Saturday, April 28, 2018

Like Peas and Carrots

Just like Jenny and Forrest, two things that go together like peas and carrots are mint macaron and rich razzleberry. See for yourself:

Materials used:
  • stamps - You've Got This (retiring), En Francais (retired)
  • card - mint macaron, very vanilla, watercolour, Delightfully Detailed laser-cut speciality paper
  • other - sponge dauber, aqua painter, Dimensionals, markers, two-way glue pen

Am I right or am I right? I know! A match made in heaven. From this day on, always together. 

Thanks for stopping by.


Disclaimer: no distress oxide inks were used in the making of this card. Go figure.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Deeper and Deeper

You may be forgiven for thinking that by now I would have begun to dig myself out of the distress oxide inks rabbit hole; but no, you'd be wrong. So very, very wrong. See, I stumbled upon some more YouTube videos and ... yeah, enough said, I think. #jennifermcguireisanenabler

Up until now I've been sponging my DOs on regular white card but that all ended today - because I tried them on watercolour paper and OH. MY. GOLLY. GOSH. I am deeply in love all over again. Man, these things just keep getting betterer and betterer (yes, I know that's not a real word, but it expresses my feelings so well, so roll with me on this one, okay?)

Here, take a lookie:

Materials used:
  • stamps - Seaside Shore
  • card - watercolour, basic black, pistachio pudding
  • other - aqua painter, distress oxide inks, water spritzer, shimmer mist, Dimensionals, glitter epoxy shapes

I maybe kinda sorta went just a smidge overboard spritzing this piece with some shimmer mist as well as regular water. But oh, it's sooooooooooooo pretty, all sparkly and stuff. Mhmmm. The little glitter epoxy "bubbles" fit right in. Unfortunately, I could not seem to capture all the sparkle in a photo, so you'll just have to take my word for it, ok?

And also:

Materials used:
  • stamps - Sunshine and Rainbows
  • card - watercolour, basic black, vellum, daffodil delight
  • other - rainbow builder dies, Big Shot, Stamparatus, MFT radiating rays stencil, distress oxide inks, blender tools

DD says the combination of spritzed splotches, stencil effect and graduating colours gives this one a tie-dyed look, which I can totally see. Very Katoomba-ish, lol (sorry - Blue Mountains joke).

And then I did go back to using white card, and came up with this Autumn-themed beauty which I am loving the background of.

I stamped and embossed the sentiment before sponging, then did the water-drop thing and also stamped leaves with water. More sponging on scrap white let me cut out leaf dies in matching colours, which I curled slightly at the edges and only attached in the middle, so they'd look as if they are actually fluttering down the page. Did it work? Let me know - feedback, people!

Materials used:

  • stamps - Colourful Seasons
  • card - Sahara sand, whisper white, early espresso
  • other - distress oxide inks, blender tool, water spritzer, white embossing powder, heat tool, Big Shot, Seasonal Layers thinlits, mounting tape, fine tip glue

Okay, I've been out here long enough, methinks. Time to get back down my rabbit hole. Toss me some chocolate, would you please, and thanks for stopping by. 


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

I Just Can't Resist

Hello from down the rabbit hole! It's great in here - there's distress oxide inks and chocolate marshmallow Easter eggs! What more could a crafter wish for? Okay, you make a good point: wine would be good too. I'm sure the sun is over the yardarm somewhere in the world, right?, yes.

I've always loved the white on white effect, especially when teamed with a pop of colour. Today's first card is such a one - take a lookie:

Materials used:
  • stamps - none
  • card - whisper white, lemon lime twist
  • other - balloon punch, Celebrate You thinlits, Big Shot, mounting tape, distress oxide inks, sponging tool, two-way glue pen, snail adhesive

More balloons for my second card and I've used a stencil for this one, spritzing it with water then applying over my sponging for the oxidation process to give me my pattern.

In the next close up, you can see the recessed panel and the shine on the sentiment. It was stamped in craft ink and clear embossed.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Picture Perfect Birthday
  • card - Sahara sand, whisper white, basic black, Sahara sand patterned paper
  • other - basic black craft ink, clear embossing powder, heat tool, double stitched rectangle dies (non SU), chevron stencil (non SU), black rhinestone (non SU), balloon punch, linen thread, Dimensionals, mounting tape, sponge dauber, distress oxide inks (non SU)

My last card is pretty straightforward sponging, but I love the colour combination.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Colourful Seasons
  • card - basic black, whisper white, silver foil
  • other - distress oxide inks, blending tool, silver embossing powder, heat tool, Card Front Builder thinlits, Big Shot, Tree Branch Circle die (Memory Box)

 Time to get back to some chocolate...I mean...housework :-P

Thanks for stopping by.


You Shine

This week's challenge over at Just Add Ink intrigued me -

As I've been right into stencils lately it didn't take me long to think of an idea for a card design and luckily, as I worked it all fell into place very nicely. Here's my offering:

I sponged first using distress oxide inks (you know by now how much I LOVE how well these blend), applied my stencil spritzed with water and dried with a heat tool to bring out the oxidation process. I cut two 'Shine' dies from gold foil and stuck them together for a bit more dimension, and the stamped sentiments come from two Stampin' Up! sets. The final touch was the clear epoxy shapes, which add interest and dimension without detracting from the coloured background.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Lovely Inside and Out, Amazing You
  • card - whisper white, basic black, gold foil, amethyst (non SU)
  • other - Radiating Rays stencil (MFT); distress oxide inks - candied apple and wild honey (Ranger); mini blender tool (Ranger); mounting tape; water spritzer; sparkle and shine dies (PTI), clear epoxy shapes; tweezers; stamp-a-ma-jig, heat tool

I hope you're not getting sick of distress oxide cards - I've got more colours arriving this week, so I'm not crawling out of this rabbit hole any time soon!

Thanks for dropping by.

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