Friday, October 30, 2020

Just Add Ink #529 Colour


Hello there,
time for another Just Add Ink challenge and this week we have a lovely colour challenge for you from Kelly. Here it is.

It might seem a bit odd to use such a strong pink for a masculine card, but mixed with blue you get purple and the ability to create a fabulous sky backdrop for my gleaming lighthouse! 

Sometimes I'm just in awe of what you can do with just a few shades of ink. As I mentioned I used the Magenta brayered over the Misty Moonlight to create the graduation of tones in the sky. To finish off the sky I splattered with water, then patted it dry, then splattered with white gouache and finally with Wink of Stella. The layers of the sea was created by stamping the base layer in stamped off Misty Moonlight, then the top layer in full strength Misty Moonlight. White gouache applied with a stiff dry brush helped create the texture of sea foam. To make the light house shine I embossed the image on silver foil and then to add a bit of drama added some beams of light using vellum. Embossing, texture (in this case from ink and paint) and die cut stitched detail are often the best way to add detail to masculine cards without them getting too fussy.

The Just Add Ink DT have lots of fabulous projects to show you so please go check them out and then come back and join in the challenge.

Thanks for visiting,


  • Stamps: Sailing Home, Mountain Air, Itty Bitty Birthdays
  • Dies: Stitched Rectangle dies, Smooth Sailing
  • Cardstock: Misty Moonlight, Whisper White, Silver foil, Vellum
  • Ink: Misty Moonlight, Magenta Madness, Versamark 
  • Accessories:1 inch circle punch, White and Silver embossing powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Wink of Stella, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape, Vellum tape (Scotch), White Gouache
  • Non SU!: Text and Texture: Ocean (PaperTrey Ink), Big Shot die cutting machine

Friday, October 16, 2020

Just Add Ink #527 Sketch


Hello there,
I am almost coming to the end of the family birthday season. It's kind of funny how families often have birthdays in clumps and mine is no exception. I used the new Just Add Ink challenge, this week it's time to Just Add a Sketch (my design), to make a birthday card for my niece. Pink and girly are still very much the order of the day. To make it extra special I made it a spinner card. Here's the sketch.

And this is how it turned out.

The stamp only showed the front view of the the girl, so I had to improvise to create a back view for my spinner to work. To do so I jury-rigged a light box, and place the stamped image face down with another piece of card stock taped into place on top. Then using an alcohol friendly fine marker, traced the image, and filled in the details necessary (e.g. hair instead of a face) to get a backview. Probably the trickiest bit was trimming the front and back images out simultaneously.

The spinner element was inserted in an oval cut into the front of the card. To obscure the message that would be inside I added a vellum insert that would fold over. The spinning princess was surrounded by garlands of pink glittery (alcohol ink) coloured flowers and a little sprinkle of sequins. Was it a bit fiddly - yes but I aways try and go that extra bit for the kids in the family. Birthday are such a big deal for them :)

The Just Add Ink DT have lots of fabulous projects to show you so please go check them out and then come back and join in the challenge.

Thanks for visiting,

Stamps: Bloom and Grow, Label Me Bold (R), Stamping Bella (R)
Tools: Layering Ovals, Pinewood Planks 3D folder, Budding Blooms dies
Cardstock: Flirty Flamingo, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Blends (Flirty Flamingo, Petal Pink, Melon Mambo, Magenta Madness, Granny Apple Green, Garden Green, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Bronze, Ivory), Copic Multiliner
Accessories: Wink of Stella, Woven Thread sequins, Shimmery Crystal Effects, Dimensionals, Fine Tip glue pen, Tear and Tape, Big Shot die cut machine (R)

Friday, October 2, 2020

Just Add Ink #525 Thank You


Hello there,
it's Friday and that means it's time for a new Just Add Ink challenge. This week Chantell is asking us to Just Add Thank You. 

It's hard to go wrong with flowers for thank you cards so I added plenty of them!

Working out the right combination of colours for the layers in the flowers was a very inky process but in the end I was happy with how they all turned out. In case you are curious here are the SU! colour combinations.

Biggest pale flower: Base layer- Blushing Bride, Mid layer - stamped off Magenta Madness, Top detail layer - Melon Mambo

Mid sized mid pink flower: Base layer - Stamped off Magenta Madness, Mid Layer - Magenta Madness, Top detail layer - Merry Merlot

Small darkest flower: Base layer - Melon Mambo, Mid layer - Merry Merlot, Top detail layer - Rich Razzleberry

The leaves were stamped in Mint Macaron and Shaded Spruce.

To add a bit of sparkle all the flowers were stamped on Shimmery White card stock, and then swiped very carefully with Wink of Stella, and a scatter of rhinestones finished it all off.

The Just Add Ink DT have lots of wonderful projects to show you so please go check them out and then come back and join in the challenge.

Thanks for visiting,