Friday, November 9, 2012

JAI 143 - Just Add Colour Challenge

This week at Just Add Ink we have a colour combo to challenge  you.  I know it certainly challenged me.  Check out the colours we are working with

It's a combo that I really liked but gave me no inspiration at all.  Usually I get a feeling for the combo and what will be best suited to it, but this one, it just left me with crickets.  I really had no idea of what I was going to do until I went to Ikea last Sunday.  Whilst I was there I found these awesome placemats, awesome for 2 reasons; the patterns and the fact that I can just wipe them clean.  So my idea was formed, I was just going to copy the polka dot pattern, changing the Ikea colours with the challenge colours.  All was going well until I realised that I didn't have a solid polka dot that was just the right size.  I tried it with a star patterned dot but it wasn't quite working.  So, back to the drawing board. 

Whilst working with the star dot, I had a thought to use its coordinating die and do some partial die cutting to cut the edge of the card.  Good idea but what was I going to use for cutting plates, my normal ones were too big and wouldn't work with the partial die cut thing.  So I tried some cardboard from one of my SU delivery boxes.  Not quite thick or sturdy enough.  So I tried adding an extra cardboard shim.  Still not quite thick or sturdy enough.  Then I thought, what about one of my clear blocks?  It was certainly going to be thick enough but would it work, cause I only  had one and still needed to use some cardboard to protect the rollers in my die cut machine.  With nothing to lose, I flipped open the tabs on the platform and ran it though and this was the result

Woo Hoo - it worked, but it did put some marks in my clear block.  It took me some time to decide on exactly which sentiment I would use - I'm still not convinced this one was the best choice.

Then, whilst working on that card, I wondered what would happen if I flipped the big star spot over and stamped using the back of the stamp.  Check this out

Bingo - just the sized dot I was looking for.  So instead of 1 card I ended up with 2.  Love it when that happens :)

Well, that's it for me today.  Thanks for visiting and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team's awesome creations.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Boy Basics - Simple Circles, Birthday Basics  (PaperTrey Ink)
Ink:  Marina Mist, Sahara Sand, Tangerine Tango, Early Espresso (SU!)
Cardstock:  Whisper White (SU!)
Accessories:  Big Shot, Simple Circles die (PTI), Acrylic Block