Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Lamppost in Narnia

This card is for a new scenic stamping challenge, called Craft a Scene. Since I love scenic stamping, I was happy to hear about this new challenge. The theme for February is winter. For a while now, I have wanted to do a scene inspired by the lamppost in the snowy forest where the children enter Narnia from the wardrobe (from the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis). I read the books several times as a child. Here’s my scene:

The scene is done on glossy cardstock (size: 21.5 x 14 cm, 8.5 x 5.5 in) and coloured with dye inks and some pigment ink. The stamping was done with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink. I like how the Pond stamp adds texture while leaving a snowy area in the middle. Some of the trees were stamped using second generation stamping to build depth. I didn’t ink the water and reflection parts of the Lakeside Cove stamp, turning it into a meadow instead. I also wanted a dark sky with an eerie moon. And the buck can of course talk.

The scene was coloured using a Colorbox Stylus tool starting with the lighter shades of ink and gradually building up darker layers. I left quite a bit white, since it is supposed to be snowy. The following inks were applied in this order: Aqua, Lemon Drops, Weather Wane, Spice Tin, Denim, and Pitch Black. Highlights and snow were added with a white gel pen. Finally, mist was sponged onto the scene using Colorbox Frost White ink. I also used the white ink to stamp some branches in the foreground and to stamp a grass texture stamp all over, as snow (doesn’t show so well on the scan).

Thank you for stopping by!

Supplies: Beeswax lamppost stamp; Stampscapes stamps: Buck Lg. 008b, Lakeside Cove Lg. 049G, Leafless Limbs Lg. 053F, Tree Duo 085A, Tree Duo Lg. 086B, Pine Row 15E, Pines and Rocks 195G, Pine Tree 196F, Sedge Filler 251C, Tall Grass Sm. 254B, Spooky Branch 273G, Spooky Branch Sm., Pond 279G, Eerie Moon 282F, Rocks and Grass 301A, Stump Lg. 311B, Stump Sm.; Sutter stamps snowy path; Adirondack ink: Aqua, Denim, Pitch Black; Jenni Bowlin ink: Weather Wane, Spice Tin, Lemon Drops; Ranger Archival Jet Black ink; Colorbox Frost white ink; white gel pen; Kromekote glossy cardstock.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Dry Embossed card

Today I'd like to share a tone-o-tone card using lots of dry embossing. This card is for the Winterfest Hangover Second Chance challenge, to do challenges you didn't get a chance to do during Winterfest. It's for Ann's Power of Three challenge to use at least three different embossing folders on a card (I used six). It is also for Kimber's sketch challenge on Two Peas.

The four panels were cut from Core'dinations cardstock, embossed in four different folders and sanded. The middle piece was die cut on the edge and cut from a lighter shade of Core'dinations cardstock. It was embossed with a border folder. The lower part is kraft cardstock which was embossed and then I used a sponge dauber to apply Colorbox Frost White on the embossed parts (this was inspired by a card posted by Anne -prospurring- the other day: Saying Hello Owl. The circle stamp was white embossed on kraft cardstock and I finished the card of with a piece of string and some pearls.

Thank you for looking!

Supplies: Hero Arts Untitled Word Shadow AC005; Tim Holtz Sizzix and Cuttlebug embossing folders; Core’dinations cardstock; Ranger Seafoam White embossing powder; Colorbox Frost White ink; string; pearls.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Flower bottles

This card is for Play Date Café challenge 120, and for the Hangover Winterfest challenge on Two Peas to do challenges you didn't get a chance to do during Winterfest (I did the Lonely Hearts challenge, to use old stamps that you used to love and haven’t used in a while).

Here's the gorgeous inspiration panel:

And this is my card:

I loved the bottles with the flowers on the inspiration panel and try to make my own with modelling film, stamps and alcohol ink. I drew two bottles on modeling film, cut them out and coloured the one green and the other blue with alcohol ink. When they were dry I did the alcolhol ink kissing technique on them, using two different mirrored text stamps and Archival ink. Stamp and then carefully wipe off the ink, the ink takes of the alcohol ink underneath, very cool. It shows more on the blue than on the green bottle. If you haven’t tried modeling film, when you heat it up you can shape it and when it is cool again, it will keep that shape. If you are not happy with the result, just heat it up and reshape it. Fun stuff.

