Ink Blending Extravaganza + Paper Glaze + Diecuts = Fun, colourful cards with NO colouring!

Hello, my colour-loving friends!

As much as I love colouring (she says whilst the inner child is jumping around with joy) sometimes I just don’t have the time or the energy to colour, but I still want colour on my cards. What a conundrum, right? This is where ink blending comes to the rescue and oh, how I love that technique too! It’s one of my go-to for a blast of colour FAST!

It’s fun, fresh, and you can mix and match colours to suit occasions, themes and preferences of the recipient of the card. What’s not to love?

Dab your panel with Embossing Ink and sprinkle a bit of Halo embossing glitter on top and you have homemade glitter card stock too!

If you don’t want glitter card stock, you can add Clear Gloss on top for shiny card stock. Super simple and high impact! Plus it’s quick and easy to make more when you run out. Win-Win!

Other ways of adding interest to an ink blended background is to splatter some water, coloured or gold water colour, shimmer sprays, white paint or something like Distress sprays. I’m particularly loving gold splatters myself. It’s such a simple, yet wow-factor way of adding a little something extra.

These cards in this post are done with Distress Oxide inks, blended with my go-to blending tools: the Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios. I can not stress enough how important it is to have a tool for ink blending that works for you. The brushes might not be for you, you might prefer the Tim Holtz ink blending tool, or the domed version from Scrapbook.com, or maybe the hexagon brush from Honey Bee Stamps. Whatever works for you is what you should stick to, no matter the opinions of someone else, me included. I’m merely saying that for me, the Life Changing Blender Brushes really live up to their name, and they have helped elevate my ink blending game to a whole new level!

Now, let’s get to some of the cards: On a piece of cardstock I blended Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Fired Brick, Wilted Violet and Black Soot with Life Changing Blender Brushes. On top of this I splattered some gold using the Kuretake Starry Color palette, becuse of course I cannot resist gold splatters. You can make your own by mixing some Golden Rose Paper Glaze with water. This is a second panel done, with the addition of Wild Honey, without Wilted Violet, and taken before gold splatters were added.

As the idea was to have the Scarecrow Cover Plate Die from Picket Fence Studios on top of this, I have gone from light to dark, almost as if there is a fire behind it, or candles in the Jack-o-lanterns.

The scarecrow herself couldn’t be plain, nope. I wanted a little wow-factor for that too, so I made some shimmer card stock by spreading some Black Pansy and Golden Rose Paper Glaze, one of my top three fave products EVER from Picket Fence Studios, on black card stock. On top of this I also added a tiny bit of Fall Gold Paper Glitz.

I didn’t get a photo of that before I cut it up, but here is the second piece I made with Autumn Persimmon Paper Glitz.

When this was dry, I cut out the Scarecrow using my diecutting machine. Depending on your machine and how much Paper Glaze you use, you might need to run it through twice to get clean, sharp lines.

This was adhered directly to the background, with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then a sentiment from the So Franken Cute stamp set was stamped with Black Hybrid ink on it, with the help of the Mini MISTI. When you stamp your sentiment last thing, it’s better to be safe than sorry, to avoid hiccups, hence the Mini MISTI.

The second card was done in a similar fashion, with the same colours on the background, including the gold splatters. This is the one I used that second shimmer card stock for, and I used the Scarecrow diecut again. I also cut out the word BOO with the Seeing Double Alpha dies.

The sentiment on this one is from A Spooky Day, and it’s stamped up with Black Hybrid ink with the help of the Mini MISTI. The BOO was adhered with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive, as was the Scarecrow.

Seeing them next to each other is fun, because you can see the similarity and where they have their own little unique touches.

The next two cards are pretty much the same, only different colours. Naturally, it’s still ink blended but the colours used are Squeezed Lemonade, Salvaged Patina, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire, Wilted Violet and Black Soot. I’m LOVING this blend! So much so, I made two of these as well.

Instead of gold splatters on the first one, I opted for black and yellow by using Distress Oxide sprays in Mustard Yellow and Black soot. I tried to not overdo it, but I think a few more wouldn’t have been amiss.

Similarly, the shimmer card stock was done with black card stock, and some Ocean Poppy and Lime Zinnia Paper Glaze. These colours are kind of glow-in-the-dark-esque on the black card stock, which looks really quite cool.

