Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Watercolour Smooshing with Distress Oxides

Hi folks, not the catchiest of titles for a blog post but if you are not familiar with the Watercolour Smooshing technique, let me tell you it's great fun and one of those techniques where the results will be different each time. I'm sharing a trio of cards I made trying out different combinations of the recently released Distress Oxide inks.

For this technique you will need Watercolor Paper/Card, I prefer Distress Watercolor Card because it's bright white and will stand up to lots of water, a piece of plastic sheet, a Distress Sprayer and of course, some Distress Oxide inks. This was my practice run which I didn't end up using but I'm using it to show the technique. Tap the first colour (Chipped Sapphire) on to the plastic sheet, spritz with water and lay on to the watercolor card,smooshing it around a little and then leave in place for about 10 seconds to allow the ink to be absorbed into the paper and then dry with a heat tool. It is very important to dry each layer or you will end up with a muddy mess.
Clean off the plastic sheet and repeat with the other colours (Scattered Straw and Victorian Velvet), drying between each layer
Once you are happy with your background, dilute the colours you used with water and create splatters. Again it is very important that you dry the splatters right away to prevent the colours absorbing into the background.
Feeling confident after my practice run, I looked out a selection of the new Distress Oxide inks and created 3 backgrounds
and stamped them with the gorgeous snowflakes from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Mini Weathered Winter 

Card 1

I used Weathered Wood, Shabby Shutters and just a hint of Rusty Hinge for the background and stamped the snowflakes with Weathered Wood and Shabby Shutters, misting the stamps with water to create a watercolor effect. I love love love this colour combination.

Card 2

I used Shaded Lilac, Dried Marigold and Weathered Wood for the background and stamped the snowflakes with Shaded Lilac, again misting the stamps with water. Another favourite combination.

Card 3

I used Chipped Sapphire (one of my favourite Distress colours), Weathered Wood and Hickory Smoke for the background, stamped the snowflakes with Chipped Sapphire, misted the stamped image with water and blotted off the excess with a paper towel. I dusted the panel with an anti-static powder bag and stamped the small snowflakes with Versamark and heat set with Ranger Superfine White Embossing Powder.
I think this may be my favourite colour combination but hey ho, there are still lots of colour combinations to try out. I die cut the beautiful Christmas script sentiment for each card 3 times from Simon Says Stamp Ultra White card using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Retro Merry Christmas Thinlits, layered them using Ranger Multi Medium Matte to create dimension and stamped Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Christmas sentiments on to black card and heat embossed with Ranger Superfine White Embossing Powder.

I trimmed the panels down to 4" x 5.1/4", on two of the cards I matted on to Simon Says Stamp Slate Grey cardstock, on the third I inked the edge with Shaded Lilac using a mini round blending tool and fixed the panels on to Simon Says Stamp Ultra White A2 card blanks. I added Pretty Pink Posh Clear 4mm Droplets for a little touch of bling.
Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

AALL & Create...Love Your Cattitude...

Hi folks,I'm super duper excited to be sharing my first AALL & Create Guest Designer project, a super cute card using the adorable Purrfect Gift #121 Stamp Set designed by Olga Heldwein, perfect for cat lovers everywhere, and the Digital Bubbles Stencil #45 and Lotza Dots Stencil #39 designed by Autour deMwa. You can check out all the fabulous products from AALL & Create and a list of stockists HERE 

I stamped the image with Versamark Onyx Black ink on to Distress Watercolor card for placement and coloured the background with Distress Oxide inks using the Watercolour Smooshing Technique. I applied Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink through the Digital Bubbles Stencil #45 and Ranger Texture Paste Opague White through the Lotza Dotz Stencil #39.
I re-stamped the image on to Strathmore Bristol Smooth card,coloured with Zig Clean Color Brush Markers, fussy cut, fixed on top of the original image with Ranger Multi Medium Matte and added shadowing around the edge of the image and some of the stencilled circles with a dark grey Zig marker.
I used White/Black Gesso and the orange marker diluted with water to create splatters on the panel and matted on to a Simon Says Stamp Slate Grey Card Blank.
I stamped the sentiments on to Distress Watercolor card, added shading with the grey marker, fussy cut and fixed in place with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.
I'll be back tomorrow to share more cards using the Watercolour Smooshing Technique, in the meantime, have fun whatever you are creating.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, October 15, 2018

Simon Says - Starry Night

Hi Everyone...welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...thank you for joining us for last week's challenge...we hope you can join us this week too because...

and the theme for this week is...

