Friday, 20 April 2018

More Fun with Distress Oxide Inks

Lynn here today, back with more creations using Distress Oxide Inks. Previous blog posts on the subject can be found here (Scrapbook layout) and here (a review). This time I have tried several different techniques and then made my experiments into cards to send my friends. 
I will list all the items from the shop I used in making these cards at the end of the post.

The first method I want to share is Distress Oxide Water Painting - something I learnt from Jennifer McGuire Ink. Please see what I have done and follow the link for more information. Four of the above cards were made using this process.

Stamp images with clear Versamark ink and emboss with white embossing powder.  Then select a few colours on Distress Oxide ink and a blending tool and apply ink over the paper, blending the colours together where they meet. This works very well with the creamy texture of the Distress Oxides Inks. 

Now with a paintbrush and water, simply paint over the inside of the images, this will lift off the colour, giving a slightly different colour underneath. You can dry this with a heat tool or by dabbing with a cloth. If necessary repeat the process until you are happy with the colour change.

I trimmed the image I had made and mounted onto a card blank, the butterfly I had treated in the same way, the cut out and mounted onto the card. I added a greeting and some Nuvo drops and stickles to finish off.

A few more cards made in the same way:

On this card you can see where I flicked drops of water over the finished artwork, before making it into a card.

This card and the one above are mounted on the same card as I used to create the art work, I cut a mat slightly bigger than the piece, then I used the blending tool to and oxide ink to create a border. There was no need to ink the whole piece as I was covering most of it up, but I got a perfect colour match.

This next card took the above technique a step further.

After removing some colour from the images I added a new colour in using Worn Lipstick, I rubbed some ink onto my craft mat, spritzed it with water, then painted onto the images.

Onto a different method now, and this time I used stencils in two different ways.

For this card I used black cardstock and after taping the card and stencil in place, I simply rubbed colour over the stencil using the blending tools. Making sure I blended the colours together where they met each other.

For the next card I blended pale colours (Tattered Rose and Antique Linen), over a piece of smooth white cardstock.

Then I added a stencil and inked through with Shaded Lilac. A simple card was made by adding a fine black border and a greeting stamped in black Archival Ink.

For the last card today used the same principle I have used on several cards on my blog recently.
I add several shades of a colour to my craft mat, spritz with water and drag the watercolour paper through it, before drying. then if more colour needed I repeat the process. In this way I make several pieces of coloured card for the background of my card and for each part of the die cutting. In this case leaves and flowers. 

Here are the products I have used:

Distress Oxide Ink Pads
Versamark Ink Pad
Black Versafine Ink 
Blending tools
Watercolour paper
Cardstock - smooth white and black, Miri Card (Gold and Silver)
Embossing Powder

Stampendous Embossing Enamel
Memory Box Dies (Thank You and Happy Birthday)
Sizzix Thinlits Dies - small tattered florals
Nuvo Crystal Drops

Avery Ellie Stamps
PaperArtsy JOFY Stamps
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil
Crafter's Workshop Stencil

Here are a few alternative experiments:

 Using black embossing powder instead of white.

Embossing the cardstock, then blending Distress Oxide Inks over the patterned area.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and have some fun playing with Distress Oxide Inks and seeing how different their properties are to the traditional Distress Inks. 

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Simple Stories - I Am ... Part 3

Hello, Karen here. Thank you for dropping in.

After creating two 12x12 layouts from my DT kit I had lots of scraps of patterned paper left over so I decided to make some cards.

The cut apart sheets which Simple Stories and several other manufacturers produce are perfect for cardmaking especially when layered with other papers.

I layered the cut apart cards using 3D foam on top of scraps of the other papers and added paper doilies to some of the cards.

I embellished with fussy cut butterflies from the Choosing Happiness paper, stickers from the 4x6 sticker sheets, punched borders and also lace, ribbon, small blossoms and sentiments from my stash.

I had fun creating these cards from the I Am... collection and hope you feel inspired to have a go at making some cards too. You'll find lots of lovely products at Papermaze which are perfect for cardmaking so hop on over and have a look.

Enjoy the rest of your week and I'll be back again soon with another project.

Karen x

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

American Crafts ~ Sweater Weather

Hi there, it's Anna back with you today and I have a snowy layout to show you using American Crafts Sweater Weather. For the last few years I haven't had the opportunity to scrapbook any snow days, due to the lack of it in the UK. However, the last few months have certainly made up for that! I now have so many snowy photos to use and I love this collection by American Crafts. Its great for snow, but also for winter in general, also Christmas or Christmas jumpers would work too! Take a look here.

I cut out a large circle using this paper, and based my layout around that. I mounted my photographs on to some bazzill cardstock and used lots of the remarks stickers around the outside of the circle.

Thanks for looking!
See you next month.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Imagine That (boy) with Echo Park

Hi Tracee here with you today. Have you checked out the new Imagine That Boy collection by Echo Park, you can find it here in the shop Today I have a fun layout to share using this collection.

