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Stretching dye ink pads

Hello!

I’m here with my first  Crafts-U-Love DT post for the quarter.

This time, I received the fabulous Penny Black Floral Silhouette stamp set* and a pack of Lawn Fawn ink cubes*.

I love Penny Black products as their clear stamp sets include many amazing images which stamp beautifully – I was delighted with my DT package! I’ve created quite a few cards with this set, which I will be sharing during the rest of the month.

For today’s post I wanted to share an easy way of stretching dye inks, like the Lawn Fawn inks, that I learned from the great crafting guru, Mr Tim Holtz. The technique is called ‘highlight stamping’ and whilst Tim used Distress inks when he taught it, I wanted to try it with non-distress dye inks. Translucent dye inks are impacted by the colour of the background that they are used on and can end up looking quite different on a dark surface. Highlight stamping is a great way of getting dye inks to ‘pop’ on coloured cardstock.

Step 1 – stamp image in white on dark cardstock

I chose a larger image from the set and applied some white ink. Tim used Picket Fence Distress ink for this technique but you can use another white ink, like the Ranger white pigment ink at this stage.

If you have a stamp positioner, you may want to stamp the image a couple of times to get good, even coverage.

Leave the image to dry or speed up the process using a heat tool – it’s important for this technique that this layer of ink is completely dry before you move on to step 2.

 

Step 2 – stamp the image using coloured dye ink

I applied two inks to the stamp. (The dye inks may pool a little once applied to the stamp. I find they stamp a little more evenly if I breathe over the inked-up stamp just before stamping.)

For this technique, you should offset this stamped image a little so that the white ink is completely exposed in some places and completely covered by the dye ink in other places. If you have a stamp positioner you might want to use it for this step to improve ink coverage.

 

As you can see, the dye inks become quite vibrant when you stamp them over the white ink and those white lines around the image create a wonderful highlight. The intensity of the colour will fade a little as the dye ink dries – here you can see my dry test image on the left compared with the freshly-stamped image that I created for this post on the right.

I also used the same Lawn Fawn inks on white cardstock  – isn’t it interesting to see how they stamp on the different colour surfaces!

To complete the cards, I made a mask using an oval die and then used this to carefully blend ink around the image. I used white ink on the kraft card; for the white card, I applied a third colour, Butter, from the Lawn Fawn ink set.

For the kraft card, I then simply cut a sentiment from the Karen Burniston Words Set 1 – Greetings dies set from white card and adhered it to my card base before adding a few gems* to finish off the card.

I wanted to tweak the design of the white card a little so trimmed the panel at both sides. I then blended the Butter ink to both sides of my card base and adhered the image panel on top, creating two narrow yellow strips. I blended more Butter ink onto some spare white card and used this to cut another sentiment from the same die set. Finally I added more gems to the card.

Distress Oxide inks have been released since I learnt this technique and they stamp amazingly on dark cardstock. Nevertheless, I still think that this technique will stand the test of time as it’s a quick and easy way of stretching dye inks on darker cardstock.

I do hope you give it a go, even if you have the Distress Oxides. Please let me know in the comments below if you do try it – I’d love to see what you create with it!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Products marked with a ‘*’ were sent to me by Crafts-U-Love for this DT assignment.

Framed Bunny

Happy Good Friday!

I don’t really create many cutesy cards… except at Easter time it seems! I guess I just can’t resist those sweet bunnies!

Today’s card uses dies from three companies – Memory Box (bunny), Lawn Fawn (eggs) and Simon Says Stamp (frame).

I’m entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge – die cutting.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Peeking Easter critters

Hello Friends!

When I was at Simon Says Create, the Peeking Bunny and Peeking Chick dies flew into my basket! I’ve been playing around with them for a little while, trying to figure out a ‘different’ way to use them as the SSS inspiration team came up with some great designs.

Then, I stumbled across an old Spellbinders background die that I found in the bargain bucket at the Alexandra Palace craft show last year – perfect for showcasing my new little critters!

I used an old rejected rainbow background and added a Lawn Fawn egg to complete my card. The sentiment is from an older SSS set.

I’m entering this into the current SSS Wednesday Challenge (animal antics) and the SSS Flickr Challenge (anything goes).

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Peek-a-boo card

Hello!

I’m back with my second Crafts-U-Love DT post for the month.

As you may recall, I received the sweet My Favorite Things Spectacular Birthday* stamp set and a pack of Lawn Fawn ink cubes*. The first card I created with these is here.

