30 June 2014

Distress ink scraps - what to do?

What to do with all of my distress ink scraps?  I hate wiping up lovely bits of distress ink off my mat, seems like such a terrible waste of pretty ink!  I always have scrap pieces of paper lying around so I dip, scrape and dab the scraps into the ink to see what happens.  Sometimes my nicest colour combinations are the happy accidents that happen when soaking up the leftover ink!

The scraps were too pretty to throw out but not really big enough to make a background for a card or a tag.  So I decided to die cut flowers from them and I love how they have turned out.  I left the cards without a sentiment as I couldn't really decide what to put on them.  They could be birthday, thank you, hello, thinking of you....I htink I'll leave them blank until an occasion arises and then I'll stamp the appropriate sentiment on.


These backgrounds were made with distress inks stamped on my craft mat, misted with plenty of water, and then 'smooshing' the paper in the water.  I like how random the backgrounds are and I thought that these ones looked a bit like grass and sky so I went ahead and added some flowers to them.

I die cut the flowers using MFT dies, then added a button and some twine to the centre of the flowers.  I drew on the stem and black border by hand, no need for a ruler, I prefer the hand-drawn look.

What do you do with your leftover distress ink scraps?  I'd love to hear how you use them.

Rainbow birthday card

I made this birthday card for a lovely girl who I work with.  She is celebrating her birthday at the end of the week.  She is very arty and creative so I thought that she would like the painted look of this rainbow card.  Bright colours always make me feel happy!

I'm going to enter this card into three challenges:

4 Crafty Chicks:  Challenge - Stripes
The Paper Players:  Challenge - #202 Sandy's Tic Tac Toe Challenge. 
Seize the Birthday:  Challenge - Anything Goes

I am going horizontally from the top and using - twine, a shade of blue, and the card is for a birthday.

Stamps:  Kaisercraft (bird cages); Amy R (sentiments); Hero Arts (bird)
Inks:  Distress inks