It’s time for another challenge over at the YCU blog! This month, we’re talking about Learning.
Why learning? Because it’s what makes humans interesting – we’re always learning new things and growing. It’s what makes us better at things over time, and it’s awesome! For this challenge, we’re showing off a technique we’ve learned recently or one of our favorite techniques. It’s going to be a big learning party; I bet you’ll pick up a couple new and awesome tips and tricks along the way!
For my card today, I wanted to play with Dylusions Ink Sprays a little more. I’ve been learning and experimenting with them in the last few weeks, and I think I’m in love. Dyan Reaveley‘s videos on the Ranger YouTube channel have me inspired to try even more fun techniques with these inks. She’s so wonderfully creative! I’m officially a fangirl of hers. :)
This wonderful background is the result a few distant sprays of the Fresh Lime (I use a large cardboard box as my mist catcher and just toss it when it gets too dirty), two quick sprays of Cut Grass (not pressing all the way down – this creates bigger droplets) and THEN flicked droplets of Perfect Pearls mixed in water with a medium-sied round paintbrush. That creates this bright, happy background with tons of depth. I think next time I’ll even use some watercolor paper to keep the colors even more vibrant. If you want to keep adding color on top of this, you can even blot off the excess ink with paper towel and spray again.
The background was a great base for a fun and peppy anniversary card for Jake (our one year anniversary is October 5th, and I’m so excited!). So I stamped the bird and word bubble from A Birdie Told Me and the sentiment from Happy Everything on some white cardstock so they would really stand out against the vibrant background. The fabulously intricate interlocking lattice across the bottom is the Chainlink Craft Die from Simon Says Stamp cut out of Neenah White Cardstock and the adhered with the fabulous ZIG glue pen (just flip the die cut over on a scrap sheet of paper – I use an index card – and go crazy adding adhesive to everywhere on the back – the glue won’t ooze out at all!). Some black stitching and wood veneer hearts colored white with white gel pen help to finish everything off.
I hope this inspires you to pick up some of these fabulous Dylusions Ink Sprays and try a little experimenting. They’re my favorite because they’re really bright, standard colors and aren’t seasonal or connected with paper lines. This means I’ll still want to use them in half a year when all of the new paper lines come out. I like that. :)
Make sure to hop over to the Young Crafters Unite blog for all the details on how to enter your own creation inspired by the challenge theme. I can’t wait to see all of the wonderful submissions for this one!
We are so lucky as to be sponsored by the awesome Simon Says Stamp for this challenge. They are giving one lucky winner a $25 gift certificate to their online store! If you haven’t checked out their online store before, it’s totally worth your time. Thank you so much, Simon Says Stamp!
We are also thrilled to be sponsored by Danielle at Neat and Tangled for this month’s challenge. Danielle is giving one winner a $20 gift certificate to use in the Neat and Tangled webshop! Check out the YCU blog for more details. Thanks for the sponsorship, Danielle!
I can’t wait to see your creations for this challenge and see what you can learn and teach others. This is really what I’m all about – learning and sharing and teaching. I love it. :) Thank you for stopping by today! You rock!