While the stamp set could be used to create some amazing scenes, I decided to do something a bit different again… I rarely make interactive cards, but I love seeing Anita Chang’s cards on Instagram and a peek-a-boo card has been on my ‘to make’ list for quite a while. So I decided to leap in and attempt one.

Let me reassure you – it’s super simple!

There are some amazing video tutorials out there – Jennifer McGuire created one last year that you might want to check out. My video skills are still pretty basic, so I’ve written a rather photo-intensive tutorial for you instead! But, I have managed to upload a very quick video to You Tube showing how it turned out!

Steps 1 and 2 – prepare your card components

 

I created a UK A6 card (105mm x 148mm ) with some heavyweight cardstock.  First of all I created and scored three panels as follows:

Back of card – 105mm x 158 mm – score at 148mm, making a thin strip on the right side

Centre card – 105mm x 210mm – score at 105mm, making a square card

Front of card – 105mm x 220mm – score at 148mm, making a 70mm ‘flap’ (note the reverse of the panel is shown in the photo above)

Steps 3 and 4 – create the front

For this card, you need to die cut a shape in the right hand side of the card front (the crease should be on the left hand side).

After adhering some Lawn Fawn paper to the front of the panel, I found it helpful to place the sentiment I wanted to use on top of the panel (Creative Expressions Happy Birthday) to help position the die. Once cut, line up the square centre card to the right hand side of the front panel (the crease of the centre card should be on the left hand side).

Steps 5 and 6 – die cut the centre piece

Draw around the die cut to create a die placement guide on the square centre card. Keep the square centre card folded so that you can cut through both sections… although you might need to run this through your cutting machine a couple of times!

Then put the front panel to one side.

Steps 7 and 8 – begin assembling the card

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Taking the back of the card, add a piece of strong double-sided tape to the small creased strip (which should be on your right hand side).

Open up the centre square card and decorate as you wish – this will be what your recipient will see when they open the card. I simply stamped a sentiment from the set.

Make sure the crease of the centre square card is still on your left hand side and then adhere the right side of the centre square card to the back of the card.

Steps 9 and 10 – adhere the front of the card

Close the square centre card and cover the top of it generously with adhesive. Then adhere the card front, ensuring that the die cuts line up.

Step 11

 

 

Tuck the flap from the front panel behind the square centre card and close the card.

 

The base peek-a-boo card is complete and now we can think about how to decorate it!

 

 

Steps 12 and 13 – create the images

I stamped a couple of the stamps from the MFT set and coloured them using the Lawn Fawn inks diluted with some water. I actually re-stamped them on watercolour paper which worked much better for me as I found I had more control over the ink! Once I was happy with the colouring, I added a generous layer of Nuvo Aqua Shimmer.

Steps 14 and 15 – Slot the images into place

Select the image that you want the recipient to see when the card is closed and adhere it to the back of the card.

The other image (which will be seen when the card is open) needs to be adhered to the small flap (from the card front) that sits behind the square centre card.

Et voila! The card mechanism should be finished! See how it works in my very short You Tube debut here!

If you find that the card is getting caught on the images, add some Scotch tape to the edges of the image – fabulous tip courtesy of Jennifer McGuire.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Products marked with a ‘*’ were sent to me by Crafts-U-Love for this DT assignment.

Whittle Rabbit

Happy Saturday!

I love the Poppystamps ‘whittle’ series – super cute dies with a really good price point! So I was so pleased when I saw the latest spring/Easter release when I was at Simon Says Create last weekend.

The Whittle Rabbit went into my basket straight away… along with a few other dies of course!

For today’s card, I paired the rabbit with the new Tulip Collage die from Simon Says Stamp and also added a grass die cut from Lawn Fawn and a butterfly die also from SSS.

I’m entering this into the current Color Throwdown challenge (red, yellow, light green and white), the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (cute) and the Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge (spring).

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Day 21 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2018

Hi everyone!

I’m playing along with Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags event again this year.

The sponsor for Day 10 was Lawn Fawn. I love Lawn Fawn stamps, but tend to admire them from afar as I’m not really a cutesy crafter. I do have a few sweet critter sets though! I loved the clean design of Karin Akesdotter’s tag and used that for my inspiration,

I chose a cute bear from the Beary Happy Holidays set and coloured him using my Twinkling H2Os. I created a background with a couple of distress inks (Tumbled Glass and Broken China) and then applied some Cosmic Shimmer Fluffy Up Stuff for the snow.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.