Sunday, December 1, 2013

Honeycomb Pair

I enjoy making designs work in multiple ways, so today I thought I’d show you another couple of ways I played with the fabulous So Distressed Set from Flourishes, creating a more feminine and then masculine design with the set and chalboard style technique.  

I began by picking some interesting colour palettes that both included grey, one that has more feminine direction with the pink, and the masculine one with the blue and rust.  

On the feminine design I stamped the honeycomb hexagons in the multiple inks running on the horizontal plane, linking up the corners of the shapes along the way in a random pattern (Memento inks - Olive Grove, Gray Flannel and a hot pink) all stamped on Flourishes Classic Ivory cardstock.  Then after I had a pattern I liked I overstamped the design with the smaller damask image in the set and stamped off grey ink.  Then I sewed this panel onto some Color Made Easy - Cool Neutrals cardstock and Candy Pink card stock.   

For the main sentiment I used some designer paper that had these gray chalboard style sheets and cut out a larger honeycomb shape with the Spellbinders Hexagon die.  I overstamped this shape with Gray Flannel ink with the damask stamp.  Then, I embossed the sentiment from Country Time Christmas set in white, and then did a little chalkboard enhancing, white primacolor pencil accents around the words, then with a baby wipe I dipped a bit in white craft ink and swiped it over the hexagon.  I like the softness that the damp baby wipe adds to the ink so it doesn’t blotch too much.  To me it looks more realistic chalkboard effect.  

Then I stamped a few extra hexagons, trimmed them out and popped them up as accents with some enamel dots and pink seambinding and gray braided trim.  

Now for the masculine design I have a few subtle changes, do you notice them?  I’ve oriented the hexagons to a more vertical plane with the points up and down, changed the colors to Teal Zeal, Gray Flannel and Morocco ink.  The sentiment is from our new Grab A Cup set, and is done chalkboard style the same way as the feminine card.  

More masculine accents are buttons and silver metallic cording.  

This So Distressed set is SO fun to play with!  I think it’s helped give me a real renewed joy in just stamping!  


TLady said...

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL CARDS CHRISTINE!!!!!!!!:) I CAN'T WAIT to get my hands on this set---It's waiting in the closet for Santa to put under the tree! ;) I LOOOOOOOVE the Freedom these stamps give too!!! :) TOOO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!:)

Hippymom83 said...

Your cards are FABULOUS!!!! I absolutely LOVE the colors you chose! Gray is one of my favorite colors (especially gray animals, but that's neither here nor there) so I love seeing it used with both a feminine and a masculine color pallet. Thanks for the inspiration!!!! :) <3 [I found it necessary to pin all sorts of gray products from Flourishes after reading this blog post!] LOL

Conniecrafter said...

very cool, love the stamping on the hexagons!!

KarinsArtScrap said...

these are beautiful and great cards Christine.

gr karin

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

These are cool! I like the blue and gray more of course, both are wonderful.