Saturday, 11 May 2013

Playing with pastels...

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Hey!

Hip, hip, hooray! It's the weekend! And we're kicking it off on the blogeroo today with a blog hop courtesy of Uniko Studio!

Today the Uniko Studio DT are revisiting an older (but still much loved) set, Pure Florals: Gerbera. You should have come here from the Uniko Studio blog. If you haven't, be sure to stop there first to get the full deets; there are prizes to be won...*wink*

For my project I wanted to pull out my Faber Castell neutral pastels and play. I'm a little bit hooked on kraft-coloured card at the moment and fancied seeing how white and grey pastels behaved on it. The result? I'm pretty happy. Shading over the black lines of those flowers gives them a more muted effect that I likey.

Now before I go on, I must let you know that the layout of this card was totally inspired by this beauty by Jean Martin (oh how I love that card of hers!). I'd have normally kept those masked flowers on the bottom, but Jean totally inspired me to flip my design to have them at the top. 

tips and tricks
  • Outline images with a light grey marker to make them pop. It can make a real difference (I so wish I'd done a before and after photo now! Ha!)
  • Use a post-it note or eclipse tape to make your masks for the masking technique and keep them safe with your stamps sets when you've finished so you can reuse them. Saves time fussy cutting the same mask again in the future.  
  • Shhh! Don't tell anyone but I didn't ink up one of the centres of the flower properly. However, there's no such thing as a mistake in creating; I simply took a change of direction and added a strip of ribbon and twine to cover my mistake my design *wink*
Fancy winning some Uniko Studio goodness? There are two ways to do so.
  • Comment on the blogs for a chance to win the Uniko Studio stamp set of your choice.
  • If you fancy winning yourself a £20 Uniko Studio gift certificate, then be sure to take a good look at the projects featured in the hop. Then pick one and join in the Blog Hop CASE Challenge: simply CASE away (take any element/elements of a card and be inspired by them to create your own version), share and link it up on the Uniko Studio blog. Uniko Studio stamps are not required for this, but we sure do love to see 'em. :)
Now be sure to keep on hopping; your next stop is Amber.

Thank you so much for hippety-hopping by today! Have a great hop and weekend!

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29 comments:

Petti said...

I love your colouring!

Kate said...

Love this the black white/ grey looks fabulous on the kraft card. :)
Kate x

Caryn said...

I love this Aimes, I've been right into masking lately too! Love the effect of those pastels!
Have a good weekend.
Caryn xxx

Lynn said...

Aimes, you are a rock star at creating cards. I love the little elements...the pastels...the touch of ribbon (and no need to tell about why!?) and the twine with the tiny pearl. Gorgeous!

Bev Karolak said...

Beautiful card Aimes! I love this stamp set.

frommycraftroom said...

Great card. Your card looks so elegant. Thank you.

Pauline said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love the grey coloured gerberas, and clean design!

Betty said...

wonderful card - always have loved white on kraft - it's going on my pinterest board!

Mary Dolan said...

I love the flowers on top, very unique

Mary Dolan said...

I love the flowers on top, very unique

Maureen said...

so elegant, Duchess...and so lifelike! Love to hear you have "smudges" and what you do. I'm not always using gems just for the fun of it! {wink!} Kraft is yummy! Just like my morning coffee :) ox

Sheri (a.k.a PaperCrafty) said...

Beautiful! Love the Kraft background!

Amber said...

So fun and unique!

Mary Ann said...

Very unique card!Love your coloring!

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous card! Love that the flower is in black and white (with some shading, of course)

Indy said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Ruth S said...

Gorgeous card Aimes - your CASE of Jean is perfect. And the ribbon/twine accent is fab. Who'da thunk it was to help cover a boo-boo ;)
Thanks for the great inspiration, Rs

Vicki Dutcher said...

The gray really does accent the flowers well! Nice save on your oops.

Machin Stamps said...

Absolutely stunning. It's so inspiring, you're bringing me around to flower stamps, think this set will have to go onto my next order.

Barb Murphy said...

gorgeous design Aimes! i can't believe there's a booboo under that twine ;)

Janis said...

Thank you for tips on concealing things that don't quite turn out as planned. :) Love the little pearls.

Deepti said...

Gorgeous :) ur inspirational result is stunning

Jenny said...

Absolutely gorgeous Aimes, the soft neutrals have such a dreamy look on Kraft :0)
Jenny x

Neets B said...

The pastels look fab on kraft, and what a great design to stamp the blooms at the top. Love this, and love to hear that crafters as talented as you have 'oopsie' moments to :)

Mary-Anne V said...

Beautiful card...love the use of Kraft, the placement of the flowers on the top and the tips...thanks.

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

This is gorgeous! Love the ribbon going across the flowers!

Lea L. said...

This is pretty! I love the pearls!

My Paper Epiphany said...

Wow you have certainly done justice to Jean's card and I love the white on craft!

Taheerah (*LittleMissT*) said...

Ooh, seems quite different from your usual awesomeness Aimes, but is totally awesome in a different way! Great shading!!

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