Posts tagged ‘distress ink’

December 10, 2013

Paper craft project no. 96: I miss you

2013-12-10 OLC I miss you
Here’s a one layer card (4.5″ by 6″ Canson 140-lb cold-press watercolor paper) featuring stamps from Patchwork Frenzy: Graphic Squares set (one of two STAMPlorations stamp sets coming out in January).

To create the card, I diagonally masked the center so I’d have the upper and lower areas for stamping. Next, I stamped the squares in alternating colors — green hills (Hero Arts), soft granite (Hero Arts), and rouge (ColorBox). Then I stamped the wonky double running stitch in tuxedo black (Memento) to create a patchwork effect. I masked the upper and lower areas before placing the mini splat stencil (The Crafters Workshop) and sponging black soot distress ink. Then I stamped ink blots and spatters (from the Holiday Artsy set) in soft granite. Finally, I stamped my sentiment 3 times in rouge, tuxedo black, and green hills.

The colors I used are from this week’s colors at The Dynamic Duos Challenge #82: Bold and Cheery Week (Primrose Petals and Gumball Green), plus I used 2 neutral colors — black and soft granite (gray). Then there’s the current Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Create Your Own Background, with the option to use stencils and/or Gelli plates. (I’ve got my Gelli plate stashed away because I needed the table space for all the Christmas cards I’ve been doing so I went with a stencil.) And then there’s the Allsorts Challenge #236: Anything But Christmas. (I really needed a little break from all the Christmas cards so this was a welcome challenge!)

I’m also entering this card to the following challenges: Created with Love Challenge #70: Anything Goes; Make It Monday Challenge #170: Always Anything Goes; and Scribble & Scrap Challenge #7: Always Anything Goes.


Thanks for stopping by!


Stamps used:

001 holiday-artsy-preview copy  packaging-patchworkfrenzy-preview

October 23, 2013

Paper crafting project no. 71: Oh, Christmas tree!

2013-10-23 CAS Oh Christmas Tree
I’m keeping this blog post short and sweet today because I’ve got a ton of reading to do for my applied design class. That, and a tri-fold brochure assignment that’s due Monday. Okay, a little story about this card: I bought the Spellbinders nesting hexagons die set last week. It was on sale and it was impossible to pass up. It’s been on my craft table all week teasing me to use it. So tonight, just as I was getting ready to hit the books, I happened to glance at my craft table (big mistake!) and my eyes zeroed in on the dies — which is an amazing feat considering my craft table is a HUGE mess (it took me 5 minutes to find my acrylic block under all the clutter). What’s a girl gotta do but give in? (I’m trying not to give in to the urge to dip my hand into the pack of dark chocolate covered dried fruits on the kitchen counter as well!) I just had to give it a try and I thought I’d make a card for two challenges: CAS(E) this Sketch #50 (sketch below) and Less is More Week 142: Trees.

I kept the card’s color palette fairly simple: I used chipped sapphire distress ink and tuxedo black ink for sponging and the sentiment. And yes, I am still on an embossing kick (I’m afraid it’s become an addiction) so I clear embossed my Christmas tree (which is from the STAMPlorations Oh, Christmas Tree! clear stamp set, btw). And while I’ve got my Cuttlebug out, I busted out one of my Sizzix embossing folders and a QuicKutz square thin die. The latter is part of a set — I forget the name — that lets you create a Christmas mini-album and it’s got a bajillion other dies with it in a bajillion other shapes and sizes. (Okay, I’m exaggerating — there’s only about 50 or so dies in the set.) I bought it three years ago on eBay on sale and I can’t believe I never thought to use it until tonight! <<insert sound of me smacking my forehead here>>

Well, so much for keeping this thing short! I should be fine for tonight since I’ve got my crafting urge appeased somehow. Now about those chocolate covered fruits…


August 5, 2013

One Layer Card No. 27: I love you

2013-08-04 One Layer Card I love you

A2 card using blending, distressing, masking, and layer stamping techniques.

