finally the Soft Suede.

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Then I spritzed the plate and let them run into each other. It actually made some interesting colours. I then smooshed my card onto the plate.

large letters framelits zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

I then cut out several LOVE pieces and adhered them together and popped into the the LOVE opening. This raised them up quite substantially from the base card. Then I came to a road block. I didn't like it as a romantic style card. Um, what to do!! I cut it and mounted it on a piece of Marina Mist card. I also mounted the off cut on to Marina Mist. This looked wrong as well, so I rubbed up the edges with my scissors to make a shabby frame. All of a sudden the "lightbulb" moment happened. I had a very old retired Coffee cup stamp set Coffee & Friends the perfect blend in my stash and the words on one of the sentiments was "Coffee & Friends are the Perfect Blend" I decided to create a frame after all and have the words LOVE IS COFFEE & FRIENDS THE PERFECT BLEND.

I cut out Whisper White card for the base, stamped the coffee cup stain from the Timeless Textures stamp set randomly over the card. I stamped "IS" by inking up in Marina Mist and then using the rock and roll technique to add some Early Espresso. Below this I stamped the words Coffee & Friends in Early Espresso (I masked the rest of the words out)

coffee and friends zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

The cups were stamped, one using a Whisper White base, the other using a Soft Suede base. The white cup was water coloured softly with Marina Mist and Early Espresso, then a vellum band was added and coloured with Wink of Stella. The Soft Suede cup had the band stamped with the words "the perfect blend" All the rest of the wording was masked.

coffee and friends the perfect blend zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

3 vellum daisies were punched out, with the Daisy Punch, Early Espresso ink was tapped over one and Marina Mist over the other. I pinched the petals and rubbed with a stylus. One I left plain and just used my stylus to create some shape.

 Daisy punch zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

The beans, I drew freehand and cut each one out, gee, I wish I had the new stamp set Coffee Break it has coffee beans in the stamp set.

coffee zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

The Whisper White base looked too sterile even though it had coffee stains over it, so I sponged with Early Espresso and Soft Suede. I screwed it up and sponged on the creased bits to make it look really messy. The last touch was to scrape up the edges.

Now I was happy with the shabby look. I needed the black frame hidden, it looked too stark, so I cut strips of Early Espresso Co-ordination card and sanded it.
The corners, I mitred and adhered to the black photo frame.


So finally my Colour INKspiration #CI11 is now done and dusted and I like it. I am so pleased I managed to make this project and not the card that it started out to be. I am also thrilled that my last project was selected in the Top 5, thank you to everyone that voted for me.

My husband has already decided that it is going to go on our kitchen wall above the coffee machine.

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