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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.

Get Well Bouquet

Hi everyone!

I just saw a fabulous colour combo over at the Paper Players’ current challenge (purple, green and yellow), so I grabbed a Memory Box die and got to work!

I cut the Blushing Bouquet die from white card which I coloured using my Twinkling H2Os. I added some extra detail to the petals using a coloured pencil.

I adhered the die cut to a base that I’d embossed with a Spellbinders folder and added a Memory Box stamped sentiment.

The current Memory Box challenge is to use a button(s) and I noticed that the dimpled centres of the flowers might tie in quite nicely with a button or two. I then spent AGES going through my massive button collection and playing around with positioning of said buttons! In the end I decided less is more and just added one button and a few dew drops to finish off my card.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Fly, Butterfly, Fly

Hi there!

I’m back to share the card I made for the current Color Throwdown Challenge where the palette is navy, coral, teal and cream.

My mojo has been somewhat lacking of late so I turned to my trusty dies! I chose the Birch Press Design Flutter Plate Layer set that I purchased a few years ago. I cut each later from different coloured cardstock and stuck each frame together. I then used the top cover plate die to cut a piece of cream cardstock which I then embossed using a ‘Happy Birthday’ embossing folder.

Finally, I adhered some vellum to the back of my butterflies before adhering the image to a card base.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Pastel thank you

Hi everyone!

Popping in with a last minute entry into two challenges that close this evening – the Freshly Made Sketches challenge and the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge.

I used a Savvy Stamps die plus distress oxide and Altenew inks. The coloured strips were created using an Avery Elle frame die set.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

Rad birthday roses

Hi everyone

Today I’m playing along with the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge…. and because I love the current combo over at the Color Throwdown challenge (raspberry, lavender, green and kraft), I’m also playing along with that challenge again!

I finally used the Paper Smooches Rad Roses die that I got a few months ago. I just love these Deco/Rennie Mackintoch roses so much, whenever I see them in dies/stamps, I almost always end up buying them!  Anyway, I cut the image three times – in white, green (blended mowed lawn distress ink) and lavender (blended Gina K lovely lavender ink) and then inlaid the roses and leaves.

I adhered a strip of Basic Grey paper to the left side of my card and then adhered a white panel to the right side of the card using funky foam. I embossed a sentiment on a strip kraft cardstock and adhered that, plus some more Basic Grey paper to the white panel. Finally I adhered the Rad Roses and finished off my card with a few gems.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

Flutterby Butterfly

Happy Friyay friends!

Today I’m playing along with the current Color Throwdown challenge which has another gorgeous combo – raspberry, lavender, green and kraft.

I used a lot of new supplies – in fact they only arrived this morning! The butterfly die is from Paula Pascual’s new brand, Bright Rosa. I bought the ‘Butterflies Border’ set of 8 dies and couldn’t wait to play with it. After cutting the large image from white cardstock, I used a large die from the set which cuts wings/bases for four butterflies in one go – super quick and easy! I then blended some distress ink (picked raspberry and mowed lawn) and a Gina K ink (lovely lavender) to create my colourful butterfly wings/bases. I added a few splatters of gold paint for that touch of shimmer!

I adhered the butterfly wings/bases to the back to the butterfly border and added a few glitter butterfly bodies that I cut using dies from other butterfly die sets. I then stuck the image to a kraft base that I’d embossed using the Seamless Wave embossing folder from Gemini.

To complete my card, I added a sentiment from Tonic Studios and a few green dots.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.