Once that was dry, I cut out the scarecrows and again, adhered it straight to the background with the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive. For the second card, I also cut out the word BOO with the Seeing Double Alpha dies from the shimmer card stock made with the Paper Glaze.

Sentiment wise I used one from the So Franken Cute for the card on the right, but this one was heat embossed in Opaque Bright White on black card stock. It was also adhered on an angle, with more Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive, rather than straight across. The second card was done with the BOO glued down and the same sentiment from A Spooky Day with Black Hybrid ink.

With four cards in total done, all that was left to do was adhered them both to a card base and that’s it. What do you think? Not a bad pop of colour for no-colouring cards, right?

I am working on a YouTube video for these as well, it’s very long at the moment so I’m thinking of doing one full-length version and one more condensed, so you can chose which one you want to watch. Keep an eye out on my YouTube channel and click that notification button so you don’t miss any uploads!

Lots of the goodies for these cards are from Picket Fence Studios, and the rest are from various online shops. I have used compensated affiliate links in this post, for your convenience, at no extra cost to you. Any earnings I get from these go towards paying for things like blog hosting, technology faff-stuff, import duties and new stuff to keep things fresh, fun and free for you! Thank you so much for supporting me while shopping using these links, I really appreciate it!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

p.s. I’m speaking at the Card Maker Success Summit tomorrow about ‘Adding Shimmer With Paper Glaze’. You’re invited! Get all the details and grab your free ticket here!

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YouTube Hop with Handmade Happiness FB Group!

Hi guys!

Today I’m just popping in with a quick post, the main event is over on YouTube where I’m hopping with a Facebook group called Handmade Happiness. Every month we do a little YouTube hop, with a theme and a choice of techniques. This month we are doing florals, with a choice of alcohol inks or mixed media. You can find the link to my video HERE.

I chose mixed media, and mixed ink blending and heat embossing, and used You Are My Favorite stamps and layering stencils from Pinkfresh Studio. The ink blending was done with some Distress Oxide inks first, on two different panels, as I thought why not do a couple while I was at it.

On the first one I used Kitsch Flamingo, Picked Raspberry and Dusty Concord. I blended these with my Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios, to get some dimension on the flowers. The leaves were heat embossed with Rich Gold embossing powder from WOW! Embossing, and I added the embossing ink with a Ranger Ink blending tool, to get it into the nooks and crannies. Check out the video for a little hack I learnt from my friend Daniel Diaz, who learnt it from Yana Smakula.

On the second card I used Speckled Egg and a touch of Peacock Feathers for the flowers, for the first layer. The second layer I did last, but after doing the leaves in the same gold, I decided to do that second layer in gold as well. I was on a bit of a gold craze!

Both cards are then diecut with some Slim Stitched Rectangle dies from Pinkfresh Studios, to add some details and interest. Sentiment wise I used the Phrase Builder Hello die set to make a ‘hello’ and ‘friend’, and for the pink one I stamped up one of the sentiments from You Are My Favorite stamp set on a pink banner so it would say ‘Today it’s all about you, friend’.

I hope you get a chance to check out the video over on my YouTube as well, but if not, thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this, and if you fancy grabbing one, or five, of these goodies for yourself, I have used some compensated affiliate link in this post, as well as below. If you shop using these links, I get a small commission directly from the company, at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much if you chose to support me by shopping with these links. Any earnings I get from these go directly back into the running of my blog, YouTube channel and instagram, so thank you in advance!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Tonic Studios Stamp Club Compassion & Poppies Blog Hop!

Hi everyone!

Today I’m delighted to be one of the stops on the Tonic Studios Stamp Club release blog hops. This month’s bundle is called Compassion & Poppies, and consists of a stamp set and coordinating diecuts. They will only be sold as a bundle, and are exclusive to Tonic Studios so grab them while you can! Once they are sold out, they are gone!

This is a monthly stamp release, and will be available the last Friday of every month (with exceptions made for holidays) It’s not a club or subscription based program, so there is no commitment or forced buying, it’s simply a small, but fabulous, stamp release.

You can get it both from the UK Tonic Studios shop and the US Tonic Studios shop, but if you want it, make sure to get it fast. Don’t dilly-dally, the last bundle sold out so fast, so better safe than sorry!

