Friday, 7 April 2017

Dragonfly Glimmer for JAI #354

Hello and welcome :-) It's one week til Easter and the local schools are on holidays which means the roads are full of caravans, boats and other toys whilst people enjoy what may be the last of the warm weather for a while.
Maybe some of those are headed to Sydney or Perth for the Stampin Up On Stage special events this weekend? I'm sure everyone going will have a fabulous time and I look forward to hearing all about it :-)

And it's time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink! This week we have a lovely and elegant photo to inspire us - a legacy challenge from the lovely Trish who has just stepped down from our design team.
You can take the colours and patterns or whatever appeals to you from this elegant image. As always the design team created a beautiful variety of projects and I hope you have a moment to pop on over to have a look and hopefully join with us.

For my card, well somehow I seemed to completely miss the lovely flowers - seeing instead the almost seamless mix of colours and patterns. Not having any teacups in my stamp collection,  I decided to go with mixing those lovely bold colours with the intricate pattern of the Dragonfly Die and some feminine sparkle!

To create the background I used an ink "smooshing" technique by adding ink directly onto a small piece of acetate (or Window sheet), spritzing with water and then smooshing that onto water colour paper. It took a few goes to get the look and balance of colour and white space I was after for this card and in the end it was hard to choose between them as they always look a little different when they are dry. To get some tiny splatters, I flicked the back of the acetate and the ink just flew onto the card...Some flicks of Wink of Stella when dry gives a layer of sparkle that is much more visible in real life :-)

As the cup in the photo is also a circle, I added a couple of popped up circle layers under the dragonfly and a sprinkling of white sequins. A few black details to follow from the photo and this almost CAS card for a lovely friend is complete :-)

Card stock: Sweet Sugarplum, Basic black, Vellum, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer Paper (Saleabration)
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Versamark
Stamps: Sunshine Wishes, Dragonfly Dreams
Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, White EP, Metallic Sequin Assortment
Non SU: Distress Water Color Card stock (TH)

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this elegant Inspiration Photo too!

Happy stamping until next time,



  1. This is so pretty, Jan! The pops of colour in the background work perfectly with that gorgeous dragonfly.

  2. I love your colour & pattern take on the image, Jan. It's such a bold & happy card & I'm sure your friend will love it.
    Hugs, D

  3. Just so absolutely stunning Jan - love what you've taken from the photo inspiration! Kelly x

  4. Jan this is stunning! I love the big splotches of vibrant colour and then you top of all of that off with a glimmer sugarplum dragonfly - oh my! xxx

  5. Love the bright background Jan, it compliments that gorgeous sparkly dragonfly beautifully. xx