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{Colour Blast} Eat, Sleep, Be Cute, Repeat ~ An OTP project

Hi there Colour Blasters, I’m here with you today and I am sharing a sweet frame I made for a baby shower today!

This all came together pretty quickly (besides the stitching ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and is so easy to re-create, I hope you follow along and get some inspiration!

First up, I started with my white cardstock and a cut file from the Silhoutte store. I chose to cut parts of the file with the blade to back with papers and chose to use my sketch pens to draw out some of the words for me to colour and then hand stitch around.

The very first thing I did after peeling the paper off the cutting mat was to do the water colouring. I used a pointy pallet knife to add a tiny bit of both the Paris and the Lush Colour Shimmer Dusts to my tray.


Now, don’t let the colour of the dry dust confuse you!! These are both green colours and are STUNNING!!

The magic is when you add water ๐Ÿ˜‰ You can then see the true colour and all the beautiful shimmer. Which is exactly what I did next using a pipette, straight into the little wells.


Give them a good mix up and you get your shimmery, colourful watercolour-y media ready to go! I used a small-ish paintbrush and simply added colour to each outlined letter. I used a mix of both the Lush and Paris to give different shades and a little more depth to the words for a little more interest.

After that was dried, I went around all the coloured words with my pokey tool and poked holes about 1/4″ all the way around for my stitching.


Me being me, I managed to smudge a little colour where I didn’t want it – to rectify I quick grabbed a paper towel and mopped up as much of the colour as I could. I wasn’t able to get all the colour up so I decided next up to add a few sprinkles of the green colours in diagonal across the page using the same paint brush – smudge covered, woohoo!!

Next up was the hand stitching. I chose a green coloured embroidery thread that matched pretty well to the Shimmer Dusts I had used. Now, this can be quiet time consuming but I love, love, love the finished product so am happy to put the time and effort in. I use a simple back stitch. Up from the back of the paper, down the next pierced hole, back up through the next hole and then back through the previous pierced hole etc etc.


I wanted to a little extra texture and interest so pulled out a star stamp (from a Christmas set!!) and stamped with my embossing ink the same diagonal as the green splatters and then heat embossed the very pretty Snow White Colour Embossing Powder.ย 


Oh lala, this is looking beautiful!

When that was all done it was time to back the cut words. I have used some scraps of a very pretty wood grain paper in my stash and just outlined the back of each letter and then glued on the paper.

I popped it into the frame I had purchased and I couldn’t be happier with the end result!!


I really hope the parents-to-be love it but I am pretty certain it will be a hit!

Here are a couple of close ups




If you would like to see the whole process there is a process video available, just click on the play button below!


I hope this has inspired you to create something a little different and perhaps something off the page!ย 

Please remember to share all of your Colour Blast creations over in the Colour Blast Creative Corner FB group, we really do love seeing what you are creating!!

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Melinda
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{Colour Blast DT} No Rain, No Rainbows Scrapbook LO

Hello there scrappy friends!!ย 

I’m here with you today sharing this page I made ย for Colour Blast Australia with some of the gorgeous Colour Shimmer Sprays and Colour Spraysย using a cut file from Just Nick Studio’s!!

Here is the page I created and oh boy, I had so much fun playing with this! I do have a process video that you can watch here and you can also read on for a bit of a step by step!


First up I cut this title and the clouds on my cameo and while it was still on the mat I coated in gesso as I knew I was going to water colour it and the gesso gave it a little barrier of protection ๐Ÿ™‚

After that was dried out I picked out my rainbow colours.


Left to Right:
Love Colour Spray, Tangereen Dream Colour Shimmer Spray, Saffron Colour Spray, Envy Colour Shimmer Spray, Sapphire Colour Spray and Violet Colour Spray. As you can see I have a pot of water and a paint brush so I just started applying the colours in rainbow order making sure that where 2 colours joined up there was an overlap and room for them to blend a little.


