Hurrah my card made it into the Top Picks!
I've been playing with Distress Oxide inks lately. The combinations are never-ending as are the incredible patterns. Sometimes I pull out the bright colours and sometimes it's the more subtle, neutral tones which appeal. Well, I had been playing with the more neutral Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo with some awesome results. I put the pieces of Glossy paper with which I had played, thinking they would be good for a future project. Little did I know that the future project would come along so quickly.
Having visited the Inkspirational Challenge, I saw that my card from a couple of weeks ago had been among the Top Picks. After doing a short but sincere "happy dance", I looked at their current challenge and immediately thought of those designs on my Glossy paper.
I also immediately thought of one of my favourite stamp sets, Beautiful You. And so I went to work. Because of the colours in my freestyle design, I chose the retired Baked Brown Sugar cardstock as my base. I followed that up with a thin layer of So Saffron and then added another thin layer of Basic Black. Those colours were perfect as the "frame" around the Glossy paper design.
I wanted musical notes on my paper but I wanted them to be very subtle. And so I took the Sheet Music background stamp and just inked a centre portion using the Fossilized Amber. After stamping that on the Glossy paper, I decided not to use my heat gun on it or even let it dry completely. Instead, I used a Kleenex to wipe the stamped musical notes from the paper. The result was a definite but subtle image of the notes in a slightly amber tone.
Following that, I stamped the image of the dancing lady using Basic Black pigment ink. It showed up beautifully against the design on the paper. I also stamped the sentiment from the same set, using the same ink, in the lower right corner.
I hope you'll check out the other great designs at the Inkspirational Challenge.