Friday, March 4, 2016

Challenge #15 at Twofers ~ Let's get Organic!

It is the lovely Zoe's turn to chose a challenge theme and she chose "organic" - and for those struggling how to interpret the theme (as I was), Zoe has written out some "guidelines" on the TWOFERS blog.  I went with a flowing background design, using Ken Oliver Color Bursts in Bright, something I'd just gotten and never used before.  Here is my card:

How I Made my Card:
White Card Base
Ken Oliver Color Bursts Brights
Wendy Vecchi Stamp Set Heirloom Art, #LCS103
Ranger Watercolor Paper
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Wink of Stella in Clear

Since this was my first time playing with the Color Bursts I wanted to use the best watercolor paper I have at the moment, and that's the Ranger Watercolor Paper.  I need to get some more; I typically stamp at some point using watercolor paper and I really like the smooth side of the Ranger Paper.  All I did was poof out a few grains of the Color Burst onto the paper and then I saturated it with water using my spritzer.  I used my heat gun to help it dry fast since I didn't know if the color stayed the same or got lighter as it dried.  Turns out the color did get lighter, not a huge difference, but enough.

I used one of the sentiments from the Wendy Vecchi set Heirloom Art; stamped that onto the background using the Jet Black Archival Ink.  Then I used the clear Wink of Stella to add the swoosh. Honestly, that was a HUGE surprise - I had no idea the Wink pen was going to react that way with the Color Bursts, but I think it came out so cool! The Wink pen sort of removed the color from the background - I went over the swoosh a bunch of times, so I don't know if that's why the color disapeared, or if the same thing would happen regardless of how many times you go over it.  Judging from the bottom of the swoosh, I'd have to say that going over and over the same area with the Wink pen did cause the ink to lighten much more than it would have if I had just swooshed the ink once or twice - the color at the bottom of the swoosh is heavier where the swoosh tapers off.  Regardless, I think the effect is so cool and I can't wait to see if the same thing happens with the gold and silver Wink of Stella pens.  And seriously, the picture doesn't do this card justice at all - it is very striking in person!

Now, it's your turn to get organic with us at TWOFERS.  Simply enter your project and you will have a chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate to Alleystamp (Janine generously sponsors ALL our challenges so if organic isn't your type of theme, no biggie, just enter the next challenge that opens in 2 weeks!

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:

NBUS Challenge - NBUS #6

Crafty Creations Challenges (M) - Sentiment as Focal Point
Creative Inspirations - #246 Pretty Projects
The Artistic Stamper (M) - Springtime
One Crazy Stamper (M) - Anything Goes


  1. As you well know, this is one of my fave color schemes. The artsy wash is simply divine!

  2. I think organic is the perfect description of what you get when using Color Bursts. I absolutely love how the Wink of Stella looks. Beautiful!

  3. I think you've invented a stunning new technique - Stella swooshing is going to become a Big Thing in crafting. it looks amazing

  4. Stunning card, I love it when you have a "happy accident" when crafting! Think I might be stealing that idea. Cara x

  5. WOW you really figured out how to use those colour bursts didn't you! and the streak of stella what a thing to discover. Love love love XOXO Zoe

  6. Love that swoosh effect on this card and with the Color Burst. It's great when things happen that were not planned. Your card is cool. Thanks for joining us at the Crafty Creations Challenges for our latest challenge. Good luck and join us again soon. Hugs, Barbara {Crafty Creations Challenges}

  7. Wow brilliant card, love the color play in the background.
    Thanks so much for joining us at Artistic Stamper this month.

  8. So pretty love the color and the sentiment is awesome. Thanks for playing our challenge at One Crazy Stamper.

    Leanne DT/OCS

  9. A great pretty project! Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations! xxx

  10. You make me want to get out my Color Bursts, Christi! This is just gorgeous!

  11. ​I saw ​your card linked at the ​NBUS​ challenge and just had to come see it in more detail. Awesome card! I am now your newest follower and would be honored if you visited my blog and became a follower too.

  12. What an eyecatcher. Wondered how you'd created that swish. Now I know! Fantastic job with the Color Bursts too.

  13. The vibrant colors of this brilliant card just knocked my socks off, Christi! It is such a fantastic example of Color Burst results and you've chosen the perfect sediment!! Thank you so much for playing in my NBUS Challenge #6!! Hugs, Darnell

  14. Awesome card! Love the colors and the sparkle! Beautiful sentiment!

  15. Fantastic and inspiring card! Wonderful colors!

  16. such a magical design, wonderful creation!! Thanks for playing our challenge at One Crazy Stamper.

  17. I havent been to your blog for a while. Oh what a pity if I had missed this fabulous card. Gosh the colorburst effect looks awesome. And just my fave colors.. The swoosh you made with wink of stellar looks so dramatic. Fantastic effect it has on top of the other colors.
    And I wanted to say that the sentiment is well chosen.
    You truly created something very special and very pretty. Thank you for sharing your lovely art. What a delight to soak inspiration from you.
    Hugs from Monica.... Spain


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