Thursday 4 October 2012

WOYWW follow up

Hello Folks

Later than ever today ... I've just had one interruption after the other and somehow never seemed to find the time to sit down and put this post together.

I hope you are all well and happily crafting away.

Yesterday, on my WOYWW post, the photo featured my first attempt to follow Kate Crane's instructions, in the most recent issue of Craft Stamper, how to mix distress inks with mica powders. Here's the finished piece.

After sponging inks on and leaving to dry, I stamped the script stamp in a distress ink which I then brushed with a silver mica powder (from Craftynotions). There's a lovely sheen which, as usual, is better seen in real life.

You can see it better on this photo. I over-stamped with Sheena's Silhouettes Grasses stamp set and black Archival ink. The butterfly has been given much the same treatment with DIs and mica powders and finished off with some green gems.

Materials used:
White deckle-edged square card base; piece of smooth white card for topper; Tim Holtz distress inks in yellows and blues; mica powders; Inkylicious Simply Script background stamp; Sheena's Grasses Silhouette stamp set; black Archival ink pad; green gems

Having completed this and liking the result, I went on to try different shades of distress inks and, again, here's the finished card.

This time I chose an ivory coloured watercolour paper which has, as you can see in the photo, a textured finish which was not as successful ... the texture makes it more difficult to get an even distribution of ink - I'll stick to smooth card in future. 

Materials used this time: 
Black square card base; square of ivory watercolour paper; Tim Holtz distress inks; Perfect Pearls and Craftynotions mica powders; Stazon black ink pad; Sheena Douglas Highland Silhouette stamp set

This is one technique I'll be repeating, just varying the colours and stamps to get the effect I want. 

I did find a wee window in which to finally open my set of H2Os and have a dabble with them. There's now several wet pieces set out to dry. Hopefully, tomorrow I'll do something with them - though not too sure what at the moment.

As I said earlier, my day has been somewhat fragmented and I'm now ready for bed, I won't need much rocking tonight, so I'll bid you all goodnight.

Happy crafting,


debby4000 said...

Oh what beautiful cards.

Jackie said...

They are both so beautiful Elizabeth, but the top one is my favourite :o)
Jackie xx

Jules said...

Hi Elizabeth

What a fabby technique .. .. must give that a try sometime as you have made it look fantastic.

Love both of your cards but the colours and stamp choices for the first combine for an extra special make!

Have a good day.

Love Jules xx

brenda said...

Both stunning Elizabeth, I especially love the colours of the first one. It's a super technique isn't it, you'll find you are hooked.

B x

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

Those are both stunning cards, Elizabeth. I love both of them. I haven't used my mica powders for a while so I must get them out and follow your example. Thank you for your visit this week, and you will be please to know the lesson went well, and I have posted the resulted this morning. My desk is a wreck but we had good results. Have a good week. xx Maggie #35

Rita said...

How fabulous Elizabeth. I did read Kates tutorial as well and as you know I have the Sheenatamps too. I love the colours and have now added the silver mica to my wish list. Hugs Rita xx

Craftychris said...

Both cards are gorgeous! I love this technique, must give it a try. I have the Sheena Stamps too - they are fab! xx

lisa said...

I recognise those stamps, Elizabeth. They work brilliantly with your gorgeous background. I love the sheen on your script and well done on getting such a great photo. I struggled to pick it up on mine.
The stag looks great too.
Can't wait to see what you've done with your H20's. I'll get that post sorted over the weekend I promised for them.
Hugs Lisax

BJ said...

I think they are lovely and shiny - well done - BJ

Angie said...

Absolutely stunning ...both of them ...but the first is extra stunning and I cant believe how it grew from what was on you desk . xx

coops said...

both so stunning elizabeth.i love the stamps you have used ;D

xx coops xx

Unknown said...

stunning cards Elizabeth xx

Sandra H said...

Hi Elizabeth, These are so lovely the shine on your script is beautiful your talents are really showing through these they really are so beautiful x

Amy E said...

WOW wow wow!!! Elizabeth, these are stunning!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!! I've been playing with Distress Inks as backgrounds a lot lately, so thank you for the added inspiration!

Twiglet said...

Your cards are really lovely - I bet they take ages to do - I think I am a bit impatient for card making! x Jo