Thursday, 18 September 2014

Two Inky Scene Just For You Cards - Brayer Vs. Ink Duster Brushes

Angela and Janet came round this afternoon to make a card and they'd asked if they could have another go at making a scene card using a brayer and torn paper.  Since discovering ink duster brushes I use those in preference to a brayer to make inky scenes and backgrounds.  Personally, I am SO much happier with the results I get using the brushes.  I decided I'd make a card with the brayer first and then make the same card again but using ink duster brushes.  I demoed both methods to the ladies and let them compare the two cards and decide on which method they wanted to use.  They both chose the ink duster brush method.

So here's the brayered card first.  I used a 1 1/2" punched circle for the moon mask and applied Soft Sky ink to the Whisper White CS square with the brayer.  Once I was happy with the ink coverage I removed the moon mask and used a piece of torn paper as a mask to add some hills at the bottom of the panel.  I started at the bottom and brayered Island Indigo ink, followed by Faded Jeans ink and lastly Marina Mist ink, moving the torn paper mask up a bit each time and holding it in place while brayering.  I stamped the silhouette images in black ink, inked the edges of the panel with Island Indigo ink using a sponge dauber and layered the panel onto a black CS mat.  I cut 2" off from the side of a 5 1/4" white square card base, drew a line with a black marker, stamped the sentiment and glued the scene panel to the card.

Here's the card showing the back as well as the cut off panel.

I decorated the inside and the envelope by stamping the Delicate Vines image a few times and added a bit of colour using inks and sponge daubers.

For the second card I switched from the brayer to ink duster brushes.  I tried using a duster brush with an SU! ink pad but it didn't work for me, I think the consistency of the SU! firm foam pads aren't ideal for picking up ink with a duster brush.  Therefore, when using ink duster brushes I'll stick to using Memento and Distress Inks. I dusted Memento Summer Sky ink lightly over the panel  first, then applied the moon mask, dusted on more Summer Sky ink, then Bahama Blue ink, followed by Faded Jeans ink and a bit of Chipped Sapphire ink.  At the time I bought my ink duster brushes I also bought the mountain and valley plastic stencil mask from Inkylicious and I used that on this card instead of torn paper.  The stencil is fab - it's double edged with valleys on one side and mountains on the other, you can flip it over to vary the mountain and valley shapes, it's made of durable plastic and is easy to clean (I just rinse it under the tap after I've finished).  I started at the bottom and applied Memento Teal Zeal ink, for the next lot of hills I used Faded Jeans ink and I also used Faded Jeans ink for the third lot of hills but I used less ink and a lighter touch when dusting.  Again I stamped the silhouette images in black ink but I edged the panel for this card with Chipped Sapphire ink.

For inside and the envelope I stamped the Delicate Vines image again but this time I added colour using the ink duster brushes and Bahama Blue and Faded Jeans inks followed by Chipped Sapphire ink applied with a sponge dauber.

Here's both cards side by side, the brayered card is on the left and the brushed card on the right.  I can see why the ladies chose the ink duster brush method.

There are some superb videos showing how to use ink duster brushes, Deby from Inkylicious has produced a video which can be found HERE showcasing her gorgeous scenes made with the starter kit.  Sally Holmes has made three videos demonstrating her use of the ink duster brushes and her scenes are breathtakingly beautiful!  Sally's YouTube video tutorials can be found HERE and Sally's blog can be found HERE.  I found the videos extremely helpful and I'm more confident about using the brushes now - I'm miles away from Deby's and Sally's standards and I can't get that clouds effect that Sally does!  However, I'm happy enough with the results I'm getting and I love that I can get more of a graded colour using the brushes, I don't get that look when I use a brayer, my brayered panels are much more flat.  Personally, I'll carry on using the duster brushes if I want to create a scene or background but my brayer will get an outing if I want to ink an embossing folder, add colour to a dry embossed panel or ink up a large background stamp! 

