Technique – ink blending

Featuring ink blending

Embossed branch hearts

Hello everyone!

I’ve been playing with the Simon Says Stamp Brushed Branches background stamp today. For these cards, I embossed the image and then blended some distress oxide inks over them. I just LOVE those inks. They blend so nicely.

As Valentine’s is less than a week away, I decided to turn my backgrounds into CAS Valentine cards using a die from Memory Box and a couple of sentiments from Simon Says Stamp.

Which is your favourite??

I’m entering these into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (It must be love) and the Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge (Love/hearts).

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Swirly Hi

Hello again!

There’s a fabulous colour combo over at the Color Throwdown this week – navy, aqua and pink! So good, in fact, it took me a while to decide how I could best use it in my entry. In the end, I decided to use a Lil Inker Designs background die that I have had for some time now but for some reason I still haven’t used it! I did some inlaid die-cutting and then added a Lil Inker Designs word which I cut from white glitter paper.

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Just sitting here…

Happy Friyay everyone!

I love the link chain oval dies from the January My Favorite Things release and I could not believe it when they landed on my door mat this morning as I only ordered them yesterday lunch time. Thank you for your great service, Dies to Die For!

Anyway, I wanted to play with them straight away and so I inked up a bear from the sweet Polar Bear Pals set. I coloured him using my beloved Twinkling H2O paints and added some soft ink blending to the background. I lifted some ink using water, but unfortunately, you can’t really see that from my photos – I guess the blending was a little too soft. I added some shimmer to the insides of the chain frame using my Tonic Nuvo Aqua shimmer pen – I love that shimmer!

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Stencilled trees

Happy Christmas Saturday people!

It’s been a while (ie a couple of weeks) since I posted a card of a Christmas tree! I have so many Christmas tree dies and stamps, I love them!

For these cards, I decided to used the technique I learnt for this tag. I created two  rainbow stencilled backgrounds using an Altenew stencil and a Newton’s Nook stencil. I then embossed over the stencilling with clear embossing powder. I covered the rest of the card in a few different shades of distress ink and wiped the excess ink from the ‘baubles’ and snowflakes.

I then cut the card using a simple tree die from Poppystamps – I must confess, I wasted spent quite a bit of time trying to work out the ‘best’ part of the card to cut, but I think I would have got a nice range of coloured baubles and snowflakes whatever I did.  But, well you know what it’s like, trying for ‘perfection’!!!

To create the card backgrounds, I applied some glitter paste through two stencils (a Tim Holtz stencil  and an Echo Park Paper Co stencil which is fast becoming one of my favourite stencils (star stencil)) and a little distress ink to ‘ground’ the trees. To finish off the cards, I stamped a sentiment by My Sentiments Exactly.

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Silver Christmas wishes

Hi Everyone!

For today’s card, I pulled out one of the new Hero Arts background dies that I bought with the November kit – isn’t it pretty!

After embossing the image in white, I blended some distress ink over it. I mounted the background onto some coloured card – in real life, the cardstock is much closer to the shade of purple ink I used, honest!

I cut a Simon Says Stamp word die three times – once in silver glitter paper and then twice with plain cardstock and adhered the die cuts together. I added an embossed word banner and called the card finished…. well, almost!

I felt it needed a little something extra so I added some snowflakes from the Simon Says Stamp snowflake banner die as a finishing touch!

I’m entering this into the current challenge over at a Blog Named Hero and also the Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge (anything goes).

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Merry Christmas Tidings!

Hi everyone!

This week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge inspired me to look through my oval dies – and I found an older Memory Box die which I thought would be perfect for the challenge! It’s a really substantial die, so I rotated the sketch to create a landscape card.

I cut some regular white card stock using the die and then used some distress inks to colour the snowflake and the bird. I then coated the remaining white card in Stickles.

While the die cut was drying, I softly blended more distress ink onto the base card so that the whole die cut would stand out a little more.

After adhering the image, I added another snowflake to reflect the sketch challenge.

I’m also entering this into the current Memory Box Challenge – ‘holiday greetings’.

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