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Sunday, 1 January 2012

Opus Gluei Challenge #121. Out with the Old and In with the New.

Firstly may I wish you all a very Happy New Year.

Deena over at Opus Gluei has been very clever with her challenge title and theme because it is basically a free for all challenge just use some old stash or some new stash or a mixture of both and create something!
How clever is that?
I love clever play on words so Deena is off to a roaring start in 2012 and I hope the same is true for you.

I thought I would make something useful for this time of year so I made 6 identical Thank you cards and then I made another 3 identical general cards using a seahorse stamp from Chocolate Baroque.
My new stuff is the yellow sequins and the 3 and 3/4 inch square shaped blank cards from Craftworkcards, the rest is from my stash.

I have used some of my favourite inks, Brilliance Pearlescent Inks, I have use the tricolour pads in Peacock, Twilight and Aurora.
I used the background stamp from Penny Black Slapstick called Paisley Swirls but I think it looks great as stylized sea.
The flourish is from Inkadinkado called Sketchy Flourishes.
The Many Thanks sentiment is from Hero Arts Sending Smiles messages.
The With Love sentiment is from Papermania Hampstead Collection, Icon and sentiments.
The Dress form is a 3inch Woodware Punch Dress 2.

I've also used standard sized sequins which I think give a better balance of size on these small cards rather than using Card Candi which is bigger.
Here is a size comparison photo. See what you think.

For the Pinafore dress card.
I drew a pinafore template to fit the card blank on white card and coloured with distress inks using Rangers cut n' dry foam.
Spritzed with silver mica mixed with water in a mini mister.
The background stamp is from Chocolate Baroque and has been coloured with distress inks, the little Teeny Weeny stamps used on the Pinafore are also Chocolate Baroque stamps called Curiosities and Teeny Weeny Meadow.

I coloured Icing Sugar Card Candi (white) with Versamagic chalk inks to get an accurate match in colour.
Did you know you can colour Card Candi with your inks?
It makes the Icing Sugar white pack endlessly versatile.
Inks I have successfully used to colour the Candi are Distress Inks (dye ink), Versamagic (chalk ink), and Brilliance (pigment ink).
I use small 3D foam pads which are 2mm thick to stick my Card Candi on with.
The brand I use is Stick It! code number STI 4100. Very cheap and work well.

Happy Creating in 2012!


Jana said...

Your cards are so very pretty. I love those images. And the inking is perfect. You are making me want to go forth and make cards...

Electra said...

You DREW the pinafore?! I didn't know any of this stuff. See I learn so much from you. Pretty pretty cards, Gini. Happy New Year, Queen of the Shiny!

Kaz said...

Hi Gini

Love the cards ......even more fabulous seeing them first hand! It was great to see you on friday, you lifted my spirits no end xx
wishing you a wonderful, creative 2012 and hope to see you very soon xx

love kazxx

Sue said...

These are so pretty Gini, and the paisley stamp is perfect for the sea. I love the sequins -they are just right for these cards x

Deena said...

gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous...i agree the sequins give it a more balanced look...plus they are prettier colours...and the colours in those ink pads and the way you did the stamps against the white are spectacular...love it all...happy new year to you and your family Gini...hope 2012 turns out spectacular for you!

Chris said...

Hi Gini :)
Just popped by to wish you Happy New Year me lovely.... hope its a fabulous one for you and yours.
Chris xx

Kristen said...

These are so beautiful. They are just lovely. I love the colors and the crisp imagery on the white. Wonderful and so creative!

Happy New Year!

Sherry Edwards said...

Pretty cards Gini - especially love the many thanks dress one x


Beautiful colours and background stamping Gini - love the dress!
Hope 2012 brings you lots of happiness and good health.
Hugs, Sylvia xxx

Margaret said...

Wishing you a very Happy New Year! I love your creative start, fabby colours and of course the dress form, totally gorgeous!! Mx

Sandy Ang said...

So arty your cards !

Rosemary said...

I love the colors you've used and the style of these cards - very fresh and clean. The sequins are perfect, I think they not only are "lighter" in feel but they also (to me) complement the design perfectly.

I have to look up the card candi but I love anything that is versatile, so the idea of being able to color them appeals.

Lovely as always, Gini!