Stamps: flower silhouette (Inkadinkado); sentiment (Stampabilities); background script (OTC)
Inks: jet black, rose madder, coffee (Ranger Archival inks); tattered rose, broken china (Tim Holtz Distress inks)
Other: die cut label/tag for masking (Sizzix)

Here are the steps for creating this one layer card:

1. Die cut a tag/label from a post-it note to use as mask. Place the negative over card base and sponge the area with tattered rose distress ink using an ink blending tool.

2. Stamp script in rose madder ink.

3. Remove negative and stamp flower silhouette.

4. Mask the shaded tag/label area (use the die cut positive) and mask upper area of card.

5. Sponge bottom area of the card with broken china distress ink using an ink blending tool.

6. Stamp script in coffee ink.

7. Remove mask and stamp sentiment.

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August 4, 2013

One Layer Card No. 26: Love Wish Dream

2013-08-03 One Layer Card Love wish dream

A2 card using blending, repetition, layer stamping and second-generation stamping techniques.

Stamps: circles, checkered background, sentiment (Stampers Anonymous); grunge bubble wrap (STAMPlorations)
Inks: tuxedo black (Tsukineko Memento Dye Ink);  sienna (Ranger Archival ink); mustard seed, wild honey, spiced marmalade, dried marigold, brushed corduroy (Tim Holtz Distress ink)

Here are the steps for creating this one layer card:

1. Using foam blending tool, color card base with distress inks.

2. Stamp circles on left side of card, then stamp grunge bubble wrap.

3. Stamp checkered background by stamping on scrap paper before stamping on card base.

4. Stamp sentiment.

A little bit about this card: When I was making this card last night, I was distracted by my niece, whom I fondly refer to as The Adorable One. We were Skyping so I had one eye on this card and one eye on her. I wasn’t really looking at where I was shading and blending ink most of the time and it took me 3 tries until I got the card right ;-). She is 21 months old and she loves to count from 1 to 13 and was showing off to her auntie. She’s also able to recognize numbers and letters so she loves it when people wear shirts with writings on them. Last night, her uncle (my brother-in-law) was wearing a shirt with big letters on the back so she kept pointing to the letters and saying what they are. You obviously can tell I’m not too crazy about my niece :-D

theadorableoneandmeHere’s one of my favorite pics of me and The Adorable One. It was taken in November last year, the day before my husband and I were scheduled to fly back to California after a month of visiting my family overseas. She turned a year old the week before. (And I planned the trip so that I’d be there on her birthday.)




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August 2, 2013

One Layer Card No. 24: Retro Happy Birthday

2013-08-01 One Layer Card Retro Happy Birthday Card

A2 card using direct and layer stamping, repetition, and second-generation stamping techniques.

Stamps: retro squares (Hero Arts); sentiment (STAMPlorations)
Inks: tuxedo black (Tsukineko Memento Dye Ink);  broken china, pine needles, barn door, mustard seed (Tim Holtz Distress ink)

To create this card, I used four different retro square stamps and stamped each randomly in different distress ink colors, starting from the top of the card and down in a cascading manner (like confetti).  Some of them look faded, which I did by stamping them lightly on scrap paper before stamping on the card. Once I was happy with the look of the retro square “confetti”, I stamped the sentiment.

Entering this in the Birthday Card Challenge over at Moxie Fab World.


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July 31, 2013

One Layer Card No. 22: Enjoy the journey

2013-07-30 One Layer Card Enjoy the journey

A2 card using layer stamping, masking, blending, and distressing techniques.

Stamps: images (Docrafts Papermania, Stampers Anonymous); sentiment (Stampers Anonymous)
Inks: old paper, antique linen, vintage photo (Tim Holtz Distress inks); tuxedo black (Tsukineko Memento Dye Ink)

Steps for creating this one layer card:

1. Ink and stamp the first image (square) on card base.

2. Create a mask for the first image. Cover before stamping second image (rectangle).

3. Create a second mask for the second image. Cover before stamping third image (small rectangle).

4. Ink fourth image (old letter). Remove masks.

5. Stamp sentiment and arrow at an angle.

6. Using a foam applicator, color stamped images with distress inks. Blend and shade.

7. Finish by distressing the edges with antique linen.

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