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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Technique Tuesday #10. Emboss resist, gradient, negative die-cut shaker


I'm running a little late with my Technique Tuesday today as work has been a bit mad this week, but to make up for it this card uses several techniques.

Firstly we have some emboss resist going on, with white embossing on some watercolour card.
Then I did some soft gradient ink blending with distress inks. I used a combination of purple shades here.

After wiping my embossed and blended piece with a paper towel to really make that white pop, I ran it through my die cutting maching with this large Hugs word die, (I'm a little in love with this and word dies in general lately), for some negative die cutting. Then I added a little acetate, foam tape and sequins to turn it into a shaker card. I finished the card with a chipboard word from Make it Crafty, coloured up with some inks to match my theme.

Here's the finished card, and I've listed all my items, along with links where I have them.

Smooth White Cardstock
Tim Holtz Watercolour Card
Versamark Ink
High Detail White Embossing Powder
Distress Inks
MFT Floral Fantasy Background Stamp
MFT Die-namics Big Hugs
Make it Crafty Chipboard Word - Birthday

Before I go I just have to say that I was totally chuffed that yesterdays card was featured today on My Favourite Things blog in their You've Been Spotted feature.

You can see it here. How exciting is that?!

Right, I'm off to make dinner, the other half is on nights today, so it's just me tonight getting some crafty on.

Thanks for dropping by!

Sunday, 19 February 2017



I've been having way too much fun playing around with my MFT stamps and dies recently (many still to be published), so I thought I'd try my hand at making something for one of their challenges.

Sketch 320 (wow that's a lot of sketches!) got me thinking a little. I toyed with the idea of playing with banners originally, but then I thought of using my new Snow Drifts cover up and just using the inside die cut pieces, trimmed to size to fit the sketch dimensions.

I used the Big Wavy Coloring Book background stamp to stamp my pattern in Versamark ink which I then heat embossed with white embossing powder on watercolour paper. Then I got to work blending strips of brightly coloured distress inks, (Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio. Blueprint Sketch, Picked Raspberry and Fossilized Amber),  before cutting them out with the Snowdrifts Cover Up die. Instead of mounting the strips directly to the card, I cut a rectangle of vellum using the large die from Blueprints 15, adhered them to that and then popped the whole thing up with foam tape, hiding it beneath the strips so that it didn't show beneath the vellum. Then I die cut the smile die from the Words for Friends die set, 3 times from white card and once from some ink blended cardstock in Twisted Citron and stacked and glued the letters. I cut a small piece of vellum with a die from the Stitched Mini Scallop Oval STAX and glued my word centrally across it then adhered the oval on top of my card, hiding the glue behind the letters.

To finish I used a few sequins.

The sketch I followed was 

if you want to follow along or enter yourself.

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Braided Sweetie


I'm ever so slightly late with this post, for some reason I had it in my little head that I was due to make my card for the 
Anything Goes with an Image challenge at The Ribbon Girl
next Sunday....oooops!
I'm not normally so confused but last week was fairly stressful, including an interview for the job that I've been doing for the last year! I'm pleased to say that I was successful, so that's one less worry lol!

Sooooo there was a lot of blue air and a very busy me yesterday getting everything ready in time. I got my card made, photographed and blogged in good time yesterday, but forgot to hit publish after I scheduled here, so I'm a couple of hours later than normal.

Anyhooo....on to the part you're here for, the card.

I used one of the new releases from Whimsy Stamps called Braided Sweetie, from our new artist 
Kirsten Winkelbauer isn't she pretty?

Not my best colouring unfortunately as I was in a mega rush, but I do like the finished card.

I used the following distress ink markers:
Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Walnut Stain, Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Bundled Sage, Mowed Lawn, Black Soot.

I've listed all my products used below, with links for most.

From The Ribbon Girl

Other Items Used
Smooth White Cardstock
Langton Hot Pressed Watercolour Paper
Versafine Ink Onyx Black

I so hope you can join in with our challenge, there are some lovely prizes to be won

First prize:  £10 voucher for LOTV

Second prize:  £10 voucher for The Ribbon Girl

Third prize:  A mystery prize from Marianne Designs

I do hope you can join us, don't forget to check out the rest of the team's lovely makes also!

Thanks for dropping by!