The flowers were die cut with a Cuttlebug die from a piece of watercoloured paper coloured with Distress Ink and water. I used twine for the stems. The background is a also a piece of watercolour paper coloured with Distress Ink (Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans) and water, and then stamped with an old favourite – a Swedish script letter stamp.
Three close ups:

You see the shape of the bottles better on this photo.

Here you can see the kissed text a bit better, it was hard to photograph.

Thank you for looking!

Supplies: Reprint Brev från Toscana stamp; Tim Holtz Stamper’s Anonymous Reflections CSM111; Hero Arts All Occasion Messages; Stamper’s Anonymous clear modeling film; Distress Ink: Wild Honey, Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans; Memento Danube Blue; Alcohol ink: Juniper, Sailboat Blue, Stonewashed; Cuttlebug die and embossing folder; twine; Fiskars border punch; mini stapler.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Card Patterns #154

A second post for today, my card for this week’s Card Patterns sketch. This week we are sponsored by My Favorite Things, and I played around with several fun stamps and dies. Here’s the fabulous sketch designed by Michelle:

And here’s my card:

The adorable sheep was stamped with Versafine on watercolour paper and clear embossed. Then I painted it with watercolours. To get the texture on the pants, I dotted a piece of tissue on the paint before it dried. The background was done with the watercolour and cling wrap technique I described in this post. I wanted it to look as if the sheep was sitting in a field of grass, so I mixed some sunny, yellow green paint. The grass was die cut from a darker piece.

I have wanted a speech bubble die for a long time, so I was happy to get this one. I inked it a bit before stamping the sentiment. A piece of white cardstock was inked with Tattered Rose and Spun Sugar Distress Ink and the flower was die cut from it. The pink background piece was cut from the same cardstock. The flower was stamped repeatedly with a small dot stamp from the By the Numbers set, and the background piece with a music note stamp. Love those tiny music notes. The background is a piece of dry embossed and sanded Core’dinations paper.

A close up of the flower:

Thank you for stopping by! Check out the Card Patterns blog for the gorgeous DT cards.

Supplies: My Favorite Things: Where Flowers Bloom, By the Numbers Die-Namics and stamp set, Die-namics Rolled Daisy, Say What, Fresh Cut Grass; Distress Ink: Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, Stormy Sky; Hero Arts Shadow ink Soft Blossom; Daler & Rowney watercolours; Core’dinations Slate cardstock: Cuttlebug embossing folder; Kaisercraft rhinestones; twine.

CSI case file #8: Run fast

Time for the eight CSI:Color, Stories, Inspiration challenge. I absolutely loved the colours and the inspiration photo for this week. Here’s the case file:

Of the evidence items I used: stars, liquid medium, something that sparkles. Of the testimony I used: list the cast of the show. The inspiration photo made me think of watercolours immediately, so I made a watercolour background. Here’s my layout:

I mixed up watercolour paint in the three lighter colours of the palette. Watercolour paper was used for the background and I first wet the whole surface with a paint brush and clean water. I wanted soft edges of the bigger circles and painting wet-on-wet gives soft edges and a somewhat unpredictable result. The smaller circles were added when the background was dry, giving them a more defined edge. I used Daler & Rowney watercolours, but you could get the same effect with Distress Inks and water.

After the background was completely dry, it was dressed up with stamping, using the two darker colours of the palette (olive green and teal), as well as a bit of black I used a bunch of different star and circle stamps, as well as some word stamps.

The photos are of my son and his little friend where we stay. They have known each other since they were babies and play almost every afternoon and their favorite is to run fast and to preferably scream loudly at the same time.

I had a scrap piece of canvas which had been coloured yellow and misted with Perfect Pearls. Round tags were die cut from the canvas, stamped with a star stamp and then the title was placed on top.

I used chalk inks to get a nice opaque contrast to the transperant watercolours.

Don’t forget to check out the CSI site to see the work of the rest of the DT. It is amazing such a variety you get from one case file.

Thank you for visiting! Have a lovely weekend!

Supplies: Hero Arts stamps: Musical Walk F5468, Untitled Word Shadow AC005 Galaxy of Stars CL318, Many Dots CL519, Starry Sky, Playful Lowercase LL764, Basic Lowercase Letters LL188, Treasure the Moment; Inky Wings circle journaling and circle date stamps; October Afternoon text stamps; 7Gypsies circle stamps; Technique Tuesday Back Rounds medium; Tim Holtz Sizzix Tiny tabs & Tags: Daler & Rowney watercolours; Versamagic Spanish Olive, Agean Blue; Versafine Onyx Black; Core’dinations Peeled Paint cardstock; MM jewel and star brads; canvas; yellow acrylic paint; Perfect Pearls; twine, watercolour paper, star brads.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Scrap organisation

Debbi asked the CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration  team so share something about their space. I wrote a little article on scrap organisation, and I thought I would share it here too.

