Technique – ink blending

Featuring ink blending

Santa’s sleigh

Hi Everyone!

Today, I’m playing along with this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge where their 400th anniversary celebrations continue!

This week’s sketch was the one used for challenge number 200…. and it’s really minimalist! I decided to make another festive card, using a die I had forgotten – the Pine Tree Border from Poppystamps, dated 2011! Hard to believe that’s 8 years ago now! Anyway, I cut a panel of white card using the die and stamped a Clearly Besotted sentiment. I then masked off a circle on my card base and blended some distress inks to create a night sky. Maybe I should have gone a little darker, but let’s just imagine that the bright moon is making the sky seem blue, ok?!

I removed the masking paper and dabbed on a little watered-down distress ink to add some depth to the moon. I then stamped a Clearly Besotted Santa image over the moon. Finally I added my die-cut panel to my card base using some foam tape et voila, another Christmas card done! Yay!

Thank for stopping by!

LucieG.

Winter Wonderland

Hello!

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

This month, I received a couple of products by Studio Light, the Essentials Clear Stamp Set – No.393* and the A6 Paper Pad – No.121* plus the Eleganza Craft 4 mm Glitter Gems – Silver* .

Unfortunately, only the clear stamp is in stock right now, so I have just used that one for my card this time. If you are wondering about the paper pad, I thought that it was great value for money – some fabulously festive designs and the perfect size for A6 cards – no trimming needed! The glitter gems remind me very much of Nuvo glitter drops – but of course no worrying about getting the drops the same size.. or waiting for them to dry! Two really useful products with a great price point!

I kept things simple with my card as the image contains a sentiment already so it would be perfect for using for any batch cards you needed. I embossed the image using white embossing powder and then simply blended distress ink (Antique Linen, Dried Marigold, Victorian Velvet and Seedless Preserves) over it. I used a microfibre cloth to remove ink from the image before splattering some water on top of the scene and blotting the ink dry.

There are some festive fabulous images in this line from Studio Light. I particularly like this Tree and the Reindeer!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

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

Christmas in July – Day 31

Hi Everyone!

I seriously can’t believe it’s Day 31 of my Christmas in July challenge! I have LOVED creating mainly festive cards this month! I’ll be sharing a post on my challenge a little later today.

Today, I’m using a set of dies that I coveted from the moment they were launched – the Alpine Window die set from Ellen Hutson. I finally got them in March and I can’t believe it’s taken me four months to use them.

The dies were created initially for tri-fold cards but I decided to use them to create a layered scene, colouring each layer with distress inks and Twinkling H2Os. I also applied a generous layer of stickles. Love all that sparkle!

The sentiment is also by Essentials by Ellen/Ellen Hutson.

Thank for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

Christmas in July – Day 29

Hi Everyone!

Day 29 of Christmas in July and I’m playing along with the current sketch challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches. I was initially a bit blocked when I saw the sketch with its two small panels – I usually work in odd numbers…. Still, I was keen to give it a whirl, after all that’s why we enter challenges isn’t it? To stretch ourselves!

I was originally intending to do two Christmas trees but when I was flicking through my dies, I came across the cute Dancing Snowman dies by Memory Box and thought they would work perfectly!

I coloured the elements with a little distress ink before adhering them to my card base. The sentiment is by Clearly Besotted.

Thank for stopping by!

LucieG.

Christmas in July – Day 28

Hi Everyone!

I seriously can’t believe it’s Day 28 of my Christmas in July challenge! I can honestly say I have LOVED creating mainly festive cards this month! So much fun!

Today, I’m playing along with the Memory Box challenge. The theme is ‘striped cards’ and I decided to case one of favourite cards from last year, Dashing Through the Snow!  I cut and coloured the Swift Reindeer die from Memory Box using my distress oxide inks and Twinkling H2O paints. I used an Echo Park stencil to apply some distress ink to my base card before stamping a Hero Arts sentiment. I then repositioned the stencil on the card base and applied a layer of Nuvo glitter paste.

Once the glitter paste was dry, I adhered the reindeer to my card base to finish my card.

Thank for stopping by!

LucieG.

Christmas in July – Day 27

Happy Saturday!

It’s Christmas in July Day 27! Back to die cutting today and a few Poppystamps dies! I decided to play along with the current Poppystamps challenge where the theme is ‘Animal Kingdom’ and thought that the Whittle Rudolph die would be absolutely perfect!

First of all, I blended a few shades of regular distress ink on a small panel of card which would serve as the base for my little festive scene. Then I cut the Poppystamps Tree Line Hill to cut another piece of card and coloured the trees with distress ink before adhering them to the blue panel. I used a My Favorite Things Peek-a-Boo rectangle die to cut a panel in my base card and adhered the blue panel to the inside of the card.

I used Distress Oxide inks to colour the Whittle Rudolph before adhering him to the scene.

Finally I stamped a sentiment from an older Clearly Besotted set to complete my card.

Thank for stopping by!

LucieG.