Hello! Today, I’m sharing my inspiration for the start of a new Creative Fingers Challenge. I’ve chosen to use a stunning image from sponsor, Rick St. Dennis, called Unicorn “Arco Iris” to create a simple card with lots of color and bling.

To start, I sized and printed the Unicorn onto XPress-it blending card. I then colored the image with my Chameleon Pens and deepened the contrasts with Chameleon Pencils. I added rainbow colors to the Unicorn‘s mane so it would match in with the rainbow I planned to put behind the image on the card. I started coloring at the bottom of the mane, choosing segments of the mane that overlapped areas of the previous color to change my colors so there was a more fluid blend of the colors, rather than a clearly defined line.

Once the coloring was complete, I fussy cut the Unicorn out, leaving a small white border for definition. I then set to work on the card’s other elements. I die cut a rainbow, using My Favorite Things’ End Of The Rainbow Die, cutting each color segment from colored scrapbook paper. I then cut a full rainbow from white cardstock, covered on both sides with double-sided adhesive tape. I use this piece as my foundation to stick my colored rainbow pieces directly on to. I removed the covering from the top adhesive layer and glued each individual color strip on top, a bit like a jigsaw. Once all the colors were added to the white base, I sprayed the entire rainbow with a thin layer of Tsukineko Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz and allowed it to dry. I then removed the covering from the bottom adhesive sheet and glued the entire rainbow onto a light blue 5″×7″ card base I had created. I didn’t press the entire rainbow down straight away so that I could add a cloud partially behind it.

For the clouds, I used the My Favorite Things’ Stitched Cloud Die Set to cut one large and three of each of the medium and small clouds. Prior to cutting the clouds, I wiped over the cardstock with a Versamark ink pad and brushed a layer of Perfect Pearls Confetti White powder over the surface to give the cardstock a pearlescent shine. I then set the Perfect Pearls Powder with a quick, light mist of water. Once the card was dry, and the dies were in place on my cutting plate, I covered the card and dies with a piece of copy paper before adding the top cutting plate, ready to run through my Big Shot. This was stop any powder residue attaching itself to the top cutting plate as it ran through the machine. I also wiped the dies after cutting, again to remove any residual powder that may remain on their edges. Even though the Perfect Pearls pigment powder was set to the touch, the die cutting process can still remove a tiny bit of the powder and spoil any future projects made with the same equipment.

I arranged and then glued the clouds on the card front, slipping one partially behind the rainbow. I pressed the rainbow down firmly and added the largest cloud over the rainbow with a little foam tape on the left side of the cloud to help keep it level. I finished off the assembly, using more foam tape to adhere the Unicorn to the lower section of the card front.

I wanted to add a little more bling to the Unicorn so I added various sized yellow clear gems to the centre of some of the flowers. I also added a few flicks of a clear Sakura Gelly Roll Glitter pen to the lightest areas of the mane to enhance the highlights I had previously added while coloring.

To finish off, I colored a silver Peel Off sticker sentiment yellow, using an alcohol marker and added it to the biggest cloud with three tiny silver stars, also colored yellow. I think the minimalist sentiment allowed the rest of the bling added to take a more prominent place in the design. Thanks so much for spending time with me today. I look forward to next time…😊

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