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Experiment With Color On Your Layouts – Creativity Prompt

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Experiment With Color On Your Layouts

I am a great believer in the power of the written word. In fact, only recently I’ve urged you to write as if your next word will be your last. However, there comes a time when you just need to play. Remind yourself what is it that you love so much? Why do your fingers tingle? Why does your heart beat so hard when you stumble upon a pile of ink pads and paint mists?

Unleash your creative child and experiment with colors. Reveal the artist within you!

In the layout above I did just that. I experimented and played and had fun. Here is how I did it:

Tools & Supply

Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Cut the smooth cardstock to 2″ by 5″ strips.
  2. Stamp the petticoat pattern all over the strip with Versamark ink and emboss with a clear embossing powder, using the heat tool.
  3. Squeeze the distress ink pads on a craft sheet and mist with plain water until the ink bubbles up. Then lay your strips – stamped side down – on the wet ink and move it around. Use the heat tool to dry and set the ink.
  4. Spray the strips with the water-diluted pearl medium and with the glimmer mist and blot down the excess ink with a paper towel.
  5. Intensify the color by using the distress inks directly on the strips with the foam blending tool. Work in a circular motion, from the outside in. Use darker colors on the edges of the strips. Wipe the strips with a paper towel or a baby wipe to emphasize the embossed pattern.
  6. Dip your finger in clean water and flip it over the strips. The distress ink will react to the water and spread out. It will create a vintagey worn-wallpaper look. Once you get the affect you want, immediately dry it out with a heat tool to avoid farther spreading of the ink.
  7. Once the strips are completely dry, stamp over them with the rest of the stamps, using Versamark ink and emboss with a black embossing powder. For the Chandelier’s cord I used a glue pen and poured the embossing powder over it.
  8. Attach the strips to the bottom of your cardstock, about an inch from the edge, centered and evenly spaced from each other. (I used both a tape runner and some glue dots.)
  9. Adhere the red mat (11″ by 6½”) above the paper strips.
  10. Adhere the photo on the left edge of the mat, evenly spaced from all 3 adjacent edges.
  11. Assemble your long title with the letter stickers.
  12. Hand draw an outline around the mat with a white gel pen and don’t forget to write down the date.
  13. Use the foam blending tool to ink up the edges of your background cardstock with the Fired Brick distress ink by Rangers.

How was your play time?

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Participate In A Creative Challenge To Break A Block- Creativity Prompt

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Participate In A Creative Challenge

[Cardstock: Papertrey Ink; Patterned paper: Basic Grey; Ribbon + letter stamps – Michael’s; Baby stamp set – Panduro, Norway; Punches: 2″ circle squeeze punch and Apron Lace by Fiskars; Corner Chomper – We R Memory Keepers; Ink: Papertrey Ink + Versamark; Embossing powder and Rock Candy Stickles – Ranger Industries.]

Raspberry Suite Color challenge #21It may sound counterintuitive but when you feel blocked one of the best ways to break out of the creative rut is to confine yourself to a limited set of colors or to a certain sketch.

This week I decided to participate in Dawn McVey‘s Raspberry Suite Color Challenge.

The colors were already picked for me and all I had to do is to come up with the design. My design is inspired by Kristina Werner’s last MACM.

As you can see I took the colors and the design idea and had made them mine, but more importantly, I have shattered my creative block and kept on creating other cards, layouts and ATCs afterward.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Cut your card base (8½” by 5½”) and fold in half (into 4¼” by 5½” card).
  2. Cut the yellow patterned paper to 3″ by 5″.
  3. Stamp the yellow strip with the border text stamp with versamark ink and heat emboss it with clear embossing powder.
  4. Stamp your greeting on the bottom of the yellow strip with permanent brown ink, using individual letter stamps.
  5. Punch a circle at the center of the top part of the strip.
  6. Tie a ribbon around the yellow strip.
  7. Cut 2″ strip of the brown patterned paper and punch one side with the border punch.
  8. Adhere the brown strip to the back side of the yellow strip, by applying adhesive to the edge of the yellow strip. Allow only the decorative border to show.
  9. Before adhering the patterned paper to the card base, lay it over the card base where you’d like to position it and mark the circle with a pencil.
  10. Stamp your image inside the pencil circle with brown ink, then heat emboss the image with clear embossing powder.
  11. When the ink is completely dry, erase the pencil mark and adhere the patterned paper with foam dots.
  12. Round the corners of the card base.
  13. Go over the image with a layer of Stickles glitter glue and let dry.

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I would also be very happy to see your own creations, so don’t be shy and share :)

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Journaling Prompt – Hone Your Writing Skills With Colors

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009
Colors
[Photo by: Steven Fernandez]

Most people are blessed with all 5 senses: Sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. I am constantly using all five senses throughout my creative journey and cannot imagine what would I do if one of my senses was impaired. However I have come across very creative people who were unable to see, hear or taste, so I know that creativity can for a certain extent compensate for the loss of one of the senses.

One of the things I cannot imagine how can one compensate for is the ability to see colors (which is funny as my father is color blind). The broad spectrum of colors, the different tones and shades, the richness, the effect of combining different colors together. I find those very hard to explain verbally. Which is why I think it will make the perfect creative writing exercise.

For this week’s journaling prompt try to describe colors to a blind person. How would you transcribe the visual record? Clearly it is going to be futile to use the color’s name, so how else can you describe it?

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Do you think colors can be described to a blind person? I am interested to hear your thoughts on that matter and would be delightful to read your colors description!!! So please leave a comment and share.

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