Saturday, 9 May 2015

Curiously Ombre'd

Gooooodly Morning to all you lovely Compendium-ers!  Today sees the start of another brand new Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge.  To see all the details on how to join in with the challenge, CLICK HERE.  Also, if you pop across to Linda's blog, you will see all gorgeous creations that my talented teamies on the Curiosity Crew have made... they never cease to amaze me with their inspirational ideas and art!   The challenge is sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique this time... so you will have a chance of winning a very generous Gift Certificate to spend there.  Tim & Mario have, as ever, very kindly donated goodies for an extra prize... which will be awarded to the "Curiosity Crew's Choice"... so you have two chances of winning fabby prizes!  If you haven't got your Compendium book just yet, you can order a signed copy directly from the man himself... HERE.  And... Linda has also done a FAQ page for you.. HERE it is... all the info you will need is listed there.   This week we are turning to Page 57 of the book and trying out the Alcohol Ink Ombre technique.  As ever with the Compendium Challenge, neither I, nor the Curiosity Crew, will be posting the technique instructions and participants must not do so either. We all want to encourage people to buy Tim's awesome book; giving away the instructions wouldn’t be fair to him. Linda will have no choice but to un-link any entries that don’t follow this rule.  




As ever, I have maded a tag for my entry.... and I made a concerted effort to keep it simple.  I am one for chucking a load of layers and embellies onto whatever I make (oh, you noticed!) and the sentiment I chose kind of decided how the whole tag was going to look. Nice and simple... plus it shows off the ombre perfectly too.


Once I had the background how I wanted it, I used Wendy's Cornflower Archival Ink (my fave colour .. ok, they are all faves but this one is extra fave!) and stamped a little design at the bottom... and then decided to add some scripty bits but didn't want it to overshadow the paler top half of the ombre, so I used Ranger's Ultramarine and the script was a "second generation" image... basically, I stamped the script onto scrap paper first and used the leftover ink for the main thing... look closely, it is there... just a bit shy for the photo!  I inked some more gloss card with the same colours for stamping my butterflies onto and once cut out, I inked the backs with Mermaid Lagoon DI so there were no bare bits showing.  And yes, there be the little harlequins sitting there... they have appeared on all my entries so it is continuity and not just me being mad!


Don't forget, you have two whole weeks to enter the challenge... and a bat at the chance of grabbing the Crew's Choice prize which is a mahooosive haul of stash donated personally by Tim & Mario... so if you are joining in, remember to comment on all the Crew's blogs and you will be in with a chance of winning that too *believe me, this is one gigantic pile of goodies* Thanks for looking, have an inky and inspirational day!  TTFN

Hels x

32 comments:

Inkypinkycraft said...

really beautiful x

whyducks said...

Pretty

Candy C said...

Hels...this is such a pretty tag. It is so calming and tranquil to look at. Love the blue background and your butterflies.

Veronica Tovar said...

Beautiful tag. I love that you used pearls as the butterfly bodies, genius. I might copy that idea

Sue Balawajder said...

Clean,fresh and spring like.Really pretty tag Hels,I like it.

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Hels, I have just re-read page 57 of Tim's Compendium on this technique, this is a stunning ombre effect, and I'm loving your tone on tone colourway with the stamping too. I will be giving this a try.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Redanne said...

The background technique looks wonderful on your tag Hels, I love the colours you used and the butterflies look gorgeous with their pearly bodies too! Hugs, Anne xx

Maura said...

You did great keeping it simple! This is a beautiful tag, and I love he techñique!

Anita Houston said...

You'd never know you feel crummy as your work is always impeccable!!! LOVE the soft blue and love the stamping...not simplistic at all!

suzyb said...

There is really nothing more I can say that hasn't already been said, but, sometimes less is more, and in this case, you nailed it. Very lovely! Nice choice of color too!

Leigh Ann Hofferth said...

Really love these blues! Great tag!

Kim said...

You rock the detailed, and now your rockin' the simply stated! This tag is just lovely!

Shari Trumbull said...

WOWIE WOWIE! I simply beautiful tag, Hels!! Love all of the blues that you've used and your subtle scripty bits are scrumptious! Love this completely!! XOXO-Shari

Ruby Craft said...

So pretty. Love the embossing on the black tag base. Really makes the blue stand out. Love the butterflies along with the simplicity and beauty of your colors and details. Your harlequins frame your tag beautifully. So sweet!

Terry said...

Hels this tag is so pretty! I love that soft background and it is so perfect for those butterflies! Great use of the technique!

Annette Green said...

So so pretty Hels. The first thing I noticed was that lovely soft script in the background, as a matter of fact, and read through your post quickly to find out how you achieved that soft, subtle look. Gorgeous!

Susan said...

What a lovely tag, Hels! I, too noticed the soft words in the background right away. I love this technique along with the beautiful colors you used! Really makes a gorgeous, yet "simple" statement!

Cheryl Grigsby said...

Ah, Hels. I love your tag, but I love it even more with the second generation script on the background. It unifies every other element on the tag and is so elegant! What stamp is that? This is just perfect!

Rea' said...

That cornflower is soooooooooooo pretty; love the ombre and the background stamping; color combination so stunning and the pearls just so pretty!

Studio Rose said...

Hels, your color choices are always so lovely! The ribbon at the top is to die for; just gorgeous. Happy to see the little harlequin, as always! Very nice tag, love it!

Stefania Salmi said...

This tag is really beautiful in its simplicity! I like the stamped light you did the backgrounds, I find it very elegant.

Carol said...

Ooo, pearls for butterfly bodies! Perfect! And the saying is rapidly becoming one of my faves... I'm using ipt a lot recently.

S@ndy Diller said...

Your blue is so soft and lovely, makes you feel nice just looking at it. How could you go wrong with butterflies?

Joi at RR said...

Fav part of this LOVELY creation is the script in the backgrounds.... just enough to give it just that extra touch needed! JUST so pretty Hels. j

Marjie Kemper said...

This is so soft and pretty! Love the 'white space' in all its Ombre glory.

craftylyn said...

This is so calm and peaceful, I love this. Just beautiful

LauraVi said...

Yes, there is beauty in simplicity, in your card I am sure there is!!

lulucreazioniartistiche said...

wOW, Very pretty card

Lisa :) said...

I looooooooooooooooove this. Love love love love love!

JansArtyJunk said...

Loving your beautiful and tranquil Ombre tag Hels... in its lovely shades of blue.... Thanks again for the wonderful inspiration :) x

Kimberly Cobb said...

Your tag is just lovely Hels. The colors are absolutely gorgeous! What a great idea to use pearls for the butterfly bodies. The soft script stamping is genius.

Larimore2 said...

This is sweet & perfectly done. I just love those background diamond patterns!! Gotta get me one!!!

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