Scrap organisation

Debbi asked us to give a little peak of the places where we scrap. My study is almost always in a state of total chaos, so instead, I thought I’d write a little article about the organisation of my scraps and little bits and pieces. I keep my scraps fairly well organised because it helps me find pieces quickly.

I use my scraps a lot and save almost the smallest piece of paper. I always check my scraps before cutting into a new piece of paper. I find that using my scraps speeds up my scrapbooking and cardmaking a lot, because the scraps are close at hand and I don’t need to go through a lot of products to find something fun to use. I also often find unexpected little gems among my scraps. It is like a box of chocolates…you never know what you are going to get.

Patterned paper scraps
For my patterned paper scraps I have a 12 inch file folder with 20 pockets, that I have had for a really long time.

Most of the scraps are organised according to manufacturer, with more than one manufacturer in most of the pockets. There is one pocket only for ledger and text papers and it is probably my most used scrap pocket.

A few of the pockets are organised according to colour, and there is one for transparencies. When I need a paper, I always check the scrap folder first, and although it looks pretty full, this is its constant state – I use about as many pieces as I add to it.

Cardstock scraps
Oddly sized cardstock scraps go into a shallow box which sits on top of one of my drawer units.

Bigger sizes (for matting and card bases for example), go into a separate folder. I use this folder a lot and it doesn’t really grow. I always check it before cutting a new full sheet of cardstock. I also have a separate folder for Core’dinations cardstock scraps, since I don’t want to mix it up with ordinary cardstock.

White and kraft cardstock scraps
Since I love to stamp and play with ink and paint, I use different types white papers (watercolour, glossy, smooth), more than any other papers. I keep those scraps in a separate folder, and even the smallest of the white paper scraps are used. This folder is never very full, because I reach for it almost on a daily basis. I keep kraft scraps in the same folder (but in a different pocket), since kraft paper is also one of my basics.

Inked and stamped papers
I have a lot of inked and stamped scraps since I often make more than I need, especially when experimenting with a technique. I also use watercolour scraps to wipe up remaining Distress Ink from my craft sheet (misting with water first), so I have a lot of those and I love to use them. Inked and stamped scraps have their own folder.

I use the same type of folder as for the white cardstock scraps – it is from Cropper Hopper – I think it was originally meant for stickers. It has one 12 inch pocket in the middle and two smaller pockets on each side, so I put larger papers in the middle and smaller ones in the side pockets. It is kept underneath my desk, together with the white cardstock scraps, so it is within very easy reach.

Tiny bits and pieces
Tiny bits and pieces go into a container – because they would get lost among the bigger papers. Lonely buttons and flowers, chipboard pieces, little pieces of ribbon, die cuts and other little things also end up in this box. I look in it often and sometimes make a card using only the scraps in the little box, together with other scrap papers.

Treasures on the desk
My final place for ‘storing’ scraps is on my desk. I make a big mess when I scrapbook and lots pieces end up on my desk, until I decide to tidy up. I actually prefer not having a completely tidy desk, because I love finding a little something straight in front of me that just jumps onto my page. The other day there was a tiny little star die cut on my desk, a leftover from my Christmas cardmaking, and it made the perfect little addition to a card I was working on.

I hope you find this a bit useful and that it will encourage you to use your scraps. I am sure there are many much better ways of storing scraps, but this works pretty well for me at the moment. Try using at least four scrap pieces on your next project. It’s a lot of fun.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Watercolours and cling wrap

I played around with a fun technique for these cards, using watercolours and cling wrap. It is for a Winterfest challenge at the Stamping board at Two Peas, called Water Play. The fun challenge was basically to play around with watercolours (or ink) and water and a paint brush, and letting the background take centre stage. The cards are also for this month’s Hero Arts challenge (friendship theme).

