Thursday, 3 August 2017

Struggling with Rainbows

When I saw that the current challenge at AAA cards was Rainbow, I knew right away what I wanted to make. or at least, I thought I did....


I've had this super rainbow paper fro some time, and thought it was perfect for a clean and simple card. Here I have cut a border of it and combined it with sentiments from the SU "Botanicals for you" set. I used a rainbow inkpad for the large words, and embossed it with clear powder, but I'm not happy with the result, it has a rather scrappy, messy look.

I still wanted the rainbow words, though, so on to the mark 2 version.


This time I applied individual ink pads direct to the stamp, and because they were dye based, didn't emboss it, but the result is patchy and sludgy. I did like the other alterations I had made, though, to use a square of the patterned paper and to make the smaller words into a tab, so on we went to version 3....


This time the words are stamped in black. I think I'll have to resign myself to the fact that this stamp is always going to give a slightly blotchy result, although I've managed to minimise it here, and although I didn't end up with the rainbow lettering I had hopes for, I think this is the best of the three cards.

8 comments:

  1. I actually like the lettering of the first card (with the clear embossing) but the layout of the other cards. Have you considered cutting out the sentiment from card 1 and using it in a similar way as you did for #2 and #3? Maybe with a thin border/mount around the sentiment, too? Just an idea... and yes, making a card suggestion to you feels like teaching my gran to suck eggs...

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    1. I hadn't thought of that, Petra, and I can see the rainbow lettering would work well against that background paper - I'll try that today. Thanks for the idea
      Jane

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  2. I prefer the first card Jane, the sentiment looks great

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  3. not everything has to be perfect but the first sentiment is lovely, I also like the design of the second two. I must try that stamp (it's never seen ink)

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  4. It's so frustrating when you can't get an image in your head to match in paper form. For the record I think they all look good. Just wondered if you had used a stamp press like a misti or Tim Holtz to stamp the sentiment? As it stays perfectly in position you can keep stamping it until you get the look you want. It's a godsend when it comes to big silhouette type stamps. Probably not easy to do with the multi colour ink, but I often fill in any gaps in stamping with a fineliner pen x

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  5. One of my favourite sentiment pairings, but I couldn't get a clean stamping of the large words without using the misti tool. Super bright and happy cards. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.

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  6. Fun neon rainbow sentiment. Love the clear embossing making it shine. Thank you for sharing with us at AAA Cards.

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  7. All three of these cards are great :) I love how you played with the rainbow on the sentiment itself. Thanks for sharing at AAA Cards.

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