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I'm excited to participate in my first Altenew Inspiration Challenge!

The challenge image for July is the following:

And is paired with Nicole Watt's Sketch Starter of:

To start with, I tried some ink blending. However, I have to admit that ink blending is not my greatest skill. So, rather than trash the results, I decided to bring in some of my love of mixed media work - essentially I was covering up horrible ink blending results!

Here's the final result - the "how" follows:

The ink blending began with Catherine Pooler inks in Garden Party and Party Dress, and then I added in Distressed Oxide in Shaded Lilac. All trying to follow the color palette of the challenge. Since I didn't like the results of blending... and I hate wasting anything... I decided I could rescue it by adding some fun with Altenew Obsidian Black ink and Hero Arts Unicorn white pigment ink. With those inks I used "found objects" in my home - the circle of a pencil eraser and the ring that's part of the packaging in watercolor ink pens + the flat end of a new pencil eraser (I'm working on a video to show that explanation a bit better!). I also used the edge of an old gift card to apply some lines around in varying spots. Since my initial inks are all water reactive, I spritzed the background to give it a bit more interest and applied some splatter with Altenew Pure White Ink Spray.

Once the background was complete, it was time to finish it off. I decided to glue it to a black cardstock background and then move on the to the sentiment.

To work with the sketch starter, I decided to use the Altenew Circular Elements Die Set picking the larger circle for the main area and then the smaller waffle circle, which I cut into a square. For the sentiment, I used the Altenew Halftone Smile Stamp & Die set, stamping with Catherine Pooler It's A Girl and Altenew Obsidian Black before using the die to cut out the word. I put foam behind the sentiment for dimension and the added some craft foam behind the background before adhering to a top folding A2 cardbase.

As I mentioned at the beginning, this is my first challenge - EVER! I hope to participate in more in the future.

Following are the tools I used.

The following is a list of the tools I used for these projects.

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