more ink-blended cards

Emboss-resist birthday card, with pastel distress inks.

More Ink-Blended Cards

I recently got on a bit of a Distress Ink-blending kick (as shown in an earlier post), and I now have a few more ink-blended cards to share.  For this first card, I used the heat emboss resist technique.  I started with some flourish stamps and VersaMark ink, and some clear embossing powder.  I stamped and embossed a few flourishes on a piece of white cardstock (PTI).  I then chose some softer ink colors, and blended them over my design – the embossed areas “resist” the ink, so the design shines through.  This time, I really wanted a “softer” look, and while my blending skills still need work, I’m happy with how this one turned out.  It’s hard to go wrong with purple, pink and blue.  😀

Finishing Touches

I sprayed some shimmer mist over the entire blended piece, which added a little sparkle .  The shine is really pretty in real life, but it’s hard to photograph.  Here’s a slightly better look:

Emboss-resist birthday card, with pastel distress inks.The sentiment was die-cut several times and layered – I think four or five black pieces, with one white piece attached slightly off-center.  I first tried the sentiment in black, but it just looked too stark, so I tried white, but it was too hard to read.  This seemed to be the ideal solution. 🙂   I rounded one corner, but it still felt incomplete.  I thought that maybe just some Enamel Accents dots in the lower right-hand corner would help balance things, but…

Fixing a Mistake

it didn’t work.  It was a learning lesson, though.  When you put Enamel Accents over heat-embossing, it appears to sort of spread – it doesn’t retain it’s nice, round shape.  I was able to scrape it off, but it left me with a bit of a booboo on my card.  You know what that means, right?  It’s time to embellish!  I really didn’t want to add a new color to this card, so I just punched a couple of flowers from black and white, and layered them – the top flower has some of that shimmer mist on it.  Problem solved.  🙂

Next up, I tried inking some panels with just one or two colors of ink.  It doesn’t sound all that different than using colored cardstock, but if you vary the amount of ink, and you flick some water here and there, you can get a nice watercolor effect.Distress Ink Blending.

I used that brown piece to cut out some tree branches, the red-ish piece for some flowers, and a green piece (not shown above) for some leaves.  All those elements, along with a die-cut sentiment gave me this card:

Next, I tried purple, and ended up with this:

Thinking of You card with purple flowers.

Back to Rainbows

While those cards are okay, in the end, I had to go back to the rainbows.  Here’s how a similar design looks, but with multi-colored flowers:

Thinking of You card, with rainbow flowers.

Yeah, I think that last one is my favorite.  What do you think?

Okay, that’s enough ink blending for a while… I think… maybe… LOL.  Thanks so much for stopping by my crafty little blog!  And please don’t be “bashful” – send me a note, or leave a comment.  I’d love to hear from you!  I’m still trying to find my “tribe”.  I can’t be the only bashful optimistic vegan obsessive-compulsive cat-mommy kid-at-heart card-maker out there, can I?  🙂

Have a beautiful, wonderful, colorful day!

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crabby cat card

Crabby Cat handmade card, using Tim Holtz' Crazy Cats and Lawn Fawn's Life is Good stamp sets.

Crabby Cat:

I had so much fun with Tim Holtz’ Crazy Cats, and Lawn Fawn’s mice (Have a Mice Birthday card), that I thought I’d try another, similar card.  This time, I used Lawn Fawn’s Life is Good seaside-themed stamps to make this crabby cat card.  It probably needs a better sentiment – I struggled with that part – but once I got the general idea, the other pieces went together pretty easily.

The Critters:

I started by stamping the crazy cat, and the various crabs, seashells, and sand bucket, on white cardstock.  Prismacolor pencils and OMS give them their color.  I felt like the cat needed something to stand on, but I couldn’t find the right stamp, so I just drew an upside-down boat shape with a ruler and black pen, and colored it with Prismacolors as well.  Each piece was carefully fussy-cut, and the edges were all inked in black.

The Background:

For the background, I used Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Rectangles die to cut out a piece of white cardstock.  I die-cut a couple of clouds from Post-it notes, so I could mask off a bit of the sky.  Some gentle ink blending created the sky and the sand.  I also added just some little dots of a gold glitter gel pen and a black pen, to give the sand some texture.  All of the critters’ eyes have dabs of Enamel Accents, the seashells have a bit of glitter from a gel pen, and the sand bucket has a coating of Glossy Accents for some shine.  Here’s more of a close-up:

Crabby Cat handmade card, using Tim Holtz' Crazy Cats and Lawn Fawn's Life is Good stamp sets.

(And just a little tip on gel pens… I absolutely love the Wink of Stella glitter pens, but they aren’t cheap, and mine is completely dry.  However, I have a ton of super-bargain-discount colored glitter gel pens that often work as a reasonable-if-not-quite-the-same substitute.) 

