Friday 1 January 2016

Inkspirational challenge: something new

Hello there, I’d like to say I’m so honoured to be a guestdesigner for Inkspirational challenge blog!
The theme is “something new”

I’ve used two new (to me ) stampsets.
For the Thanks, i’ve used Uniko (all occasion sentiments #6) and for the monster and other sentiment are from Creat a smile (big time)
Also new to me are the Spectrum Noir pencils and I thought perfect to try on this challenge.
I only have the florals and the marine set as I first wanted to see if they are for me and I got these off a secondhand site otherwise I might have gone for the essentials and primary.
My arthritis sometimes is a spoiler, I love watercoloring and my Spectrum Noir alcohol  markers as they have a low impact, they slide just over the paper, if that makes sense, to put down pencil, you have to push a bit more  and it takes longer, and holding a pencil a  long time turned out not to be a good idea ;-)
But I think the coloring looks OK, a rainbow” thanks” and a purple monster with some shading.
To blend I used my alcohol marker blending pen and then layered another layer of color.
I free handed the moon or planet the alien is standing on.
Wiggly eyes as monsters need wiggly eyes and a few iridescent sequins as stars.
I didn’t want to fill in the whole background, because I think the elemens stand out now, and might dissapear otherwise.

Since shooting the video I’ve learned you can use My Favourite things hybrid black ink on both Copic (or alcohol) markers and with watercoloring. I’ve ordered it, still waiting for it to come in, but I’m very excited about it.
That way you can make one layer cards with two mediums.

For more information on the Inkpsirational challenge, see this


  1. Both these cards are so fun and colourful using fabulous techniques. I love that you used googly eyes - with the multi-coloured words, no-one could fail to smile if they received this. I enjoyed watching the video - great way to make a background - I thought it was Brushos, it's such a trendy look right now. Thank you so much for being our Guest Designer at Inkspirational.

  2. Great to have you as our GD and I love this background, amazing colours and very cool technique. Adore the eyes!

  3. Such cute colorful monster cards! I should do what you did here more often, making two at a time:)

  4. Very cool and cute monster cards! Really neat technique. So glad you could join us as GD over at Inkspirational! :-)

  5. It is wonderful having you design with us this week! Congrats on the GD spot! I like your use of bright colors and the new stamp sets are great!
    - Shauna

  6. Oh my...your cards really are 'freakin' awesome'! Your googly-eyed monsters make me smile alllll over my face; how wonderful that you created colourful, fun, fabulous backgrounds for them. Whoever receives these thank yous will be delighted! Way to go in using your new goodies! Thank you for being our GD for this challenge; your cards are definitely Inkspirational inspiring!

  7. Your monster cards are sensational, Maaike! You did a beautiful job with the coloring! Congratulations on being the Guest Designer at Ink!! Hugs, Darnell

  8. Very fun cards! I especially love the galaxy bg. Thanks for being our GD at Ink!