Wednesday 3 February 2016

Travel Soar Explore

Hi Bloggers.

Inky fun today!

So, for my inky background, I inked a piece of Coconut White Card with Festive Berries, Seedless Preserves and Salty Ocean Distress Stains. Distress Stains are more vibrant than Distress Ink Pads - you would have to work a bit harder to get this intensity of colour with an ink pad.

I misted some water into my hand and did the 'happy clappy' over the background. I left the spots of water for a minute or so and then blotted off with a piece of kitchen roll.

I popped some Lemon Juice into a mister bottle and misted it into my and and then clapped this over the background too. I dried this with my Heat Tool - it takes a while, has a lovely burnt lemon smell.

Next I stamped one of the little solid flower cluster stamps from the Justrite Floral Fan Elements randomly over the piece using Jet Black Archival.

Then, pinny on and time for some splats in the various colours. They look better is you really go for it! I put it aside so the splats could dry naturally.

Once dry, I placed the Grid Mask at a jaunty angle and inked through it with Pebble Adirondack Dye Ink using a Smoothie. I drew some squiggly lines around the edges and added an 8mm Black Pearl to each corner.

I stamped the Balloon image from the Justrite Explore Vintage Labels Four Die Set onto Coconut White Card using Clear Perfect Medium and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder. I also stamped the 3 words from the same stamp set in the same way. I added Festive Berries Distress Stain over the stamped image and words.

I cut the Ballon image out using a Justrite Vintage Labels Four Die.

I separated the words using scissors and added some faux stitching using my fineliner pen.

I assembled the card as shown piercing around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler, Precision Probe and Piercing Mat.

Phill Martin is launching his own range of dies. The first release is being unveiled tomorrow. They're not available to order yet but as soon as they are I'll order some and load them onto my website.

Thanks for stopping by.

Free card with all website orders (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (3rd February) -Sue Wilson Magical Butterflies Die Set only £14.99!


  1. Morning Julia, a very bright and pretty card today.
    Nancyd xx

  2. Morning Julia.
    Thank you a very bright bold card.
    take care Kitty.

  3. Morning Julia,its a lovely card today x

  4. Hi Julia,
    Love Your Card With Such Rich Bold Colours, I've Never Attempted Anything Like This Before!!!!!!!
    I'm So Looking Forward To Seeing Phill's New Dies They'll Be Wonderful I'm Sure.
    Hugs From Sam xxx
    ✂️ Carry On Creating ✂️

  5. Hi Julia, this card is lovely and vibrant, and certainly cheered me up today. Love the combination of colours and the layout. So much new stuff with Phill's new dies and Sue's new dies, looking forward to seeing Phill's designs as I love sentiment dies. have a great day. Bx

  6. Lovely card, very bright & bold.


  7. Wow Julia that is so good! Love it!
    Anne M xxx

  8. Wow what a bright stunning card. It is amazing. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  9. Hi Julia,
    A really bright and vibrant card, it's great.
    Thanks for sharing,

  10. Morning Julia, I remember seeing you demo this technique on Hochanda, I have never seen anyone use lemon juice before, but how effective it looks. A great card. I loved watching you demo the 'splats' it was so funny when you advised the presenter to move away a little. I think doing these splats would be great when we were feeling annoyed !! might help relieve the tension hahaha.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  11. Good morning Julia. Gorgeous vibrant background.

  12. Morning Julia, this certainly has a wow factor to days card.

    Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

  13. Morning Julia,
    Wow! great card, so vibrant.

  14. Morning Julia great card loved your demo of this card on Hochanda. Gloria Sidcup) xx

  15. Crikey, Julia, you had fun with this one. Love it.

    Anne (Northampton)

  16. I saw your demo of the techniques used to produce this card and was fascinated by the processes. How did you come up with the lemon juice ideas? The end products is gorgeously bright and cheerful.


  17. very bright bold it

  18. Hi love the background I so love making my own. Love the card

    Crafty hugs Pen x

  19. What a way to let off steam doing the splats !! Love it.
    Sue Mac

  20. Hi Julia,
    WOW STUNNING! Saw you demo this,.....a great idea for relieving tension. LOL
    Love Janet X
    From Wakefield

  21. Lovely I saw you do this on Hochanda It looked like real fun Goods arrived today Thank you It's done me a huge favour actually because, not seeing them in the flesh, this size will be better for what I have in mind! Sorry I hadn't got back to u immediately Thank you too for the freebie card It's lovely and made me smile I have to say your control with Pearlescent PVA is amazing! Have a great day

  22. Hi Julia. Love this background, in my opinion it is a card in itself. SueL x

  23. This is a wowser Julia I love it I know lots of peeps this would please
    Love June Horrocks xxxxx

  24. Hi Julia
    Lovely array of color , so right for this dismal day in my neck of the woods.
    Elaine H X

  25. Wow what an amazing technique and those vibrant colours, stunning, lemon juice, never heard that before so another one to try....thanks Julia it is one super super card....luv Ursula xx

  26. Hello Julia.

    I love the look of this card, I have never done anything like this but seeing you demo the splatt technique and how much you enjoyed doing it I will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

    Best wishes

  27. Hi Julia

    Yes! I adore this background, It screams "Julia Watts" at the top of it's voice. No one does an inky background like you IMO and the way you explain how it's done makes it both inspirational and achievable. I think this card !may have made my day!

    Hugs, T x

  28. Love this card. Thank you for explaining how to do it and for sharing it.

  29. I now have itchy inky fingers - will have to get the stencils out - or I could play with the new ones the postman delivered this afternoon.


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