Technique – ink blending

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Come fly with me

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards and this fortnight we want to see moonlight in your CAS creations. Uniko is our sponsor.

Last year, the talented Vicky Papaioannou demonstrated the super-cool ‘glowing moon’ technique and it quickly became one of my favourite techniques for this season.

However, I must confess it took me a few attempts and colour combos before I created a background I was happy with this week! In the end, I used purple regular distress inks, together with a little Antique Linen to create that glow. The witch stamp is by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous.

And then I tore my card when I was removing the masking tape! Argh!! I certainly wasn’t going to abandon this little scene so I added a raised black frame. The sentiment is from an older set by Krumspring stamps.

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog and we are also joined by one of my favourite CAS card makers, the talented Trina from Phamtastic Design as our Guest Designer. She’s a regular player in our challenges – she has some beautiful CAS creations and is a kind-hearted and encouraging member of our community. You must pay her a visit!

Thanks for stopping by – I do hope you play along with us!

LucieG.

With love to you

Hello everyone!

I’m so happy to say I had a lovely productive time in my craft room today! It feels good to be crafting again!

Here’s the card I made for the current Freshly Made Sketches Challenge. I cut a blended background with the fabulous Memory Box Jasper Leaves die and added a flower and rose from the Ellen Hutson wild garden set.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG

 

Happy World Cardmaking Day

Hello everyone!

Life has been busy with no crafting time, but I had to make a card today, right! After all, it’s world cardmaking day!

I was really pleased to see a list of prompts that Susan Opel shared on Instagram as I was finding it quite difficult to decide what to create! I chose ‘dry emboss’ with a Spellbinders folder, ‘3 or more ink colours’ (crushed olive, Victorian velvet and antique linen) and ‘no stamping’ (Simon Says Stamp dies). However, this card took me FAR longer than I expected!

This was mainly down to a few issues with my embossing folder. It’s new – I found it at Alexandra Palace a few weeks ago after looking for it for YEARS (I think I first saw it in Simon Says Stamp in 2014). It’s a wonderful design and embosses very deeply, but unfortunately it also causes the paper to crack or tear in a few places. After googling this, I tried a suggestion to wet the paper before embossing. As I was creating an ink-blended background, I could only wet one side of the paper so I still had some cracking but a definite improvement. And the strategic positioning of die cuts hid the rest of the cracking!!

I’m adding this to the SSS blog linky today – they are offering a gift card and magazine subscription to two winners. I just realised that we have until next week to link our cards! I thought the deadline was tonight! But I’m pleased that my misunderstanding helped me focus on actually making a card today!!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Merry Snowdrifts

Good morning!

I’m back again this morning with my second Crafts-U-Love DT card. Links to the supplies I used are at the end of my post.

I was delighted to receive a couple of John Next Door dies in my package this month and used them again this week to create a quick Christmas card.

I created the background using some distress oxide inks and then added the die cut images to the base of the card.

To finish off my card, I added a sentiment by John Next Door.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG

Supply List

Here are the links to the products I used on my card. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.

John Next Door – Snowflake Edges die set*

John Next Door – Festive Greetings die set*

Distress Oxide inks

Mirri card*

White card*

Coredinations glitter card

If you decide to buy any of the products I’ve used after reading this post, please let Crafts-U-Love know by using the drop down menu on the checkout page and selecting ‘Design Team’. Please note this is simply to help Crafts-U-Love and I do not receive any compensation if you choose this menu option. I do not use affiliate links.

Shimmer and snow

Hi everyone!

It’s been a long busy week with no time for crafting. Hoping to carve out some time to get crafty today… but first I want to share my next DT card for Crafts-U-Love!

I was delighted to receive a couple of die sets from the John Next Door Christmas collection this month. Aren’t they pretty? I couldn’t wait to use them.

Apologies in advance for the quality of some of my process photos in this post. I was having a few lighting problems…

I decided I’d make a shaker card and showcase the dies against a blended distress ink background… of course once I sat down at my craft table, the card evolved a bit differently…

When I sat down, I spotted a couple of bottles of Nuvo Shimmer Powder that I bought a few weeks ago and still hadn’t tried, so I decided to use them to make a background rather than my distress inks.

Step 1 – prepare the surface 

As I knew I’d be adding a TON of water and heat drying the background, I decided to use watercolour paper and taped it to a wooden chopping board I use when I create inky backgrounds before ‘painting’ a coat of water.

I’ve since tried the powders on regular cardstock and they work just as well, although the card did get more warped during the wetting/drying process.

