Tuesday, 24 August 2010

The first challenge on Let’s Ink it Up is ‘Anything goes – with a twist’, the twist being to use yellow somewhere on the piece.

I’m not a yellow fan, though I think it’s so lovely and fresh on other people’s cards – but I do love to use shades of yellow with other colours.  It seems somehow that the yellow pulls everything else together, blending it, so I do use it a lot.

This time, however, I decided to challenge myself and to use lots of yellow – ie Adirondack Sunshine Yellow, Butterscotch and Caramel, but with Oregano and Mushroom as accents and I really fancied making a Grid card cos I hadn’t made one for years, so here’s my VERY Yellow creation – on glossy card.  It’s a BIG card, btw – almost A5 size (A4 folded width, with a bit cut off the bottom).

24 August 2010

For those of you who asked about the stamps I used, they are from (in clockwise order) Non Sequitur (top two), Paperartsy (middle right) and centre bottom, Simple Expressions (bottom right and bottom left),  Raindrops on Roses (centre left) and the central image is a Judikins stamp (not a cube, lol) although I’ve seen the same image from lots of different stamp companies, so I’m presuming it’s royalty free clip art.
Oh, and for those who said they’d never done (or heard of) grid cards, I did take step by step photos, so will blog them as soon as I can get to it.  It’s a great technique – easy but just a bit time consuming.  You may have heard it called the Retiform technique.

28 very much appreciated comments:

Dotpat said...

That is lovely Cath, it is ages since I did a grid card, mabe we should have it for a challenge

Larisa said...

It is so beautiful (as all of your cards though))) and yellow is very good here. I wonder why don't you like it even - it looks great always.
But your lilac works are fine too )))

Samantha said...

What a lovely card. I would love to know which stamps you used as they are fantastic. Thanks for playing along at Let's Ink It Up.
Hugs
Sam xx

Anke said...

Gorgeous Cath, so beautiful.

Hugs
Anke

Claire said...

FAB!! I love your 'very yellow' creation, gorgeous stamps and grid cards are so effective
Thanks for joining our first challenge at Let's Ink It Up and good luck
Claire xx

Helen said...

I love this, it is gorgeous.

Paula said...

beautiful inking and shading...love the masking/grid effect.

Netty said...

A great ATC. Thank you for playing at Lets Ink It Up. Annette x

Zoechaos said...

Grid card is a new one on me love it looks fabulous in yellow and with that great face in the middle a cube if I'm not mistaken. xx Zoe

Sarah A said...

This is amazing Cath and certainly with a more than a twist of lemon hehe! I am not a yellow fellow fan either but this may just convert me ;-)

Never made a grid card... yet!

Sarah x

Dezinaworld said...

I love the yellow with the black its a stunning piece and i do love the stamping too
hugs June xxxx

Dragonlady said...

Fantastic creation, ver effective. Thanks for sharing at Let's Ink It Up.

Hugs Ali x

cockney blonde said...

I really really like this Cath. I'm getting a bit boring in my cards at the moment, need to stretch myself a bit more, x

sam21ski said...

WOW this is stunning, you've made a fab job of all those shades of yellow, it really does look effective especially against the black xxxxx

Anne Jagger said...

This is gorgeous, I love it. Anne x

Sally H said...

You do yellow exceedingly well! I love it! The images and subtle colour hints go beautifully together. Off to look up simple expressions, as I'm addicted to leaf stamps and I haven't seen these before!

Pat Garvin said...

I absolutely love this card. Thanks for playing with Let's Ink it Up.

Tammy (LaDiva) said...

Fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for playing at Let's Ink It Up!

Hugzzzz
Tammy

Lynn Stevens said...

I havent made a grid card in years either, Love how yours came out and wow with all those colors very striking!

Kathryn Myhre said...

WOW! Fantastic job! I would love to see how you made this!

SuzanneK said...

Wow Cath, I love it, so glad you could join us at Let's Ink It Up for our first challenge and hope to see you again.

Sid said...

Loving the yellow and black theme !!

stampdiva said...

You are amazing at making backgrounds and this card proves it, colours blended to perfection and your masking, well you could teach me so much about grid masking. Lynne (Heh! Heh! loved your comments about no flowers on my card - you have no idea how difficult it is to resist the call of the flowers!!!)

ona_i_ja said...

Your Project is stunning.
Great Job!!!

Thank you for playing with us on the LET'S INK IT UP challenge. Good Luck!

Hugs,
Agnieszka

Martina2801 said...

Cath, what a wonderful design and so clever using your stamps!

Paul said...

Wonderful card. Like you, i'm not over keen on yellow but I love the fact that if you're gonna use it, just go full out and be bold with it. Works really well. Px

Kendra said...

You are right that is a lot of yellow! You've used it beautifully! Thank you for joining us for our first challenge at Let's Ink It Up!

Jack said...

There you go again coming up with something gorgeous and different! When I've done grid cards I've always used random shapes but this is sooooo much betterer! xx