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February 7, 2013

Clean & Simple Card Making 2 ~ Day 8 DIY Inkpad; ColourQ #175; MUSE #3

Ello Everyone, it's Thankful Thursday!
 
I enjoy taking a quick second on Thursdays to be thankful for some of the little things that we take for granite.  Today I'm thankful for pot holders.
 
I worked yesterday, so I am D. Lin Quent on my online card class funwork for Day 7.  Just skipped over it, like a da hoppa scotch, but I will go back.  Today I used the technique from Day 8, which was yesterday, and I may be back later with funwork from Day 9 (today) to ketchup.  Whatever, sorry.  So on Day 8, we learned how to make our own inkpads.  This isn't new, a lot of you have probably done it.  I have heard of it, but today was the first time I actually did it.  It works! 
 
The terrific Jennifer Mcquire was our teacher.  I didn't have any felt pads, so (per Jennifer) I used three baby wipes folded over, added ink drops from my SU! reinkers, and walla, an inkpad:

So that's the homework part from class.  For my card inspiration, I wanted to play in this week's MUSE challenge #3, where our Muse is the outstanding card artist,  Laurie Willison.  Here is her gorgilicious card:

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I love Laurie's layout and CASEd the two-panel front, with the connecting band across them, popped by the layered square panel.  For my colors, I played with this week's always fun colors at ColourQ.  I hope you get a chance to play along!

 
Isn't that headband sensational?!
 
You might be surprised to see that I didn't use those amazing Valentiney colors for another Valentine.  Nope I did this:
 

So, there you have it.  My card ended up looking pretty distressed.  Also, it's distressing how difficult it is to photograph distressed cards. 
 
I'll be honest, I don't really like the distressed look (so sorry, Mr. Tim), because, well, it distresses me to think the little card is in that state of anguish.  So sad.  But my baby wipe DIY inkpad coverage presented this way, so I went with the low flow.  Next time I make my own inkpad, I will add more drops of ink.  (It's not so splotchy bleh IRL.)
 
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I'm so delighted to have Ria of Ria Gall, joining us and sharing her talent!  Please visit her and make her feel welcome on our little adventure!  Thank you, Ria!
 
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Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy your day. LITS!

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Paper:  PTI white; SU! pink pirouette
Stamp:  PTI Rosie Posie hexagon;
  Inkadinkado
 "Kathy Davis - 96027 Q"
Inks:  SU! reinkers: pink pirouette,
  melon mambo, tangerine tango,
  and cherry cobbler
Bling from stash
 

43 comments:

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Stunning creations,
hugs Tamara

Redanne said...

Well Darnell, as you know I love the distressed look and I absolutely love your beautiful card - it is the prettiest side of distress...... Hugs, Anne x

Sue - bearhouse said...

This is wonderful Darnell, the design is fabulous and I love the colours.
Sue xx

Suzie McFloozy said...

I love your ombré stamping - looks great x
Thanks for the lovely comment you left on my blog tonight x I have just become your newest follower x
((Hugs)) Suzie xoxo

Beakie said...

Piękna karta, super połączenie kolorystyczne :) a motyw plastrów miodu rewelacyjny:)

Samantha Elliott said...

Oooo! Love your card and now as you made the inkeypaddyfingy it is totally mittmade! Well done you!
xx

Kathyk said...

Did somebody say Scotch? .... make mine a double!!! How do the babywipes relate to the Scotch - do they clear up the drips????? Seriously, I love your off the wall humour Darnell, and your ingenuity with your baby wipes and distressed card - faberoony.

Happy Thursty (that'll be the Scotch!)

Kathyk

Bonnie said...

My first try with the babywipes ended up in the trash! I really like these colors used this way. Great take on the MUSE card too.

Katie said...

Love the gradient hexagon background! I'm often "distressed" when trying to take pics of my cards that really do the justice. Great work!

Patti P. said...

I love your distressed colors especially with the graphic feel of your card. Great take on the LO design. Darnell, I took a look around the playhouse, what a wonderful space to play. I would love to be there on an early summer day with those windows open and the breeze softly blowing in...looking out at your beautiful garden. Lucky you!

Deanna Jean said...

What a great technique..I'm going to have to give this a try. Love it!!

Carol L said...

