PTI SAF 2016: Take 1

Late last night Australian time, PTI’s 2016 SAF kicked off with a bang. Too bad I was already snuggled deep into my blankets and certainly not willing to crawl out of bed on a cold winters night to make cards. When I woke this morning, it was lovely to view all the awesome videos and already posted makes whilst having a cup of piping hot tea.

I eventually dragged myself out of bed and towards the craft room. Once I was there, it was a little hard to pry me out. I started with the good intention of launching into SAF straight away, but got sidetracked when I realised I had new inks that hadn’t been catalogued into my ink chart. What if I ended up using one of them and it ruined a card???

So it was only after lunch I launched into some serious card making. I managed to make 3 cards today. Alas, it is already Sunday evening so while this post says ‘Take 1’, its possibly going to be the only take.

Without further ado, my cards:

This one is for the water colouring masterclass. I used the 2016 SAF Art with Heart, Just the Jar and Think Big. Colours used were Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, and Raspberry Fizz for the flowers, Green Parakeet for the leaves, Sring Rain, Blueberry Sky and Aqua Mist for the water, and Tsukineko Brilliance in Graphite Black. The card still needed some oomph so I went over bits with clear Wink of Stella (which you can’t see in the photo). 

This is my card for pointillism. Let me say that this is not not not a technique I like. This is my third card, the first two being disasters despite how long it took making those dots. In this third card, since the look is not my thing, I decided to make the points quite minimal and subtle. They are actually hard to see in the photo, but they are quite visible in real life. I used a stamp from Mini Blooms for the dots and the Friendship Jar set for the rest. The colours used are PTI’s Sweet Blush and Momento’s Angel Pink.

And my last card for this post is one for starry night. I didn’t want to break in new blending foams so the background was made from distress inks instead using Chipped Sapphire, Worn Lipstick and Grape Jelly. I used the Out of This World set – I really wish it had some birthday sentiments instead of those vague ones. It would make the coolest boy birthday set as the font is fabulous. Anyway, the rocket etc was coloured in copics.

All in all, I enjoyed my crafty day. It was nice in my batcave away from the world. Do you like solitude when crafting, or are you a group crafter?


PTI MIM #250: Masked Backgrounds

For this challenge, I wanted to do a masked background that was a little different from using masking tape.

I took the Make It Market Guilded Garden plate and cut it using cardstock as a masking sheet. I originally tried normal cardstock but the inks “stuck” to it too much and didn’t blend easily in to the nooks and crannies of all the flower and leaf details on the paper underneath. So I tried again using glossy cardstock and my blending sponge slipped right off and in to the spaces I wanted. 

The inks used were Distress Squeezed Lemon, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean. I think it gave the card a nice tropical feel. The card screams Hawaii to me!

Being short an Aloha stamp, I took a sentiment from the same PTI stamp set and used Brilliance Graphite Black. I then mounted it on PTI Sweet Blush cardstock and put some pale pink, clear and green sequins on. I am totally loving the vibrant green of those sequins. A friend getting married in Bali soon… I wonder if the card would suit?


PTI May 2016 Blog Hop

Have you ever had a card that was so awesome in theory but would not translate to real life? I saw the PTI May 2016 Blog Hop challenge and had immediate pictures of ice cream cones and sweet sentiments. But those thoughts never came to fruition as my watercolouring on stamp skills is… non-existant.

So this morning, in some kind of frenzy, as it was 7.50 am, due to work by 8.30, and I decided that I wouldn’t let that whole watercolour thing defeat me. 

I spritzed down some watercolour paper with water, took a wide brush and painted some distress ink all over it. Colours ranged from Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron to Scattered Straw. I dried the background using the iron while I was pressing my work clothes and then stamped the big thank you from one of my think big sentiment sets using Tsukineko Brilliance Graphite Black.

I used Tuskineko Momento London Fog ink and the Flytterby stamp set for the background images, then put some sequins to mimic the paint spatters of the inspiration  photo. I wish I had more time but it was late and I had to stick down the paper on a card, take a photo and out the door.

So here is my card, not a bad 25 minute effort. Can you tell I work close to home?


Two nights ago I had a lovely introduction to butter chicken via a colleague who graciously made me some from scratch. She’s a cardmaker too and I wanted to make a beautiful card to say thank you. 

I really wasn’t sure about this week’s MIM challenge. In my head, stencilling seemed like such a 1D result. But seeing the gorgeous pieces being produced, I had to give it a shot. 

I took some bright colours of distress ink to blend with the Beautiful Butterflies dies. The mini corner blue/green was Salty Ocean with Peacock Feather, purples were Wilted Violet with Shaded Liliac, the pink/orange was Picked Rapberry with Scattered Straw, the teals was Cracked Pistachio with Shabby Shutters and the blue/yellow was Tumbled Glass with Squeezed Lemonade.