This is such a fun way to use the sprays and I love how it dried off!!


After it was all dried I decided I wanted the whole lot to sparkle so I pulled out my Snow White Colour Shimmer Spray and applied a quick coat by spraying over the whole file and leaving to air dry. The sparkle is SO pretty!


I forgot to take photo’s but I used the same technique on the clouds – both the ones attached to the rainbow and the loose ones – this time using a combo of the Steel Colour Shimmer Spray and the Snow White Colour Shimmer spray. Because, storm clouds are grey, and when the rain stops and the rainbow starts to shine they start to lighten up ๐Ÿ˜‰

I left that to dry off and started work on my back ground which is a piece of white card stock. My first attempt was done using white gesso but I decided after I started that I didn’t want that off-white colour across my whole page so switched it out for another piece that I used clear gesso on!

These progress shots are taken on the white gesso and the final page is the clear gesso.

As you can see in the photos further down I mapped out where I wanted the title, the clouds and the photo using a pencil and then got to work on the colours!

I knew I wanted to do the blue using the packaging technique and the Sapphire Colour Spray mixed with a bit of the Snow White Colour Shimmer Spray for some sparkle.


This technique is super quick and easy and so effective for a water colour-y back ground! I used the nozzle to apply a couple of drops of the sapphire to the plastic and then the nozzle from the snow white and mooshed it together like this:


And then, literally, I flipped the packaging over so the colour was face down and smooshed the plastic onto the cardstock until I was happy with the colours/effects I got.


And then dried that off quickly with my heat tool and was left with this. I love it!ย 


I then decided in continuing the whole “no rain no rainbows” theme to add in some grey/silver using a paint brush and some Steel Colour Shimmer Spray.ย 


And as a final touch for the colour I added splatters using the same paint brush in both the Sapphire Colour Spray and the Steel Colour Shimmer Spray.


It was at this point I decided to switch out my background as I decided I didn’t want to add any colour behind where my photo was going to be so I have this background awaiting a different use ๐Ÿ˜‰

From here I attached my title using some foam adhesive, my painted clouds, my photo, a flair from my stash and the very important (to me) journalling. I also added some stitching around the whole page after I mounted it onto a rainbow diagonally striped paper and also around the tiny layer of paper behind my photo. A mega giant roller stamp with the whole alphabet and numbers spelling out Winter 2016 in a few places and the page was done!!ย 

Love how this came together and love that I got this story told. If you can’t read the journalling here it is:

“Like Winter, life is filled with storms and I am always reminded that with no rain, no rainbows.ย 
Every year I get excited when I see the my 1st rainbow and nearly, without fail, every time, I am reminded of just how beautiful life is. Rainbows are one of my favourite things about Winter as they always come AFTER a storm and are a promise of things to come.”

And here is another shot of the final page and a couple of close up’s.




Thanks so much for taking the time out of your day to stop by and check out my page. I had so much fun playing with the different sprays as water colours and also that oh so easy packaging technique. If you haven’t given it a try yet, you so should! And if you have been playing with your Colour Blast goodies we would love to see your creations over in our Facebook group Colour Blast Creative Corner!


Have a fantastic, scrappy day!
Melinda




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{Colour Blast DT} Water colouring with Mica Powders

Hello there fellow Colour Blast lovers! I’m here with you today sharing this fun pocket page I put together using the Mica Powders in the Colour Blast range for a project I am working on called Learn Something New Every Day. I tell you the name as, as you can see, I have used the letters LSNED on my “cover page” for this project to make this an obvious change of pace as this project will make it’s way into our 2016 annual PL album ๐Ÿ™‚

This was super fun project to put together, basically, water colouring and I am super happy with how it came out! You can see my entire (well most of it, somehow I ran out of room on my phone while I thought I was recording!!) process here on my YT channel – make sure to subscribe so you can see all of my projects that are uploaded!!

Otherwise here is my process!

