Wednesday, 16 March 2016

inky get well wishes

It's National Craft Month and Nicole from the Right At Home Blog is hosting a National Craft Month Celebration Blog Hop.  She has invited us to hop along, be inspired, get creative and have the chance to win too.  The challenge is to create something using our current favourite craft supplies.

I thought I would stretch myself and use my Versamark Pen to work with some digital stamps for some heat embossing and more of my current addiction "distress ink lifting" (full details linked here).

I took the image and pasted several together into a square using Adobe Photoshop, then took the file to my local Officeworks store to be printed on heavy cardstock (no laser printer in our house yet).  I had two sets of the images printed on A4 sheets.

I used my "powder tool" to cover the entire panel.  ... I confess that the white diamonds powder puff works a treat and my cards smell lovely too!

I used a Versamark pen to trace each flower, smoothered them with clear embossing powder, scraped as much of the "overflow" away using my piercing tool so that it was mostly the black lines covered, then cooked it with my heat gun.

Next came the inky action.
I saturated the background with Faded Jeans Distress Ink using my mini ink pad.  I worked the ink into all of the corners of the flowers and over the edges of the printed panel, then, when I thought it was saturated, I inked it some more ... it really needs to be well inked for this technique to work.
Using a watercolour brush, I added water into each of the flower petals and centres.

I smooshed Worn Lipstick onto an acrylic block, added a bit of water then added colour to each petal.  I used a waterbrush to add just a faint touch of pink over the sections in the petals where the first colour didn't flow.
I added Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink to the centre of each flower then added a few drops of Mustard Seed Distress Ink.

The finishing touch was to add sparkle to each flower using Clear Wink Of Stella ... oh the brush tip is a pleasure to use and the sparkle a delight, it really makes the flowers pop.

I trimmed the panel down to be 5 1/8" square
I also had a sheet of A4 paper printed black at Officeworks and used it to die cut the Paper Smooches "Get Well" sentiment die using my Sizzix Big Shot.  I wanted the sentiment & matting to match the glossy black of the flower outlines, so I inked the white edges, smooshed the top with a Versamark Pad and smoothered them with clear embossing powder.  The sentiment was heat embossed twice, for some extra glossy dimension.  Hard to believe that it was clear powder when you see that glossy black dimension isn't it?

I applied tiny dots of Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue to the back of the sentiment and adhered it to the vellum strip, then put some more dots on the back of the vellum panel, behind the sentiment (so that you can't see any adhesive) and adhered it to the front panel.
I really like how the sentiment hangs over the edges.

The panel was adhered to a 5 3/8" square, top folding card base using Helmar 450 Quick Dry.  This liquid adhesive is great for adhering layers together, it gives a little time so that you can align things perfectly and it holds the layers down flat, which is great for times like these, where the panels are slightly buckled from all water added during the colouring process.

This view shows the gloss of the heat embossing and sparkle of the flowers.

Versamark Pen
WOW! - Clear Gloss Regular Embossing Powder 
Distress Inks - mini - Faded Jeans, Worn Lipstick, Squeezed Lemonade & Mustard Seed
Zig - Wink Of Stella - Clear Brush Tip Marker
Paper Smooches - Get Well die
Fundamentals - Vellum
Tombow - Mono Multi Liquid Glue


I am going to enter my card in the following challenges:

Right At Home Blog
National Craft Month Celebration Blog Hop
National Craft Month Celebration Blog Hop // Inspiration, Prizes, + More -
The challenge is to create something using our current favourite craft supplies.
I am addicted to my Mini Distress Inks, Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Marker and the Distress Ink Lifting Technique.

Simon Says Stamp Blog
Work It Wednesday February - use something floral

My card has lots and lots of flowers.

WOW! March Challenge
The challenge is to use heat embossing or WOW! products.

I have used WOW! embossing powder and lots of heat embossing.

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I have used Paper Smooches free Digi Stamps and Get Well die.

Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge Blog
March 2016 Challenge
The theme is Anything Goes but must use loose glitter, embossing powder or flocking.
I have used lots and lots of heat embossing.



  1. Hello Tracy!
    Your card is super gorgeous and I love how you used PS digi flower image! Thanks for leaving such a sweet comment on my post, I really appreciate it! And I am your newest follower too:) Hope You will follow me!
    Vinita Jain

  2. How deliciously pretty, Tracy ... the shimmer is gorgeous ... love that over the edge embossed sentiment ... the shine is fantastic! Anita :)

  3. Wow! This is absolutely fabulous and love the way you created it with the distress inks and watercolor cute

  4. Beautiful card! lovely colors. Thanks for visiting my blog !!

  5. So many fantastic techniques to create a beautiful card!

  6. Such a brilliant idea using your versa mark pen!Love you card, beautiful!

  7. Lots of work but it worthed!! Gorgeous card!

  8. great card, love the embossing on the sentiment. Thanks for joining us in the WOW embossing challenge

  9. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card.
    Crafty hugs,

  10. Fabulous use of that technique & your card is wonderful!


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