My inky travels along life's rocky road

Friday, 23 October 2020

Flower Stamp Pocket Card

 Another pocket card for my Random Scraps Album using another of the scrapbook paper 'stamps'. The pink base card was left over from another project as was the brown card. I used a woodgrain embossing folder on the brown piece which was only just big enough. I added a tiny scrap of the Crafty Individuals paper and a couple of punched leaves. The retro flowers were punched out and a couple of gems were added.

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Monthly Challenge - October

 This month's letter is:               

                                    N for Number

The only colour choice was Navy Blue (but I haven't used it).

I decided to give my Tim Holtz Umbrella Man an airing - I'd love to say it was because he has lots of numbers on him but that was pure coincidence. With the help of my stamping platform and Versafine onyx black I was able to stamp all the detail clearly. After masking the image I revived some excess ink (it may have been twisted citron Oxide) that was on my plastic mat with a few spritzes of water and ran the card through it. When dry I added a small flourish, another TH image, randomly over the card with pumice stone DI. This was followed by a couple of Paper Artsy number stamps with a Kaleidacolor ink pad and Versafine onyx black. Finally I filled in some gaps with a TH dot stencil and Impress poppy red. I removed the mask and added the text in Memory Box's Parker font.

Thursday, 24 September 2020

Moonlit Dreams

This card is made with some very old stamps that I haven't used in a while and I had forgotten how much I liked the main image. It is by a now defunct American company called Innovative Stamp Creations and I remember I had first seen it on someone's blog and wanted to get my hands on it. 

This card uses masking for the moon (a punched circle) and the main image which was the first thing I stamped with Versafine onyx black. I used mowed lawn and blueprint sketch DIs for the background and then removed the masks. The leaves are by a UK company called Joroco and are even older than the main image. The sentiment is a small stamp I found in my 'words' drawer. I added a few coloured pencil highlights to the face.

Saturday, 19 September 2020

Another Heart Pocket Card

 This pocket card uses scraps from the Pile of Shame (which is looking a little smaller). I can't remember what the terracotta base card was used for but a sizeable piece was on the Pile. I used a mosaic embossing folder and some leftover scraps from the Slanted Tri-fold Card here. I added another of the 'stamps' (you'll see a lot of those I have a pile of them) and some gems. The edges were shaded with tea dye DI and chalk.

Thursday, 17 September 2020

Floral Pocket Card

 I watched a Jennifer McGuire tutorial on You Tube in which she revisited embossing folders - specifically the newer 3D folders. I have a couple so decided to try out the technique she demonstrated. I used a Crafter's Companion 3D folder called Country Garden on some patterned paper left over from the card I showed in my previous post. The circular sentiment is also a left over from that project from the same Kaisercraft stamp set. The idea is you ink one side of the embossing folder (depending on if you want the background or the raised pattern) and run the folder through your machine as normal. Because the 3D folders are deeply moulded you can ink the folder directly with the ink pad - in this case I used Impress peony purple. After embossing I used Impress cupid pink on a piece of cut and dry felt and rubbed it gently over the raised areas to highlight them. The sentiment was raised on foam pads.

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

A Quick and Easy Smile


Sometimes you just need a quick card to send to someone 'just because...'. This came together in record time.

I die cut a fancy rectangle from patterned paper (Anna Marie Designs Blissful Peach) and used a handy Kaisercraft stamp set (Shine Bright) for all the other bits using circle punches. The circles were mounted on different sized foam pads to vary the height. That's it!

Saturday, 12 September 2020

Heart Pocket Card

I haven't made a pocket card for a while - these are small cards (3" x 4") cut with a Sizzix die mostly made up of scraps from the Pile of Shame on my desk. They will be going into an album you can see here.

The background was a piece of card that I had heart embossed for another project but it hadn't looked right so it had been abandoned on my desk. I was using Brushos a few days later and had spritzed too much water and needed to blot some of it up so I grabbed the card, placed it over and was quite pleased with the results. The edges of the script patterned paper (not sure where it's from) were torn and I used a scrap of red card from the pile to die cut a TH scribbly heart. I'm happy with the way it's turned out and am enjoying putting these small cards together from bits and pieces - there's no pressure to make them or to fill the album -  I just have a look through the pile when I feel like it.

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