'What you do speaks so loudly, I can't hear what you say.'
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

The colour challenge at Gingersnaps this week is
Soft Yellow and White and lasts for four weeks.
This is the final week of my month as visiting artist there and I’ve really enjoyed being challenged with things I wouldn’t normally do.  This week’s colours are no exception.  I don’t use any shade of yellow on its own very often at all, although I often use it with other colours because I think it pulls them together so well. 
I know the Once in a Blue Moon challenge was for Thank you notes and has only just ended, but we can’t have too many of those after Christmas when we have so many people to thank and so many things to be thankful for.
Cath Wilson soft yellow int
You’ll have to click to enlarge to see the detail, but I’ve taken some close up photos, too, to show the embossed bits.
I love the soft look of Versamagic inks and they are always my first choice for pastel colours.  They have the added bonus of being permanent, stamping on most surfaces (including fabrics) and embossing really well.
The base was sponged randomly with Thatched Straw -   Versamagic doesn’t stipple well, but it sponges beautifully if your inkpad is nice and moist, so it’s worth having reinkers. 
The Hero Arts Thanks stamp is stamped down the right hand side, in the same ink, followed by the background flowers (Innovative Stamp Creations) to the left, heat setting to seal. 
Then, inking only random sections of the same stamp, I overstamped a few times with Versamark, followed by stamping the two flowers for the foreground and embossing with White detail EP. It’s hard to pick that out and even more difficult when trying to photograph, so I took a couple of close ups.
To finish, I edged with Ranger Lemonade dabber, matted onto white, then onto two Fleur de lis Nestie squares, offset to top and bottom corners. Before attaching it to the pale lemon card (Bazzill) I white embossed the Thank you stamp in opposite corners of the card and edged the whole thing with pearl acrylic paint. 
I finished off by stamping and clear embossing ‘So Kind’ in Thatched Straw on white, punching out a small tag and edging with ink before attaching to the front with a pale lemon heart brad.
Thank you VERY MUCH to the Gingersnappers for inviting me to share in the fun of the challenges.  I really appreciate the honour, having admired the work there for so long.
I’ll update this post later today, with the results of the Blog Candy draw and show/tell you what else I’ll be adding to the parcel!
Cath xxx

10 very much appreciated comments:

Anonymous said...

Absoilutely gorgeous, love the soft colors and feel to it.

Von said...

Not an easy colour to take a photo of Cath but it does look a delighful and fresh card and the white embossing really pops out :)
Von xxx

Sandy said...

Wow Cath a dream in Yellow.
Wonderful card. Love them.

Marja's Stamp Addiction - Marja's Creativity said...

Cath this is so gorgeous. Sunny lovely color and layout. Beutiful embossing
Lovely greet

Zoechaos said...

WOW a difficult combination to work with but the result is just beautiful graceful and warming. gotta love Gingersnaps they really do challenge you. XOXO Zoe

sam21ski said...

Love the shadows this has created how they have come out.

You've done a stunning job with the colours.

Sam xxx

Meggymay said...

Gorgeous card, I loved your details.
Yvonne x

Anonymous said...

Beautiful,Cath. I love the very soft colour theme, love from Anne xx

hazel said...

This is so beautiful Cath - I love it.
xxx Hazel.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wonderful colors and image. Love the frame.