Monday, October 6, 2014

Crafter's Companion October Challenge - Buttons and Bows

This month's Crafter's Companion Challenge theme is Buttons and/or Bows (use them on your card).  

My design today features one of my favorite coloring mediums - Spectrum Noir Ink Refills. The images are from Camden Town EZMount Stamp Set - Female 2

Whenever I create backgrounds, I make a few. I figure while I'm getting my hands dirty, might as well make it worth it!  Of course, there is the option of gloves. I always think about that later... I'm too busy picking out the colors I want to use. 

The dark, rich background below was created with Spectrum Noir Ink Refills BT6, LV3, TB5, TB9. I laid out two pieces paper / cardstock, opened each ink refill, spritzed alcohol on one piece and dropped color. NOTE: I work in that order because the the inks and alcohol will dry fast. I worked with one type of of paper at a time.  

I picked up the piece and tilted it to move the color. I also spritzed more alcohol to encourage more blending and coverage.  Next I "kissed" a clean piece together with the colored piece to blend the colors even more, and also gives you a second background - mirror image. I dropped too much color on the yupo paper and dabbed with a paper towel after the kiss. The paper towel added some texture. 

High Gloss Cardstock on left, Yupo on right.

For the next set of backgrounds, I used lighter colors in the mix - Spectrum Noir Ink Refills BT1, BT6, LV1, TB3. I did not use a paper towel.

High Gloss Cardstock on left, Yupo on right.

I love the surprise from the kiss!

After they all dried, I chose which piece I wanted to use for my final design. I used a stamp positioner to pick out the area for my dress and stamped with an India ink pad - it is alcohol ink friendly.

I also stamped the dress image on a piece of Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock and colored the hanger and ribbon with Spectrum Noir Markers LV1. I used Collall All Purpose Glue to adhere the dress, ribbon, and buttons - this is my new favorite liquid adhesive! It is great for adhering down tiny items as well as items where you need a little time to adjust.

Every month, there's a fun challenge with a chance to win a voucher to shop at Crafter's Companion. Visit the Crafter's Companion Facebook Page for all the details on this month's challenge. For inspiration, be sure to visit the Crafter's Companion DT members.  You can see their latest designs by clicking on the names on the left side of my blog.

To see a video for more ideas on using Spectrum Noir Ink Refills, click here and scroll down to the bottom.

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Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

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