Friday, 16 October 2015

Home via Snail

Hello - Again! Friday seems to come round with increasing alacrity these days - or maybe I'm just getting old....

So I've been playing around with my beloved Inktense pencils again. As part of the 30 Day Colouring Challenge, I finally did a swatch of all 72 one evening (see Instagram!) and while doing so, I realised there were some colours I'd never used, so I decided to use them...

These cards started out as late birthday cards and morphed into New Home shaker cards - it was one of those evenings!!!

I started out by colouring in the snail from Newton's Nook In Slow Motion using a range of different Inktense pencils. This always takes a while and I love that I can colour in bits of it, go away, come back and do some more. It's a slow build up of layers, leaving each of them to try in between.

Once I'd fussy cut them out, that's when I totally went off tack and started die cutting bits of Bazzill card I had that matched the snail - lucky! I then remembered my Sugar Pea Designs 'Home' die and decided that would be great for some paper piecing, and so that's what I did on the background. If I'd thought about it first, I'd have used some Stick It!, but I found that a couple of bits of double sided tape on the back worked really well for popping in the die cut piece and even those tiny hearts and windows in the opposite colour.

So, once the background piece was stuck onto my card blank, I added a piece of acetate to the back of the frame and a whole pile of foam pads round the outside. It's fiddly because they are so small, but I like the height of them and that they can be placed into any shape - easier for round apertures I find. I then took a couple of my favourite shaker sequin selections (who am I kidding, I love them all!!), French Lavender and Phosphorescence and placed them on top of the word Home, then the frame around it - this works much better for me than placing the sequins into the frame and plonking the card on top - it always ends up squint. I then just added the snail to the corner with some Tombow liguid glue.

Isn't he cute?? Seriously, I never thought a snail could be so cute!

[Supplies: Newton's Nook In Slow Motion; SugarPea Designs Home; Derwent Inktense Pencils 72 set; Derwent Small tip waterbrush; Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black; Bazzill Basics 12x12 Papers; Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles; Little Things from Lucy's Cards - French Lavender and Phosphorescence; Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue; Foam pads; Hobbycraft A4 Premium White Cardstock 300gsm; EK Success Powder Tool]

I do love a shaker and the colours are so wacky!

Thanks for joining me again. Will be back with more Copic colouring next week. In the mean time, thanks for all your lovely comments and have a great weekend :)


Stamping Smiles Designs said...

These are so cute, Ruth! Such fun shakers! I have a hard time making shaker cards as my sequins are always getting stuck on the sides. Yours are fantastic! I also have that set too and you've inspired me to take it out! Have a wonderful weekend!

Aileen (mum) said...

Very cute Ruth, love the colours you chose. That snail is certainly very cute. Wonderful

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

These are such fun Ruth! I love that cute snail . . . obviously snails can be cute as this one certainly is! A shaker too! Love them! Have a great weekend! Hazel xx

Vicki Dutcher said...

Awesome! I also like the closer photos! [I can see your finished project so much better :)]

Liz McGuire, said...

Hey Ruth, these are so cute. Shaker cards and I are not friends! I always seem to end up with foam tape stuck where foam tape should never go!

The storage from IKEA is perfect for crafty spaces - go for it!

Liz x

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, these are so fun!

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