Sunday, 29 September 2013

Clarity Stamp Challenge 7 - Vintage - (Top Five)

I started off working on my entry this month with the idea that I wanted to incorporate a bookmark with the card. I struggled a bit to start off with because my card base was too small which restricted me so I put that to one side and started over.

I wanted to use the large sketched lady stamp so stamped it out twice, coloured it in using Promarker pens and cut it out using a Spellbinder 'Our Daily Bread' bookmark die. The bookmarks were edged with tumbled glass distress inks and trimmed with white ribbon that was coloured using the tattered rose distress ink.

The backing paper was made using tattered rose distress inks on 'Theuva card' which I spritzed quite liberally, this pickled the card surface a bit but I wasn't too concerned as it just adds to the aged look.  I then embossed over the top of this in white using the large roses stamp.

Another layer was added using a patterned paper 'Victorian Classic' from Paper Cellar Ltd. This paper was also used to make the small flowers which were cut out using Petal Pair Punches from Tonic Studio, the flowers had the petals tinged using distress inks milled lavender and dusty concord. The large purple flower was bought and already in my 'Crafty stash' and added with a metal leaf embellishment.

Finally, the 'Yesterday' sentiment was added, distressed with tumbled glass and a pearl was added to each corner. 

I really enjoyed making this card and was pleased with the way the colours co-ordinate. I hope you enjoy it too. 

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Lavinia Challenge 7 - Add A Flower

Having only recently set up a blog this is the first opportunity I have had to enter this wonderful challenge and this is my entry for

I Hope you like my entry as much as I enjoyed making it. 

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Paper Artsy Hot Picks

I made these cards at the beginning of September using Paper Artsy Hot Pick stamp sets 1207 and 1218. The backgrounds on the first set are made using the Geli plate, the main images stamped in onyx black Versafine and then finished off with distress inks. This was my first go at something a little bit different and I really enjoyed pushing my boundaries. 

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Distress Ink Delight

Five step card using techniques leant at Eileen Godwin's workshop in Allhallows, Kent on 14th September 2013 with my good friend Amanda.

Step one - Create a script background using Versamark ink and white embossing powder.

Step two - Pick a light coloured ink and stamp it all over an ink block (for this card I used distress ink tumbled glass). Liberally spritz the block and place down on the paper, lift off and dry with heat gun.

Step three - Ink up a background stamp in the same colour (tumbled glass) spritz lightly and place down, drying with heat gun if necessary. I used the Cover-a-Card background stamp  'Fireworks' from Stamps & Memories which I fell in love with at Eileen's workshop so just had to get one.

Step four - Stamp around the edge of the card using distress inks and lightly spritz each time before stamping the image. I used shaded lilac, iced spruce, dusty concord, tumbled glass and peacock feathers. Edge the card with distress inks, I used the iced spruce.

Step five - Print you main images, for this card I have used Lavinia Stamps and inked up with Versafine inks onyx black, deep lagoon and imperial purple. 

Finally I have stamped some small stars from Lavinia using an Encore ultimate metallic gold ink pad. The card has then been put together using co-ordinating coloured card and trimmed with matching ribbon. 

I have to say I loved every minute of making this card and shall be using this technique again and again. Thank you for the inspiration Eileen. x

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Allhallows Craft Workshop

A selection of cards made at the workshop, concentrating on Distress Ink techniques. A great day, can't wait to experiment more once we get home. It's been a bit like Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure! 

Allhallows Craft Workshop

 Fantastic day at Allhallows Craft Workshop where Mandy and I met Eileen Godwin. Wonderful time with like minded people and learning new techniques. Can't wait until October so that we can do it again!