I then partially inked the Thank You from another PTI set using Tsukineko Brillance Ink in Graphite Black and stamped it 3 times… when one thank you for the yumminess is not enough! The name of the PTI set escapes me and after sifting through my stamps twice (yup, I have a lot) and not refinding it, I give up. 

To finish off the card, I popped it all on to Smokey Shadow cardstock to give it a bit more depth. I likey!

PTI MIM #243: Ink Blending Over Heat Embossing

I’ve been planning on trying this technique in ages, and just could not help myself when it came up as this week’s PTI MIM theme. I decided to use my Make It Market Mini: Garden Guild stamp set that arrived a couple of weeks ago. I am totally in love. 

I used the Versamark ink to stamp the flowers and leaves, then heat embossed with Ranger superfine clear embossing powder. The inks used to blend were Distress inks in Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemon, Dried Marigold and Tumbled Glass. So happy with the way the colours have turned out! And the way the flowers framed the sentiment – a happy surprise.

Lawn Fawn’s Monster Mash

Its been a pretty hectic work week and cardmaking has been the furtherest thing on my horizon.  That being said, I really wanted to get this idea thats been brewing in my head into reality so I decided to put aside my yucky paperwork this glorious Sunday afternoon and concentrated on a bit of cardmaking fun.  

First I took a 4-bar blue card and masked the 4 edges with post-it strips. I then blended Squeezed Lemon and Salty Ocean Distress Inks into the card, spritzing the finshed background with some White Perfect Pearls before letting it dry.

I used the Lawn Fawn Snowy Backdrop die to cut a panel of white cardstock to fit over my blended colours. I love the way the sparkly stars and dots just twinkle their way through the white.  

Next, I took the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside border and cut out a curved “moon” from white cardstock. I also cut out 3 ovals from post-its to mask the “craters” before blending the cardstock with Tsukineko Momento Gray Flannel ink. I then spritzed it with White Perfect Pearls and set aside to dry. 
While it was drying, I die cut my monsters, stamped them in Tsukineko Brilliance Graphite Black ink and coloured them in with copics BG11, BG32, YG23 and YG25. The bow and hat were coloured in B32, B16 and BV04.

Once my moon was dry, I peeled off my craters and sprtized it again Perfect Pearls but this time in Pearl. This gave it a creamy moonshine type of glow rather than just a brilliant white. The picture below shows the 2 different colours which I think give the moon its depth.  

I took the rain stamp from the Lawn Fawn Hello Baby set to create a dashed background on white cardstock using Tsukineko Versacolor Cement ink. I then stamped the sentiment on in Graphite Black before cutting it all down to size. 

I mounted my moon, monsters and sentiment on 3d foam for some dimension. The card seemed a little off balance so I added a little silver button to finish off the card.

What have you been creating with this gorgeous set?

Tim Holtz Crazy Birds Card

I’ve had my Tim Holtz Crazy Bird stamps for awhile and haven’t gotten round to using them. I bought them when they first came out and all these cool crazed birds were popping up everywhere. I adore the images, but they are… wild. They have a cool and funky vibe – not something that is synonymous with my style of things. And they don’t come with sentiments, so its an additional step of thinking when it comes time to card making. So when I saw the Tim Holtz giveaway challenge on the Simon Says Stamps blog, I knew I had to break out the set and give it a whirl.

Tim Holtz Crazy Birds

I folded a 1/2 piece of Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock to form my card base, working out where I thought my bird was going to be. I used a mini ink blending tool to add squeezed lemonade, cracked pistachio and tumbled glass Tim Holtz Distressed Ink to the front of the card, blending outwards from the area behind my imaginary bird. I flicked the background with water droplets and allowed the inks to pool before blotting off the excess with a paper towel. I then spritzed the entire front with a water and Perfect Pearls confetti white mix, allowing the distressed areas to reintegrate themselves with the background. I wasn’t able to capture this on camera but this technique gives a shimmery muted distressed look instead of harsh water splotches.

I stamped my bird on a 120lb Simon Says Stamp cardstock using Momento Tuxedo Black ink and fussy cut it out. I used Copics, starting with Y15 for the beak and YR 12 all over the body of the bird. On the edges of the body, I added YR68, blended it in with YR15 and then with YR12. Next, I drew a thin strip of R24 on the edges and blended it in with YR15, before finishing off the tail with a pure R24. I added Ranger Glossy Accents to the eyes to make them look wet and went over the whole bird with Perfect Pearls confetti white. Here’s what it looks like close up.

Crazy Bird Close Up

I used Papertrey Inks Blue Skies and Belated Birthday sets for the sentiment and  mounted the bird with 3D foam squares. The card didn’t look quite finished so I added green, blue and yellow sequins to the bottom right corner to complete my visual triangle. This card was so fun to make. I’m going to have to start sourcing some sentiments that go with the birdies!