I love Distress Ink.  Have for a long time, so I was glad to see the many techniques with Distress Inks this week.  Here, I used the color combo for week two and Sketch #3.  Had fun.  If I were doing it over, I would probably make the brown circles a little smaller.  (I used Jennifer’s technique of tracing the outside of the circle die to get a circle just slightly larger than the die cut circle. A great tip.)

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I’m trying to add a new post to the blog with the cards I have received in the last couple of months.  Sorry to be so slow about it.  But here are cards that arrived in my mailbox from Inky Fingers members.  Two from March (from Dorothy and ??? – I’m guessing Pam) and one from April (from Juliene).  Thanks to all of you.  I love getting art in the mail.

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From Dorothy.  I haven’t met you Dorothy.  I appreciate your card.  The lady bugs are so cute!

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From Pam????  I am guessing Pam because it has so many layers!!  Love the perfume in the vintage blue frame.

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From Juliene…. This is pinker in real life.  Having trouble picking that up.  I love the dots in the shape of the curve on the right.

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I wanted to make a set of ATCs for a colorwash spray swap at CCSwaps a couple of months ago.  I made one ATC that I really liked but couldn’t get the others (done in other colors) to work to my satisfaction.  So, I abandoned that project and came up with something else using color wash.  I ran across the one ATC that I really liked and thought I would post it.  I used the Tim Holtz Adironack colorwash sprays for the background.  As you can tell, I used a lot.  It’s very intense.  Then I stamped the flower in black Stazon ink (I think) and used bleach to lighten up the flower petals.  Finally, I went over the petals with Distress Ink.  I’ll have to post the stamp company later.  I use that stamp a lot, which means it get easily buried in my work area.  Thanks for looking!

I’ve been a member at Rubber Stamp Chat for awhile but only as a lurker.  I noticed last week that they were running a technique ATC swap, and I knew I just had to sign up.  I decided to use the Faux Velvet technique from the Technique Junkies April-May 2010 edition.  I loved the way the background turned out.  This is really easy and creates very rich backgrounds.  Hop on over to the Technique Junkie website if you don’t know about the newsletter yet.  http://www.techniquejunkies.com/ Here is Pat (the editor’s) blog as well  http://www.patstamps.blogspot.com/.  And, now for my Faux Velvet Spring ATCs.  I used Twinkling H20 Radiant Rain shimmering mists (Sky Blue, Lemon Drop and Cranberry) and Mesh and Textile Cuttlebug folders for the background.  Tombo markers for the flowers.  (Stamp: Native Grass by Hero Arts.) Distress Ink on everything else.  Hope you like them!!

     

 

Shape ATC swap

May 24, 2010

I’m doing an ATC swap at CCSwaps with the theme of shapes. I use diamonds a lot – and have several diamond stamps – so I decided that would be my shape. Here are a couple of pictures of the ATCs. I used the same design for all of them but made the openings in different places.

  

Thanks for looking.

Birthday Card

May 18, 2010

Here’s a recent birthday card for a friend of mine. I’m not quite sure why I felt compelled to use the sentiment. It just spoke to me. (My friend surely isn’t lost.) Stamps by Tim Holtz. Used Distress Inks for the background.

Inchie notebook

May 9, 2010

Doing a swap on CCSwaps with inchies. Inchies turned out to be harder than I expected them to be, but I liked working that small. I altered a notebook from Target. Took it apart, gessoed, painted and inked both covers. Used Tim Holtz swirl stamps in Distress Ink to give the covers more texture. (I also used another stamp with lines, but when they dried, you couldn’t see them!!) The inchie stamps are from Stampin Up. Fibers from ???.