Creating with inchies is probably one of THE quickest ways to create a series of cards! I can tell you that editing the pictures and writing this post took so much longer than creating these cards - LOL! I would like to challenge you to try creating a card this next week using this concept.
When the Parisian Anthology line was first debuted I fell in love with it - the simple color base that could twist in so many directions, but leans towards one of my current favorites (Bayou --- it takes me to an ocean beach everytime I look at it), the simple clean lines of the little stamps, the unusual little embellishments, or just the simple elegance of it... not certain which appeals to me more.
I knew that I REALLY wanted to share it in conjunction with Inchies today!
Crisp, clean and elegant are the words I would use to describe these cards - it goes back to the simplicity of black and white with one color family. Love it!
You do not need "inchie" stamps to create inchie focal points or inchies. Yes, inchie stamps are wonderful and I absolutely love them, but you can look at any of your images and figure out a way to use them.
I felt that this first card was just the "ticket" to a perfect dinner invitation - ha! ha! Do you see the little hostess "walking" through the inchies with her invisible serving platter? As you can tell I did not use the entire stamp and I love the way it looks.
Always look at your Inchie Arts Squares before stamping - one side has a beautiful finish that is perfect for stamping and coloring. I used Archival Jet Black ink to achieve this beautiful crisp look. Always make certain that your stamp pad is well inked for optimum results.
I then used Adirondack Pool and Slate ink, together with an ink blending tool to add a little definition to each "tile."
TIP: The border was created using the open scallop punch. Repeating your border punches or combining different punched edges can add so much interest to your card fronts.
Layering also adds interest! I LOVE the little "notes" that come with the Parisian Anthology line - they make creating a focal point so very easy. I simply punched the bottom edge to add interest and then layered a black Twinchie Square together with an Inchie + Square, a small doily (yes, our doilies are tiny and can be used so very easily on card fronts), and a portion of a leftover flourish from a different project.
TIP: Think about how you can divide up the larger pearl and rhinestone flourishes to add interest to card fronts. These are not just designed for scrapbook pages :-D
Inchies are GREAT for creating cards with spotlights, adding an easy focal point and bringing dimension to your card fronts!
stamps: Pink Paislee Parisian Anthology
On the eighth day of Christmas my Inchie supply collection could grow by:
- Inchie Squares, White
- Inchie + Squares, Neutral
- Twinchie Squares, Black
- Inchie Idea cards
- Inkadinkado Inchie Clear Stamps, Morphic Patterns
- IB Candy Heart
- IB IB Rose Bouquet
- 1" Square Punch
To participate in this random drawing please leave your answer to the following question as a comment to this post. Please limit yourself to one comment only for each goodie package. The last day to submit a comment to this post will be January 6th at Midnight. We will post the winners (which will be drawn using a Random Number Generator) for all twelve days on January 7th.
Have you joined in the fun? Have you created an inchie or inchie inspired project? Leave us a comment and let us know how you use your "inchie" items (or any tiny items if you haven't "inchied" yet.)
With this post I am also putting out an Inchie INKling challenge for you to play along with! You have TWO WEEKS to become a member of our gallery and add a project (or more than one project if you are so inclined - the more projects the more opportunities you have to win) to our first INCHIE CHALLENGE in "the Gallery". There will be a fun surprise "in store" as we will be selecting a winner from these entries using a random number generator. So here is the challenge:
- create an inchie that uses black/white/and one color of your choice.
- rubber stamping must be a part of your entry and we would appreciate if you would use rubber stamp manufacturers that we carry in our store - Lockhart Stamp Company, Memory Box Company, Hero Arts, Stampers Anonymous, Claudine Hellmuth Creative Layers, 7 Gypsies, Pink Paislee, Maya Road, Webster's Pages, etc.
- You have until midnight PST January 16, 2011 to share your challenge entry. We will select the winner using a Random Number Generator from the entries at that time and post the winner on the gallery challenge as well as here on our blog.
Remember to visit the following 12 Days of Christmas blog candy drawings --- be certain to post a comment to the question on each individual post to be included in that drawing!