Two Distress Ink Techniques

20170115_134027I am not a watercolor expert but I like to play with water and ink colors. I made this card for a challenge a couple of weeks ago using Distress Inks and water. The same Distress inks worked well to dye the seam binding and the card stock which were both originally white. I wanted the ink to pool a little bit in the debossed areas so I used the impression plate first.

I put some water on the card before dropping inks on it and that helps them move around without much help from a brush. The key to keeping the colors light was not mixing them very much.

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This card also used Distress Inks but this time I used an ink blending tool to create the very soft tints of color. Tapping the ink blending tool off on a scrap first let me add very small amounts of color and not make them too heavy. I used the February My Monthly Hero Kit to make this card. It is an amazing kit full of weather stamps and dies.

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Hooray It’s Your Day card kit variations

The Hooray It’s Your Day Card Kit comes with tons of cool supplies:

The dark stencils are re-usable and there are enough supplies to make 20 cards and envelopes. There are photos of each of the cards, but I made some that were a little different.

For the first one I used the resist background and some sponge daubers with ink. The white chevron lines are already on the paper and they resist the ink which is a fun effect,  much as if you had heat embossed the design with white embossing powder. I colored the clear rhinestones with the Blendabilities markers to match the flowers, I love that I can customize the embellishments that way.

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For the second card I used the sunburst stencil and another sponge dauber with ink. I really like the way it turned out. Just a little washi tape and the wooden hello finish of this simple card.
burst-webSo even if you get one of these kits don’t feel like you have to make all the cards the same as the directions – play around a little bit and see what you can come up with!

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SU Something Lacy stamp

The new Something Lacy background stamp really caught my eye and I could think of at least three ways I wanted to use it before I even ordered it. Does that ever happen to you? It’s kind of fun. My first idea was to use the Blendabilities alcohol markers:

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I was ready to use some pinks and purples and I was happy with how they colored the stamp but didn’t completely cover up the pattern. I used my panel for the front of a birthday card:something-lacy-webI’ll share my other two ideas soon – embossing with clear and using Blendabilities and embossing with white.

How would you use the stamp?

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Celebrate Today Bundle

balloons-webHere’s another bundle where you can save 15% by choosing the bundle instead of the two products separately. This one has lots of stamps and some cute dies. It will be versatile and I really like that there are balloons because there are so many celebrations that could use a balloon or two. There’s even a stamp to make a hot air balloon! The tiny bow is so cute – I know I will use that a lot too.

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hello die cut card

The Spring Occasions 2015 catalog is coming January 6th and there are some really pretty and versatile surprises inside!

2014-12-16 07.07.14There is a set of word dies that I have been anxiously waiting for – the words are happy, hello, you, and thanks in a fun curvy script font.

hello-spring-2015-catalogEverything on the card is new except for the doily. I cut several of the hello words and glued them together for dimension, you can see in the side view:

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In the past I have used wax paper between the die and the paper but I didn’t need it with this new die. The paper cut easily and popped right out of the die. I can’t wait to play with the other words – soon!

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49 Degrees & Christmas Wishes

So the joke around here goes like this: if you don’t like the weather just wait 10 minutes. While that is often true, I did have more than 10 minutes notice that cold weather was coming last Tuesday. Monday was nice, balmy almost, at 60 degrees and sometimes I don’t remember how cold 32 degrees can feel. Tuesday morning brought snow with the temperature drop so when I saw the dusting of white I was thinking about cleaning it off my car. I neglected to turn the furnace on so I had a chilly surprise waiting for me when I got home from work. A 49 degree surprise. Yikes!

There isn’t any snow on my pine bough but I might try some on my next card. I am starting a Christmas card series and the first one is traditional Christmas red and green with a silver accent. I heat embossed the ornament for a little shine. The red strip is glimmer card stock so it’s sparkly as well.

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