Hello. Welcome to Valley Inspirations with Andrea and the 18th Colour Creations Showcase by members of the Art with Heart Team.
This week we are using another colour starting with "G". Our focus is on Gorgeous Grape, a rich purple that sits within Stampin' Up!s Brights family of colours. Gorgeous Grape can be found in Stampin' Up!s card-stock; Classic Stampin' inks (ink pads, re-inkers & Classic Stampin' Spots); Stampin' Write Markers; Watercolour Pencils; a couple of Designer Series Papers; and the Tricolour Ribbon.
This week has been a struggle in different ways and with a number of unexpected happenings occurring when I had scheduled creative time, I have only been able to create one card to share with you in this Showcase. Watercolour is a technique that I want to learn more about and so need to experiment and recently seeing Emma Goddard play with this specific technique and colours I thought I would give it a go. The watercolour panel didn't turn out as I had envisaged so I am looking forward the having another play soon.
A piece of Fluid 100 Watercolor paper was heat embossed using Versamark ink and White Stampin' Emboss Powder using the small dove stamp from the Dove of Hope stamp set. Using both the wet on wet watercolour and emboss resist techniques, water was misted over the paper and then a Water Painter was used to drop both Gorgeous Grape and Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' inks onto the paper. The colours were moved around a little and then a paper towel was used to absorb excess liquid. I found Melon Mambo took over, dominating the colour blending, where as I was wanting Gorgeous Grape to stand out more. I had also hoped that dabbing up the excess liquids would also lighten the colours. This only had a small effect. I'm looking forward to trying the technique again and to understand more about colour interactions. It's all fun.
While the watercolour panel was drying, all of the other bits and pieces were prepared. A Thick Whisper White card-stock base and a Gorgeous Grape card-stock mount were cut to size. A Whisper White label was die cut using the Stitched So Sweetly dies. The World Map dies were used to die cut a world (half) sphere.
The watercolour panel was adhered directly on to the Gorgeous Grape mount and then both were popped up on Dimensionals on the Whisper White card base. A sentiment from the Dove of Hope stamp set was stamped to the left of the die cut label using Gorgeous Grape Classic Stampin' ink. While the ink pad was out, the small dove was also stamped in Gorgeous Grape onto a small piece of Whisper White card-stock. The dove was lightly coloured with Purple Posy and Highland Heather Stampin' Blends to add a little shading. It was die cut with the coordinating Detailed Dove dies.
A piece of the glittering Snowflake Splendor ribbon was coloured with the light Melon Mambo Stampin' Blends. Once dry (it doesn't take long) this ribbon was tied around the label to the right of the sentiment. The dove and world die cuts were layered over the ribbon with the dove being raised on Mini Dimensionals. The decorated label was popped up on Dimensionals and centred on the card front. To finish off the card front three Blue Adhesive-backed Gems, which were also coloured with the Melon Mambo Stampin' Blends, were added to the label.
A second die cut Gorgeous Grape dove was adhered directly to the card inner. (I had stamped an extra dove previously, in case I didn't like my colouring, so decided not to waste it.) Normally, the dove would be stamped directly on the card inner together with the second part of the sentiment. Also, a Gorgeous Grape dove was stamped in the left hand corner of the Whisper White C6 envelope. Its simple touch, but is enough to ensure coordination.
Thank you for spending some time with me at my blog.
Catherine Proctor is our brilliant host of the Art with Heart Colour Creations Showcase. If you haven't finished visiting all of the team's colour creations, you can visit/revisit Catherine's page at What Cathy Made, where she hosts all the links to the other Showcase participants. I'm looking forward to checking out everyone's Gorgeous Grape creations. It is always inspiring to see the amazing projects created by my colleagues and their interpretations of the specified colour.
I hope to see you again next week when members of the team will share projects that hero Granny Apple Green.
Do look after yourself and your loved ones. Stay well, stay safe and be kind to yourself and others in these strange times.