Sunday, 19 April 2015

A Bit of a Drip

I'm joining in with Case This Sketch (colour you surprised!).

And here's the sketch...

What's more, there's some stamping involved. Agreed, not a lot. But it's a start. I plan to keep going and stamp some more in future projects. I've treated myself to some more stamps, so that should spur me on.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Greyed Out Rainbows

Once again you find me joining in with the CAS(E) this Sketch blog challenge. Yes, I know I always post for this site. I'm the first to admit, I'm a creature of habit. Actually, strike that. I'm actually a creature of routine and rituals. Especially when it comes to creating. And having a challenge site I go to for inspiration each week, gives me that sense of routine. It's one less thought I need to apply. One reason fewer to procrastinate.

So here's the tricksy sketch this time around

And though I'm glad to have pulled something out of the hat for this one, I'm still not wholly satisfied. I've stuck with die cuts. AGAIN! I love stamping and graphic design and I've not gone for that option. My beautiful, colourful dye inks will be drying up in their cases, unused and unwanted.

Next time. I promise. No really. I will. Rubber & Ink will touch.

Friday, 3 April 2015

You're only as good as...

It's an erroneous belief but it's deep ingrained into me. It's the idea that you are only as good as your last piece of work. So I made another card. One that didn't push my boundaries of comfort. One that isn't so rough.

Is it wrong of me to have this belief? Oh yes.

I know where I picked it up. The first job I had, at a photography studio. It was like a mantra there. I snorted with derision whenever I heard it. I knew that I could have a bad day, then a good day, then another bad day. If I produced something crap, it was not indicative that it was my best work. I knew that. Yet when I left that awful place, I discovered I had carried that ridiculous mantra with me.

I could fight this. Learn to change it. Live with the discomfort. But it barely scratches the surface of my insecure beliefs. I have bigger, more unhelpful voices in my head to address first. This one I give into and then laugh at my own ridiculousness.

After all. I'm not alone.

Am I? ;)

Roughing It Up

This is a bit of a rough and ready card. It wasn't meant to be but I rather went with the flow of serendipity. I could have started it again but I actually like the imperfections. It has the appeal of Wabi-Sabi. Clean, simple and rough around the edges.

It's a card I've made for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch.

For a change, I wanted to go monochromatic with neutrals. I die cut the hexagons. So far, so good. Then I wondered how they would look if I ran them through an embossing folder. The cracks which resulted, were my answer. It was at this point I felt I'd try and run with it, see if I could make them work. I eye-balled the placement of them and again it means, they are not perfectly aligned. The label maker for the sentiment is never true in how it punches the letters out. So at least it has unity lol.

And actually, the card looks much better in real life than the photo above. It feels cohesive and the pieces look stuck down much better than they do on my computer screen.

Friday, 27 March 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch #116

I've joined in this week with the latest CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.

My original idea was just to use the embossed black card with the raised sentiment label. But it felt too stark when I laid the pieces down. So last minute, I added a teal border which softened the whole look, whilst keeping the clean, graphic aesthetic.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Because I Needed a Card

Yes I know. Whoa, that's bright! Actually it's not quite so vibrant in real life. It's how the colour has translated from my camera to the screen.

This is simply a card I've made for a friend's birthday, no challenge this time. It's a die cut shape, stuck onto black card with a birthday sentiment stamped and heat embossed in white.

Clean, graphic and slightly imperfect. Ideal for the recipient.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Graphic Card for a Challenge

When I saw this week's CAS(e) this Sketch challenge, I just knew it had to be a Graphic interpretation...

I went straight to my favourite default colour scheme - black, white & red. I'll never tire of this combo. I veer off and play with different colours, shades, tints and eventually, I always come back.

Ans as you can see,  I've added a new header to this blog. It hopefully reflects my love of the graphic aesthetic and clean design. Spring is nearly here so it's nice to refresh and update and that includes my blog.