Archive for the ‘Distress Inks’ Category

Happy Home Aversary

Friday, July 12th, 2019

Hello lovelies, I am back today to share a set of custom cards I created for a client, using the Concord and 9th City stack stamp and die set. I have been very fortunate to do some work for real estate agents and even customized a sentiment for one, hence the Home Aversary. It’s such an honor to know my cards are out there in the world.

When Concord and 9th released the city stack set I knew this would be coming home with me at some point. I think there are just so many fun ways to use these stamps and dies. Here is my take, I hope you enjoy.

I started out by stamping the images out on to watercolor paper using Versa Clair Nocturn ink and then heat setting it with some clear embossing powder. I love doing this when I am going to paint as it helps contain the paint a little more and allows for a better result, at least for myself as I am no pro when it comes to painting.

So I made a vow to myself that I wasn’t going to create any more backgrounds until I finally used up a lot of the previously made ones. So to stick to this I rummaged around my stash and found two I liked, one was created with Gansi Tambi watercolours and some plastic wrap. This was a Jennifer McGuire technique, and as usual with her fabulous techniques you can’t just stop at one or two backgrounds. I made probably 6 or 7 and I have finally used the last one up for this card.

The second background I used was the sunshine. I created it with the My Favourite Things Sunbeam stencil and some distress oxides. It was a bit flubbed up but you know what, I just rolled with it, and I think it looked really cool in the end.

Once I had the backgrounds I thought would work and all the painting was dry it was time to move on to the die cutting. I used the coordinating dies to the City Stack stamp set to die cut the houses, trees, and buildings. I decided I wanted to make square cards, so I took the largest of the Lawn Fawn stitched square dies to cut out the backgrounds, as well as the scenic portions of the card. I wanted to make sure everything was the same size when I went to adhere it together. I also die cut 6 black frames out of heavyweight cardstock. I needed something sturdy to hold all the layers together.

I created my own cards bases from Lawn Fawn peacock and white card stock. The bases measure 5×5, the backgrounds measure 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 as do the frames. I glued the background down flat to the card base, then added the buildings flat to the background. From there I had to be strategic and make sure I watched where I was placing everything so I didn’t have portions of the die cut showing through. I used the two frames to glue on the trees adding foam tape behind and around the frame, I repeated that with the houses. I added some Tonic Aqua Shimmer on to the black frame which really made it all pop.

For the inside portion of the card, I created my own sentiment with some older Lawn Fawn Letters stamps and the Happy Happy Happy set. I initially had cut apart the anniversary sentiment from that exact set but sadly I lost part of the word, eek. So I had to create something else. And as I am editing this now I realize I forgot one of the R’s in AVERSARY. F***** !!! Oh well, at least I’ve only made two so far.

I really had fun with this set of cards and have an order for 6 more, so I will be busy painting and cutting and stamping for the next little while.

Have a wonderful and crafty filled weekend.

Life Is Better By The Sea

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Hello stamping friend!It’s Deb here today, posting for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team. Summertime weather has started here, which means that life is always better by the sea – or ocean, or lake! I’m using one of my favourite stamp sets called A Dose of Vitamin Sea, by Picket Fence Studios.


I love these whales! Don’t they just look happy to be swimming about?

Life Is Better By The Sea

I did a lot of my favourite thing – ink blending – for the background; that made me happy 🙂


First, cut a panel of white cardstock. Use your blender brushes to add ink, creating a water background. Start from lightest at the top, to darkest at the bottom. The colours I chose are Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch, Distress inks. When you’re happy with your water, lay your stencil on top of the panel. To make sure it stays in place, I used a temporary spray adhesive, or you can use the Thermo Web Purple Tape, or even a washi tape. If you don’t have a sun rays stencil, you can always make your own if you have the Lawn Fawn Sun Rays die, and an acetate sheet!