Putting it All Together:

I took my boat shape and ran it through my die-cutter with the same Stitched Rectangles die, so it would match the background piece.  Then, I just arranged all the pieces, and glued everything down.  Adding the Enamel Accent eyes, and drawing in the cat’s whiskers, were the last steps.  (Those little items would have been a challenge to fussy-cut, so this was a perfect solution.)


So-not-into-cards hubby says it should say “Be happy, not crabby.”  Try as I might, I can’t come up with anything better.  What do you think – what sentiment would you use on this card?  Please let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear your ideas!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a happy-not-crabby day!


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inked rainbow cards

Birthday cards made with a Distress Ink blended background.

Inking rainbows

Ever get on a technique kick, and you just want to keep going?  That’s what happened when I pulled out my Distress Inks, and decided to practice my blending.  I started out with one piece of watercolor cardstock, die-cut the sentiment and heart, and managed to make two inked rainbow cards by using both the positive and negative pieces.

The blending went okay, but I was a bit disappointed with these two cards… so I pulled out my inks again, and decided to give it another try… and then another.  (Talk about inky fingers!  I made such a mess, LOL.)  I don’t have a whole lot of watercolor paper (probably need to do something about that), and I had a feeling I was going to need quite a few more pieces, so I switched to just plain white cardstock for the rest of my attempts.  (Most of them, I believe, are on Papertrey Ink’s Stamper’s Select cardstock.)

Ink blending with Distress Inks.
Ink-blending example – Tim Holtz Distress Inks on Papertrey Ink Stamper’s Select cardstock.

Some things I learned:

I still have a long way to go to get the kind of results that my card-making heroes get, but I did learn a few things.  There’s no doubt about it – it’s easier to blend colors on watercolor paper.  You can use a lot more water (obviously), and that really helps with the blending.  However, you can get more vivid colors on regular cardstock (if that’s what you’re going for).  Creating water spots for that water-color look, though, works perfectly fine on regular cardstock (as seen above).  Also, if you feel that your blended piece looks a little too splotchy or not blended well, it will be much less noticeable if you use that piece for making die-cuts – the smaller pieces make even a bad blend-job look good.  🙂

Distress ink rainbow card.

A Rainbow Hello:

For my next card (above), I die-cut a flower outline from my ink-blended paper.  Cutting the same flower from white cardstock, I used the inlayed die-cut technique to create my focal piece.  I added some hearts, and a hello sentiment, also cut from the same inked piece.  Some Glossy Accents on the hearts, and a bit of Baker’s Twine finishes this off.  The flower piece is adhered with foam adhesive, and the whole card-front is attached to a blue card-base.  (I haven’t used it yet, but I did save the die-cut rainbow flower outline, to use later.)

Ink-blended butterfly birthday card.

Rainbow Butterflies:

And last but not least, I pulled out a design I’ve done before, but this time, all of the pieces were cut from some ink-blended paper.  I just cut off a strip, die-cut some butterflies from it, and used both the strip and the individual butterflies on the upper left-hand corner.   The sentiment was also cut from the rainbow paper.  After tying a bit of Baker’s Twine around the butterfly strip, I adhered that to a swirly-embossed piece of white cardstock.  Four of the butterflies are just glued right onto the embossed piece with dots of liquid glue, but the largest of the bunch is popped up with foam.  (I actually just die-cut the same butterfly from white foam, and glued it to the butterfly, and the background.  It gives a much “cleaner” look, and it’s actually easier to do than trying to cut up tiny pieces of foam tape.)

More to come

I actually didn’t stop there – just had to keep on ink-blending… but the rest will have to wait for a future post.  So, do you have any ink-blending advice for me?

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a happy rainbow kind of day!

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have a mice birthday – birthday card

Have a Mice Birthday - Birthday Card

Crazy Cats and Christmas Mice…

For today’s birthday card, I broke all the rules.  Yup – I mixed Tim Holtz with Lawn Fawn (two very different styles), and I turned Christmas mice into birthday mice.  I think this poor Crazy Cat is not at all happy with me right now, LOL.

Mixing Stamps:

I started this card by stamping some of Tim Holtz’ Crazy Cats cats, and some of Lawn Fawn’s Merry Christmouse mice on white cardstock, and colored them with my Prismacolor pencils, blended with OMS.  Then I fussy-cut everything out, inked the edges, and played around with some arrangement ideas.  While some of the images in the Christmouse set are definitely Christmas-y, the mice by themselves are just… well… mice.  🙂  And the cheesy present looks as much like a birthday present as a Christmas present, at least to me.  The mouse sitting on the cat’s head was actually peeking out of a stocking, so I just removed the stocking with my trusty scissors.