There is of course a prize to be won, a blog hop wouldn’t be complete without one, right? One lucky winner will win the entire bundle, as well as a £50/$50 Giftcard to Tonic Studios! How is that for awesome-sauce? Leave a comment on this blog to a chance to win, and the more you hop and comment, the bigger your chance to win. Comments can be made until March 3rd 11.59PM PST/7.59am GST March 4th, and winner will be announced on March 5th!

The entire line-up can be found at the bottom of this post, and you next stop is my talented friend Janette Kausen!

So, full disclosure, my goodies only arrived 24hrs ago, so it has been a bit of a scramble. I only finished one full card but if I manage to make more, I will share them over on my Instagram.

I started by stamping the big flower image with Black Hybrid ink on Neenah paper with my MISTI, as I wanted to do some Copic colouring. I started out with reds, greens and cool greys, but decided to skip out on the greens in favour of colouring the leaves grey for a dramatic look.

A bit of masking here and there protected my flowers, and I heat embossed the two leaves from the stamp set in Platinum from WOW! Embossing powder. It goes so well with the grey on the leaves, and adds that gorgeous shine to the card. I made sure to use my anti-static tool generously before, as the paper was still a bit wet from the colouring.

I used my WOW! heat tool to set the powder. I love this tool, thanks to the dual settings you have so much more control over the heat and that’s always a good thing.

To add some drama to the card, I ink blended some Hickory Smoke and Black Soot around the edges, using my Blender Brushes. This not only adds drama, but also draws the eye in to the star of the show: the poppies.

The final touch was to heat emboss one of the sentiments onto black card stock. I used Platinum again, for a cohesive look, and trimmed it down to a slim banner before adhering it with liquid glue.

Well, that’s it from me for now, and it’s time to hop on. Or get your shop on! I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post, for your convenience. These links do not cost you anything extra at all, however if you use them I get a small commission from the company directly. Any earnings I get from these links go directly back into the running of my blog, YouTube channel and Instagram. I am so grateful for the support, and can’t do it without you so thank you from the bottom of my heart.

BLOG HOP LIST: 

Channin Pelletier

Dilay Nacar

Emily Midgett

Erica Andersson Burke

Janette Kausen

Jen Kray

Kelly Taylor

Maria Willis

Mindy Eggen

Seeka

Happy Valentine’s Day to us crafters! It’s Picket Fence Studios release day!

Hi everyone!

Happy Valentine’s/Galentine’s/Sun-Day to you all! The Man and I don’t really do VD anymore. After working as a florist many years ago, the stress and working hours killed any excitement I might have had for it.

Crafting and cardmaking has brought some of that excitement back, but only because I love making cards. Getting new stuff to play with is also fun, and today is release day over at Picket Fence Studios! It’s a super sassy and punny one, which I love!

I have made QUITE a few cards, as usual, because I could not stop the creativity train once it left the station. Idea after idea after idea came to me, and I was (will)powerless to contain it.

I love stencils and there are some utterly fabulous ones in this release! The Movement stencil, which comes in both a 6×6 and a slim line version, is so fun! It created an optical illusion that made me think I had cut my cards wonky more than once. So fun!

On this one I used Distress Oxide inks for a vivid look. It’s finished off with the You Are The Best word die.

On this one I did the stencil printing technique, where you mist the leftover ink on the stencil and “print” it by pressing watercolour paper on top. It gives a softer look, as well as gives you a two-for-one background looks. This one is finished off with the Hey You word die and a sentiment from the You Are Nothing Short Of Amazing stamp set. And some bling from the Day & Night Gem mix.

There is a flower stencil, called Centre Flower that also comes in 6×6 version and slim line version. I used them both, for different results.

On this card I used the newly release paper glaze called Yellow Primrose for a lovely textured look. I love the Paper Glazes, they are so much fun! This one is finished off very simple by heatembossing Congratulations from the Fancy Congratulations Sentiments set and diecut with the FAB coordinating diecuts!

With the slim line stencil I made a colourful background with Distress Oxide inks, and then finished it off with the Fancy Congratulations Sentiments stamps and coordinating dies.

Another fave from this release is the super fun Sparks Cover Plate! Ooooh, the fun I had with this!

First, I simply used it on white card stock and black card stock, which both look fab just as it is.

I also had the finicky idea of using the cutout bits on a card. Yeah, this turned out to be a slow process, as well as sticky, but it did actually turn out really cool!

