Card Making · Technique

Tropical Chic: Part Two

Earlier in the week I blogged about this amazing tropical bundle. Since then I’ve made some more creations that I just HAD to share with you.

These bright cards were inspired by the lovely Lalipeach, whose colour inspiration is always a joy to see on my Instagram feed.  I normally play it safe when it comes to stamping and inks, seems strange for a Demo to say that doesn’t it, but I’ve never been confident with colour and colour combinations.  So I decided to change this, and have a go at a technique I’ve been wanting to do for such a long time; braying.  This technique is pretty much like decorating with a roller, but on a smaller scale.

I started by cutting the palms out using the square thinlet from the Tropical Chic bundle.

I then begin braying them on one side using Mint Macaron. As you can see from my pic, to use the brayer you simply roll it across your ink pad, just as you would a roller in paint. I started pressing on quite hard and then lighter as I moved across, as the ink starts to run out it gives a gradual fading effect.

Next I switched to Soft Sea Foam, as the name suggests it is a soft green, which complements Mint Macaron so well.  This time I started at the left hand side and pressed on hard, then lighter as I moved towards the Mint Macaron, to create a lovely blended effect.

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I absolutely loved the result, so I decided to experiment with other colours. I wanted to try some bright summer colours, so I chose Flirty Flamingo, Grapefruit Grove & Pineapple Punch. It was such a delicious cocktail of colour, I couldn’t help but smile.

This burst of creativity came after walking back from dropping my kids off at nursery. As I walked I tuned into Reiki Radio to listen to the latest podcast. I have found Reiki so helpful with my anxiety, and creativity. The more I let go of fear and doubt, the more creative I become.

I also created the card below using the Tropical Chic bundle a few weeks ago, inspired by Jenni Paul. It uses the Tropical Escape papers, and lots of stamped flowers in Flirty Flamingo. The background was made by simply flicking the bigger side of my dark Smoky Slate blender pen (a tip I learnt from my lovely friend Lorraine).

You can find all the products and materials I used above on my online shop, simply click here.

Happy Crafting ❤

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