 

 

Step 2 – sprinkle the powder(s)

I then gently sprinkled the powders randomly across the paper. A little goes a long way!

Step 3 – spritz with water/blot as desired!

The pigment from the powders didn’t flow as much as I wanted as my paper had started to dry so I spritzed water onto the paper to spread the pigment a little more across my background. I added a few more sprinkles of powder where I had a lot of white and then started to dry the background with my heat tool.

I also blotted some of the ink to lighten the background a little. I ended up with a very shimmery paper towel and was worried that I’d removed the shimmer from the background. I needn’t have worried! The background was still super shimmery!

Once I finished the background, I started to assemble the card. At this stage, I was still planning to make a shaker card so I cut a square frame and adhered the die-cut snowdrifts to the top and bottom of the frame. As I was holding the frame against the background, I realised that the shimmer wouldn’t be as obvious in a shaker so I decided to simply frame the background instead!

I cut down the background and adhered the frame using foam. One of the snowdrift dies from John Next Door also includes a single whole snowflake so I cut that MANY times and stuck them across the card. Then I added the fabulous sentiment.

I was originally going to use the sentiment cut from mirror card, but when I tried this against the background, I thought a white die cut would stand out a little more. So I cut the sentiment from white cardstock a few times and adhered them together before adding it to the card.

I wanted to add EVEN MORE sparkle so I applied some Nuvo aqua shimmer to the snowflakes and sentiment and some gems across the card. After all, you can never have too much sparkle and shimmer can you?!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG

Supply List

Here are the links to the products I used on my card. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.

John Next Door – Snowflake Edges die set*

John Next Door – Festive Greetings die set*

Nuvo Shimmer powder  

Nuvo Aqua Flow pens – glitter gloss

Papermania adhesive stones*

If you decide to buy any of the products I’ve used after reading this post, please let Crafts-U-Love know by using the drop down menu on the checkout page and selecting ‘Design Team’. Please note this is simply to help Crafts-U-Love and I do not receive any compensation if you choose this menu option. I do not use affiliate links.

 

Enjoy your day

Hi everyone!

Today I have my next DT post for Crafts-U-Love using the ‘Always Flowers’ stamp set by Pink Fresh Studio. As usual, links to all the products are at the end of my post.

I noticed that my past couple of DT cards have been rather pink, so I was determined to use a different palette this time!

Step 1 – ink blending

Over the past few years, my style has definitely changed and I always tend to make my own backgrounds. My piles of pretty patterned paper are quite unloved, but I just can’t bear to part with them. I’m sure I’ll end up using them at some point (maybe!).

Anyway, when I started on today’s card, I hadn’t decided the size, so I used a larger piece of cardstock and blended three distress oxide inks. This ink is fabulous for blending!

 

Step 2 – stamping

Once I was happy with my blending, I randomly stamped images from the stamp set.

Step 3 – ink lifting

One of my favourite techniques with distress ink (regular and oxide) is ink lifting. I usually do this with larger images, but it’s easy to do with smaller images too.  I simply ‘painted’ water onto each image and then blotted it off to remove the ink. As usual, when working with smaller images, it’s best to use a small brush for all that detail work, and also ensure that the brush isn’t too wet. I also made sure to wipe off my brush at regular intervals – otherwise I’d start applying some of the colour I’d just removed!!

Quick, easy and effective! Once I finished, I almost stopped and started to assemble the card as I love the effect so much!

Step 4 – colouring

But in the end I decided to watercolour the images using my distress inks, diluted with a bit of water.

After colouring the images, I felt that the gaps between the images was a little too large so I stamped a couple of images from the Pinkfresh Studio ‘Happy’ set.

I then cut down the panel to fit on a square card base. I stamped a Hero Arts sentiment onto a strip of card which I adhered to the base. (The remainder of the background card will go into my ‘bases box’ as I know I can use it on another card!) I then stamped, coloured and fussy cut a couple of flowers and adhered them and a few gems to finish off the card.

I’m also entering this card into the current Pinkfresh Studio challenge as I was inspired by their summer theme and loved their colour palette (although I was determined to stay away from pink!)

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

Supply List

Here are the links to the products I used on my card. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.

Pinkfresh Studio – Always Flowers stamp set*

Hero Arts – Happy Birthday Messages stamp set

Pinkfresh Studio – Word series stamp set – Happy*

Distress Oxide ink

Distress ink

Brilliance ink

Papermania adhesive stones*