My picture is actually my Granddaughter falling out of an inflatable chair whilst camping, so it's not only a collection for boy pages! The colours in the collection are some of my favourites and work so well together. I even used one of the parts of the bottom edge of the paper, it made a great little tab. My page is 8 x 8, a size I have become rather hooked on making.

I couldn't resist fussy cutting out some of the dogs on the Super Dogs sheet, I let them just peek out here and there. I layered up the papers so that I could use as many as possible on the top of them I added a chipboard frame that was in my DT pack. I wanted the white part of the frame at the bottom and so mine is actually upside down, creative licence maybe!

I love a clean crisp white background and I did consider doing a crazy painty type background, in the end I opted for a stencil and some light molding paste instead, just for a little texture and interest. There is a lovely range of stencils in the shop, something for every page.
The etch a sketch sheet is fun to fussy cut too and I added some of them in, using the awesome one as part of my title. The this is what awesome looks like sticker found on the Element Sticker sheet I cut into 3 pieces and used the top and bottom part as tabs to form art of my title.

Hope you are looking forward to a happy scrappy weekend and for this page and all your scrapping needs please head over to the shop

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Why I Love My Travler's Notebooks

Hi!! I'm Lisa and today I thought I'd do a post for you telling you why I love my Traveler's Notebooks so much.

If you haven't heard of Traveler's Notebooks, this here is one of mine. It's like a folder with notebooks within. This one has three.

There are elastics inside to keep the notebooks in but it also means that they are easy to remove.
You decorate the pages as if they were your 12x12 pages. Just the same but on a smaller scale.
And if you were wondering how much smaller....

Here I have 2 Traveler's Notebooks on the bottom left of my shelf, each with 3 notebooks inside. You can easily compare the size to my traditional 12x12 albums now.
The space saving is amazing!!
But saying that, I do still love my 12x12's, but I'm finding myself reaching for my Notebooks more and more now, especially for the every day stuff.

Before I move on and show you a couple of pages that I've just made, I thought I'd point you in the direction in the store, so you can have a better look at the notebooks.     

You can view them here.

The inserts and the 'doc it journals are the notebooks that go inside. I tend to keep one notebook per project. So I have the Mickey one for my Disney trip, another for everyday stuff, another for friends...that kind of thing.

I've created a couple of pages for this blog post using some of the Pinkfresh Studio papers here. 
I'm a huge fan of Pinkfresh Studio. Their designs are so 'fresh' funnily enough, just light, happy and easy to use.
I do have a thing for scalloped edges. I took this 12x12 yes, I still use my regular scrapbooking stash in my Traveler's Notebook....and I fussy cut one of the scalloped strips to add along the bottom.
I hand drew my 'US' and cut it out. In fact everything on this page is cut out from 12x12's. There's a lot of fussy cutting here. The papers are so much fun though, I love doing this. The leaves...the arrows....

....and the hearts. Look at this heart paper here. I love it so much!!
I had a little scalloped piece leftover, so I popped that in here too.

So that was a double page, then I went on to create a single page too using the same papers.

    I created my own title once again and cut out.

And I cut out more hearts and printed off my journaling to stick in. I like that clean look.

I did a video recently about creating in my Traveler's Notebook, so if you would like to hear more, the video is here.

 I hope this has been helpful and if you are new to Traveler's Notebooks, I recommend giving them a go. It's so much fun documenting on a smaller scale. It makes a great change.

Lisa x


Monday, 9 April 2018

Sketch time...

I spent far to long thinking about what my first blog post could be and in the end I chose a sketch. I actually find them really hard. I always get stuck in making it look exactly the same, do you do that? Anyway, I decided that it was time for me to move out of my comfort zone and see what I could do.

After searching around the internet for far too long I came across this sketch from Scrapourstash and just went with it.

I chose the new Paige Evans line for this page...I always love her lines but this one was just perfect! I really thought about what to make before hand...turned the sketch round and round, sketched out ideas myself and this is what I came up with.

 ( also...please excuse the spelling mistake of your!!!! You're that should have been. I tried to go back and change it but it ripped the your it is! lol.

And here are some close ups.

Those little black letters are from Tim can find them here. They are like the October Afternoon ones but tiny!!!! So cute. And I added some little stickers from Turn the page collection here.

Don't have a die cutting machine and want to make outline hearts...heres how. Remember back to when you were in primary school? Grab a piece of white card and fold it over in half. Draw a heart so the centre of along the edge of the folded edge of the card. Now cut it out

You will get a heart and it will be identical on both sides.

Again fold this in half and then cut out an inside line, start your cutting along the folded edge and when you open it, it will look like this.

Now back it with the pattern paper that you want.

See..really remember this now huh...I remember doing this in primary school. 
Anyway..thanks for popping in and I will see you later this month with an altered item from the kitchen.