Technique – ink blending

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Butterfly Beauty cards

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I mentioned earlier that today was a day of butterflies and here is my second butterfly creation. I’m playing along with the Color Throwdown challenge which has an absolutely STUNNING inspiration photo and a gorgeous palette of purple, pink, gold and white.

Once I saw those butterflies on top of the cake in the photo, I knew I also had to use butterflies and I finally put my Stampin Up Butterfly Beauty set to work! First of all, I inked up a panel using distress oxide inks. I chose Villainous Potion and Spun Sugar and then also blended in some Milled Lavender to tone down the Villainous a bit!

So here is where I have to say that the card above is not my first card for the combo….

You see, I die cut the blended panel and almost immediately felt that I’d made a mistake. But I went on and added the second layer cut from gold glitter card. I realised that the card I had in my mind just would not showcase the beautiful combo like I wanted. So I blended another panel and used that for my card base, assembling the die cuts from white and gold cardstock. I felt MUCH happier with the second version!

I added sentiments by Clearly Besotted and Mama Elephant to complete my cards.

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Hello Wispy Blooms!

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Today I’m playing along in the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

I have coveted Birch Press Design’s Wispy Blooms Contour Layers die set from the moment I first saw it in February! Unfortunately, I wasn’t quick enough when Bumbleberry’s got the new release, so I was waiting for restocks….. until I had a coupon for Simon Says Stamp and my willpower cracked and it ended up in my basket. It arrived yesterday and I could not wait to play with it!

For this card, I coloured three blooms with distress oxide inks and adhered them onto my card base, on top of the three strips I created with Memory Box’s Grape Vine Border. The sentiment is by Hero Arts, stamped in my favourite Frayed Burlap archival ink.

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Love Big

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Today I’m using Penny Black products to play along in the Color Throwdown challenge which has a virbant palette of pink, orange and green.

As I was going to use mainly dies, I decided to get inky first and made a few panels using distress inks and sprays which I then die cut. I used the fabulous wreath and butterflies from the Soaring die set (51-731) and leaves from the Garden Greens set (51-652). Can you see the shimmer on those leaves? That’s from the distress mica spray! I cut the flowers from the Cherry Blossom set (51-419), coloured them with distress ink and added a few white Nuvo drops.

I stamped a sentiment from the Love Big set (30-898) before splattering some green paint across the card base – I did cover the sentiment first though  because you never really know with random splatters, do you!!

Anyway, I then adhered all my die cuts to the card base and added a few gems and pearls to the butterflies to complete my card.

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Just Breathe

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Today I’m playing along with the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches using Penny Black products.

As soon as I saw the New Adventures clear stamp set (30-902), I wanted it! I’ve mentioned before that I found yoga in 2021 and I have continued it… my daily practice is really part of my way of life now, and I love it! Anyway, I decided that the image of the girl doing cobra (or maybe that’s upward dog?!) would work perfectly with the sketch so I stamped it with my Frayed Burlap Archival ink and coloured it with my Twinkling H2Os. Then I fussy cut around the image – I left a small white border but later decided I didn’t want that so I cut right up to the ink – fortunately this is a really easy image to cut!

I then created a blended centre panel using distress inks and adhered the image using foam squares. I added a sentiment from the Yoga Builder set (30-714) and a few butterflies from the  Soaring die set (51-731) to complete my card.

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Egg Gift Bag

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I’m back with a card for Perfectly CAS challenge where the theme is ‘die cuts’. Clean and simple AND die cuts?!! A very ‘Lucie’ challenge!

I decided to create a little Easter bag with the Waffle Flower Crafts Flat Paper Bag and the Poppystamps Folk Decorated Eggs. After colouring the images with distress ink, I spent some time arranging the eggs before adhering them to my card base which I had also sponged with a little distress ink. I added a Simon Says Stamp sentiment to complete my card,

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Inspired by a stamp…

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Last week, I created this card using part of Penny Black’s new Delicate cling stamp (40-832) which I had so much fun colouring. I think it’s such a clever image and started to wonder what it might look like if it was made from die cuts! So I set myself a little challenge – to create a similar scene using just die cuts! I pulled out my Penny Black dies and stamps and got to work!

First of all, I got to work on the foliage. I used the following sets: Frosted Greens (51-710), Daisy Delight (51-676), Garden Greens (51-652), Hanging Planters (51-501) and Spirited (51-721) and coloured them with distress inks. Next I turned to the eggs – I decided to use different size ovals which I cut from a panel I created from Distress Oxide inks. I used a die from the Border Collection (51-717) to cut off the tops of the eggs and saved a few remnants to add to my card!

Next up, the egg cups! They proved most challenging! The plant pot dies that I have are too small and the stamps that I have seemed too tall…. then I decided to get creative! I stamped out the pots from the Perfectly Potted set (30-874) and then trimmed them! I even used one pot to house the two smaller eggs!

Then it was time to adhered all my little egg planters! I created circle focal point using distress inks to ground my die cuts and then adhered them. I added a couple of the egg tops and a few die cut mini flowers (also from 51-501) as well.

Finally I added a sentiment from the Spring Day set (30-805).

This was quite a long process but it was totally enjoyable! It was so much fun finding dies to use and thinking around some of the creative challenges!

I’m going to enter this into the Just Us Girls challenge that has a theme of ‘Egg’ this week.

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