Saturday, June 15, 2013

Today is the day!

Announcing a brand new challenge blog to inspire your creativity!  I am so excited to be part of the design team for The Technique Twist!

Grab the Badge!
Come join the fun!

This fun new blog is where we take challenges to the next level! Our goal is to see you go beyond the norm and push your creative boundaries!  Best of all, we want you to have FUN & learn something new! :)  To celebrate our launch we are hosting a blog hop.  You'll find the list and details at the bottom of this post.  

Now for the projects!  Our first technique challenge is Blown Ink.  I have to admit I had never tried this one before, but I sure am glad I did!  I played around and came up with two completely different looks that I just love.  Check them out:

Blown Ink Technique Sample 1

Blown Ink Technique Sample 2

 Cool, huh?  So, are you ready for the how-to?  For the background on the first sample I blew drops of reinker from directly above using a drinking straw and very controlled puffs of air to get as uniform a look as possible. When I was happy with the colour and pattern, I did the Dazzling Diamond Dust technique over top so the whole thing sparkles.  I used the new In-colours for my pallette:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush and Coastal Cabana and then added some Daffodil Delight for a bit of pop.  I thought it looked very psychedelic, so I pulled out a long retired stamp called Extreme Guitar for the focal image.  The sentiment is from a long-retired Hostess set called Perfect Words.  It was a hit with my 6-year old son who is like a magpie with anything sparkly.  I could barely wrest it out of his hands long enough to take a picture LOL!
For the background on the second sample I used watercolour paper that I spritzed with water first to allow me more control over how my ink spread when I blew it.  Then I used Tempting Turquoise, Gumball Green, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Real Red and Rich Razzleberry reinkers and blew drops across the damp paper to get the rainbow backgroud.  Kind of a blend of Reinker Splash technique and Blown Ink. The butterflies are from the Papillon Potpourri set and the sentiment comes from the One in A Million set.
What I loved about playing with this technique was the fact that I had no plan in mind for either card.  I just played and played and the cards kind of designed themselves!
Now for the Blog Hop details.  Listed below you'll see a series of links to each designer's blog.  Be sure to check out all of their work... you'll be surprised at how many different looks you can get with just one technique.  There's even a little incentive to participate in the Hop.  As you navigate the blog hop, be sure to leave a comment on each designer's post.  If you do, you'll be entered into a draw for some fabulous Stampin' Up! swag!  There will be one randomly chosen winner who will receive a truckload of great product.  My contribution to the  swag bag is the recently-retired Snow Much Fun stamp set 

and a package of Silver Glimmer paper.  

Silver Glimmer Paper

Perfect for getting a head start on your Christmas crafting this summer. So...start hopping!

It's our first challenge at The Technique Twist Challenge blog & what better way to celebrate than with a blog hop!  To enter, leave a comment on each blog for your chance to win a great prize pack!
 We'll randomly draw one name as our winner out of all the entries! Contest ends on June 26, 2013 at 11:59pm ET. Good luck!


  1. Hey Leena!! LOVE your colors! Both are such bright and happy cards! I especially love the second card and how you used the technique a bit differently for a rainbow effect. Yay for the first challenge!

  2. I totally love how different your cards are even though they both use the same technique! Sample #1 is a great example of how cool the colors look in random blown ink splotches! #2 takes it to the next level in a great rainbow! Just gorgeous cards Leena! :)

  3. Leena,
    Your projects are gorgeous. Is interesting how using the same technique projects can look so different. Both cards are GREAT! I need go back and try that effect on the rock star card. Eeek! Love it. Tx for sharing!

  4. Love them both and it is great to see how one technique can look so different, the background is so perfect for behind the guitar stamp. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity to win blog candy!

  5. It's Tie Dye Baby! Love the rocker one, I need a couple of these for my guitar playing sons. Great inspiration Leena! Pam

  6. TFS instructions for both ways to "blow" the ink, can't wait to try this as soon as I finish the blog hop!! I especially like the butterfly card.

  7. Wowweeeeeee!! Amazing pieces of art!! What a wonderful way to use reinkers and paper!!

  8. Wow so neat, what a great technique.

  9. Great cards! Love the rockin' wild background for the first card and also the totally different feel to the background of the second. Wonderful!

  10. Wow - love your Extreme Guitar card - all that colour is just beautiful.

  11. Your two cards are absolutely beautiful. I especially like how you still have some white background behind the rest of the colours. Great job Leena.

  12. Amazing the 2 totally different looks using the same technique! Awesome cards, both of them! Looks like they'll be going in my CASE file!


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