The flowers were embossed with Sea Foam white powder first. Then I applied watercolours on watercolour paper with a paint brush. I mixed some of the colours beforehand and let the rest mix directly on the paper. The card was immediately covered with crumbled up cling wrap. It is important to let the paper dry with the cling wrap on top. It creates a great textured effect, and the texture differs depending on the look of the cling wrap and to some extent on the paint colour. For these two cards, I pulled the cling wrap so that it formed pleats, creating a grass like texture. I made a whole bunch of other backgrounds too, using different colours and crumbling the cling wrap up in different ways. It was a lot of fun.

After the background dried, I worked a bit more on the flowers. First I lifted colour out from the flowers with clean water and a paint brush, making them stand out more from the background. On the darker card, I mixed a deep pink/purple and painted it in the centre of the flower, also adding some addition lines besides the embossed ones, and shadows to the stems. I scratched away some of the paint with my craft knife, creating fine lines. I also added lines to the Dandelions with white gouache paint.

Here's the second, lighter card:

On the lighter card, I also lifted out the paint from the Dandelions, and painted dark pink in the centres. Then I dry brushed white gouache paint on top of the flowers, in the direction of the embossed lines, creating a misty, chalky look. The sentiments were white embossed on vellum.

Thank you for visiting!

Supplies: Hero Arts Star Bursts K5585, Anytime Messages CL129, Sending Smiles CL490; Daler & Rowney watercolours (pans); Ranger Seafoam White embossing powder; vellum; watercolour paper; pearls, rhinestones

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Hello card

This card is for two Winterfest challenges at the Stamping Board on Two Peas, the Border Punch (use at least two border punches) and Different Shaped Card challenges. It is also for this month’s Hero Arts challenge (hello cards).

I used a Spellbinders die to cut the card from a piece of watercolour paper inked with Distress Inks (first smeared on my craft sheet and misted with water). I used a iron gate border punch as a border underneath the stamped flowers and the birds are cut from a piece of paper punched with a birds-on-a-wire border punch. The flower panel and text background were stamped with Versafine Olympia Green.

Thank you for visiting!

Supplies: Hero Arts stamps: Untitled Love AC004, All Occasion Messages, Thank You Definition CG268; Distress Ink: Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive; Versafine Olympia Green; Martha Stewart Birds on a wire and Iron Gate border punches; Spellbinders labels die; string; heart brad; Kaisercraft rhinestones.

Card Patterns 153: Saying Hello

I am sorry for not having posted this yesterday evening, it got too late before I had a chance to sit down at the computer. I love this week’s Card Patterns sketch designed by Tracy, with ten awesome little squares. Here it is:

Don't forget to check the Card Patterns blog for the cards by the rest of the team. Here's my card:

The squares on the sketch made me think of the card I made with inchies last week. I found two canvas scrap pieces, one was yellow, one blue and die cut 5 inchies from each. The blue squares were stamped with background stamps using Faded Jeans ink, misting the stamp a couple of times before stamping. The yellow squares were stamped with Wild Honey ink.

For the background, I adhered tissue tape to a piece of cream cardstock, making sure to get it pretty wrinkled. Then it was coloured with Antique Linen Distress Stain and sponged with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. The trim was dyed with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. The flourishes were die cut from cream paper and coloured with Walnut Stain distress stain.

You might recognize the quilled sunflower from my Fringed Flower tutorial. Here’s how I made it:

I used a Tim Holtz On the Edge die and die cut a 15 cm strip of yellow patterned paper (about 2 cm wide). Then I cut between each scallop, creating rounded and pretty wide fringes.

The centre was done by fringing two shades brown quilling paper (7 mm) and rolling them up together. I cut a strip about 1 cm wide from brown patterned paper and fringed that and rolled it around the inner centre. The fringes were inked with Walnut Stain.

Then the yellow fringes were rolled around the centre, and also inked a bit. Instead of flattening the inner centre, I pressed it from the back to give it a rounded appearance. Then glue was applied at the back to keep everything in place.

My card is also inspired by this month's Hero Arts challenge, and by two Winterfest challenges at Two Peas (Hidden Potential and Background Check).

Thank you for stopping by!!