Creating the Background:

For the sentiment, I just mixed up some words from two different stamp sets.  The background is made up of two pieces of Lawn Fawn patterned paper.  I just hand-cut a piece of the blue-ish paper to sort of “fit” my scene (so the cat and mice would have something to sit on), glued it to the other paper, and then cut out the whole piece with a stitched rectangle die.  (Arranging all of the pieces before I glued everything down really helped with this step.)  Then I stamped the cat and two of the mice on this background piece, so that I could get the tails and whiskers, without having to fussy-cut out those thin lines.  (The little guy on the cat’s head has a hand-drawn tail – the stamp wouldn’t have worked here, so I improvised.)

Sentiment and Balloon:

I stamped the sentiment, and masked off the words, then stamped the string for the balloon.  (I’m on the fence about this.  The string lines right up with that mouse’s tail.  Do you think I should add a bow, so it looks like it’s tied onto his tail?)  The balloon itself, though, didn’t go so well.  Some Wink of Stella and a nice coat of Glossy Accents would have been my first choice, but sadly, my glitter pen is dry as a bone.  Instead, I pulled out some Star Dust Stickles and hoped for the best.  This is definitely NOT the same thing.  In the end, I had to perform a bit of card surgery by scraping off most of the Stickles, and then coating the whole balloon with Glossy Accents.  After all that fussing, it did warp a bit, but it’s going to have to do.

Finishing Touches:

The “mouse hat”, the present and the balloon were all adhered with rolled up glue-dots, for just a touch of dimension.  (I like to do this when foam seems like too much, but I still want the images raised a tiny bit.) Everything else was glued flat onto the background.  I added some Enamel Accents to all the critters’ eyes, to make them pop, and then adhered the whole panel to my card-base with foam.  Here’s a close-up:  Have a Mice Birthday - birthday card.

So, what do you think?  Did this work?  Do you think these different styles can get along together?  Are you a card rebel, too?

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I’d love to see what all of you are creating, too.  Leave a comment, or send me a note, and I’ll leave some love on your blog, too!  Have a super wonderful day!


(Sorry… some of the items are no longer available, but there are many similar ones.  The mice are from the Lawn Fawn Merry Christmouse stamp set, the patterned paper is from the Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine 6×6 paper pad.)

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snow much thanks – thank you card

Snow Much Thanks, thank you card using Simon Says Stamp's January 2017 Card Kit.

Happy New Year!

Happy 2017!  I love the idea of starting out each new year with a note of gratitude, so,  thank you so much to everyone who has followed my blog, pinned my images, visited me on Facebook or Instagram, or just had a nice thought about me.  😀  And thank you to all of the amazing card-making bloggers out there that inspire me every day.  I love being a part of this awesome card-making community!  There’s this wonderful Blog Hop going on right now called Season’s Givings Blog Hop, with all sorts of thank you gifts for fans and followers.  My blog isn’t quite there yet, but someday, I’ll be doing thank you giveaways, too!  (In the meantime, I can at least share the link to this awesome hop.)

Card Kit:

Simon Says Stamp’s January 2017 Card Kit is perfect for thank you cards, and because it includes these gorgeous, wintery sequins, I just had to make a shaker card.  This time, I decided to start by making a shaker tag which I then adhered to the card.

The Tag:

I started with a small-ish scrap of white cardstock, and used my blender tool and some distress ink in Faded Jeans.  I just did an overall blend with that one color, and then sort of threw some water drops at it, to create a bit of a watercolor effect.  From that blue piece, I die-cut a heart from the lower center, and heat-embossed the little sentiment.  For the window, I just used a leftover piece of laminate;  I have a laminator that I use for various things, and the leftover bits are perfect for these windows – super clear, and nice & sturdy… and cheap!  🙂  The shaker window is popped up with a double-layer of fun foam, and it’s filled with sequins from the card kit, as well as some misc. coordinating sequins from my stash.  A piece of Baker’s Twine finishes off the tag.

Card Base:

For the card-base, I started with a piece of the cornflower blue paper from the card kit, cut to 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Using the awesome Frozen Fractals stamp set and the Delicata white shimmer ink, also from the kit, I stamped a bunch of snowflakes.  I attached this to a white card-base, and glued the tag on top.  It seemed like it still needed “something”, so I added some dots of white Enamel Accents.

The Inside:

I’m not so good about sharing my insides, but I did remember to catch a photo of this one:  Snow Much Thanks - thank you card, inside.

To coordinate with the outside, I inked the edges of my message piece with the same Faded Jeans distress ink, and I also attached the heart left over from my die-cut tag. 

Wishing everyone a totally awesome 2017!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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