Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 29b – Alcohol inks

This week’s Spotlight challenge on Crafty Cardmaker’s Challenge Blog is to use Alcohol inks.
I was still thinking Clean and Simple when I made this and so I tried to keep it pretty simple – something I simply couldn’t envisage when I first started to think about using Alcohol inks, which I LOVE for their messiness.  Then I had a bit of a brainwave and this is what I did.
I added two colours of Ranger Alcohol inks (Citrus and Pool) to the felt on an applicator, keeping them far enough apart that they didn’t bleed into each other, then dragged the applicator across a piece of glossy card to create a duo coloured stripe.  Okay, I know it’s NOT a straight stripe, but I still like it, lol.  It’s what’s known as freedom of expression and is, at least, unique, he, he.
Stamped the Greeting (SU) and the butterfly (one of my all time favourite images from ISC) with Memories Black ink, then embossed them with clear powder while still wet. 
Coloured another piece of glossy card with the same alcohol inks, then stamped and embossed the butterfly again but with the stripes in reverse order, to add some contrast.  I then cut it out and attached over the top of the original one, using double sided foam tape, revealing the antennae underneath it. 
Added three citrus brads under stripe to balance the design, then layered onto turquoise card and white card.

Crafty Cardmakers – Clean and Simple

This week’s Challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers is Clean and Simple.
I don’t do a lot of CAS because I love to play with inks, but I do really enjoy simple card designs now and again. I’ll be making a DT card for the ‘Spotlight’ part of this challenge, but couldn’t resist making a couple of very clean and simple cards for fun.

CAS 2  CAS 1
I used the same flower stamp (Unity Stamps) with the same colours of Tombow felt tips on both of them, but different words (Unity Stamps and Stampin Up).
The first one is stamped directly onto a folded white card, while the second one is stamped on white card, layered with a very narrow border onto green card to match the green pen I used, then onto a larger white card.  Very clean and very simple but I like them.
Don’t forget to visit the Challenge blog to see the beauties my teamies have created for you this week!

Here’s my DT sample for this week’s Crafty Cardmakers’ Challenge Spotlight, which this week is the Spotlight Technique.

I used a jigsaw piece for my spotlight and here’s how it was made.
First, stamp the image (Stampendous) and the Greeting (SU) in Versafine Onyx black, then clear emboss. 
Ink up stamp again and place a jigsaw piece (primed with gesso if it’s patterned) on the inked stamp in the part of the image you want to spotlight (or highlight) – I chose the heart.
Clear emboss, then colour the parts of the image on the jigsaw piece (I painted with Distress inks in Spun Sugar, Victorian Rose, Dried Marigold, Barn Door), outline with black marker, then attach to the image where it fits. 
You could always highlight your spotlight piece with Glossy Accents, clear Embossing powder or UTEE and you can use any shape you like for your spotlight. 

Add three toning brads in bottom right hand corner, then mount first onto toning pink card, then onto a folded brown card. Easy peasy.

There are some FAB samples from my teamies on the Design Team, so head on over to Crafty Cardmakers’ Challenge to check them out!  We’d love you to join us this week!

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 26 – DT sample.

Over at Crafty Cardmakers, Joy has set us a challenge this fortnight which is the following recipe…
  • 1. Use stickers or punches
  • 2. Use the colour orange or yellow
  • 3. Include and animal or fish
The second week (w/c 2 August) is Spotlight challenge week and the Spotlight is to use a punch.  So here’s mine…
First, the white background was sponged with Adirondack Sunshine Yellow ink, then, using a punchie as a mask (with non permanent adhesive) to keep the sun yellow, I sponged Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold, Cabin Door, Victorian Velvet and Spun Sugar distress inks , with a little Adirondack Mountain Rose, onto the background.
The elephants and tree (one stamp from I Brake For Stamps) were stamped in Versafine Onyx Black, then clear embossed. Top corners were punched with a corner punch, purely for a little bit of interest, though I’m not sure it worked, lol and this was matted onto black card.
The outer layer (also matted onto black) is just a square of white card, the outside of which is stamped with a Rollagraph (taken off the wheel and used as a stamp) with Versafine and clear Embossing powder. I masked the corners to avoid overlapping.  Final card is Bazzill orange.
Don’t forget to check out the scrummy artwork by the rest of the Design Team at Crafty Cardmakers.
This card also fits the Gingersnap Challenge, Red, Yellow and Orange – in a slightly different way, but it fits.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge No 25

Over at Crafty Cardmakers, the challenge for this week fortnight is a photo challenge and here it is.

CC Photo challenge 25
I thought it was yellow and aqua but the ‘powers that be’ tell us it’s green and aqua, so I took the colours as my theme, along with the hearts and this is what I made.  Week 2 of the challenge will be an easel card, either inspired by this Photo, which is what the Design Team will be doing, or ANY easel card.
I used one of my favourite images from Lost Coast Design (available from Scrapz in the UK) and here’s how I made it.

The text (US Artquest) was stamped on glossy card with Versamark ink to get a resist effect, then heat set, followed by sponging Adirondack Meadow and Pool inks all over, then stamping the text randomly over the top with each colour.  The flourish and flowers are part of the stamp, so the little girl was stamped in Permanent ink, then again on white matte card, cut out, coloured with Promarkers and the two inks, then glued over the top of the stamped image.  The flowers were coloured with Gel pens and embossed, the wings glitter glazed.  The words (Paper Inspirations) were stamped on white card, cut out, layered onto black card, then attached randomly, with heart brads and gems to complete the theme.
dream detail
Please visit Crafty Cardmakers Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the fab DT have made for the challenge.
The sponsor for this challenge is Joanna Sheen, who is offering a £10 voucher to the winner.  There’s some great stuff at Joanna’s, including EZ mount and Promarkers at a good price with FREE P&P!!  



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