You did a great job of CASEing Laurie's card, and I like that you made your own inkpad from baby wipes! The distressing is quite a different look for you, and I likey :)

CreatErin said...

Awesome card!! I love the colours you chose for your ink pad 😄

Tenia Nelson said...

So so COOL!!!

Tracey McNeely said...

Awesome triple threat Darnell. You are so brave to make the inkpad, you may have made it seems a bit doable for me. Your Muse card is gorgeous, fun and flirty.

KayM said...

Well, how interesting this was! So neat that you learned how to make your own ink pads! I have been stamping for years, and I've never done that. I love your card! I think the blended colors look super! I'm not a fan of distressing either, but I think yours works beautifully!!

lostinpaper said...

Looks like you had a blast!! I love how the sentiment turned out!
Thanks too, for playing with us at Muse!

Lyndal said...

Not so distressing that you hopped on the scotch I hope!
Definitely on my list of things to try! (The colour pad not the scotch hopping so much LOL!)

Julia Aston said...

What a fun design made with your own little inky pads!

Di said...

Yup, it's the pretty end of distressing Darnell and a lovely result.

I gave lots of my distressed style stuff away when I realised it was waaaaay too stressful, so we're of the same mind!

Hugs, Di xx

Gillian said...

Fabulous card Darnell, loving the look of that technique

Jackie said...

Darnell the distress ink technique turned out wonderfully! Such a fun card and the way you used Laurie's layout looks fantastic!!! Great job combining challenges!

Inkyfingers said...

Like you I am not really a fan of the distressed look but I love how soft and pretty this one turned out Darnell. I am always in awe of how many cards you are able to make in a week and still hold down a job!!! Your Valentine cards look amazing.

Craftychris said...

I like the distressed look and the colours are gorgeous! xx

Scrapaddict said...

LOVE the background, beautiful!

Carole said...

You keep on learning and growing. Pretty card.

Happy Dance said...

I'll just say super-dee-dooper! And I was blown away by your baby wipes ink! Cool. Gotta try that! Bev

Kristie Goulet said...

Fun card! Love your take on the inspiration card and your new baby wipe technique! TFS!!

Marybeth said...

For a distressed card it sure looks pretty happy. I am not that into distressed cards myself,( although some of my cards might look like they are) only because I am not very good at it . This is very bright and pretty Darnell.

Kelly Griglione said...

Awesome how you tried something new, I hadn't heard of that technique before. You could sure make a ton of different color combinations. Love how you combined the challenge colors! Great result!

Geri said...

Funky, artsy and cool! (picture me flashing a Peace sign). Another A+ on your homework. This mixed marriage of distressed and clean & simple really works on your card. The colors and the embellishments keep it fresh and fun. Love it!

Lisa Lara said...

Very cool results Darnell!

Sue Wieberg said...

I think this card is wonderful and I love the distressed look. I also enjoyed reading how you made your card. It was funny! I've felt the same way about distressed cards from time to time.

Nan G said...

Now I'm a distressed kinda gal....so I lurves (as Hels would say) your distressing card! And since I giggle so much reading your posts I have to run to u know where I'm gonna follow ya! Keep the t.p. handy. :D

Aileen said...

Hi Darnell. Your card looks bright and happy to me. Not distressed at all!!! Hee Hee. x

Meg said...

THis is such a funky card - I am also doing the online card class and have just loved it! I am really enjoying Muse too - your cards have been great. I loved your spirograph card so much that I went out and bought the newer version of spirograph to play with!

Laurie said...

What a fun technique! I love that background! You are sweet! Hugs to you girl! Thanks for playing at Muse this week!

Notes by Nina said...

Fabulous card, this technique is fantastic.

Sandy said...

Great card love the way you made your own inkpad and the little brads are just awesome.. Was a fun design to work with, and your card is fun.
Sandy :)

Barb said...

lovely! i love the tutorial jennifer prepared (i think it was her anyway) where she made a stamp pad of a stamp...it was perfectly inked and ready to go for assembly line style stamping. genius!

Kara said...

such a cool card!! lookas like fun!! Thanks so much for joining us at the ColourQ this week!!

Sylvia said...

Fabulous card, Darnell, certainly one you had fun with! thanks for sharing it with us this week at the colourQ.

Jean said...

Love what you did with the colors ~ I have to agree with you about the distressed look (not my fave technique) but I think it works well for this card.