Tuesday, 16 August 2011

A two in one challenge .....

... two of my favourite challenges have joined up this week to share a challenge - CAS-ual Fridays - CFC15 and Clean & Simple Stamping - FTL153.  The idea is to make a clean and simple design based on the FTL153 sketch - what a super idea.


I spent yesterday evening in my craft room and made two cards for this challenge - they both owe some of their inspiration to this week's Less is More challenge where Chrissie and Mandi have asked us to us inky techniques on our one layer cards.  Sadly these cards are not one layer - so they can't be entered.  However, I have had lots more fun playing around with alcohol inks!!

My first card keeps pretty close to the sketch.  I used alcohol inks onto an acetate panel.  First I applied some green and blue to create the middle layer of colour, then above and below that I used a mixture of purple and blue.  On the front of the acetate I stamped this lovely flower image.  Stamping onto acetate is definitely a skill - it took me about five attempts to get it right.  Fortunately, Stazon comes off acetate easily with a bit of acetone!  I attached the acetate panel by running it through my Xyron and sticking it to my card.  Finally, I added a very bold, but simple sentiment.


Stamps: Kanban - All Occasions Set; Waltzingmouse - Say It Loud
Inks:  Stazon - Jet Black; Adirondack Alcohol Inks - Citrus, Purple Twilight, Pool
Accessories:  Card and acetate from stash

My second card takes a few liberties with the sketch, but trying to keep to the sketch just didn't work!  I made another acetate panel - this time I added a drop of ink at a time and used a straw to blow the ink about until it dried.  I repeated this using several inks until I'd got a pattern I was happy with.  As the pattern was quite grungy I decided to make a card for a teenager.  I stamped a guitar onto the acetate panel and attached the panel to the card.  Then I used a couple of other stamps from the same set to complete the card.  All images were stamped in Stazon.


Stamps: Inkadinkado - Rockstar
Inks:  Stazon - Jet Black; Adirondack Alcohol Inks - Citrus, Pool, Purple Twilight, Sail Boat Blue
Accessories:  Card and acetate from stash

I've had lots of fun colouring acetate with alcohol inks and have a couple of pieces ready to make a few more cards.

I had a really fun day yesterday.  In the morning a couple of friends came round for some tips on how to use Windows 7.  In the afternoon Kathryn and I spent some time in the kitchen making cakes.  My cake mixer has died - so I took the opportunity to show Kathryn how to make cakes by hand - creaming the butter and sugar, then adding the eggs and flour - and showing her that it was hard work - but worth it!.  I made a chocolate mix, Kathryn made a vanilla mix - and we put them together to make marble Butterfly cakes.  We had such fun - actually I think Kathryn enjoyed licking off the spoons best!!  Kathryn made the butter icing and got covered in icing sugar.  And the cakes were delicious. 


If the weather is nice today, Kathryn and I are going to the zoo, if it rains I'll take her to a local activity centre.  Either way - we'll have a super morning out together. 

Before I go, I'd like to say Hi and Welcome to Wynneth who has become one of my Blog Friends - great to have you here.  That's all for now.  See you soon.

22 comments:

Craftilicious said...

Great cards Deborah - inks and acetate - you were very brave!!!

The cakes look fab too - I'm ready for breakfast now.....

Tara x

Pauline said...

Fab cards Deborah, and yummy cakes too!

Tui Nathan said...

Oh my, Deborah your cards are fabulous ... I love the that look on the acetate, so effective and so very arty ... love it!!!

Sasha said...

Fabulous! Deborah. Both techniques have given amazing results! Love both cards, but your second one would be fantastic for a teenage boy x

Stella said...

These are not cards; they are masterpieces and I prefer to call them ART! I'm impressed :)
Gorgeous Deborah; are you ready to create a tutorial for us ? :) I could really use that...
Hugs!
XX

MonicaB said...

Wonderful cards! Love the inking you did.

Kathy (krolski) said...

The inking looks wonderful! Beautiful cards! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Marlena M. said...

Gorgeous cards! I love the blending of colors and bold black. ;)

Kristin said...

So pretty! I love the marbled background!

Chunyuan said...

Beautiful card. Love the background you created. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Eileen said...

Love the effect on the acetate. I've really enjoyed reading your blog lately. Thank you.

Laurie said...

Deb this is so pretty! I love the watercolor background! Thanks for playing along at CAS-ual Fridays!

Linda Beeson said...

The backgrounds you created are wonderful and creative too. Thanks for visiting my blog by way of Cas-ual Fridays!

Karen M said...

Gorgeous cards! I admire anyone who dabbles in inks...I'm too wary of them since I don't like getting messy, but these are great! xx

Jenny said...

You just love getting inky don't you! Two more fab cards and great colours...love the rock grunge style card :)
Now I'm craving butterfly cakes too...they look yummy :)
Jenny x

Vicky Hayes said...

I really love the effect of the inks on acetate Deborah - and snap! We've been making butterfly cakes too. I had to do a double take when I saw yours!

Paula (PEP) said...

Love the first one best of all - it's the alcohol inks background against the white with the black stamping that really makes it striking. Acetate stamping is not easy at all.
Cake looks good.
Paula (PEP)

Yvette said...

i have usde alcohol inks many times and love the effects they give but hadn't been brave enough to try acetate...i think you have inspired me to try...cue a messy crafting session lol. Lovely cards

Debby said...

Love the way you used the alcohol inks Deborah. Particularly like the effect with the guitar - very psychedelic!

Laura Davis said...

Great work!
Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!
Laura

Dana said...

I like them both Deb, but the rockin' one takes the cake for me. HA! cake? Get it? * chuckles to self*
Cake made from scratch is the ONLY way to go IMHO. So glad you joined us for CAS-ual Fridays!

Haseeb said...

your card rocks ! it is so colorful and stylish.

Plastic card printing
Plastic Cards

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