Supplies for brayered card:
Stamps: Inkylicious 'Picture Perfect' set & 'Delicate Vines' stamp, WaltzingMouse 'Say It With Style' set
CS: PaperMania square white card blank, SU! Basic Black & Whisper White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Soft Sky, Marina Mist & Island Indigo, SU! Basic Black marker
Tools: brayer, 1 1/2" circle punch, sponge daubers, torn paper mask

Supplies for brushed card:
Stamps: Inkylicious 'Picture Perfect' set & 'Delicate Vines' stamp, WaltzingMouse 'Say It With Style' set
CS: PaperMania square White card blank, SU! Basic Black & Whisper White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Summer Sky, Bahama Blue & Teal Zeal, Ranger Tim Holtz Faded Jeans & Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks
Tools: Inkylicious ink duster brushes & valley/mountain stencil mask, 1 1/2" circle punch, sponge dauber

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Sunshine Friendship Card - CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #91

When I first saw the Kinda Eclectic stamp set in the new SU! annual catalogue I had a decided 'meh' reaction to it.  However, I browse Pinterest regularly and I kept noticing Kinda Eclectic cards appearing - cards I really liked!  From 'meh' to 'must have' all thanks to the clever stampers who saw the potential of the set and shared their creations on Pinterest!  I particularly like how the circle image can represent a sun and I saw lots of cards using that idea.

I came across the CAS Colours & Sketches #91 challenge the other day while surfing the web and decided the layout was perfect for a sunshine card!

I cut a strip of Whisper White CS, stamped the circle burst in Daffodil Delight ink, the leaves in stamped off once Wild Wasabi ink and the sentiment in black ink.  Using an ink duster brush I applied Memento Cantaloupe and Tangelo inks to a scrap of Whisper White CS and punched out a 1 3/4" circle which I glued at the centre of the circle burst.  After trimming the sun circle I layered the strip onto a black CS mat and glued that to the front of a 5 1/4" square white card base.  I then glued on two stamped and punched butterflies and added rhinestones to the bodies.  

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I used a smaller circle (1 1/2") for the centre of the sun inside the card.  What a happy card to make - friends, sunshine and butterflies - three wonderful things in life that bring joy!

Stamps: SU! 'Kinda Eclectic' set, Inkylicious 'Sunshine Friends'
CS: PaperMania square white card blank, SU! Basic Black & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Bermuda Bay & Pool Party, Memento Tuxedo Black, Cantaloupe & Tangelo
Tools: SU! 'Elegant Butterfly', 'Bitty Butterfly' & 1 3/4" circle punches, Woodware 1 1/2" circle punch, Inkylicious ink duster brush
Embellishments & accessories: SU! rhinestone jewels

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Monday, 15 September 2014

Birdhouse Heartfelt Thanks Easel Card

I made this card for our wonderful friends Debs and Mike.  Debs loves nature and birds so I thought my blue tit birdhouse stamp was an ideal choice for their card!

The Marina Mist card measures 5 3/4" square and I used Basic Black and So Saffron as my accent colours.  I stamped the Hardwood stamp on the card base with Marina Mist ink, glued the So Saffron scalloped border at the bottom and added black CS dots.   I stamped the image twice onto watercolour paper, coloured the image with inks and a water brush, fussy cut the blue tit and the birdhouse and popped those up.  I popped up a heart shaped sentiment element as the easel stop.  I added a punched So Saffron flower with a rhinestone centre underneath the sentiment.  

Here's a closer look at the birdhouse panel.

On the bottom of the card I added a white panel, more Hardwood stamping and a sweet little birdie.  The flower on the envelope flap has heart shaped petals which I thought was very appropriate with the 'heartfelt thanks' message!  I attached the layers together with a So Saffron flower shaped brad and adhered the flower to the envelope flap to finish off.  I am delighted to say the card was very well received so big smiles all round!

Stamps: Imagination Crafts 'Birdhouse' set, SU! 'Hardwood' background stamp, sentiment from SU! 'Sweetheart' set
CS: SU! Marina Mist, So Saffron, Basic Black & Whisper White, watercolour paper
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, SU! Marina Mist, So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede 

Tools: SU! Full Heart punch, Sizzix 'Lace Edging' Decorative Strip die, Sizzix flower Framelits dies from Big Shot starter kit, paper piercer, water brush
Embellishments & accessories: SU! So Saffron flower shaped brad, rhinestone jewel, Dimensionals

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Baubles Flourish Merry Christmas Card - 52 {C}CT Sept Colour Challenge

Asha has set us a wonderful colour challenge this week at 52 {C}CT.

Red  OR  Blue  +  Black  AND  White  +  Silver  OR  Gold

You may use various shades of Red (such as burgundy, poppy, crimson, scarlet, excluding pink) OR Blue (royal blue, sky blue, cornflower blue, navy).

