Friday, May 10, 2013

Distressed and Inky

Well, I've not blogged in a while and it's time to make a big effort to get back into crafting as well as the blogging.
We had a wonderful week's holiday in Derbyshire (photos to follow), arriving home last Friday but since then I've not been feeling too well and haven't managed to do half the things that were on my agenda for this week.  I'm feeling better now though and hopefully my crafty mojo will come back soon too!

The only thing I managed to make this week was my card for today's new DCM challenge- and that was yesterday afternoon so a bit Last Minute Minnie.

 It's Keilly here with this weeks dare and my theme is
Ink It Up!
I'd like to see cards using ink - there are lots of choices, perhaps you could ink up an image or patterned stamp or even use spray inks to create a background.  Let's see how inventive we can be with this crafty basic!
 I wanted to use inks to make the background for my card, my first plan was to create something using masking tape and Distress Inks.  It started out ok but then the tape started pulling off layers of the card that was already inked.  Probably something to do with not leaving one layer to dry, I suppose.  It was binned and I was back to the drawing board.

Rifling through my stash I came across a few paper flowers that I'd inked and Glimmer-misted ages ago. they turned out quite pretty, but never got used.  I decided that Glimmer Mists were more trouble than they're worth - I think they are quite expensive for something that just seems to get bunged up and stop working within a few sprays, no matter what I do to try and prevent it.  I even tried making some of my own - it's easy enough to do and they work pretty well - till the spray mechanism fails.  I have quite a cache of unusable spray bottles and I've given up the whole notion.
However the rediscovered flowers gave me a colour palette for my second inky background attempt.

 The flowers are those really big ones which we probably all have masses of from when they were popular a few years back....well I have loads, anyway!  I didn't want a giant bloom for my card so cut down the petals and used them individually to make a different kind of flower.  Maybe I can now get rid of a few more "big bloomers" this way!  I can't remember which inks/glimmer mists I used as it was so long ago, but there's definitely a gold effect in there somewhere
For the background:
Distress Inks: Mustard Seed, Tattered Rose, Spiced Marmalade and Barn Door
Stazon Black Ink used with a die cut "stencil" (Memory Box Contemporary Circles Border Die)
I tore the stencil roughly in half after using it with the black ink, then used the torn section to stencil with Gold Acrylic paint, plus some Gold Ice Stickles
Flocked Sticky backed fancy braid, Black and metallic orange Card Candy,  a few black and gold Prima gems, Flocked Black Brad
The leafy flourish is a Craft Robo template
 Please join in with us this week, it would be fab to see your inky-fingered creations!  There are some wonderful ideas on the Daring Cardmakers blog this week to get you inspired.

Now I have to get busy with some samples for my turn on the Get Funky and Craft Inspiration blog - I've just printed off some papers from a collection that will be on sale soon - so my blog post will be a bit of a sneak peek at what beautiful designs Anice has come up with this time......

Best get on then....
Thanks for looking


Paula Whittaker said...

That's a beautifully inky card - love it x

Angelnorth said...

The black elements add the perfect touch of drama, fab card (and way more ink that we usually see from you - hope you had fun!)

Hazel said...

You've certainly got your mojo back with this, Kathy - a superb inky card and just the job to use that flower (good idea to cut down the bigger blooms - think I might have to do that with some of the big stock I've still got) x

Lythan said...

I really love the tones of this card and I am so glad to see you creating!

Traceyr said...

Kathy love your inkiness :)

Sharon (glitterangel) said...

Gorgeous card Kathy, I just love the colours x