distress ink

Gold Tipped Feather Card

by Lesley Oman on 2 October, 2013

Hello my little flowers!

Todays card was a result of a Cameo play session.  :-) i swear the more i play with my silhouette cameo the more i love it. And in fact, the more i play the better i get at using it, so it means that i feel like i am actually getting the results that i want now, which is fab!

I made a cut file which was a scatter of stars and then i ran a piece of acetate through the cameo to create a mask. It was an experiment, and it turned our great. i was really surprised at how easy the acetate cut. Next I used distress inks and the blender tool to pop colour through the mask to create a starry background. I purposefully chose softer colours- i didn’t want the card to appear too pre-schooly.

For the feathers I cut them in white and used the same ink pads to carry the colour into the main focal element. I love doing this, its a great way to create cohesion throughout your project. To add dimension I also used my scoring tool to create a score up through each feather- it resulted in a slight bend upwards as you can see in the photo.

Next up was some sparkle. I cut a thin strip of gold glitter paper and adhered it to the card along with blue washi tape, and then dipped the feathers in glue and gold glitter -just so the tip was a little glittery and sparkly. I think next time I will use glitter embossing powder to get a more even coverage, but this still worked well.  Add a printed greeting, some twine and random Jack Wills button, chomp some corners and i call that done!




Baby Girl Card: Laundry Day

by Lesley Oman on 29 August, 2011

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Pink, pink, pink

Being the first Miss Oman in FOUR generations, when we arrived at Granny’s house last week little miss Pi’s room came complete with a selection of newly bought clothes: vests and onesies, tops and leggings, cardies and dresses. After having four boys I think Mum O is enjoying spending time in the pink aisles of the stores.

And today I have a pink, girly card to share. I bought this really cute stamp a little while ago, but its only recently I’ve been playing with it.

Cute, huh?

I sketched this out, err, about a milllllion years ago, but somehow it got left unloved for ages! I’m glad it finally made it in the end! Here it is —>

I made the grass by just using my normal scissors, but i kinda wish i had one of these.

and why didn’t anyone tell me about how awesome the Antique Linen distress ink is? It’s been on my shelf for months and its only now that i’ve discovered how lovely it looks on white cardstock, creating a subtle, soft, vintage look. Yummy! I buy my distress inks at Country View Crafts by the way – cheapest i’ve ever seen them, and FREE shipping too!


Hey there gang,

Today i’ve got a video for you, walking you through a little inking fun. I like to use white embossing powder to emboss a stamped image and then colour over it, as the white always pops out so vividly. I picked up this really yummy Penny Black stamp a little while ago and it is perfect for this technique.

I had fun making the video, I hope you enjoy watching it.

As for us, we are going to two summer fayres today. They promise me bouncy castles, BBQs, craft stalls, beer tents and car boot sales. I’ll let you take one guess at which one of those interests me the most! (and one guess to which interests Craig the most! ) LOL.



Hey everyone,

Today’s project was fun to make but also a little emotionally painful for me! Okay…Im being over dramatic, but i’m pretty sure i’m allowed to be.

I have always loved tea. I’m irish, and if you have ever been to Ireland or visited an Irish family you will know that you aren’t in your seat for 2 minutes before the kettle is put on and the tea and biscuits come out! And, there seems to be some sort of unspoken social etiquette which means that if you refuse a cup of tea, its almost verging on the height of rudeness! It’s so very true, to the point that I find it very funny!

Nevertheless, tea has always been something that I found great comfort in. It was a little cup of home, warm and inviting, and would never fail to pick me up no matter what time of the day it was. Even whenever we would have a new person start at work, or someone in for training or work experience, the very first thing they learnt would be the most important element of a happy workplace- knowing how everyone liked their tea. I even had the team so well trained that the moment I would arrive through the doors at 8.30am, there would be a cuppa sitting waiting for me, ready to start the day (i guess they all knew how to butter me up!).

But then it happened. As soon as I fell pregnant I was repulsed by tea. I still wanted it, but it did not agree with my body. I guess at the start its your body’s way of irradicating nasties that might affect baby’s development, like caffeine. I actually had to tell them pretty much immediately that i was pregnant because the team noticed very quickly that my cups of tea were never getting drunk.

As the months progressed, I was able to withstand tea again, but with the repercussion of serious indigestion. I have tried decaf tea, fruit tea, rosbos tea… a multitude of varieties, but still after every cup I seem to suffer.

And yet, still, sometimes, I really really want a cup of tea, when I am having a little biscuit or with my breakfast in the morning. I sometimes make a cup of decaf and take about three sips, just so i can have the experience of drinking tea, but then I have to abandon the remainder, feeling defeated every time.

So, making this card was a bitter sweet experience. I couldn’t help but reach for this teacup stamp from my December Unity Stamps Kit of the month, probably an urge stemmed from a mix of nostalgia and self pity. And although I have added the greeting ‘Thinking of you’, i think really, deep down I was thinking about myself, and thinking…{yearning}…for a cup of tea!

Products Used

Pattern Paper – Quite Contrary
Stamps: Unity stamps Dec KOTM, not sure who makes the greeting (but i’ll find out and post it here)
Ink: Distress ink; Shabby shutters, peeled paint, spun sugar, worn lipstick, black soot, embossing ink
Embossing powder: black
Corner punch – carl craft
Liquid pearls: white opal
Ribbon: stampin’ up

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