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.


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.


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.


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!


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:


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?


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.


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:


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!


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.

Christmas-Wishes-webThanks for visiting!