My choice was to add blue and silver to the black and white for my card.  I've made black, white and blue Christmas cards before and loved the combo but I haven't made one for a long time and I really enjoyed using the combo again.

I stamped the Baubles Flourish image in black ink onto a white CS panel, stamped the baubles on a separate piece of CS in Marina Mist ink and fussy cut the Marina Mist baubles.  I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment with silver powder, layered the white panel onto a black mat, adhered that to the front of a 5 3/4" square Marina Mist card base and popped up the baubles.  I added three Marina Mist punched snowflakes and sprinkled on silver nailheads to complete the card front.

The IndigoBlu Baubles Flourish stamp is a gorgeous, elegant image - it has flourishes and snowflakes so that's a winner with me straight away - but I also love that you can use just the flourish part of the image.  As I always decorate the insides of my cards plus the envelopes I knew I'd use that feature a lot!  After I'd stamped the flourishes on opposite corners I added the stamped and silver embossed sentiment panel and decided to add one bauble hanging from the flourish.  I added tiny punched snowflakes and sprinkled more silver nailheads.

Here's the envelope flap with another bauble and more snowflakes.

Please do join us this week at 52 {C}CT, you know that Christmas card stash needs topping up!  The rest of the DT have made wonderful cards to inspire you so check those out before you get on with your own festive makes!

Stamps: IndigoBlu 'Baubles Flourish', Stampendous 'Fancy Christmas', inside sentiment from Hero Arts 'Very Merry Christmas' clear set
CS: SU! Marina Mist, Basic Black & Whisper White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Marina Mist, Encore Silver pigment ink
Tools: heat tool, Stamp-a-ma-jig
Embellishments & accessories: silver embossing powder, small & large silver nailheads, SU! Dimensionals

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Tree, Moon, Santa & Sleigh Merry Christmas Card

My friend Jan is coming round tomorrow for a crafty afternoon and she's asked to make a card using our newly acquired Inkylicious 'Old Beech Tree' stamp - but as a Christmas card.  I think she likes issuing me with a challenge!  The tree stamp is a beautiful image and I love the fact that the tree exists in real life - Deby from Inkylicious made the stamp at the request of a customer, you can read the story HERE.

I started with a piece of SU! Whisper White CS and I lightly applied Broken China Distress Ink over the whole piece using an ink duster brush.  I made a crescent moon mask using a 1 1/2" inch circle punch - I punched a partial circle from the edge of a piece of CS and then punched again in order to get the crescent shape.  I applied repositionable adhesive to the moon mask, placed it on the panel and applied more Broken China ink.  I then applied Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire inks with ink duster brushes.  I peeled off the moon mask, stamped the tree and the Santa sleigh image and inked the edges of the panel with Chipped Sapphire ink.  I embossed a strip of white CS with a snowflakes folder, glued that to the 5 3/4" square white card base and added a narrow black CS strip.  I matted the stamped panel onto a black CS layer and glued that to the card front.  I stamped and die cut the sentiment element and popped that up.  I punched three Brushed Silver snowflakes and added rhinestones to complete the card front.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I stamped the gorgeous IndigoBlu 'Snowflake Lace' stamp in Faded Jeans ink and stamped the sentiment in black ink.  Hopefully I have fulfilled Jan's brief to her satisfaction!

Stamps: Inkylicious 'Old Beech Tree' & 'Santa Sleigh', SU! 'Seasonal Wishes' set, IndigoBlu 'Snowflake Lace', Stampendous 'Merry Wishes'
CS: SU! Whisper White & Basic Black, IndigoBlu white Perfect Stamping Card
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Broken China, Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans & Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks
Tools: snowflakes embossing folder from Cuttlebug Winter Wonderland set, Spellbinder's 'Grommet Tags' die set, 1 1/2" circle punch, Fiskars snowflake punch, X Cut tiny snowflake punch, Inkylicious ink duster brushes
Embellishments & accessories: SU! rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals

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Monday, 8 September 2014

Silver Wedding Anniversary Card

Within the space of a week our friends Gill and Brett celebrated their 25th (silver) wedding anniversary, our friends Debbie and Mike had their 24th wedding anniversary and Owen and I celebrated our 30th (pearl) wedding anniversary.  We all got together last Sunday for a celebratory afternoon tea party at our place.  We had champagne to start, followed by sandwiches, sausage rolls, scones and cake - plus tea of course!  I loved getting my dainty bone china crockery out along with my 3 tier cake stand and matching teapot!  I don't enjoy washing it up though - I think I hold my breath the whole time as I'm worried I might drop and break something!  I made a spiced orange cake (it's Mary Berry's Whole Orange Spice Cake recipe) which I've made a couple of times before but this time I put some icing on the top as well as inside and I sprinkled on a few crushed pecans.  So before we get on to the card I made, here's a photo of the cake.  I'm pleased to say it came out very moist and tasty!

