Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Color Challenge: Tulips A - Bloom!

hi all!!!
Suzanne gave us a fun challenge this week reminiscent of blooming tulips (which i should be seeing in my yard soon!) We were to use red, purple, yellow and hot pink. Crazy colors but i had fun with mine:

The papers are from my scrap pile - i matted with Kraft and inked everything with Memento Rich Cocoa - this makes an amazing difference when working with lots of colors or lots of patterns - it just pulls everything together. The cute little flowers are Prima Tiny Tots. Those yummy little Bright pink glossy beads are actually drops of gorgeous Magenta Gloss Gel from Viva Decor - once again perfect droplets with NO effort!


Now for the part i am most excited about - i WATERCOLORED!! ok i know some of you might be rolling your eyes but this is something i have longed to be able to do but never seemed to get it. I stamped the cute little image - New Friends by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD - on watercolor paper using Memento Black. I cut her our with my Spellbinders Labels 12. Next I pulled out my yummy Creative Inspirations shimmer paints - if you have not seen these yet you are missing out! there's more than 50 colors, the shimmer in PACKED in there and the colors are pure and amazingly brilliant. Now the important part - a Fantastix applicator. I got this tip from Molly, the creator of the paints. never heard of fantastix? well i had heard of them and even had some but i had NO idea when or why i would ever use them. now i know. the brush tip is a spongey pointed tip. it is hard when dry but i set it in a container of water for a bit while i chose my paint colors and it soaked up the water and became spongy. next i dipped the very tip into the paint and brushed it around on scrap paper - the paint mixed with the water and became a thin watercolor paint which i used to put a light wash of color on my image - i did NOT wet the paper first for this. Next i dipper the tip back into the paint & ran the tip along the edge where i wanted a darker shadow effect. i laid the Fantastix sort of sideways so i was using the SIDE of the tip - this created a blended effect from dark to light in one simple stroke - i was FLOORED!! couldn't be easier!!! and the best part - even on the places with the PALEST of color wash the shimmer is still just as prolific! Go bck to the top and look at the moving pic again - you will see the shading in one flash and the shimmer in the other. ALSO when changing colors just swish your Fantastix round in your water like you would a paint brush! i hope some of you find this little tutorial useful! i hope to get it on video soon so i can demonstrate it a little better!

The project itself is not card but a little gift holder - inside is a cute matchbook style notepad attached with repositionable adhesive so it can be taken off and used. i raided the $1 bin at Ms recently - it is PACKED with fun little gift set items right now including these notepads - 2 to a pack and some GREAT mary englebrite items which i got a ton of.

The colors on this one just happened to mtch the challenge so that is where i got my inspiration!

i hope you are having a wonderful week!!!

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