Card Making

MYM – Colouring with distress inks (video)

by Lesley Oman on 14 June, 2010

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HI there everyone, and welcome to another Miss You Monday post. I had lots of fun making this weeks card for Sarah. It started because I wanted to use up some of my scraps, and then I got so swept away in inspiration I ended up doing a little stamping, a little sewing, a little homemade-embellishment-making, a little distressing, and a little video-making!!

A few people have asked me what markers I use to colour the stamped images on my cards. I know that copic markers are all the rage right now, but i havent had the pleasure of playing with them yet (maybe when the bank balance allows). But I usually don’t use markers, but instead use my distress inks to colour in stamped images. As I had a few questions in relation to this, what better way to answer them than to show you in a little video…

So here it is: a video showing you a fun technique on how you can colour in stamped images with distress inks and a watercolour brush pen – that I have just discovered is called Aquaflo. These pens are likely the best £4 I have ever spent because i use them ALL the time!! Definitely a must-have tool in your crafting arsenal!

Enjoy

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Products Used
heroarts raindrops stamp
distress ink: shabby shutters, fired brick, broken china, black soot, tumbled glass
Watercolour brush pen (called Aquaflo)
unity stamps
kraft cardstock
DCWV adhesive mat stack
sewing machine
corner chomper
button
string
paperclip
circle punch
star embellishments
distressing tool
october afternoon 12×12 paper
gaia butterfly stamp
glossy accents

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Hello everyone. I hope you managed to get through April 1st without being fooled too much! I was quite disappointed that I never got a random text from my joker brother, but he claims that he is unable to do or say anything on April first without people assuming that its a joke! HA HA!

Today I have a video to share. I have been feeling inspired by the change in the weather which has beckoned spring time our way. I have also been playing with some new purchases which I am simply adoring – My Unity Stamp Kit of the Month, and the new colours of Ranger’s Distress Inks. (By the way, the best price I can get these in the UK is Country View Crafts – free delivery too!)

So its only natural that this card ‘sprung’ to life (excuse the pun LOL), using the Bundled Sage distress ink to create a fresh, soft, elegant card, complete with a stamped image of dandelions – using a stamp from the Unity February 2010 KOTM. And of course, I stuck down my ribbon using my fav Glue Dots! ♥

There’s a few tips and techniques in this video: I show you how I have used distress ink 4 different ways in one card, and I share with you a secret on what I use to help tie ribbon into beautiful bows.

I hope you enjoy the video, and have a Glorious Good Friday. Don’t forget to leave me a comment here, i do love reading them all.

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Mother Day Cards

by Lesley Oman on 6 March, 2010

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Hey everyone,

Mothers’ day is fast approaching, so I let have some Mums’ day cards, after all we all want to tell our mumsies how great they are! Mum’s are there to help, there to support and to encourage and to love, and my Mummy ticks all of those boxes.

I’ve used the ‘Pretty Please’ collection from My Minds Eye, and I think they give the perfect touch of Motherly elegance, infused with a bit of whimsy, and are definitely colourful enough to brighten anyones day, just as my mummy always brightens mine.

Enjoy, and thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to leave me a comment here.

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Terrifically Teal Cards

by Lesley Oman on 12 January, 2010

I’ve fallen in love with these teal papers from My Minds Eye Bloom & Grow collection.


But they were exactly what I was looking for when I was making a birthday card for my friend Sarah. With a birthday in January, I wanted to avoid Christmassy colours, but with snow lying on the ground outside, I wasn’t quite feeling in the mood to use spring colours or pastel shades. Well, thats my excuse anyway… nothing to do with the fact that teal is my favourite colour!!

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A little matting & layering, a few buttons, pieces of string, a smidgen of distress ink (pine needles) and a butterfly rubber stamp from hero arts. Simple yet elegant! I hope she likes it.

Once I had cut into the 12×12 piece of cardstock, I couldn’t help but use it up. So here are the rest of the bits and pieces I made quickly whilst i had all the pieces of coordinating cardstock sitting on my workdesk.

First a teeny card, but this time I stamped the butterfly onto a page from an old french text book using brown Archival ink. I cut it out then mounted it onto a label shape cut using my nestabilities.

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On this one I have repurposed a piece of cardstock that came with a Pink Paislee clear stamp. I liked the graph style print and knew that I would use it somewhere, so I put it away in my scraps pile. Now it has been given a new lease of life! :0)

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And lastly…I really had fun with this one – working outside of the parameters of a ‘normal’ card. This is simply a card that slips in and out of its little pocket-home. The whole thing can slip inside a standard C6 envelope and a message or a photo can be put on the back of the card. FUN!

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Thanks for popping by, and don’t forget that you can leave me a comment, and you can still enter the blog candy giveaway by leaving a comment here before Sunday.

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