Both these are done by glueing down all those little bits on to a card base, and then finished with LOTS of bling from the gem mixes Day & Night as well as Fire.

The two original panels were finished off in different, but colourful, ways. The white one has all the gaps filled in with coloured card stock. For both this one, as well as the black and white one, I’ve used Press’n’seal to pick up all the pieces. It works a treat!

The coloured card stock is a mix of Concord & 9th, The Stamp Market and Lawn Fawn.

The next one was finished super simple, by adding the diecut panel on a background made with strips of Lawn Fawn coloured card stock, and Hey You cut out of black card stock, and then the top layer is gold mirror card stock from Tonic Studios.

Well, as you can see in the first photo, I made quite a few more cards but I didn’t want to do a photo-vomit post, lol! Hopefully you will be inspired by these, and if you decide to treat yourself to a little something-something I have affiliate links to Picket Fence Studios which I’d be so grateful if you’d use when you shop. They don’t cost you anything extra at all, ever, and I get a small commission directly from the company as thank you for directing you their way. I really appreciate the support, and even the smallest purchase make a difference, so thank you so much in advance!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Many, many backgrounds with the Slim Line Waves Stencil!

Hi!

If you saw my post or YouTube video with the December release from Picket Fence Studios, you might have had a sneak at some of these already: today’s post and video are all about the Slim Line Waves stencil.

First off I sprayed the Slim Line Waves stencil with Pixie Spray, and after letting it cure, I went to town with my Distress Oxide inks! It started out as one ink blended panel, and then one stencil printed panel, and then a second! Three for one!

Because I loved the vividness of the first panel, I did another one in the same colours: Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry and Abandoned Coral. On this second one I also added in Wild Honey and Carved Pumpkin.

I find ink blending to be very soothing, and it’s helped me immensely whilst dealing with the grief of losing my mother-in-law. Whenever she’d visit, we could craft and gossip together. I will always cherish those moments and memories.

The stencil printing technique I mentioned earlier, is a great way to get at least one more background out of your ink blending session. You simply spritz water on the stencil after ink blending and instead of wiping it off, you press a piece of water colour paper on it and press firmly. Quickly turn it over and set aside to dry. There might even be enough ink left on it to make another one or even two!

I’ve also used the Slim Line Waves stencil with Paper Glazes, because I love how they look! Recently I discovered that if you use Black Pansy all over the stencil, and then add a little bit of another few colours on top, you get a super cool effect! For this one I added Agapantha Purple, Daffodil Yellow and Cornflower Blue with the help of the Mixed Media Spatulas.

I didn’t film this unfortunately, but I will do another video on this technique because the results are so cool and everyone should know about it!

Next up was using the stencil with Transfer Gel Duo and Rainbow foil. And holy CANNOLI!! This turned out cooler than an iceberg in the Artic! (And no, I don’t get out much! LOL)

I loved the negative of the foil after taking if off the main panel, and hated to see it go to waste. That negative Waves pattern was so cool so I adhered it to a card base with double sided adhesive sheets. That foil looks like it’s lit up from inside!

I made a card out of the foiled panel by diecutting it with the Slim Line Diecutting System, and added a heat embossed sentiment from I Freaking Love You. I couldn’t bear to cover up the panel any more than that, because I freaking love it!

One of the stencil printed panels was also finished off with some gold splatters and then turned into a card. Again with the Slim Line Diecutting System, and black card stock to back it. A birthday sentiment from Do Good Recklessly was stamped up with Black Hybrid Ink in the bottom right corner, and that was it! I might add some sequins later. I am, after all, an over-sequinizer.

Well, that’s it from me for today. I hope you enjoyed this post, and get a chance to watch the YouTube video too.

I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post, which means I get a small compensation from the company directly if you shop using these links. Picket Fence Studios send me these products to play with, but I only ever use the products that inspire me (in case the many, many projects I made here doesn’t make that somewhat obvious, lol) Any earnings I get from these go straight back into the running of my blog, YouTube channel and Instagram, so thank you so much if you support me by using these links. I really appreciate it!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Picket Fence Studios December Release!

Hello, hello!

Today’s post is all about the last release of the year from Picket Fence Studios! There are some fantastic stencils, as always, and I have done my usual thing of making loads of backgrounds whilst getting to know them.