So, onto the card I made for Gill and Brett.  I recently made a wedding card using the Splendour embossing folder and the Ornately Framed stamp and I decided to use them again and go with the same layout - a good decision when you don't have a lot of time to create!  I embossed a 5" square of Brushed Silver CS with the Splendour folder, added three strips of narrow silver ribbon and glued the panel to the front of a 5 1/4" square Brushed Silver CS card base.  I stamped the frame, sentiment and '25' in Smoky Slate ink and fussy cut the frame and the numbers.  I popped up the frame, die cut two sparkly hearts, glued them together, popped them up and also popped up the numbers.  To complete the front I added a beautiful Crystal Sparkler embellishment.  

For inside the card I cut a white CS panel, stamped two elegant flourishes and the sentiment.  I made an envelope using textured Smoky Slate CS and used fancy brads and white twine to make an office envelope style closure. 

Here's the front of the envelope with a name label, two more die cut hearts and two rhinestones.

Stamps: Penny Black 'Ornately Framed' cling stamp, '25' from SU! 'Memorable Moments' set, 'With Love' from SU! 'Field Flowers' set,  IndigoBlu 'Vintage Flourish Dinkie' stamp, Stampendous 'Happy Anniversary'
CS: SU! Brushed Silver CS, Silver Glimmer Paper & textured 12" x12" Smoky Slate CS, IndigoBlu White Perfect Stamping Card

Patterned paper: sparkly striped paper from DCWV 'Twinkle Glints' CS Stack
Ink: SU! Smoky Slate
Tools: Embossalicious 'Splendour' embossing folder, Sizzix Basic Shapes die from Big Shot Starter Kit, SU! Envelope Punch Board, Spellbinder's 'Grommet Tags' die set, paper piercer
Embellishments & accessories: Creative Expressions 'Crystal Sparkler', SU! Silver 1/8" ribbon, Filigree Designer Brads, white baker's twine, rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals

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Saturday, 6 September 2014

From Our House To Yours Christmas Card - 52 {C}CT Sept Sketch Challenge

It's the start of a new month which means a new challenge hostess at 52 CCT and during September the lovely Asha will be our hostess.  This week at 52 CCT we have a sketch challenge for you - what a fun layout!


For my card I've mixed new and old stash - my new SU! 'Holiday Home' stamp set and some old, hoarded patterned paper.  I stamped the sentiment, cut it out with a fishtail flag banner die, shaped it and glued the banner to the Real Red A6 card base. I adhered the holly paper and added the ribbon and a bow.  I stamped the house in VersaFine Vintage Sepia ink on watercolour paper, coloured with inks and a water brush, stamped Real Red festive lights and fussy cut the house.  I die cut 4 circles using Very Vanilla and Wild Wasabi CS circles and popped up the house.  I stacked three vanilla die cut snowflakes together and added a red sparkly dome sticker to the centre. 

I added more holly paper inside and on the envelope flap and stamped another sentiment to complete the card.  

Please do check out what the other DT members have made to inspire you and then go and create a Christmas card using this fab layout.  Link up your card on this post at 52 {C}CT so we can visit your blog and see your festive creations!

Stamps: SU! 'Holiday Home' set, Woodware 'Happiest of Christmases' set
CS: SU! Real Red, Wild Wasabi & Very Vanilla, watercolour paper

Patterned paper: SU! 'Holly Berry Bouquet' DSP pack
Ink: VersaFine Vintage Sepia, SU! Baked Brown Sugar, Daffodil Delight, Real Red & So Saffron
Tools: circle Nestabilities dies, Sweet Dixie 'Snowflakes' die set, MFT Die-namics 'Fishtail Flags Stax' die, water brush
Embellishments & accessories: PaperMania red Shimmer Dome Sticker, SU! Dimensionals

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