Wednesday, 18 April 2018

'Distressing' inks

I decided to have a wee go with distress inks.  I keep hearing about this 'smooshing' technique, so I gave that a go.  I don't have any acetate but read that a clear stamp block could be used instead, so that's what I did and it didn't work at all.  So I tried another technique I've seen, of just swiping ink pads onto a heat mat, spritzing with water and then dabbing the paper/card onto it a few times, heat setting in between.  That didn't really work for me either, but I managed to get a couple of bits that looked half decent (well, maybe a quarter decent if I'm honest).  This is the second bit.  The first, and best, I managed to stick onto a card blank squint.  I think I'll have to admit defeat and just use distress inks for the edges of paper.
The Merry Christmas Challenge - Anything goes + Christmas
Craftaholics R Us - Anything goes
The Holly And Ivy Christmas - Anything goes
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas - Anything Christmas goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Creative Craft Cottage - Anything goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Little Miss Muffet - Anything goes
Sparkles Christmas - Feature a creature

Image stamp - Penny Black 'Snow-Board Ride'
Sentiment stamp - Lili Of The Valley 'Merry Christmas Words'
Paper - I used 'Picked Raspberry', 'Scattered Straw', 'Seedless Preserves' and 'Mowed Lawn' Tim Holtz distress inks to create a bit of a mess ;)
Extras - Flower Soft and 'Icicle' Stickles

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

ABC Christmas Challenge - H & I

It's challenge time again, over at the ABC Christmas Challenge, and our host is Lorraine.  This month the themes are -  

'H for Hat'
  and 
'I for Ice' 

Our sponsor this month is -
and the prize is two free digis from the shop

There's also rather a fab prize from Lorraine.   One lucky winner can choose either a £20 or $20 gift voucher to spend in the store of their choice!

My 'H for Hat' card
House-Mouse & Friends - Anything goes
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes
The Merry Christmas Challenge - Anything goes + Christmas
Sparkles Christmas - Feature a creature
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - Patterned paper
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas - Anything Christmas

Image stamp - House-Mouse 'Whee Flight'
Sentiment stamp - Lili Of The Valley 'Christmas Grungy Messages' set
Extras - I added Flower Soft to the wee mouse's Santa hat and used a Lawn Fawn 'Stitched Hillside' border die on the lighter paper

My 'I for Ice' card
Image stamp - Penny Black 'Ice Dance'
Papers - First Edition 'Christmas Wishes'
Extras - Not easy to see the ice in the photo, but it was made by sprinkling Glamour Dust onto Glossy Accents