I made a card for a friend's Granddaughter who loves anything GOLD and SPARKLY. She has the most gorgeous GOLD GLITTER party shoes which she would wear all day/every day if allowed. I'm rather envious everytime I see them but I doubt they come in my size and they certainly would look out of place with my usual scruffy cubbyhole outfit.
I started off by trimming Alcohol Yupo Paper to measure 5" x 7", added Pitch Black and Gold Mixative Alcohol Inks to an Alcohol Ink Applicator tool and pounced until I was happy with the result. I spritzed Rubbing Alcohol over the background to create the spotting effect and patted dry with a paper towel.
I pounced on more Gold Mixative and while the Alcohol Ink was still sticky, I added Gold highlights with a Ranger Holiday Foil Transfer Sheet.
I applied Ranger Texture Paste through the Tim Holtz Falling Stars Layering Stencil, sprinkled with Wow Gold Sparkle Embossing Powder and once the texture paste had dried, I heat set, keeping my heat tool moving to avoid the Yupo Paper warping.
I used the stars die from Tim Holtz/Sizzix Witchcraft Thinlits to die cut the background
and Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric 1" Thinlits to create the wording.
I matted the panel on to a 5/1/2" x 7.1/2" White Card blank and added Tim Holtz/Sizzix Dimensional Stars die cut from Idea-ology Gold Deco Sheets. I fixed the self adhesive Deco Sheet to thin card before die-cutting to give the stars a bit more stability and used my hot glue gun to fix them in place.
I applied a light coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte to the Idea-ology Paper Doll which is a killing two birds with one stone technique. Firstly it will hold the Eclectic Elements thread string in place and secondly gives tooth to the surface for colouring with Distress Markers and popped her up on Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive.
I added Idea-ology Label Letters to card and fussy cut. To complete the wording, I die cut the "A" three times from white card and once from Gold Deco Sheet using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric Thin Thinlits and layered to create dimension.
The sparkle on this card is just amazing, sadly it was difficult to capture that in the photos because my camera seems to have a hissy fit tantrum when it comes to glitter or anything sparkly.

You can find all the products I used over at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp online store...just click on the links below...
Why don't you pop over to the Monday Challenge Blog and check out the amazing creations from my very talented Design Team mates and as always you all have the chance to win a $50 gift voucher to spend at Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time...1pm UK time...2 pm CET to join in...

You can also follow Simon Says Stamp on Instagram
and if you use Instagram...
please add #sssmchallenge to your entry uploads so we can see them on there too
I look forward to seeing what you create this week...
Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx

Saturday, October 13, 2018

It's More Exciting News...

Hi folks, it's time to share more exciting news. I'm over the moon delighted, excited and very honoured to have been asked to be Guest Designer at AALL&Create for the next three months alongside a very talented team including some very special friends. A huge thank to Autour de Mwa (Abs) and his team for this opportunity and for the generous DT package...
It looks like there's a storm heading this way over the weekend, the perfect excuse to batten down the hatches and snuggle up in the cubbyhole with my furry partner. It's time to get these boys inked and it just so happens there's the perfect "weather appropriate" stamp set in there for my first project.
Stay safe everyone
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath

Friday, October 12, 2018

I'm so excited...