In this post I’ll show a few of the ones I made with the release, including the Slim Line Waves Stencil, but there is also a Slim Line Cloud Coverage Stencil! Of course, this stencil will work on pretty much any sized card.

I did make a card with the Cloud Coverage stencil, after ink blending a rainbow cloud background. I paired it with a sweet Copic coloured doggie from Pet All Of The Dogs and a sentiment from Stella Puppy.

To cut the pieces out and to make a card base, I used the Slim Line Diecutting System, as well as the coordinating diecut for the Pet All Of The Dogs set.

Another couple of great additions to the stencil range are the sunburst ones. One has the sun in the middle, Burst Of Sun Stencil, and one is a corner one, Corner Sun Stencil.

As I love the Paper Glazes, I had to make a card with them and this stencil. On black card stock I used Golden Rose and the look is so bold and strong! I love it!

I finished it off by heat embossing the microphone and a sentiment from the Do Good Recklessly set, in Metallic Rich Gold from WOW! That’s all this one needed.

Of course I also had to do some ink blending with the Burst Of Sun Stencil, and lots of us in the design team had similar ideas, lol! I blocked off two rays for each colour and did them in a rainbow fashion, using Distress Oxide inks. From 12 o’clock, clockwise, I have used Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Squeezed Lemonade and Twisted Citron.

I did leave the middle white, where I stamped up the HB2U from Do Good Recklessly, with Black Hybrid Ink.

I did finish my card off with a few… a generous… fine! It’s a tsunami of sequins from the Gin & Tonic sequin mix.

And now… the star of the show, for me, is the Slim Line Waves Stencil. I absolutely love it!

Oh my goodness, I made so many backgrounds with the Slim Line Waves Stencil! These are just the ones made with ink blending and then that stencil press printing technique I like, where you spritz your stencil with water after ink blending and “print” the pattern on water colour paper by pressing down firmly on it.

I have only finished off a card with one of those panels, because I am that crazy one that can’t bear to cover up fabulous backgrounds too much so I could not figure out what to do with them. But oh well.. what a problem to have, right?

I also L-O-V-E how this Paper Glaze experiment turned out! I started with Black Pansy all over the stencil, then added small blobs of Daffodil Yellow, Cornflower Blue and Agapantha Purple, which I then smeared all over using the flat spatula in the Mixed Media Tool bundle.

It kind of looks like a petrol spill, doesn’t it? Or a galaxy! I just love how this look.

I also used DecoFoil Transfer Gel Duo and rainbow foil from Therm-o-web, for this AAHHHH-mazing panel! Gah, I love it so much! I also used the negative from the foil and adhered that to a card base by covering that in double sided adhesive sheets first. So cool, right??

I only finished off the big panel, by cutting it down using the Slim Line Diecutting System and added a heat embossed sentiment from I Freaking Love You.

So, here we have it! The December release from Picket Fence Studios is now live and I have used compensated affiliate links in this post, for your convenience, at no extra cost to you. What that means is I get a small commission from the company directly, if you shop using these links.

I will have videos coming for a lot of these cards too so make sure you are subscribed to my YouTube channel, and hit that notification bell so you get notified of new videos. There is a video there now, showing off the products in the release as well as some of the cards I made so far.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed this post and found some inspiration here with me.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

World Card Making Day part 1!

Hi guys!
You read that right, this is only Part 1 of 2 today. This first one is part of the WOW! Embossing blog hop to celebrate World Card Making Day! You should have come here from the talented Verity, and the next stop of the hop is my sweet friend Daniel!


Comment along each of the Design Team member’s post for a chance to win a $25 gift card to either our UK or USA stores.(One comment per blog please.) You have until Wednesday, October 7th at 11:59PM British Summertime to leave your comments. Winners will be announced on Thursday, October 8th.

I do love me some heat embossing, that’s no secret! Card making as well. This hobby is so good for the soul and the creativity. The wallet, on the other hand, is in the corner crying most days, lol!

For this card I have used a couple of new to me stamps from Pink Fresh Studios, two of the new trios, Toteally Amazing and Summer Scoops, of embossing glitters and some matching ink colours.

With my trusted MISTI on hand, this was a breeze to make, even with all the different puzzle pieces of this stamp. This is the brilliant Pop-Out Nested Diamond and my idea was to basically use a different ink and glitter powder combination on each section.

