Posts Tagged ‘distress ink’

My Favorite Things Thanksgiving Gatefold Card

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

Hello and Happy Wednesday my crafty friends. Nancy F on the blog today with a fun Thanksgiving-inspired card. Always a good time creating for Scrap’n Stamp Canada

For today’s cards, I am featuring the My Favorite Things Fall Friends stamp set, the Lawn Fawn Fall Fling pattern and my colouring medium of choice, Ranger Distress ink cubes.

Stamped the images from the Fall friends set on to Bristol cardstock  with versa Clair ink and heat embossed with clear powder colouring all the images in with distress inks and oxides

Being that our October challenge on the Scrap’n Stamp facebook page was to create using distress oxides, I decided to stretch it out a bit and use the regular inks along with one of the oxides. I thought this was the best way to colour in these adorable little images from My Favorite Things. I stamped them out using Versa Clair nocturn ink and heat set using some clear embossing powder and then went to town painting them in with the inks. I ended up mixing and layering colors to get the right shades and look.

The distress inks I chose to use were wild honey, rusty hinge, carved pumpkin, brushed corduroy, ground espresso, both in oxide and regular ink, as well as tea dye, pine needles, and aged mahogany.


Once I was finished painting all the images in, I fussy cut everything out as I did not have the coordinating dies. Good news for you, however, Scrap’n Stamp does carry the die set and I highly suggest purchasing the coordinating die if you get the set. Makes things a lot easier.

I decided it would be fun to create a little bit of a different card than my usual, as I felt a little bit stuck in a rut so I decided to create a gatefold card to really bring this scene to a whole other level.

To create the gatefold card I cut down a piece of 12 x 12 orange cardstock to 4 1/4 x 11 and scored each end at 2 3/4. I then need to figure out my layers and scene for the card. This took me a bit of time but I am really happy with the finished product.

I really wanted to play up the colours I used for the little girls and pumpkin and managed to find pattern paper that really worked well. I used the Lawn Fawn Fall Fling pattern paper as well as some green shimmer cardstock and metallic coooper cardstock.

I cut down three layers for both the front panels and the inside just to add a little extra dimension, stability, and interest. The front panel measurements are as followed, Cooper panels (2) @ 2 1/2 x 4 Green shimmer (2) @ 2 3/8 x 3 7/8, layer 3-pattern paper (2) @ 2 1/4 x 3 3/4.

The inside panel measurements are as follows Copper 4 x 5 1/2, Green Shimmer 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 the Green leafy pattern paper is 3 3/4 x 4 15/16. I also added in a white panel which was die cut from the MFT wonky stitched rectangle dies. While I was die cutting I thought it would be fun to add a little more interest and create not only a scene on the outside of the card but also finish off the inside with a similar look. To accomplish this I die cut the picket fence from Kraft cardstock which I edged with some ground espresso distress ink.

I repeated this on the outside of the card which was the anchor for the rest of my little scene. I cut green cardstock down to measure 1 1/2 x 5 1/8 and layered on a piece of copper 1 1/4 x 4 15/16 and then added a strip of that same pattern paper from the inside which measures 1 1/8 x 4 7/8 on top of the metallic paper. I die cut a white banner strip and stamped the sentiment once again using ground expresso. Before I attached everything to the front of the card I decided to add in that Behind Second die cut fence. this really pulled the scene together. I added each of the cute little girls to the flaps of the card. One in front of the fence, she was popped up with a bit of foam tape and the other girl behind the fence flat to the card. I added some leaves and pumpkins to both the flaps of the card as well as the inside with the little squirel.

I was really quite happy with the way this card turned out. I hope you enjoyed it and come over to the Scrap’n Stamp Challenge page to share with us some of your projects using distress oxides.

Have a wonderful week.

Nancy F.


Tuesday with Tara {take 219} Lovely. Brave. Grateful.

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

Happy Tuesday! Today I’m sharing a couple simple cards that once again feature the Hello Lovely stamp set by Concord & 9th and another simple watercolor technique. Mine is a variation of the technique Nancy E. used in our blog hop, so be sure to check hers out for some great tips!