Hi folks, in the words of the song..."I'm so excited, I just can't hide it". I've been sitting on this happy mail secret for a week but now I can share the best Christmas present ever to come down the cubbyhole chimney. YES, YES, YES, the last 12 colours of Distress Oxides have been released and made it safely across the pond. There are not enough words to describe how grateful and thankful I am for the kindness and generosity of my adorable Professor, the amazing BTS Man/Logistics Expert Extraordinaire/Sweetheart, also known as Santa Tim and Mario and the lovely folks at Ranger. Thank you, thank you, thank you, love you guys lots.
I was giddy with excitement when I saw Mr Fedex heading down the driveway with this box of Distress Oxide heaven tucked under his arm. There are lots of my favourites from the Distress colour palette in there and Tim has definitely saved the best 'til last.
It was a "drop everything" day, time to make myself a cuppa and get the labelling machine out.  I remember well when I placed the first 12 colours in my ink storage rack and how empty it looked but hey all good things come to those who wait. My Distress Oxide family is now complete and I am a very lucky and very very happy bunny right now.
If like me, you love your Distress Oxides, the latest release will be shipping next week to your favourite retailer but you can pre-order HERE, HERE and HERE.
Have a great weekend everyone, whatever you have planned. No prizes for guessing what I will be doing. I'll see you all on Monday with my DT project for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and you still have loads of time to join in with this week's Cityscape Challenge with the chance to win a $50 gift voucher to spend at Simon Says Stamp Online Store. Now that would get you some of the new Distress Oxides, just saying.

Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Fun And Festive Take 2...

Hi folks, I'm back to share two more cards using the Tiny Words Christmas stamp set from Simon Says Stamp Fun and Festive release
and you can check out all the fabulous stamps, stencils and dies from this release HERE.
I decided to sneak in some Layering Stencil playtime with the new Mini Shifter stencils from Set 37 and at the same time, have some fun with non-traditional Christmas colours.

I trimmed a panel of Distress Watercolor card to be slightly smaller than an A2 card blank and applied Bundled Sage and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide inks through the Mint Mini Layering Stencil, spritzed with water and dabbed with a paper towel. I brushed on a light coat of Ranger Multi Medium Matte to seal the surface.
I added sections of the gorgeous Forest Christmas Collage Paper using Distress Collage Medium Matte
and die-cut the word Merry from white card coloured with Seedless Preserves using my old faithful Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric 1" set of Thinlits. 
I die-cut two more words from white card and layered to create dimension. I stamped the Happy Christmas sentiment from Tiny Words Christmas with SSS Intense Black ink on to a strip of card coloured with Bundled Sage, trimmed off the Christmas section, edged with the Intense Black ink pad and fixed in place with Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive. I matted the panel on to a Simon Says Stamp Ultra White A2 card blank.

For the second card, I trimmed Distress Watercolor card to be slightly smaller than an A2 card blank, stamped the Planks background from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Craze and Planks with Versamark ink and heat set with Ranger Superfine White Embossing Powder. I coloured the background with Blueprint Sketch using a mini round blending tool and wiped the ink off the embossing with a paper towel. I added a strip of silver Idea-ology Deco Sheet, wound twine around the strip, tied off in a double bow and added the panel to the A2 card blank.
I applied Black Soot and Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint using a mini round blending tool through the Stars Shifter Mini Layering Stencil from Set 37 on to silver Idea-ology Deco Sheet. I diluted White Gesso with water and used a small paint brush to create splatters. I trimmed the Deco Sheet to create a tree shape, removed the self adhesive backing paper, fixed to white card and trimmed to leave a small border. I fixed the tree to the panel using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive and added Ranger White Enamel Accents and Lucy's Little Things Ice Crystal sequins to the tree and the background.
I stamped the sentiment from Tiny Words Christmas with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink on to a strip of white card and trimmed to separate the words.
I edged the word strips with the Intense Black ink pad and fixed to the tree with Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive. The camera doesn't really pick up how gorgeous and sparkly the Deco Sheet sections on the card are.
Hugs Kath xxx


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