Monday, February 6, 2012

Aqua Thoughts


For the first anniversary of the "Less Is More" challenge blog, Mandi & Chrissie are back to a repeat of their inaugural challenge which for the first Saturday of the month is colour... and this time they have chosen

AQUA
 
I was trying to channel my inner Chrissie here.  I love the way she uses inks and the gorgeous affects she creates.  They make me swoon.  I would like to go to inking camp.  Is there such a thing? I am sure there is.
 
I am very curious about the ink duster brush that Chrissie mentioned using on her ink panel in her challenge post this week.  I read a bit about their use, and came up with a plan to improvise because I don't have one.  I masked the rectangle on the front of my card, and applied Ranger Tumbled Glass distress ink with blending tool.  I then put a drop of PTI Hawaiian Shores refill ink on my Tim Holtz Teflon matt, loaded a stenciling brush from my "stenciling phase" LOL, and stippled over the blended ink.  I embossed this gorgeous Memory Box image, Drift Flowers, with white EP, then stamped the image again in Tumbled Glass ink next to the embossed image.  I wanted to see how it would work to emboss on top of the aqua panel rather than emboss first.  Some of the powder stuck to the blue panel.  I like that with this particular image.  The sentiment is from PTI's Botanical Silhouettes collection.  To finish, I added a little Dazzling Diamonds to the flower to give it a little sparkle. 
 
Voila!  A new year of LIM challenges begins!  I love being a part of this community.  Thank you again Mandi & Chrissie for creating this wonderful place...
and thank you for stopping and for your wonderful comments.  Be well.

15 comments:

Chrissie said...

Who needs inking camp?... this is fabulous! However, the thought of a whole bunch of buddies getting right down and inky does have a certain appeal!
Gorgeous, gorgeous card Stephanie and thanks so much for your kind words, they are truly appreciated!
Long may LIM continue to thrive!
Thanks a whole lot.
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Mandi said...

Oh you have created a marvellous card Stpehanie, Chrissie is a constant soure of inspiration, she does thinks with ink I wouldnt think of!
Superb card, thank you so much for your kind words
mandi
"Less is More"

Kathyk said...

This is just smashing

KAthyk

Jenny said...

Well my inky friend this is just gorgeous....... I think you are a model student of Chrissie's :0)
Love everything about it, especially the sparkle :0)
Jenny x

Susan said...

Stephanie...this is just beautiful!! Love how you have it slipping outside the box...so pretty!

Christine said...

Great card! Very well done!
Christine

Heather T said...

So pretty. I rea.lly like the positive and negative images, they are subtle and lovely

Aileen said...

Love your inky panel and double stamped image. Just fab! x

Eloise said...

Love this card! beautiful. i like how the embossed image seems to glow with how you did the shading of the aqua.

Viv said...

This is so pretty Stephanie, I use a cheap mens shaving brush as a duster brush btw. :) Viv xx

kingstonmama said...

Hi Stephanie, This is gorgeous. I love your inking and embossing. I also love the positive and negative image. Beautiful. Ann

Joyce said...

Hey-thanks for your kind comments and for visiting my blog. Yours is pretty awesome, too. I'll need to spend some more time here for sure. This aqua card is so pretty--I like how you did the flowers. Very pretty and thought provoking.

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Gorgeous card, love your inky background and the flowers fit perfectly, very delicate! xx

Jen Adcock said...

No channeling required if you ask me. These ? Queen Anne's Lace are just magical. The delicately besparked flowers are so gorgeous! I love the rounded botton edges with the top uncut. Brilliant!

Sally H said...

Stunning card, Stephanie. Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog