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September Mood Board Challenge

Hello inky Friends. Davina here on the blog, I hope everyone is doing well and getting excited for the end of summer and transition into fall. Each month Amanda DeJong creates a stunning feast for the eyes with the monthly Butterfly Reflections Ink Mood Board Color Inspiration. For the past 4 months I have been posting weekly projects using the beautiful color combinations on Instagram and here on the BRI blog. I get so many incredible compliments on my color choices and my response is always “I love the #BRImoodboard!” Which I do... a lot. So much in fact, that this month (starting today and lasting the entire month), I am hosting a Color Challenge on my personal blog Popsiclesticks Creates, using the current September Mood Board. There is an InLinkz button so you can link your projects, and I will be personally providing a $20 gift certificate to a random qualifying entrant to my favorite online store Butterfly Reflections Ink.

The project I am going to share today is created using the amazing September color inspiration and a few of our favorite brands available on the Butterfly Reflections Ink website. I combined two different brands for today’s card. Which is something I don’t often do, but I needed background images and the illustration styles matched so I went with it! My sentiment and cute little “friends” are from The Greeting Farm set called Mini-Remix Friends and they are about 2 inches tall with plenty of room for coloring and adding details, and the awesome hair we’ve come to expect from The Greeting Farm sets. My incredible leaf pile, mushroom, and pumpkins are are from the super cute Hello Bluebird set called Fall Buddies, along with the cover plate die I used called Gallery Frame #2.

I knew I wanted a white frame around my project so I cut my panel from a piece of bright white Canson Bristol Smooth cardstock. I left all of the pieces connected and flipped it over to work on the backside of the paper. I used regular plain scotch tape to tape together all of the inside pieces so they would remain in one piece. I removed the scalloped frame and reserved it for later. On the top half of the panel I used Scattered Straw Distress Oxide Ink to ink up the sky portion. I blended it into white at about the 45 yard line. Then across the very top I gently and very lightly added some Dried Marigold that I blended into my Scattered Straw. It gives a little depth without being too obvious. Then I turned it around and worked on the other half, while always making sure to use a piece of paper between my fingers and the inked up portion to reduce smearing. I blended Tumbled Glass all the way until it barely “kissed” the yellow half. I didn’t want a green stripe so I had to be careful. Then I blended Peacock Feather all over the lighter blue, giving a softer version of the tropical teal color.

Once everything was looking smooth and saturated, I splattered with clean water followed by white opaque ink.  I put it aside to dry and got to work with my stamped images. Using my Stamp Platform I stamped my images onto Neenah Solar Bright White cardstock with Lawn Fawn Jet Black Ink, I’ve always used Momento ink before and this was a much juicier ink. Even though I keep my ink pads nice and moist with re-inker, I was surprised at the difference. But I also noticed that it didn’t clean as nicely off of my stamps. Everything was Copic colored using the colors from Mood Board, then I fussy cut the girls by hand, and used the coordinating Hello Bluebird Fall Buddies Dies to cut out the background images. I highlighted with white gel pen AFTER I cut them all out to avoid smearing the white ink. I’ve been working really hard to remember to wait.  My impatience kills me most of the time.

I cut the gallery frame one more time from fun foam to create a popped up frame, and glued the paper scalloped frame over the top. I placed several acrylic blocks on top to hold it flat while it dried. Using plenty of EK Success Embossing Buddy to prevent sticking, I heat embossed the Friend sentiment in gold Embossing Powder. Not going to lie, I unscrewed the top and poured a pile that I dusted around. Finally I adhered my images using a variety of glues making sure to pop my girls and pumpkins up a little. I mounted it onto a coral cardbase then carefully attached my scalloped frame. I completed the card by adding a dusting of matte gold sequins.

I hope you like this card, and I really hope that you decided to play along by heading over to my blog Popsiclesticks Creates and or Instagram @popsiclesticks for more details on how to play along and win. So bust out your crayons, pencils, markers, ink pads, paints, whatever floats your boat, and have fun!!


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