Julie Butler - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Just Add Colouring

Hi there

Over at Just Add Ink this week is a new challenge - Just Add Colouring.  I must admit that colouring is not exactly one of my strengths but something I am definitely working on.   I have however been playing around a bit with some sponging, and hope that sponging does indeed count towards this challenge.

I have been a member of the amazing Stampnation community for a few months now.   With regular challenges and videos brought to us by the extremely talented Catherine Pooler it is a fantastic resource especially when the mojo is lacking.   During the month of August ran Inspiration Nation - 5 weeks of picture challenges to inspire us. 

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This gorgeous picture was the final challenge (the cool thing about Stampnation challenges is that they NEVER close) and I was inspired by the red gingham in this picture.    I didn't have anything gingham however, no stamp or DSP so in my efforts came up with the idea of using sponging to create a gingham piece.

With the help of my stripes embossing folder, a craft knife and a hefty dose of patience I made a mask piece out of a piece of scrap card.

I used the mask to apply Real Red ink first horizontally and then vertically onto a piece of white cardstock, making sure my second layer was a little darker.    I absolutely LOVED the effect that I got - it really does look like gingham.   

I also wanted to include the colours of the burlap as well as the flowers, so matted the gingham piece underneath a crumb cake panel which I cut a circle out using my circle framelits and then paper pierced using my piercing tool and matt to add some visual interest to an otherwise plain layer.   I also added a flower I made using a combination of my big shot flower dies, and a banner label using the Remembering your Birthday stamp set - a really versatile set of birthday sentiments.      I really love how this card turned out and hope you all do too.

Im hoping to have a play around with some water colouring later today - so hopefully there will be another entry.    Having had a look at the other entries this far there is likely not a hope in hell I will get a mention but a girls gotta try right!!!

Till later



  1. Wow, Julz, the technique you used to create the gingham effect is amazing! What patience you have! This is a gorgeous card. Thanks for playing along with us at Just Add Ink this week. :)

  2. I agree - this is an amazing technique - I think it must take alot of time. Chantell JAI

  3. Very sweet. Love the Gingham effect you achieve here Julz. Thanks for playing at JAI Just Add Colouring challenge. Carolyn x

  4. What a lot of effort to create a really striking card but it was worth it Julz! Love the pop of the red gingham through the window. Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink.


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