I've been admiring 'inchies', or 1" x 1" canvases, for quite some time and the Round 9 House Mouse swap, currently hosted by Joanna (Queenbee Jo) on SplitCoastStampers was the perfect incentive to give them another try!
Inchies are easier than my more commonly made ATCs in some respects (less coloring and layers), but also more difficult as well. Staying inside the lines while coloring was quite the challenge! So was correct alignment when using the Nestabilies dies.
Since it was a swap, I was able to practice both of these issues at least nine times, ending up with swaps I'm not embarrassed to share:
My first experience with inchies was through a DRS Designs' blog challenge. The first challenge was to create inchies and the following challenge was to create cards using these inchies. For my first card, I used polyshrink to shrink the polka dot flowers down fit on the one inch background:
Stamps: Polka Dot Flower, Funky Thanks. Paper: Night of Navy, Real Red textured, GP110 white. Ink: Stazon blue and red, versamark. Accessories: White EP, Polyshrink plastic, gems, square punches. Techniques: inchies, polyshrink, embossing.
The second card is my favorite; I really like how each inchie forms a portion of the larger image:
Stamps: DRS Designs 'Butterfly 4 corner Background', 'Wishing Peace and Happiness'. Paper: Almost Amethyst textured, Certainly Celery, Basic Black, GP110 white. Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Almost Amethyst, Certainly Celery. Accessories: Pearl Ex, Square punches, green satin and black dotted organdy ribbon. Techniques: Pearl Ex.
Check out the other DRS inchie creations from the Blog Challenge #1 and be sure to visit our first Blog Hop, too. The drawing for blog candy featuring the brand new releases will be Monday, 4/6 at 8 pm.
If you find yourself in the mood to give inchies a try, check out Joanna's House Mouse swap. There are also spots for other fun sized projects like ATCs and nickelbacks!