Friday, August 20, 2021

Just Add Ink #568 Sketch


Hello there,
having a bit of a deja vu week with our first lockdown in a year happening this week. Spending some extra time at home however had the added benefit of time to work on my project for this week's Just Add Ink challenge. This week Lou is asking us to Just Add a Sketch, here it is.

My niece has a birthday coming up soon so I made this card with her in mind.

To start I added a subtle embossed texture to the background and then blended a soft gradient of colour coming up from the bottom, finishing it with a light splatter. For the main focal point I coloured in my sweet fairy girl, trimmed her out and mounted her on a couple of stitched layers. She was finished off with wink of Stella and shimmery crystal effects, and I added a scatter of sequins around her. I feel like the black I added makes it feel a little bit of grown up which suits an almost teenager.

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,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Itty Bitty Birthdays, Maisy Ketto (Stamping Bella) (R)
Dies: Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Shapes (R), Stitched Nested Labels (R)
Cardstock: Thick Basic White, Basic White, Basic Black
Ink: Balmy Blue, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark
Accessories: Blends (Balmy Blue, Real Red, Magenta Madness, Ivory, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie), Sparkle Glimmer paper (R), Blending brushes, Subtle embossing folder (R), Wink of Stella, Shimmery Crystal Effects, Woven Threads sequins (R), Flowers for Every season twine (R), White embossing powder, Heat Tool, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape, Fine Tip Glue, Big Shot die cutting machine (R)

Friday, August 6, 2021

Just Add Ink #566 Frame


Hello there,
this week at Just Add Ink, Jan has asked us to Just Add a Frame. I quite like to make my own frames using dies so that is what I did.  Theme wise not sure if I was inspired by a work colleagues recent trip to the northern territory or just wishing for a warmer climate. It's cold here right now! Whatever it was, I end up with a very lush green tropical card.

Here it is.

My best tip for frames is to make one yourself using two dies one smaller than the other. Ideally the two dies are proportional too. I pulled out my stitched rectangle dies and selected two based on how wide I wanted my frame to be. To die cut the frame I lined the rectangles up, the smaller one within the larger and secured them with washi tape to prevent movement. That way when they were run through my die cutting machine I would get the even border I wanted.

Having created my border frame, I watercolored up a background, once dry splattering it with some water. Coloured up my crocodile and trimmed him out, then die cut lots of tropical leaves. The frame was mounted on dimensionals to give it more impact as a frame and more depth. I thought it would be fun to have the sentiment sort of flow up and out of the crocodile's mouth, and then finished it all off with some clear droplets.

Sadly this crocodile set retired from the mini catalogue earlier this year but as croc's are such an iconic Aussie animal I'm thinking I will hang on to this one.

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

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Oh Snap (R)
Dies: Stitched Rectangles, Botanical Builders (R)
Cardstock: Thick Basic White, Basic White, Garden Green, Shade Spruce, Granny Apple Green
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Blends (Shaded Spruce, Granny Apple Green), Watercolored paper, Dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Wink of Stella, Tear and Tape, Flowers for Every Season Droplets (R), Big Shot die cutting machine (R)