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Spotlight on Celebrate Artsy - Rainbow Medallions

Hi, its Cornelia here!

Today I want to explore some options with this fabulous set from STAMPlorations called Celebrate Artsy.

I have already played around with it in the past (click HERE if you want to see more),  it has so much potential! Recently over at Papertrey's Make it Monday Dawn McVey made a great video about rainbow medallions. I really wanted to try this out, but did not have time for it. Besides that I thought the STAMPlorations stamps are perfect for this and I could not have used them for Papertrey..... I did do this a little bit differently than Dawn - I have some pictures below. But first the cards:
For the first card I used that stamp that in my eyes looks like a fish (I made a fish card with it previously)

The sentiments are from the Sentiment Builders set: Happy. I fuzzy cut the HAPPY. Rounded the corners of the card.

For the second and third card I used the open oval and also  the Sentiment Builders set: Celebrate, with which I did some generational stamping and then colored it with Inktense pencils. I used the paint that was on the brush to lightly color the second generation imprint. 

The third card I splattered with yellow and orange and used a enamel dot for the "flower" and rounded one corner.

So, how did I do my rainbow medallions?

I first selected my inks. I never really care what ink I use for what - I mainly care about the colors. I do love those Memento Luxe inks, but the green is just a bit on the dull side, so I went with my Adirondak ink instead. Sorry for the upside down ones - still have to learn how to do those posts more "professionally"....

You see that I started out with  faint pencil marks on white card stock. You do need to mark the center of the "medallion" as a starting point. In the Papertrey video Dawn used 8 colors, but I found that too little. So I used 3 different colors for each quarter of my medallion. I did not measure this, just eye-balled. I did choose a starting point on the stamp, which I tried to line up every time with my pencil crosshatch to get the stamping exact. 

And if you get this right, then a pretty pattern emerges. No need to cover it up, really. although I did cover it  in the first card above. 

 Of course you have to erase those pencil marks - something I always have trouble with. Once you stamp over pencil it gets hard to remove, which does not matter much for the darker colors, but it really matters for the lighter colors - any suggestions? I tried all sorts of different erasers, but find no difference....

And here is my personal favorite from my three cards again:

Wanna give it a try? Go for it - it works with all sorts of stamps!

Thank you for visiting me today and if you click HERE it gets you over to STAMPlorations!

I am also linking this card with Time Out Challenges - Celebrate with optional butterflies
and with Simon Says Wednesday challenge - anything goes
and my all time favorite challenge - the Snippets Playground - use a snippet - the first card has the central round and the happy 

Edited to link up with Seize the Birthday - anything Birthday


Shona Chambers said…
This is fantastic!! Love the rainbow colours (really caught my eye) and you designed it all so perfectly. Fabulous!!
Bobby said…
Beautiful rainbow variations, Cornelia. I especially like the last one that looks like a flower. Very creative.
joy said…
Your favorite is my favorite, too, Cornelia! But, all of these rainbows are beautiful.

I am currently working on a rainbow card also, but it isn't complete and I'm sure it won't be as fab as yours.
Susanne Vargas said…
Fabulous cards! Love them all! Thanks so much for the tutorial - I will have to try this out!
Toni said…
Love these--reminds me of Spirograph! I'd suggest trying a chalk wheel (in my sewing kit) or those chalk line things that handymen use (just dip some twine or thread in chalk and "snap" the line where you want it.). With the chalk wheel you just roll it along a ruler.
Lorraine A said…
Gorgeous cards Cornelia :-) I love the colours and the whole artsy look of these,, absolutely fabulous :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Lols x x x
sandie said…
Hi Cornelia, sorry I haven't been by for a bit but this is such a creative use of the stamp set. I saw it on our gallery at TIME OUT and had to see how you did it! So very clever and my fav is the one with the rounded edge and enamel dot, it is amazing how a rounded edge can transform a card. Thanks for joining us at TIME OUT x
Flo said…
Danke für die "Nachhilfe" - selber kommt man manchmal nicht auf die einfachsten Ideen. Deshalb ist es immer erfrischend, Beispiele sehen zu können. Ich hoffe, bald dieses Stempelset in Händen halten zu können.
Melissa Bove said…
Gorgeous cards! Such beautiful designs and colors!

Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


Di said…
Squeal!! Wow these are just fabulous Cornelia - I neeeeeed that stamp set now. But, also the imagination to use it to push the boundaries as you have here. Gorgeous rainbows!

Hugs, Di xx
Such a great effect!! Vibrant yet simple and looks like fun to do - thanks for sharing with us at Time Out this week :)
Sherrie M. said…
Wow, Cornelia! Love this technique. I especially like the one that looks like a flower. Great cards.
Manuela said…
schöne Karten, die 2. gefällt mir super gut! Regenbogenfaben sind so magisch! Lg Manuela
Sarn said…
Fantastic results! I love your rainbow cards.

YOu have great style.

Anita in France said…
Wow, Cornelia, these are all so fantastic ... love what you've been doing with this set ... and adore all these rainbow designs! Anita :)
Cathy said…
Fantastic cards Cornelia, TFS how you created them, Cathy x
Monika Reeck said…
I like the one like flower too..coool idea and you rock using this stamp set..Flo has bestellt aber ich nicht..dumm Monika :)

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