Friday, February 9, 2018

February Cards

Bring on the Birthdays!!

While lots of people are pulling out the red card and the heart stamps in February, I'm surrounded by birthday cake, candles, and party hats.  February sees birthdays of the very young and the very old in our family, so I start the birthday card creating in January and I don't stop until about April! Check these out.
This card was created using:
Eva's Favourite Flowers stamp set from Winnie & Walter 
and the Year Two stamp set from Lawn Fawn

This card took forever!
It is a twist on the inlaid die cutting technique.
I used a gifts die from Kaisercraft. 

This card was inspired by one of Catherine Pooler's KISS cards
Check out the video here.  I used Designer Series Paper.
The cake was stamped in Memento Ink
and water coloured using water colour pencils. 

What a messy background!! 
White heat embossed sentiment on black card.
Washi tape! 

This card was so much fun to make.  
I used die cuts of cats that my aunty gave me. 
The gift stamp and the stencil are both from Winnie and Walter.   
Sentiment is from the Chit Chat stamp set from Lawn Fawn. 

My February Favourite Technique is...

Ink Blending!!

I just got my hands on some Distress Oxide Inks.  It's true! Having the best tools and products really does make it easier to make beautiful art!  When you can be creative and the difficulties associated with using the tools no longer get in the way, card making can be so much more fun!

I'm no expert on ink blending and I'm certainly no expert on Distress Oxide Ink.  So, here are some wonderful resources that I have found helpful in learning how to blend ink and create gorgeous cards.

Justine Hovey's Ink Blending 101 FREE online video class.

Jennifer McGuire's video about Distress Oxide Inks.

Tim Holtz' website (the man behind Distress Inks and the new Distress Oxide Inks).

Check out these cards I created with the Ink Blending Technique.
These two cards were created with distress oxide inks.  
I blended one panel, then used a stitched rectangle die to cut the panel. 
Then, I glued them onto two different card panels and embellished.  

I used Memento Inks to blend through a Mandala Stencil (Kazazz)
My trusty stitched rectangle die came out again to cut it down to a nice size for a card. 
Then, I cut some red card stock down to the same size as my card base. 
I edged the red card with some Wink of Stella.  

Ink blending with Memento Ink through the
Pattern of the Rings stencil (by Winnie & Walter)
The cake and 'wishes' sentiment are from Lawn Fawn. 

The background on this card was created by blending a few different 
Memento Inks (I don't remember which ones... sorry) onto water colour paper. 
I then used a bubble stamp to do a faux bleaching technique.  

That's that then!  I hope you have been inspired... or at least enjoyed the sticky beak.

Until Next Week, my dears.