Thursday, 20 September 2012

Tim Holtz - Distress Inks

WOW! Why haven't I brought these before now? I treated myself to some distress inks at the weekend and have been having so much fun experimenting. I only have 4 colours:
Spun Sugar
Peeled Paint
Antique Linen
Fired Brick


I started off with a basic technique of shading the edges of my cards, then went on to creating some backgrounds using the the spritzing method.When watching create and craft I saw Jo Austin from Docrafts demonstrate the Artiste Acrylic Paint with the the Artiste inks, so I thought I would give it a try with the distress inks.
I mopped up the left over sprizted ink with a piece of kitchen towel and left it to one side, when I came back to it it had dried out to leave a beautiful coloured piece of tissue. This gave me an idea, using the woodware flower punch I punched out several flowers then peeled the layers apart. I stacked approx 8 pieces back together pierceda hole and put a brad in the centre, scrunched it up a little to create these delightful delicate flowers.

I now have a whole jar of flowers ready to use on my cards just from 3 sheets of kitchen towel,I better get making!

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Is it Autumn yet?

Sorry it has been a while since my last post, as you may be aware my poor little dog has been undergoing chemotherapy. We had a real scare with him last week as his white blodd count had gone down dangerously low along with a high temperature. We had to rush him into the vets for a weekend stay in isolation, luckily he was sent home the next day due to a dog with a gastro problem being admitted which would have been more dangerous to Kenny than being at home. He had a break from the chemo for a week but has now just started again, I do hope it gets better for him.

My card today is one that I made last year for my Auntie's 70th birthday, she was having a party based on an Autumn theme. I thought the colours would blend with her love of the Autumn but still being a pretty card.

I have used various punches to create the flowers and butterflies and the computer to print the sentiment.
I do hope we have a dry September/October afetr the awful summer we've had this year.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Rock Chick

Well, Kenny dog seems to be doing quite well at present, the chemo has started and daily steriod tablets. He's looking a bit sorry for himself as he looks up at me with big brown puppy dog eyes! I just hope this course of chemo does the trick and he gets through it ok. 
I have had time to make a card for my nieces birthday, it gets harder the older they get but I think she will be pleased with this one.

I do love using digi stamps this one was from a company (Pollycraft) who unfortunatly no longer sell them, which is a real shame they had great designs.
I have made a 'Pop Up box card', this does lie flat to enable posting and thankfully I managed to get it through the small letter slot of my nifty postal charge template.

Image - Pollycraft (no longer for sale)
Card Stock - Digi image printed on nu:co white card  Asda
Main card - Linen effect Papermill
Colours- Promarkers (purple tones)
Punches-Woodware Plum Flower
            Carla craft small flower
     X cut Small flower
Designer Paper - Docrafts
Embellishments - Charm and ribbon, glitter (from my craft drawer)