From a hot mess to a beautiful galaxy

Hello there, and welcome back.  Today I would like to share a ink-blended galaxy background card with you using Distress inks.  This technique isn’t new, but I had never tried it.  Besides, my husband bought me some distress inks for Christmas (I still don’t know how he knew I wanted those distress inks so badly) and I thought it’s time for me to come out of my comfort zone and try something new.

First let me show you the card:

img_20170126_102024_870I used Neenah Solar White card (nice and smooth for ink-blending techniques) and distress inks in these colours (see below), I brought in a purple from Altenew because I don’t have any purple distress ink at the moment.

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And I just started piling colours on, I put on the colours quite heavily, and went back and forth a few times so the colours could mix and blend into each other.  When I finished, the piece looked like a hot mess, I almost trashed it.

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To cover up the mess, I brushed on some Perfect Pearls in Pewter, well, that made a big change.  The paper looked like metallic paper but with a subtle shine, and the powder eased some of the harsh blending lines off, suddenly it looked very smooth.

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I wanted to write a sentiment on the card but my handwriting is poor.  Thanks to Mama Elephant Calli letters set, I was able to fake it.  I stamped my sentiment in embossing ink, so I could trace it later with a white gel pen.

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I then splattered some white paint all over the card, they looked like stars.

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I cropped the piece to be just a little bit smaller than a A6 card then glued it onto the cardbase.

That’s it.

Hope you like this card and give this technique a try.  I really enjoyed the process and trying new things.

Thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day!

Yiming

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Hi Ya

Hello and happy new year!  I hope 2017 brings you lots of lovely memories, fabulous friends, and crafting goodies.

So for the first card of 2017, I went a bit crazy, Usually my cards are very clean and simple, minimal supplies and tools and lots of white/empty space.  But for today’s card, man, I pulled out so many different tools, and spent over an hour to finish it – that’s way out my comfort zone.

Anyway, here is the card.

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And a closer look:

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To start with, I used different distress inks to make a night sky.  I didn’t mind it wasn’t a nice smooth blend, because I wanted to add other elements on top.  However I’m very bad at blending, as you can see in the photo, definitely need to work hard on it.  So if you have any blending tips, do let me know. 🙂

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I have this city skyline die from Clearly Besotted (retired now), and I die cut it from a light grey, a dark grey and black cards a few times so that when I layered them up they don’t look the same.  The two grey layers I just glued them onto the card base directly, but with the black one, I put foam adhesives at the back, so it pops up a bit.

For my focal point,  I chose Mama Elephant Tiny Ninjas stamp set, aren’t those ninjas adorable?  I just can’t resist them.  I stamped one ninja using my misti, and stamped a few time to achieve a dark and better result.

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To finish off the card, I brushed some Perfect Pearls in the shade Pewter all over the night sky then set it with a mist of water, and that also leaves a nice texture to the sky.

I then trimmed the panel just a little bit smaller than my card base then glued the two parts together.

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That’s my card today, hope you like it.  I’m off to do some more blending.  Again, if you have any tips on how to achieve a nice blended background, do share it with me.

Ta.

Yiming x

Challenge:  Seven Hills Craft Monthly Challenge:

A Red Bird Christmas

Hello again.

Today I’m back with a Christmas card (well, actually two, just different background) that is inspired by the cover of my favourite Christmas book – A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg.

I loved the cover picture as much as I loved the story, and I always wanted a cardinal stamp so I can create a card or something similar like the cover.  So when Hero Arts first brought the cardinal stamp set out, I bought it straight away.

So here is my card/cards:

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I was able to make 8 cards in 2 hours thanks to my new love – misti, without it, I would have spent a few hours trying to line up the layering stamps carefully.  I could have added a few more details: like gold embossing the third layer – the feathers, I thought it would look really nice, or adding falling snow using stencils, or doing a light grey washed background, but in the end I kept it simple as I’m going to mass produce this design.

I’d like to submit this card to the current Seven Hill Crafts Monthly Challenge, and A blog named Hero.

Thank you Hero Arts for bringing out such a wonderful stamp set!  And thank you for dropping by.

Love,

Yiming

Using Negative Die-cut Pieces on Your Cards

Hello!  Today I’m going to share a set of cards with you that I used negative die-cut piece as my card front.

I bought Seasonal Sentiments Die set from Wplus9 last year (or you can get this set from Seven hills craft if you are from the UK), and made lots of Christmas cards using the die cut words, they are just the perfect size for me to work with, and they are just big enough on the card front as is, and your cards would still look stunning.  But this year I don’t want to make the same/similar cards again but I still want to make something with the set.  So here is what I came up with:

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So I used 5×5 size cardbase (this size is currently my favourite size to work with) in deep red, deep green and navy, and trimmed some white/off white/cream cards to be just slightly smaller than the cards, and I positioned the dies in the upper middle part of the card pieces then ran them through my big shot.  Make sure you keep all the pieces.  I saved the words for other projects, but only used the negative pieces for the cards.  I also used the heart die that is included in the set and cut 3 times on some glitter card.  Then I assembled all the cards together with some glue and foam pads.  Quick and easy, perfect for mass-producing.

So that’s me today, I hope you like the set, and I will see you soon.

Take care.

Yiming

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