Supplies: Hero Arts stamps: Friend Definition CG 125, Cling Dots CG139; Painted People Background CG402, Zig Zag CG422, Grid Pattern ST503, Alphabet Pattern ST501, Flourish Background CG119, Graph Background S5435, Antique Flower Background S5264, Dots and Flowers S5213, Large Canvas Stripes; Distress Ink: Wild Honey, Tumbled Glass, Walnut Stain, Faded Jeans; Distress Stain: Antique Linen; yellow acrylic paint; Tim Holtz tissue tape; Tim Holtz Sizzix Mini Flourish die; Cuttlebug square die; brown quilling paper; yellow patterned paper; Kaisercraft rhinestones; natural canvas.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

CSI 7: Open Landscapes

Time for another CSI case file, number 7. Have a look at the CSI site to see the gorgeous layouts of the rest of the DT. I hope you can play along with us! Here’s the case file:

 Here’s my layout:

I started out with a different photo and a different story, but then I stumbled upon this photo and thought it worked great with the combo, so I started over again. I used the dark grey as my main colour and was happy to find a woodgrain paper that matched very well. From the evidence items I used: distressing, woodgrain and stripes. From the testimony items I was inspired to use all the senses in my journaling.

The tags were coloured with Distress Stains (Picket Fence, Dusty Concord, Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet). The stains were smeared on my craft sheet and the tag was misted with water before I dipped it into the stains. The white stain gives everything a lovely chalk look. I stamped on the tags with Jenni Bowlin Weather Wane. The boat houses were stamped on watercolour paper and coloured with Fired Brick and water. The green of the combo was a perfect match with Bundled Sage, so I used Bundled Sage paper for the title and the jounaling and the ink to stamp one of the shells. Love the sentiment ‘May you always have a shell in your pocket’, stamped on top of the shells. White paint was dry brushed on the woodgrain paper to distress it a bit.

The title comes from a Swedish song by Ulf Lundell called ‘Open landscapes’ and is about love for the sea and the peace and freedom at the sea. I printed the lyrics on the tags. The journaling on the green paper translates: ‘Look at everything beautiful, the sea that stretches as far as the eye can see, cliffs, trees and pretty old wooden houses. Listen to the sea and the sound of the waves. Nothing smells like the sea, saltwater, warm cliffs and sand. Feel the water and the boulders. Taste the salty water (but not on this outing)'.

A close up of the sanded Core'dinations paper of the title:

Thank you for visiting! Have a wonderful weekend!
Supplies: Crafty Individuals stamps (294, 278, 226): Hero Arts Antique Engravings CL383, Large Canvas Stripes S5433; Distress Stain: Picket Fence, Dusty Concord, Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet; Distress Ink Fired Brick; Jenni Bowlin ink: Weather Wane, Lavender Sachet, Chili Powder; Tim Holtz Sizzix Vintage Market die: Core'dinations Bundled Sage cardstock; MME woodgrain paper; BasicGrey Little Black Dress paper; shipping tags; string; watercolour paper.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Quilling Fringed Flowers tutorial

As I wrote on Friday, I was planning to do a tutorial on quilling fringed flowers. For some background about quilling and some tips and tricks, see this post. And here's the link to my Winterfest challenge to combine quilling and stamping at the Stamping Board on Two Peas in a Bucket.

Fringed flowers are one of the most popular quilled flowers, and easy to do. You can do a wide variety of flowers, using different types of papers. Here are just a few examples:

I made a tutorial for the top flower and for a simple pom-pom. There is also some extra info on the other flowers below. The yellow flower will return on a card on Saturday, so I will explain how I made that one then.

There are two basic types of fringed flowers: pom-poms or flowers with a centre.

Fringed flower with a centre

Here's what I started out with for the top flower with the text pattern:

Paper: Fringed flowers are more forgiving than much other quilling when it comes to the weight of the paper, so as long as you are not using very heavy paper, there shouldn't be a problem, at least not with the outer layer. Heavy paper won't roll nicely for the centres. I used 3 mm quilling paper for the centre (30 cm long), 7 mm for the red fringes (15 cm long strip) and cut a 13 mm wide (22 cm long) strip of text patterned paper.
Slotted quilling tool or a needle tool. I used a needle tool, you can also use a hat pin, or roll with your hands only.
Bulldog clip is helpful when fringing.
Fine-tipped scissors.
Toothpick (to apply the glue).
Glue: use a fast and clear gluing glue.

Step 1: Tear the length of paper strips that you need. Tearing leaves a neater and less visible edge than cutting.


Step 2: There are fringing tools, fringing scissors and fringing dies available, but I prefer to simply use a pair of fine tipped scissors. I like when the cuts don't look completely even since that gives a more 'real' look to the flower. A bulldog clip is very helpful, both for holding the strip and to make sure that you don't cut all the way through. Place the clip along the very edge of the paper (leaving about 2 mm). Move it along the strip as you fringe. To speed the process up, fold the strip in half. I didn't do it with the large strip here since it was a bit too heavy.  

