Handmade with Love

27 March 2021

Wishing You a Colorful Day - Clever Dexter Challenge #15


Hello and welcome back!  Today I am sharing a card for the Clever Dexter challenge #15 over at the Clever Dexter Challenge blog.  We are almost at the end of the month but you still have a few days left to enter the challenge for a chance to win a few super cute digital images from the sponsor Stampers Delight. 

For my card today I have used this sweet girl from the digital set Chibi Crafty Girls 1.  There are also 2 other images in this set, but I decided to use only the girl holding the paintbrush for today. 

To make this card I first printed and cut out the image on my Scan N Cut  I wanted her to be bright and lots of fun (or at least her hair), so I went for a palette of bright pink, a bit of purple and blues for her dress and hairbows.  I also coloured her shoes and trim on her dress in black (for a classic look as the rest would be colourful) using a black pigment ink pen.

I set her aside and started on my background.  Since this was a watercolour background challenge, I of course decided to make a watercolour background.  I made 2 other backgrounds at first, but I wasn't happy with either of them, as I wanted it to be nice and bright and colourful and my watercolours just weren't cutting it.  So I turned to the few Distress Oxide inks that I have ( I now know that I need more of them.....if not all of them) and did some ink smooshing. Oh my gosh...why did no one tell me about how amazing they look!  The colours stay so true and vibrant and they layer beautifully on top of one another!  And although I did pick a colour palette of more pastel-ish tones, they worked perfectly together. 

I first diecut my watercolour paper prior to adding the ink and then I took the ink pads and went directly to my glass work surface, spritzed them with water and just smooshed my paper into the ink moving it around the spread the colour. I dried them in between adding more colour using my heat gun and continued until I was happy with it. 

To finish it off I added some flecks of black to tie in the sentiment and then added it all to my card base using some foam tape and then the final touch of some colourful sequins.  

And that's it for me today!  I absolutely love how this card turned out...exactly if not better than I had envisioned.  This may have been my first time but will most definitely not be the last time that I use the distress oxide inks to do some ink smooshing!

 If you haven't joined in yet on this months challenge #15 you still have a few days left to enter. I hope that you will join us!

 Thank you very much for stopping by and until next time, 
Michelle 💗


Supplies used:

  • Stampers Delight Chibi Crafty Girls 1 digital stamp set
  • Silhouette Studio
  • Canon Pixma laser printer
  • Brother Scan N Cut
  • Neenah Solar Whute Classic Crest 80lb card stock
  • Arches Cold pressed 140lb watercolour paper 
  • Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks - Squeezed lemonade, Shaded Lilac, Work Lipstick and Peacock Feathers
  • Distress Sprayer
  • Gansai Tambi black watercolour 
  • Copic markers - E000, 00, 11, 21, 15, 77, B00, 01, 04, 05, V04, R20, RV02, 04 and 06
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Pigemtn Ink pen
  • MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle die
  • white pencil crayon
  • Zig Wink of Stella clear glitter pen
  • Graciellie - Color my World digital stamp set
  • 3M foam tape
  • Pretty Pink Posh misc sequin mix
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • white card base


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