I paired up Glided with Tattered Rose, Lemon Sorbet with Squeezed Lemonade, Orangeade with Carved Pumpkin, Razzleberry with Picked Raspberry, The Real Teal with Salty Ocean and Iced Teal with Peacock Feathers. Each colour is first stamped with the coloured ink, then with the Embossing Pad and finally sprinkled with the matching Embossing glitter. I heated the glitters with my Heat Tool from underneath to keep as much of the glitter on as possible.

Once the entire panel was done, I used a stitched rectangle die to trim it down to 5.5″x4.25″ and this I adhered to a card base. To finish off the card I also stamped up the big You and a sentiment from the Simply Sentiments-You stamp set. Both are done in black ink and I also heat embossed the You in clear embossing powder to make it pop a bit more.

It was quick work getting those two bits adhered to the card, after I fussy cut the You out, and with that the card was done! I made a video for this card too, and you can find that on my YouTube channel.

With that, I’m all done and it’s time for you to hop along the rest of the fabulous hop.

Thank you for stopping by, lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

The full line up of the hop is below. Make sure to leave comments on as many stops as possible to increase your chance of winning a $25 gift card to the WOW! shop.

WOW!

Tenia

Jenny

Karen

Amber

Jo

Jaine

Verity

Erica <——–You are here!

Daniel <———Next stop!

Dunja

Ashlee

Ericka

Rikka

History of Card Making Day: Cards have played an important role in social circles for hundreds of years, playing a role as a thoughtful gift all the way to a necessary part of proper etiquette. Consider, if you will, the calling card of the Victorian era, a term that has become so ubiquitous that the signature element of a bomb-maker or a criminal is said to be their ‘calling card’.

A small piece of paper bearing one’s name and often a decoration of some kind, the calling card (Also known as a visiting card) was presented to the servants of a household that it might be delivered to the masters of the house to announce visitors.

It was this era of propriety that also developed the concept of a dance card, a card specifically carried by women to fill out with the names of the men they intended to dance with that evening. After all, with so many interested parties it just made sense to keep track of them so that you could, in earnest, indicate that your dance card was full and thus politely decline an interested suitor.

Calling Cards, Dance Cards, Business Cards, Greeting Cards, RSVP Cards, there are a million and more types of cards and could there be anything more exciting than learning to make your own? Card Making Day encourages you to do just that.

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Picket Fence Studios Slim Line Card Bonanza part2!

Hi Slim Line card lovers! Ok, that sounded a bit creepy, let’s just stick to ‘hi’.

So, building on from yesterdays Picket Fence Studios release post, which you can find HERE, if you missed it, today’s post is all about finishing off the backgrounds. Rather than do every single one in this post, I thought I’d focus on two of my faves and two of my least faves, to kind of challenge myself. Funnily enough, all four of these are done with the Slim Line Radial Stencil.

I did actually make a video for this too, you can find that over on my YouTube channel. If you want to skip directly to the video, click HERE.

So let’s start with the two I like the most, these are made with the Slim Line Radial Stencil with two different techniques. This first card is ink blended with Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Carved Pumpkin, Abandoned Coral and Barn Door. I did use a Life Changing Blender Brush for each colour.

I recently got ahold of the brand new Distress color from Tim Holtz, Crackling Campfire, and I used it with a sentiment from I Freaking Love you. To get a really intense look, I stamped it twice with the help of a MISTI. I also splattered it with gold and the final touch was some bling from the Screwdriver sequin mix.

On the next card I used the same sentiment, only in an ombré look, using the same ink colours as on the background. This is what I call ‘ink smoosh printing’. You basically ink blend as usual, but rather than cleaning off your stencil, you mist it with water to activate the ink, and then place a bit of water colour card on top and press down. Ta-da! Two in one!

Right, so this one I did horizontally, rather than vertically. With the help of my MISTI, I stamped up the same I Freaking Love You sentiment, and added ‘I’m obsessed with your awesomeness’ below from Favorite Notifications.

This one I kept simple, no bling-bling at all. Because of the way the colours lighter in the middle, I feel like the ombré sentient is drawing the eye in. Also, The Man keeps saying how I “over-sequinizing” on a regular basis *blows raspberries* so I do try to surprise him every now and again, by NOT adding a single one.

The next couple of cards are also done with the Slim Line Radial Stencil, and these were the two that I was the least happy with, as they were.

