Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Retro Rubber #44.. Colour Challenge - Lime Green, Aqua and Neutral


It's time for another fun challenge over at Retro Rubber

This theme is all about combining your older stamps with colours...

Neutral to us means, black, brown, kraft, white and cream.

I needed to make an Engagement card for friends and I thought the colours would be really nice and modern to use for an Engagement card.

I used Distress inks to create the watercolour / marbled background - Twisted Citron and Broken China. I smooshed them onto my craft mat, spritzed with water and dipped my paper in and out until I got the colour mix I wanted. Then I took a paint brush and flicked some of the Broken China over the card.

As you probably know by now I LOVE to heat emboss onto vellum and I thought it would look lovely here. I used a Simon Says Stamp 'Congratulations' stamp from the set of the same name that I have had for just over a year.

Vellum is a pain to affix to projects and normally I use staples, but that didn't feel right here. So I fussy cut it out and ran it through my Xyron, this was an experiment so I am totally chuffed to bits at the end result! I love it..

A little sprinkle of lime and aqua bling to finish it off.

So, now it's your turn to show us your interpretation of the colours, but first go over to Retro Rubber and view the great makes by my teammates.

Challenge ends on August 12th. Don't forget to use a stamp a year or older and tell us about it that's part of the fun. Also, please limit your entries to 10 challenges including ours.



  1. Hello Claire: Well, you need to give me some classes on how to achieve this glorious water color wash!!!, oh my goodness, it's absolutely perfect in every way!! The colors look amazing, they've blended just in the right places without looking like they are one color.
    I can't achieve this look, every time I attempt to do this, I end up with a muddy mess of colors that look just awful.
    This is a classy, colorful and like you said, modern engagement card, the bold sentiment just pops off the card. Like you said, Vellum is hard to affix to cards, I usually do it with thin pieces of some strong double sided tape, I don't have one of those Xyron machines, but I hear it's really helpful. Your friends will absolutely love this card!!!

  2. I love it too! You showcased these colors beautifully and I love your idea of how you solved your vellum problem! Your friends are going to love this! And I am so jealous how well your watercoloring turned out!!

  3. Looking at the DT cards I knew this was yours without even looking it up. Too funny. Love the technique and you were totally right about the heat-embossed vellum looking great here. x

  4. Loving your background, fabulous. Cara x

  5. The colors in the challenge were perfect for this technique. Love your cards! I have tried this before and got mixed results. You definitely have me wanting to try it again and embrace the drips! Hope you're having fun!!

  6. I have gotten so used to using the top to our SU inks that I forget about my craft mat. What a great way to mix the colors and dip to your heart's content. Also in reading of the sentiment, I had to look twice to see that it was on vellum. Glad the Xyron worked... I should use mine more often. Well done teammate!!

  7. We really were on the same wave length--& a beautiful one it is! Gorgeous smooshing & card!

  8. That background! Stunning! So cool how you adhered the vellum too! Love your project!❤️


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