Create the sun rays by blending Peacock Feathers Distress ink through the stencil, about halfway down the panel. Lighten the rays as you go, just as they would normally penetrate less through the water, the deeper they go.  Remove, and clean your stencil. Add a few small fish, stamping them in Salty Ocean Distress ink, randomly on the panel. Spray some water onto the panel, to create some lighter droplet areas.  Now, set aside your beautiful water panel, while you work on the rest of the details.

Life Is Better By The Sea


On a separate piece of white cardstock, blend Salty Ocean Distress ink. Stamp the sentiment in Versamark ink, and then cover it with white embossing powder. Set it with a heat tool, and set it aside.

For the whales, stamp them in waterproof ink onto watercolour paper, and allow it to dry. Use your Zig Clean Colour Brush markers in 091 Light Gray and 092 Gray Blue to colour the whales.  Next, use the coordinating Dose of Vitamin Sea Dies to die cut the whales.  Lay your whales on the panel, and stamp some bubbles above them, in a light gray ink.

Now you can attach the whales and the sentiment to the water panel, with foam tape or squares.  Add a little bling by attaching some small rhinestones, near the stamped bubbles. Now you can finally attach your image panel to an aqua cardstock base. There you are – these happy whales prove that life is better by the sea (or in their case – in it!).


Is life better by the sea for you? Or do you prefer a lake, or pool? Whichever you prefer, I hope that my card has inspired you to add a water theme to your crafting! I’ve attached links, where possible, to the products I’ve used in my card. Online shopping is quick & easy – and it’s like Christmas when it arrives at your door! Thanks for spending some time with me today – happy stamping!

Life Is Better By The Sea

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Best In Show

Monday, June 24th, 2019

Hello, crafty friend! It’s Deb here, with a new card for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team. I hope you’ve been reading & enjoying the fabulous projects shared by the rest of the team. I’m always blown away by the creativity everyone shares.

Today I’m sharing a stamped & die cut card, with some ink blending. It features the My Favorite Things (MFT) ‘Best in Show‘ stamp set and coordinating dies.

Best In Show

You don’t have to travel to Westminster to see these amazing pups in action!

Best in Show

The Best in Show set includes 3 adorable dogs images, plus an agility course, and a number of great sentiments. Everything a dog lover needs for an adorable and inspiring card.


Create your background on a panel of white cardstock. Smooth is best for good blending. Use a Blender Brush and some Distress Oxide ink pads to create a scenic background. For the grass, start by blending on Cracked Pistachio. Over that, blend on some Mowed Lawn, for depth.

Leave a bit of white space above the grass, and blend on a strip of Mustard Seed Distress ink, for some sunshine. After all, it’s a happy day!  Above the grass, blend on some Tumbled Glass ink, and on top of that, add some Broken China Distress Oxide. Now you have your background done, set it aside to work on your images.


On a separate piece of white cardstock, stamp the images from the Best in Show set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. You can use your favourite colouring medium; I chose to use some alcohol markers.  After colouring the images, use your die cutting machine with the coordinating MFT Best in Show dies for each one.

Use a large oval die for the background. I decided that a bit more interest was needed for the background. so I added some grass. Take a strip of white cardstock, and blend Cracked Pistachio Distress ink onto it. Use the Lawn Fawn Grassy Border die, and die cut the strip of grass.

Stamp the sentiment onto a strip of white cardstock in Versafine Clair Nocturne ink, and heat set it with Clear embossing powder and a heat tool.


Attach your oval background panel to a bright yellow cardstock panel, using foam tape. Now, arrange your focal images, and attach them with foam tape or squares. Tuck in some pieces of the die cut grass strip you created; cutting small pieces and attaching them with a Quickie Glue Pen.

Add the sentiment strip across the top left of the images. Finally, you can attach your front panel to a dark green card base.

Best in Show

The combination of blended background, plus popped up die cuts adds loads of dimension to this fun card! Keeping the colours bright & fresh makes it a happy scene.


I hope you’ve been inspired to start your own agility Best in Show! The supplies you need are available on line for purchase, to re create this card. Links are provided below, for your convenience.

Best in Show