September 1, 2018

August Essentials Challenge



Happy Saturday!

Can you believe it is the last weekend of August? where did the summer go, that seems to be something I say every year at this time! I am not a cold weather or winter person at all and although this summer has been hotter than any summer I can ever remember, I loved every moment of it.

I can tell that fall is coming though, the gardens have run their course and you can see just a bit of yellows are oranges in the distance on the leaves.  I do love fall too, my second favourite season but I am not quite ready to give up summer just yet and especially not ready to give up bare feet and flip flops!

The August Essentials Challenge at Ellen Hutson is a technique challenge--use alcohol inks! 




I couldn't miss out on the fun! Ever since the So Matcha stamp set was released I have wanted to make the sweet kimono's using alcohol inks, so here was my chance. I started by making a few panels with alcohol inks and one they were dry I stamped the images and embossed them with gold and I added the small floral image on one of the kimonos in gold too. Then I paper pieced the kimonos onto the girls who were Copic coloured. 

My background was sponged with Distress Oxide inks, flicked with water, sprinkled with white watercolour paint and Copic opaque white. The bamboo trees were added to my background also embossed in gold and I finished it off with a sentiment white embossed on black. I am quite happy with how this turned out and now that I have made this card I want to do it again.

A word of warning, the Yupo paper warps really easily!



A closer look...



I am also going to submit this to this week's Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes!

11 comments :

~amy~ said...

Beautiful Tracey!

BeverlyBL said...

Your kimonos are beautiful, and the gold and the bamboo are the perfect touches

Yasmine said...

Beautiful card! I love how you used the alcohol inks to make the kimonos.

Nora Noll said...

Those kimonos came out fantastic!! Would have never thought to do something like this. GREAT design!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is just BEAUTIFUL! LOVING the colors and the bits of gold!!!!!!! And you would LOVE our winters -- highs between 50-60 degrees!!! :)

Cat Craig said...

Fabulous idea, the alcohol inked paper makes for fabulous kimono material.

Marge said...

Such a wonderful card, Tracey! Love the color scheme and gold bamboo trees behind the girls. Full of fabulous asian spirit :)♡
Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Marge
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Lisa Elton said...

Oh Tracey, this turned out beautifully! Your colors are wonderful and love the touch of elegance the gold adds. Love this!

Anita in France said...

What a clever, cool and gorgeous idea, Tracey ... the alcohol inks really make those kimonos look all silky, rich and luxurious ... such a yummy card! Hugs, Anita :)

aufspapiergebracht said...

This nis such a brilliant idea !!! Have to try it !!
Greetings from Gemany Elisabeth

Barb Ghig said...

Oh my gosh, this is so darling, Tracey! I didn't know we could emboss on alcohol inks, and I love how their Kimona's turned out...perfect!