First up I picked the Mica Powders I wanted to use to match the collection I had decided to use for this project so I pulled out a pattered paper with all the collection colours on it and ended up choosing ALL the colours (which are watermelon, wisteria, peach nectar, lemon zing, polar, cool mint and olive grove) except the espresso. Before I did any painting I did put a quick think coat of clear gesso across my whole page and dried that with my heat tool as I was fairly certain I would be using a lot of water!


Don’t they look so, so pretty sitting there all together!! So, as you can see you I have used my water colour brush to pick up the colour from the little pots and apply to the flowers I wanted to colour. I worked with one colour at a time so I didn’t get myself confused! I did start by applying some plain water with a paint brush before applying the colour but found that that washed out the colour a bit more than I wanted so I ended up just using the water colour brush and the mica powders.

It’s so hard to capture just how shiny and sparkly these powders but you can kind of see it in the above photo!

After I had done most of the page I felt that I needed a couple of other colours so I pulled out some of my sprays – both the colour spray (flat colour) and the shimmer spray (pretty, shimmery colours!) and mixed and matched to get the best colour matches I could! I can’t remember exactly what combination I used but I KNOW that I used the Snow White, Tangereen Dream and Deep Water in the Shimmer Spray and the Bubblegum and Lagoon in the Colour Spray.

Once all the colours were dried I cut down my 12″ x 12″ paper to 6 4″ x 6″ pieces to fit into the page protector I had decided to use. I knew all along that I would only decorate the bottom right hand card and here is the finished card.


I pulled in a sticker sheet from the collection pack I’m using, a flair from my stash, some pink alphas for the 2016, a few random enamel dots and also a stamp that says September. The big letters I cut on white card stock on my cameo and then used a 0.7mm pen to give them a sketchy outline.

As you can see in that close up I have also used the awesome Roadbase Colour Spray (I seriously love, love, love this product!) to leave some black sprinkles all across the page.


I will leave you with this photo of my completed page and a close up/different angle where you can see some more of that shimmer! I hope this has inspired you to pull out some of your own powders or even the sprays and give water colouring a go – so easy and so effective!!ย 


If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them below or even on the YT vid, I will get back to you ASAP!!


Thanks for stopping by today and have a great scrappy day!


Melinda

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{Kraft+ September Challenge}

Hey, hey! I have had a super productive weekend with completing challenges and pages and all I really want to do is SCRAP but alas, I must share on my blog in order to “enter” this challenge so here I am!! haha!

So, the gorgeous challenge this month at K+ is this stunning moodboard – all about the melons ๐Ÿ˜‰


I had so much fun playing along and here is my completed page


I have used some texture paste straight onto the background kraft paper with a stencil and after that was dried I went in with some gorgeous Colour Blast Colour Spray and Shimmer spray as water colours. I simply sprayed a little into a paint pallette, spritzed a little water and then grabbed a paint brush and off I went! I didn’t want to add that mint-ish colour as a water colour as I was pretty sure the colour would go muddy so I ended up just using it for sprinkles and water colouring some of those die cut hearts.

Again I just used some of the awesome sprays by Colour Blast as water colours and let them dry over night. I’ve only used a little wet glue to partially stick them down as I really love the dimension they give!ย 



Some thread and some stitching. Some very pretty gold glitter thickers and that “hello” was fussy cut from a 6×4 project life card and spritzed with some Bling Shimmer Spray. Oh, and I added a little sprinkle of the watermelon mica powder to some water to create those darker pink splatters across the background, I love the colour and shimmer it brings to the page!


I ended up cutting down the kraft sheet by 1/4″ on all 4 sides and mounting that onto a beautiful pin striped ombre paper from Studio Calico that I may have been hoarding but the colour was PERFECT and just gave the page that final finishing pop!

I love how this page came together and love, love, love the challenge over at K+ so I’m so pleased I managed to find some time to get my kraft on!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy scrapping!!
Mel
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