Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A new technique

I saw an article in Craft Stamper magazine about creating textured-looking background effects using a scrunched up plastic bag to apply ink.  I loved the look of their creations (one of them is on the front cover - see link above) so just had to have a go myself.  I decided on an autumnal theme first, using various colours of distress inks and some Tim Holtz stamps.  I also used some tissue paper (kindly supplied by one of my favourite online shops, which uses it as wrapping for your goodies) to stamp, rip and adhere to the front of the card to add extra depth and texture.  My photographic skills don't really do it justice, but you'll get the general idea ...

I tried a second one, using different colours and a different theme.  I'm quite pleased with it but think I prefer my first effort.  It's definitely a technique I will be using again though.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Another card

Oops, I haven't blogged for ages.  That's probably because I haven't done much scrapping recently - most of my crafty time has been spent creating cards (mostly christmas cards, and I've already blogged about those).  But I've just remembered a card I made a couple of weeks ago that I really liked; I didn't blog it at the time because it was for a friend's birthday, but that birthday has been and gone now so it's OK to show it ...

The background was created using distress inks (what a surprise - I'm obsessed with these at the moment!) and a perfect pearls mist.  The butterflies and foliage are Prima resist canvas shapes coloured with more distress inks.  It looks nicer in the flesh as the texture of the canvas is more visible than in the photo.