Vary the width of the cuts for different looking flowers. I made finer cuts on the red paper than on the text paper.

Step 3: Glue the three strips together (if you rather want to you can also roll one at a time).

Step 4: Start rolling, from the thinnest strip that will form the centre. Roll a solid coil for the centre and then continue with the rest of the fringed papers. I take the strip of the needle tool after having started the coil on the tool, at about the time of the photo above, and roll the rest by hand. But you can roll the whole strip on the tool too, or use a slotted tool.

Step 5: Glue the end down. When you have finished rolling the whole strip, you will get something looking like this.

Step 6: Spread the fringes with your fingers, starting with the outer layer. Sometimes you have to press the centre down so that the flower is flat at the base.

Step 7: As a finishing touch, I inked the edges of the flower.

Step 8: Turn the flower around and apply glue to the base. Let dry. I find that this step gives the flower extra stability, but it isn't necessary for smaller fringed flowers.

Simple pom-pom:

Step 1: Fringe as above. I used a 10 mm strip for this flower, 25 cm long.

Step 2: Roll the flower on a slotted tool or a needle tool.

Step 3: Glue the end down.


Step 4: Spread the fringes out. I applied a bit of Rock Candy Stickles to the pom-pom. You can also make tiny pom-poms which will look great as flower centres.

Some variations

Duo-toned flowers: Fringe two equal length strips of paper, place on top of each other and roll. The blue flower is without a centre (using 10 mm paper, 17 cm of each shade of blue). The pink and yellow flower has a white centre (for the centre 3 mm paper, 15 cm long, 10 mm yellow and pink papers, 25 cm of each).

Try using different types of papers. Here I used metallic paper.

Folded and fringed flowers: fold a 2 cm strip of paper lengthwise (or try a wider strip). Cut the fringes at an angle. Roll in the same direction as the cuts. The pink flower is made from quilling paper and the other one from patterned paper.


Cut the strip at an angle at the one end and start rolling from the less wide side - looks especially good if you have a flower with a centre.

Thank you for reading this tutorial, I hope you found it helpful. Sorry about the varied quality of the photos, I had to do this in the evening. I will explain how I made the yellow sunflower on Saturday when I will use it on a card.

Supplies: Lake City Craft quilling paper and needle tool; J.J. Quilling Design quilling paper; October Afternoon and BasicGrey patterned papers; Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy; Rock Candy Distress Stickles.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Wonderful Friend

This card is for three Winterfest challenges at the Stamping Board on Two Peas (Hidden Potential, Background Check, Die Stamp Die). It is also for the Hero Arts February challenge (friendship theme). The first part of Anne's Hidden Potential challenge was to photograph a bunch of scraps and bits and pieces and then use at least one of them on a new card. I started out looking at the scrap pieces I had photographed:

Then I started thinking about my background stamps. I decided to use a whole bunch of Distress Ink watercoloured papers and stamp them with background stamps in a tone-on-tone fashion. I wipe off leftover Distress Ink on my craft sheet with scraps of watercolour paper (misting with water or water and Perfect Pearls first), so I have a lot of these little pieces. You can see some of the pieces of inky watercolour paper on the photo above, but not most of them (they were small, so I think they are hiding underneath the other papers).

Here's the card:

Twenty inch-sized squares were die-cut from the papers (and two pieces of watercoloured canvas). Then I stamped each square with a differentt background stamp. The sentiment is also from a big background stamp.

Thank you for stopping by!

Supplies: Hero Arts stamps: Newspaper Owl D5562, True Friends CG420, Newspaper Background S5601, Thank you definition CG268, Friend Definition CG 125, Old Letter Writing S4878, Cling Dots CG139; Painted People Background CG402, Zig Zag CG422, Dash Pattern CG326, Grid Pattern ST503, Alphabet Pattern ST501, Luscious Ledger CG302, Magical Background CG211, Flourish Background CG119, Graph Background S5435, Grid Pattern S5216, Antique Flower Background S5264, Dots and Flowers S5213, Envelope Pattern S5507, Designer Woodgrain S5208; Distress Ink: Walnut Stain, Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet, Frayed Burlap, Dusty Concord, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Evergreen Bough, Stormy Sky; Jenni Bowlin Spice Tin and Brown Sugar ink; watercolour paper, Derwent coloured pencils.