Watercolour Technique

When I did my cards for the blog hop, I used an acrylic block as my palette, applying Distress Inks to the block and picking up the colour with a water brush. Instead of cleaning off my block with a cloth, I misted it with water and ‘stamped’ it onto a piece of watercolor cardstock. The shades of orange/coral on my block made such a pretty print, I knew it would make a great base for another card! I did add a bit more colour to fill in one of the corners, but otherwise loved the rough rectangle it created.

Details

I decided to keep everything else pretty simple… a black ribbon, die cut word and some bling. I inked the letters of some small talk stickers in the same colors as the background for a softer look. A kraft layer of the grateful’ die cut adds a bit of subtle dimension and ties it together with the card base.

Abstract Watercolour

My second card used an even more abstract background that covers almost the entire panel, rather than a block of color. I literally just used the watercolor paper to clean off my acrylic block after painting with the Distress Ink on it. There was not as much ink left on my block, so I stamped off multiple times to cover the panel. I started with just the yellows and oranges, then added the greens from another block to get this pretty mix of colours!

Details

Yellow crinkle ribbon (which I had dyed previously), a word charm and another Small Talk sticker are the little details that finish off this card.

This lovely stamp really is a versatile image, perfect for creating cards to show you are grateful or encourage someone who is doing something brave! I hope you enjoyed this fast & easy technique and will try it out yourself soon!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 218} Repeat Wishes

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

Happy Tuesday! Today I’m sharing two cards that came from some experimentation with the Retro Repeat die set by Tim Holtz. Since I’m still totally overflowing with inspiration from the girls in our Watercolour Wishes Blog Hop, I’ve also got some watercolor vibes happening in my first card.

Retro Repeat Dies

I started out just experimenting with the repeat dies to see how they worked. They cut out two rows of design, but the die includes a third which lightly embosses the next row so you can easily align the die to cut as many as you wish. It was pretty simple to work with, I just had to do a bit of trimming to my panel when I was done. (Let’s just pretend it was intentional for me to photograph the wrong die alongside my card. LOL. I’m experiencing some significant brain fog these days!)

Details

I decided to layer a colorful watercolor background behind my panel, so cut a piece of watercolor paper to the size I wanted and used a smooshing technique with Distress Ink on my craft sheet. I just kinda used the colors I had sitting there and it ended up being something I wasn’t crazy about. Ooops. You can always fix a background though- so I added some shades of yellow Distress Oxide (Squeezed Lemonade & Fossilized Amber) over the background with a blending tool, then used the same colors to smoosh more color onto it. The layer of yellow softened some of the muddy bits and brightened the yellows I already had, as well as increasing the textural look with some oxidization.

I chose some fun sketchy flowers (which have a two-step design like the stamps I used for the blog hop) by MFT to provide a focal point for this card. Using the same shades of yellow & green which were in my background helps tie it all together. I paired the ‘wish’ die cut from Tim’s Shadow Script #2 set with a sentiment sticker from one of the Small Talk sticker pads. (I have a stash of these, I’ve been collecting for years. They come in handy so often!)

A little tip

As you can see, the die cut opening only reveals part of my background, so I cut the bottom layer of the ‘wish’ die from the portion that would be hidden! I use this technique a lot when I’m working with layers on a card. If you’ve got a layer that won’t be seen, die cut something out of it! In a case like this, it’s a perfect coordinating element. Otherwise, you’ve got a start for your next project…

My final detail to tie everything together was to ink the Small Talk Sticker with the same yellows I stamped with. A few little Nuvo Jewel Drops finished this card off!

More Retro Repeat

I created a larger die cut with another of the Retro Repeat dies and turned it into another simple card. I came across this snarky sentiment as I was looking for something to go with ‘wish’ Since it was a larger sticker, I decided I’d keep this one simple.

Since my card base & ‘wish’ layer were cream, I chose to ink my white sticker with yellow again. A few enamel dots and some Stickles glitter glue add a bit more yellow to balance everything out.

There’s not much fancy about this card… but I think we can all relate to the sentiment!

I hope your week is off to a great start, and I hope you get some time to get inky & play along with our Watercolour Wishes Challenge on facebook!

Inky hugs,

Tara