So, the darkest one, I kept really moody by adding a super snarky sentiment in Black Hybrid Ink. To keep with the moody vibe, I also sprayed a little bit of Nuvo Sparkle Spray in Morning Fog.

On the lighter one I used the Pain In My Ass stamp set, and stamped the sister silhouette image and one of the funny sentiments in Black Hybrid ink.

The sister silhouette I stamped quite a few times with the help of my Mini MISTI and the Black Hybrid ink. Then, on top of that, I stamped it again with VersaMark and heat embossed that with clear embossing powder to make it pop.

The fact that after finishing the cards, especially with the backgrounds that I didn’t really like, and making the backgrounds fit with the sentiment/mood, I actually ended up with cards that are actually send-worthy.

Well, that’s it from me for today. I hope you found some inspiration here and will take this post as some hope that you CAN rescue backgrounds that you don’t like, or use them in a different way. Don’t give up!

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Picket Fence Studios September Release!

Hello, hello!

It’s the 14th, which seems to come along faster and faster once we pass July. Or is that just me? Well, time travel or not, it is release day from Picket Fence Studios and this month it’s all about the slim line stencils AND our new design team members! We are celebrating with a blog hop to introduce them and this month’s release in on fell swoop.

A blog hop wouldn’t be complete without a giveaway, and there are TWO $50 gift vouchers to the Picket Fence Studios shop up for grabs! All you have to do is leave a comment, and the more stops you leave comments on, the better your chance to win! Winners will be announced on the Picket Fence Studios blog on Monday the 21st. The full blog hop lineup is below:

Picket Fence Studios Blog 

Lydia Fiedler

Lisa Tilson

Ceal Pritchett

Susie Moore

Michelle Lupton

Angela Bode

Sara Sherlock

Judy Rozema

Becky Roberts

Karen Reátegui

Erica A-B <———-YOU ARE HERE

YOUR NEXT STOP——-> Ilina Crouse

Larisa Hohman

I do have a video on my YouTube channel showing the stencils and these finished backgrounds. You can find that VIDEO HERE.

There are five slim line stencils and I did my usual thing where I started playing, and then couldn’t stop! I had so many ideas to try out and some worked better than others, and in the end I had thirteen backgrounds! I’ve used a generous amount of Pixie Spray on all of the stencils to ensure crisp, clean lines.

The ones I am probably the least happy with are these two, below. I tried different ways to use the Slim Line Radial Stencil. On one I did a grey copic background first, then ink blended some Distress Oxides over it with the stencil. It didn’t work as well as I hoped but gave a grungy, dark look which will work well for Halloween cards as the stencil could be seen as spider web. Inks used for both are Mermaid Lagoon, Hickory Smoke and Black Soot.

On the second one I used the left over ink on my Life Changing Blender Brushes to create a less spooky look, by using a white card base. If you stop back in tomorrow, I will show you what I did with these backgrounds. Even though I wasn’t overly happy with them, I made them work!

Another way I used the Slim Line Radial Stencil was to make a sunset/lava heat look, by only using yellows, oranges and red Distress Oxide inks. I started with Squeezed Lemonade in the middle, next was Wild Honey, Carved Pumpkin, Abandoned Coral and Barn Door. It’s so easy getting the smooth coverage and blending with the Life Changing Blender Brushes.

After lifting the stencil off the first project, I spritzed it with water and placed another panel on top to create a soft water colour look with the leftover ink.

Then, of course, I had to do a rainbow colour wheel. Because why not, right?? This Radial Stencil was just begging to be colourful. I used a couple of sheets of acetate and PostIt Tape to mask off the areas I didn’t want to get ink on. Using Distress Oxide inks again, I used from 12 o’clock and clock wise: Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Carved Pumpkin, Abandoned Coral, Barn Door, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron.

I also used two of the new Paper Glaze colours with this stencil! The colours used for both these are Artemisia Silver and Boysenberry Violet. One is done on white card stock and the other one on Black Satin card stock from Tonic. One of my bottles of Pixie Spray was running out and it ended up coming out very thick, which strangely ended up looking like thick spiderweb on the stencils. That made the Paper Glaze go a bit messy in certain spots.

Next up was the Slim Line Leaf Stencil! I used Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn on both these, but in different ways. To create the shine, I used Texture Paste Gloss from Ranger.

