Thursday, 28 February 2013

Fun With Inka Gold!

Evening Girlz! 

An idea popped into my head so I headed off to my rubber room to play.  This is the result!

I stamped the image by Magenta with VersaMark and then added Zing Red Embossing Powder which turned out pink/purple... basically a plum colour.  Bummer, but rolled with it.
Next I used Inka Gold, water and a paint brush (from the Perfect Pearls sets) and flicked the gold onto all parts of the image.  Next, polish the Inka Gold with a paper towel and it just glows when you tilt the card.  Kewl!

Here is a close up of the gold and it still doeant do it justice but you will get the idea...

To finish it off... the usual.. paper from stash, Swiss Dots embossing folder, pop up squares and lots of tape!

Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Tattered Floral Challenge - My Version

Good Evening Girlfriends!

It has been a long couple of weeks!  Everyone has been on my mind from the wild fires and flooding in Australia to the bitter cold and massive dumps of snow in Eastern Canada and the United States.  We are so lucky to be living on the West Coast of Canada!  Our winds have been hurricane force lately but the days in between storms have been beautiful!  I have been out turning the gardens bit by bit wearing a t-shirt or light sweater.. bit by bit.

My post today is inspired by a post over at the Tim Holtz Blog.  The challenge is to make flowers using the Tattered Florals die.  My first couple of tries were deep sixed into the can.  This one is really neat and I really am amazed that I came up with it!

If only things would look like they do in real life.  Photos don't do this flower justice..I think.  The other thing I am not fond of is the layout but I have always had trouble with that and, embellishing.  There should be more ribbon in there somewhere..or something!

The tag itself was first embossed around the edges with a frame stamp and Ranger Extra Fine Embossing Powder in gold.  Prior to heating it I added some hot pink glitter that I had and really like the effect.  You can hopefully see it better in the close up above.  After embossing I used some Inka Gold red and streaked it all over using a bit of water mixed in.  Inka Gold gold was streaked on top of the red and then polished with a paper towel when dry.

You can see a bit more from this side view.  To make all of the layers I mixed up different textures.  Some layers were cut from cotton quilt batting (I used scraps from one that I just finished) which were stamped with Distress Ink Gathered Twigs and then sprayed with gold Glimmer Mist.  Some were cut from webbed gift wrap from the dollar store.  The gold tinsel threads fall out fairly easy though.  Another set of layers were cut from Vellum.  Half of the flowers were embossed with Swiss Dots and the others were stamped with Distress Gathered Twigs and then light layers of Inka Gold, gold and then red.  This last type were then scrunched up for texture and volume.  Worked like a charm!

The butterfly is a Memory Box die.  The solid die cut was coloured with Distress Raspberry and Wild Honey.  I then heat embossed with chunky clear embossing powder.  The intricate die cut was cut from paper that I layered with Inka Gold gold and red.
The tag ribbon was coloured using the Inka Gold.  It worked really well!
Here is a photo of the mess present wrap from the dollar store.  I have no idea whose brilliant idea it was to call this gift wrap when it basically falls apart when you cut it.  You should have seen the mess I created when cutting it with the Tattered Floral die!
So, there you have it!  I am entering this over at the Tim Holtz blog and will see what happens.  There is a gift pack up for grabs and I hope I win!

I have posted one more for the Tattered Challenge and you can see it here!
 I heard that you can post two in the challenge but it won't let me so...

Thanks for looking and I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Sunday, 3 February 2013

12 Tags of 2013 - February

Evening Girlz!

Well.. I am going to try and do the 12 tags of 2013 and play along with Tim Holtz!  I dont have all the stamps and embossing folders or Wasabi Tape (sp?) but am giving improvisation my best shot!

I used Distress Worn Lipstick and Distress Festive Berries to distress the tag.  Between each addition of colour I flicked water to create water marks.  These were accented with each layer of colour.  The edges were distressed and used Distress Black Soot on the edges.

For the bottom of the tag I cut a piece of black cardstock and used Inka Gold in Red for the first streaked layer.  After buffing it with a paper towel I then added a streaked layer of Inka Gold and buffed it again with a paper towel.  The last part was to emboss it with the Valentine Cuttlebug folder and then use Distress Gathered Twigs on the raised parts.  That idea was originally from The Wandering Buckeye

The strip at the top of the tag was done the same as above minus the embossing.  Hearts were cut with the Cricut and distressed with Festive Berries and Vintage Photo.  The same was done with the letter U at the bottom.  The Love tag was distressed with Vintage Photo and popped up.

The vintage photo was one I found on the net a very long time ago.  I resized it to fit and printed.  A Fiskars deckled scissor was used to cut it out.  The edges were distressed with Vintage Photo.  To make the photo look like one I used VersaMark dragged over the top and then Ranger Clear Embossing Powder was thickly layered and heated from the underside.

I had some gold thread to wrap around the tag instead of bakers twine which I didnt have.  A heart cut with the Cricut and embossed was then stuck over the gold thread.  Raffia and ribbon were put through the tag hole.

And.. never forget to finish the back of the tag!  I used Wild Honey and then Vintage Photo on the edges.

So....  here it is!!

Here is a closeup of the clear embossing on the photo..

This sort of shows how the Inka Gold and Inka Gold Red look on the black cardstock

Thanks for looking!  Have a wonderful week!


The Outlawz Monday Greeting Card Challenge

Happy Sunday Girlz!

Its hard to believe that the weekend is almost over..Our one day off went by so quickly.

Over at The Outlawz Monday Greeting Card Challenge, the theme is to have stitching on your card whether it be drawn, sewn by machine or sewn any other way. 

The sponsor for this weeks challenge is Bugaboo Stamps and I chose to use Bunny Blocks - Mini Set  This set comes with seven bunny images.  I resized six of them to 1 1/4 inch for my punch and also for a quilt layout.  They are coloured with Copics and after taking the photo I decided to add a touch of stickles to their noses.

The colours are actually quite bright IRL.  The sentiment was typed out on the computer

Thanks for looking and I hope you all have a wonderful week!