Hello again, crafty friends! Our theme this week for the Between The Folds Bi-Weekly Challenge Blog is Spring. This brings many things to mind: the Easter holiday, spring break, the beginning of the growing season and the return of flower and fauna, and - at least for my husband - the return of baseball season, lol.
Now, while I am not a gardener in any way, shape, or form I love seeing flowers and enjoy the colors of the season in all their many forms and hues. So, I had this Dreamin' Big - Scrapbooking stamp in mind for this challenge from the beginning. Then, a few weeks ago the CTMH artwork team showcased how to use pigment inks with clear embossing powder for a lovely new technique and I knew I had to try it. I used the Pixie, Sorbet, Canary, Sweet Leaf, and Thistle colors from the Whimsy Pigment Ink Pads and clear embossing powder with for the "hello," and Versamark and white embossing powder for "spring." I used the Sweet Leaf and Crystal Blue watercolor patterned papers from the Whimsy fundamental papers for the background/card base and also for the bottom third of the card, which I trimmed with a pair of decorative edge scissors. The final touch was a length of retired Thistle ribbon tied into a bow. This is a fun technique and my photo really doesn't do justice to the glossy colors that the pigment ink and heat embossing bring to the card; the only downside is that it's a bit tricky to wash all the pigment ink from such an intricate stamp set.
This theme is very open to interpretation and we'd love to see what "spring" means to you and your projects. You have until 10 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time/11 pm Central to link your projects, which you can do HERE. Happy crafting! ~~ Annette