Wednesday 20 January 2016

Best Wishes

Hi Bloggers.

Today's card is quite an inky one. I thoroughly enjoyed making it. I took my time with the colouring in and had a ball with the background. I know it won't be to everyone's taste but please remember that this is a positive feeling blog and negativity has no place here! Sorry - just have to say that!

So here's my inky card -

The background starts with a technique I picked up from Tim Holtz a few years ago. I scrunched up a piece of Milk Card. I opened it out and then passed the Terra Cotta Adirondack Dye Ink Pad over the peaks in the card. I misted it with water and left it for a few seconds for the ink to move a bit. I then ironed it with my Encaustic Iron to stop the ink from moving further and to flatten the card.

With the stamp in my hand, I randomly stamped the Justrite Vintage Alphabet Soup Background using Current Adirondack Dye Ink. I then stamped the border from the Justrite Elegant Fan Elements Stamp Set top and bottom, again using Currant Ink.

Finally, I splatted Festive Berries and Seedless Preserves Distress Stain in a few places and put aside to dry.

I stamped the floral fan from the Justrite Floral Fan Elements Stamp Set 5 times onto Milk Card using Jet Black Archival. In the centre of two of the fans I stamped the sentimentand in the centre of the other 3, I stamped a single flower (both from the Elegant Fan Elements Stamp Set).

I popped some Festive Berries Distress Stain onto my Craft Sheet. I picked some ink up with my Water Brush and coloured in the flowers. I added some Seedless Preserves Distress Stain to the edges of the petals where the artist has drawn some shading lines. I swiped some Clover Adirondack Dye Ink onto my Craft Sheet and used it to colour the leaves. I used Terra Cotta Adirondack Dye Ink to colour the edges of the fan and the central accents.

I cut the fan images out using the Justrite Vintage Fan Dies. I added a Brad to the centre and secured them to my background.

I cut the Couture Creations Holly Branch out of Black Card twice. I made a flower out of Burgundy/Ivory Striped Grosgrain.

I assembled the card as shown adding some 8mm Black Pearls and piercing around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler, Precision Probe and Piercing Mat.

If you like the look of Distress Stains, there's a cool video by Tim Holtz showing some other techniques with them here.

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  1. Morning Julia.
    Wow bold and beautiful that's what this card is, Thank you.
    Have fun with your splat's. Take care Kitty.

  2. Morning Julia, love this card, its stunning x

  3. Hi Julia, I love this colourful card, many people like bold, beautiful colour. Those that don't can say nothing rather than being nasty or rude. Have a great day. Bx

  4. Morning Julia, I thoroughly enjoyed watching you demo these card techniques, especially loved the splats, great for when we have had a bad day and want to get rid of some negative feelings haha. I loved how you warned the presenters to move away. The effects are fabulous, who needs a 'splat' stamp when you can do this, brilliant. Thank you for sharing.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  5. Very striking, I love the fan images.


  6. Good morning Julia today's card is gorgeous I love the design. I like the sound of the background technique I must give it a go. Have a great day. Hugs Jackie

  7. Good morning Julia. I love the background. When I first started crafting a friend showed me one similar scrunching up a piece of A4 paper.

  8. Morning Julia, a beautiful card love these backgrounds but I tend to do blue colours promise you it's not a negative comment I love the way tell em.
    Nancyd xx

  9. I wish I had the courage to play around with inks like this, Julia. Silly when it is only a piece of card! It looks great.

    Anne (Northampton)

  10. I found your demonstration of the techniques used to make your background interesting and humerous. I have not come across these distress markers before and I enjoyed watching you use them. Whether I have the confidence to repeat your methods is another question. No card would ever look the same that is for sure. A bright and cheerful card is the end result.


  11. Hi Julia. I watched you demoing the splat technique. Boy did you go for it, it did make me laugh (sorry if it wasn't supposed to) but you did look like you enjoyed it.
    SueL x

  12. Wow Julia it's like a firework love it the colours and the fan stamps love June xxxx

  13. Lovely card Julia and I so enjoyed your shows over the weekend. Was not a good day for me yesterday

    Crafty hgus Pen x

  14. Hi Julia,
    Very hot colours which complement the fan, very artistic.
    Thanks for sharing,

  15. Just my colors Julia, beautiful work, i love this card.
    Elaine H X

  16. I saw you do this on the week end Love it

  17. A beautiful vibrant colour card, something to brighten up these dreary days. I just love the technique you used and the fan looks amazing....just love it all....luv Ursula xx

  18. Lovely card. Unfortunately I missed you demoing this at the weekend. Would have loved to see it.


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