On the first one, I ink blended the inks on the whole panel, the used the Leaf stencil and added the paste, to create a shiny pattern.

On the second one, I mixed the Paste with the inks to colour it, and then used that on a white piece of card stock. This would also look fab using the green Paper Glazes.

The Slim Line Floral Stencil is so dramatic and I really wanted to channel that drama, so I used the same Black Satin card stock from Tonic and Boysenberry Violet Paper Glaze. It looks FANTASTIC!!

Next up, we have Slim Line Broken Fence Stencil. With this one, I used a pre-ink blended background I made a little while ago. Inks used are Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers. OF COURSE it’s done with Life Changing Blender Brushes.

After cutting down a panel, the same size as the stencil, I used Black Pansy, Artemesia Silver and Snowdrop White on top of the stencil and blended the colours from black to white, with the silver in the middle.

Last, but certainly not least, the Slim Line Dashes Stencil! With this stencil, I did a similar thing to the red Radial backgrounds. I ink blended on one panel first (with the colours in the photo, look above for links) then removed that before I spritzed the stencil with water and placed another panel on top to pick up the leftover ink.

We do have another rainbow, surprise, surprise! However, to take this up a notch, I placed the Dashes stencil back over the pattern, after the spritzing, and added Iridescent Glitz Glitter Gel from Gina K on top! It came out sparkly like a unicorn fart!!

So, whilst I haven’t actually finished any cards with these, I wanted to show the many, MANY possibilities with these stencils. A stencil really is a smart investment as you can do so many different techniques with them!

That’s it from me for today, I hope you enjoyed this very colourful post and found some inspiration here, and along the rest of the blog hop. If you did, and consider treating yourself to a few little things, I would be so grateful if you’d use my compensated affiliate links, in this post. They do not cost you any extra at all, and the company it’s affiliated with will give me a small commission as a thank you for directing you to them.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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You Say Witch Like It’s A Bad Thing! | STAMPtember 2019

Hi guys!

Today’s card is made with one of the Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember set from last year, If The Hat Fits, combined with their Spider Web Background stamp. I’m not much into Halloween and scary stuff, that’s just not my jam at all. Making Halloween cards, however, I for some reason, love making!

I started out by stamping up two of the hats on Neenah card stock with Black Hybrid ink from Picket Fence Studios, as this is Copic friendly.

I used quite a few of the Cool Grey Copics to colour in the hat, but still getting some highlights and contrast to it. Both hats were done in the same colours and the accessories were done in “witchy” colours.

Thankfully for me, as I’m not a fan of fussy cutting, there are coordinating diecuts for this set too, and I used them to cut out the hats.

The background is the Spider Web Background stamp, heatembossed in Opaque Bright White on Eggplant card stock from Concord & 9th. For some reason, despite using an anti-static tool on the card stock first, there was a lot of stray powder all over it and it felt too fiddly to try cleaning that up. The effect was sort of a dusty spiderweb, which actually worked out pretty cool.

To make it look a bit spookier, and also to draw the eye in, I ink blended some Black Soot with a Life Changing Blender Brush around the edges. Doing this works really well with coloured card stock, if you want to add a more dimensional look to your background.

That little piece of acetate with the PostIt tape is a clever little tool I use to keep my fingers off my project, both to avoid finger prints on my ink blending and smudging the ink. It’s super inexpensive and works a treat. After doing the ink blending, I splattered some gold water colour on it and set that aside to dry.

I also heat embossed one of the funny sentiments, from If The Hat Fits, in white on black card stock. This piece I cut out with the Stitched Circle dies, and did another one in white card stock, in the next size up.

To finish off the card I adhered all these bits and pieces to the background with Lawn Fawn glue tube. For an extra pop, I added some Glossy Accents to the green ribbon hat and to the buckle and the moon, on the other hat.

The last finishing touch were some matte black and iridescent black sequins, which I adhered with more Glossy Accents.

With that, I’m all done! I hope you found some inspiration where with me today. If you did, I’d be ever so grateful if you would use the compensated affiliate links provided in this blog post. Using these do not cost you anything extra at all, the company the links are affiliate to, pay me a small commission directly as a thank you for directing you to them. These earnings, however small, help keep my little blog, YouTube channel and Instagram feed fun and fresh for you, so thank you if you use them! It means a lot to me.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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