Happy Valentine’s Day! Lots to Do, Created by Hand and Rainbow Lady Challenges

Here are two completed cards, using one of the Bleeding Tissue backgrounds and Roni’s card idea.

valentine 1

valentine 2


Bleeding Tissue – not swearing, honestly!!

After playing digitally and still being somewhat incapacitated, I had itchy fingers, so decided to play and get them inky 🙂


tissue supplies


  • Cardstock
  • Spritzer filled with water (hopefully, cleaner than mine)
  • Scraps of coloured Tissue Paper

NB – the cheaper the tissue paper the better – more expensive varieties don’t bleed and we want it to bleed…


  • Spritz cardstock thoroughly with water.
  • Tear off scraps of tissue in your chosen colours and lay down on the wet card, smoothing down as you go.




  • Spray with water again.
  • Leave for a while – depends on how dark you want your card/paper to be – if you want paler colours, then don’t leave for too long, if deeper, leave for longer – then peel off the wet tissue and voilà – Bleeding Tissue Backgrounds!

TIP don’t leave it until it dries or the tissue may stick to the card!

Here are my results – still wet, so I can’t scan them and it’s dark now, so the colours aren’t totally accurate. If you click to enlarge, they do look better and they’ll look a whole lot better once they’re stamped. I love the little veins the crumpled tissue leaves – a bit like mulberry papers when painted with Twinklers.

blue pink paper 2


redorange paper

bluegreen paper 2

I’ll try to make some cards with them later, all being well. One of the things I wanted them for was to make the Valentine’s card Roni made here. Hers look really good made with Distress inks, but I’m a bit ‘off’ Distress inks at the moment, so thought I’d try something different. I’ll be revisiting other ‘oldie but goodie’ techniques in the next few days, so watch this space.