Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Playing with Distress Oxide inks on Glossy Photo paper

Distress Oxide inks on Glossy Photo paper
Back in September while playing with some crafty friends I took along some glossy photo paper.  Now I should tell you I've had this paper since about 2002, it actually said manufactured in 2001.   I think we got a new printer and thought we would print out own pictures, little did we know the cost of the coloured ink for the ink jet printer would be ridiculously expensive so the paper got filed away.  I'm so glad I found it.


You can see the glossy surface 


I inked my craft mat with Distress Oxide ink, spritzed it with water and then picked up the in ink on the photo paper, I heat set it after each layer, I wasn't impressed as the colours looked very chalky and rubbed off when I touched them.  After our crafting session I just dropped it in my bag and forgot about it.
Well a few weeks later I stumbled across this video on You Tube and realised I just missed one important step, I just need to wipe the surface with a baby wipe. What a transformation.
You can see in the photo below the area which is bright has been wiped the dull matte coloured portion hasn't.


I did a few samples with different coloured Distress Oxide Inks



I'm entering this for the following challenge
CAS Watercolour












Card Recipe
Stamps: Vissible Image
Paper: 110lb white, Glossy photo paper
Ink: Ranger archival
Accessories: Distress Oxide inks, Zigs Watercolour pens, baby wipes
Techniques: Distress oxide on glossy photo paper

Saturday, 2 December 2017

CAS Watercolour December Challenge Anything Goes

It's time for a new challenge for CAS Watercolour and for December it's Anything Goes. 
Our Guest Designer for this month is Hideko of Paper Craft Boutique, please head over and say hi and  check out all her wonderful creations along with the rest of the CAS Watercolour design team.



Being way behind on my Christmas cards I thought I would stick with the Christmas theme for this months.
This sweet little pup is from a Hero arts set with a kitten and a puppy.  I used some Daniel Smith Gold grounds on watercolour paper, then stamped the image and coloured with zigs.  The gold grounds give such a warm glow under the zig watercolouring.  I used a white gel pen to colour in toe, heel and cuff of the stocking.


This is a close up of the partially watercoloured image. I'm still playing around with the grounds, I also have the pearlescent white grounds so you may see more in the future.



Thanks for your comments, I love hearing from you and I'm happy to answer any questions you have.


Card Recipe
Stamps: Hero arts Fluffy stockings stamp and die
Paper: Watercolour paper, Cream 110 lb card stock
Ink:  blackRanger archival, Delicata gold
Accessories: Daniel Smith Gold Grounds, Zig Watercolouring Wens
Techniques: Watercolour

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Christmas tag

with all the Tag inspiration out there I'm posting another and there may be more 😀

My background was made last year at Susan's and I don't know which stamp we used. We white embossed some images and then blended distress inks into the background.  I used Real Red SU pen to add the berries, this was sitting in my UFO for almost 12 months and I decided to turn into a tag for Loll's tag event and a few other tag events.

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Card Recipe
Stamps: unknown, Sentiment - Unity
Paper:mixed media, 110lb white
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: MFT tag die, distress inks, SU real red marker, silver embossing paste, Americana stencil. silver rope cord,
Techniques: distress blending

Thursday, 16 November 2017

November CAS Watercolour Mid Month Reminder

It's the middle of November and time for CAS Watercolour Mid Month reminder, if anyone has checked out my "about me" page you will know I have 2 absolutely gorgeous and sweet golden retrievers Dylan (4yrs) and Tika (18mths) so you'll understand why I love this adorable puppy.  I ended up making 2 cards, the first card I made I didn't think it was quite CAS enough, so I made a second for the challenge.
As the stamp image is quite large, I created a square card which is 5 1/2" by 5 1/2" for the challenge.  I watercoloured the image and used some pencils to add some shading to the puppy and his hat.  I added some Wink of Stella to give the white on his Santa's hat a little sparkle.  The background has a little water colour wash.


This is the one I opted not to post, just a little less CAS with the black frame and darker wash on an A2 Card.  This was such an easy image to colour I think I'll do a few more as I have a few dog owner friends😊

For lots of great holiday inspiration pop over the CAS Watercolour challenge and play along.  Ina of Little Bits of Craft is our awesome guest designer for this month so hop over check out her gorgeous cards and don't for get to say hello.





Card Recipe
Stamps: Stampendous puppy, Paper Smooches sentiment, Amuse sentiment,
Paper 140 lb watercolour paper, black, 110 lb white, Linen cream
Ink: Ranger Archival
Accessories: Frantage, Simon Says Stamp Square stitched die, Wink of Stella,
Techniques: Watercolouring