KCUK ATC Swap – Letters of the Alphabet

Simple alphabet ATCs for the August KCUK ATC swap .
cath alphabet atcs
Skin colour pigment inks applied to ATCs, then image stamped in Versafine and clear embossed.  Little girl’s face and neck masked, then inks added to rest of ATC and the whole ATC embossed with clear EP.  Little ribbon tied through hair.  Super simple and quick, but I may well had a word or two before I think they’re complete.

Man card

Had to make a card for my youngest son – always difficult to do, as I usually buy a humorous card – and this is what I came up with.  I thought the time theme was appropriate.
to phil 2
I sponged the background with Distress inks – Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky and Broken China.  Looking at it now, I wish I’d added some white highlights – hindsight is a wonderful thing, lol.
Since this also fits the Challenge for Rosie D’s Challenge Blog (78 and sadly, the last ever challenge) it will also be my entry for them.  Thanks for the info, Sally.

F for Faux Batik, Flourish, Flicked water technique and Flowers

F for flowers flourish and faux batik
I used Vivid inks this time, for a change, lol – yes, I have a LOT of different inks and while each is usually suitable for a particular purpose, there are lots of water based dye inks, which are interchangeable, and I usually end up using Ranger inks, so now and again, I like a change.  Besides which, there are some shades made by other companies which I love and which simply aren’t available from Ranger.

Couldn’t resist using lots of things beginning with ‘F’ this time but at least I was a good girl and not used BAD words, lol.  There’s Faux Batik, Flicked water, a Flourish and Flowers.

If you don’t know how to do Faux Batik, here’s how…
  1. Stamp image(s) in Versamark or clear Embossing ink, then emboss in clear powder. 
  2. Apply colour, using your favourite method but be sure not to use permanent or pigment inks, which will cover the embossed images and spoil the effect.  Water based inks, such as Vivid, Distress, Adirondack, Big ‘n’ Juicy, Kaleidacolor, Memento, Marvy, etc etc are ideal.  If there’s ink on your embossing, wipe off with a piece of kitchen towel or a baby wipe..
  3. Cover the embossed card with a piece of kitchen towel (newsprint or brown paper work just as well).  Set an iron to HOT (no steam) and IRON over the material covering the embossed bits, leaving it over them for 15 seconds or so.  You know your own iron, so you’ll know how hot it’s getting.  If you need to, lift up the paper/kitchen towel to see if the embossing powder has lifted up.
  4. When embossing powder is removed, overstamp with more images (or the same – works particularly well with flowers and people, creating a sort of shadow effect).
  5. Clear emboss new stamping if you like, to create dimension.
There was a craze about 6 or 7 years ago for using this technique on manila files – it’s a nice change.  Follow the instructions above but when adding colour, just wash over the embossed image with reinkers (Adirondack reinkers work well), using a wide, flat brush.  Brush over with water if you think it’s a little too heavy.
Iron off the embossing powder, leaving a ‘Faux Bleach’ effect.  Nice technique.

Someone asked me what the Flicked water technique is and it’s just what it says.  Spray (or pour) a bit of water into the palm of your hand, slightly cupped, then randomly flick drops of water onto your inked background.  Heat with a heat tool and you have another great little effect.

E for Eiffel Tower…

Embossed, with eyelets.

This is a scan.

E for embossed Eiffel Tower with Eyelets
This is a photo
E for Eiffel
My scanner really does make colours way too vivid, so I took a photo, to see the difference and here you have it.
The background is made with a Kaleidacolor Ocean Breeze inkpad, scribbled onto a non stick craft mat, then mopped up with the postcard.  I stamped the French text while it was still wet, so it ran a little but I liked the effect.


Just had the heads up from the lovely Dawn that I’ve given this week’s WOYWW posting the WRONG number, so my link is going here instead of to HERE!!!  My apologies, peeps.

Wow – Wednesday already!!  How did that happen and where’ve the last few days gone to????

woyww 25 august
On my desk today you can see the remains of what I was working on yesterday, with said card proudly sitting in my WOYWW easel.
Nothing much changed since last week except that I’ve added even more mess to my piles because I’ve hardly been here – lots going on behind the scenes in other parts of my life this week.
Off to snoop  er peek er snoop on a few other desks but only for a short while because I’m going out again, today.  If you’d like to join us, courtesy of the lovely Ms Dunnit, then hop on over to Julia’s blog!
Thank you to all for your lovely comments last week – I’ll do my best to visit you some time this week, even if not today!

Let’s Ink it Up #1 – Anything Goes – with a Twist

The first challenge on Let’s Ink it Up is ‘Anything goes – with a twist’, the twist being to use yellow somewhere on the piece.
I’m not a yellow fan, though I think it’s so lovely and fresh on other people’s cards – but I do love to use shades of yellow with other colours.  It seems somehow that the yellow pulls everything else together, blending it, so I do use it a lot.
This time, however, I decided to challenge myself and to use lots of yellow – ie Adirondack Sunshine Yellow, Butterscotch and Caramel, but with Oregano and Mushroom as accents and I really fancied making a Grid card cos I hadn’t made one for years, so here’s my VERY Yellow creation – on glossy card.  It’s a BIG card, btw – almost A5 size (A4 folded width, with a bit cut off the bottom).

24 August 2010

For those of you who asked about the stamps I used, they are from (in clockwise order) Non Sequitur (top two), Paperartsy (middle right) and centre bottom, Simple Expressions (bottom right and bottom left),  Raindrops on Roses (centre left) and the central image is a Judikins stamp (not a cube, lol) although I’ve seen the same image from lots of different stamp companies, so I’m presuming it’s royalty free clip art.
Oh, and for those who said they’d never done (or heard of) grid cards, I did take step by step photos, so will blog them as soon as I can get to it.  It’s a great technique – easy but just a bit time consuming.  You may have heard it called the Retiform technique.