Friday, 28 April 2017

Special Reason for JAI #357

Happy last Friday in April everyone :-) It is incredible to think the year is passing so quickly. We have been very lucky to enjoy a mild Autumn so far. But it would seem that is over as we had hail yesterday amongst the 40 or so mm of rain and there was snow in the mountains. Time to wrap up and bring out the winter woolies :-)

This week at Just Add Ink we have a colour challenge for you that was suggested by me :-) These warmer tones seem a lovely way to warm up your crafting or could just as easily be used for a Spring inspired creation too. As always, our lovely design team have created a fabulous array of cards to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and take a look and join us.

This lovely floral set is retiring and I will miss it!  I came across a new water colouring technique thanks to a Facebook video by Alisa Tilsner. Here she stamps the image in a lighter ink and then uses a darker coloured Watercolor pencil and an Aqua Painter to add shading.
I used this technique with the flowers - stamping in Sweet Sugarplum (stamped off twice), and then colouring with the Rich Razzleberry pencil and blending it with the Aqua Painter. As we don't have an Indigo pencil I used the Aqua Painter with an ink pad instead - this was a little trickier as you have to manage the water carefully on Whisper White, but it worked :-) So if you don't as yet have the pencils you can still try this technique with ink pads.

Yes, it was a week of new techniques - this is for a special sister so a special card was in order :-)
 I found a great tutorial for the Twist and Pop card by Maymay here and will leave the measurements and instructions to her. The only thing I changed is instead of using a piece cut at 8 1/2 x 10 1/2" for my insert, I used  8 1/2 x 11" to cater for our slightly longer card bases here in Australia.

You can see the colouring better here without the die cut overlay and perhaps also the liberal dose of Wink of Stella applied to everything :-)

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop over to Just Add Ink and see the fabulous creations by the design team and I look forward to seeing what you will create with these warm colours this week too :-)

Card stock: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer (Saleabration)
Designer Series paper: Blooms and Bliss
Inks: Versamark, Sahara Sand, Sweet Sugarplum, Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry (pencil)
Stamps: Special Reason, Rose Wonder, Suite Sayings
Accessories: Big Shot, Stylish Stems Framelits, Hexagon EF (retired), White EP, Aqua Painter, Brights Enamel Shapes

Happy stamping until next time,



  1. Thank you for such a gorgeous colour palette this week Jan - I truly enjoyed creating with it and can't wait to see what submissions we get. Your card is stunning - love the watercolouring!!!! Kelly x

    1. Thank you so much Kelly :-) It's such a fun technique and so glad you enjoyed using the colours. xx

  2. Love this weeks colours Jan! And your card design is stunning. The negative embossed area is so cool..such a clever idea!xx

  3. Wow, this is such a beautiful card, Jan. I'm sure your sister will treasure it. Lovely watercolouring, and lots of pretty details to catch the eye.

  4. I thoroughly enjoyed playing with these colours this week, Jan. Thank you for choosing them. Your card is super special, and I was finally convinced (yes by you) to purchase this set despite it retiring soon. Can't wait until it arrives. Absolutely love the glimmer, your watercolouring and the special twist and pop design. I'm sure your sister is going to love it too. xx

    1. Oh wow P!! I am sure you will enjoy this set and with the option of water colouring ( and you know of course that it was you who convinced me to get the Pencils :-))it is so versatile too. Can't wait to see what you create with it! Fingers crossed this being "pink" it should go down ok :-) xx