Sunday, March 1, 2015

Memento LUXE ink technique for gorgeous handmade card backgrounds!

I always have loads of fun working with inks! But my favorite is to create a watercolor effect on backgrounds - something that is not perfect but spontaneous and creative - and MementoLuxe inks offer me that and so much more. Head on over to The Wholesaler's website to see how I created these cards in a few easy steps.


View the entire range of Tsukineko inks distributed by The Wholesaler and available from your local craft store!

Fake glitter grass Easter Card.

Head on over to the Chiswick blog today to view this cute little Easter card.
This ten minute card can be made using all those scrap papers you are hoarding, by simply combining it with a bit of glitter magic! http://www.chiswick.co.za/blog/

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hello card - Vintage Rose collection Couture Creations.

Hello everyone - I am still on a winning streak being creative with the awesome Vintage Rose collection of papers and dies. Today I created a beautiful card for someone special.
The base of my card was cut from one of the patterned papers from the 12x12" paper pad CO724002. I then added a die-cut element using the gorgeous green checkered paper and the CO 724050
Couture Creations Vintage Rose Collection - Cuckoo Clock (73 x 100mm) die cut.

I turned the Cuckoo Clock upside down and left out the clock part...which really left me with Cuckoo part didn't it? On top of that I added some cut out flowers and the Vintage Rose
CO 724042 Vintage Rose Collection - Vintage Rose
die cut. The beautiful butterfly was also cut from one of the patterned papers, just adding a nice pop of red accent colour.

To colour my Rose die cut, I cut the rose from white smooth cardtock.

On my craft sheet I added 2 colours of ink markers in green and misted it with water.

Then I dipped the die cut rose into the ink to add colour.

I used a third green ink and misted only the right hand side of the die cut and left it to dry naturally - the different greens mixed together to form a beautiful coloured rose in different shades.

To finish off my card, I assembled all the die cut elements, cut out roses, and die-cut sentiment to the front of the card. Then to add some sparkle I rubbed Glitzin Glamour glitter glue over the die cut rose and cut out flowers - the sparkle and shine is amazing and just adds a nice finishing touch.

A quick and easy card made with this gorgeous range of products. And once again, I love how versatile the die cuts are, even turned up side down or sideways they can create different looks and effects to any crafting project! What have you done with your Vintage Rose collection today?
To view the entire range from Couture Creations, click on the product links below

CO 724050 Couture Creations Vintage Rose Collection - Cuckoo Clock (73 x 100mm)
CO 724042 Couture Creations Vintage Rose Collection - Vintage Roses (27 x 90mm)
CO723979
CO723987
CO723989
CO724002

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ink marbling in 3 easy steps - All Purpose Inks.

Have you ever tried your hand at marbling paper? Well I love the look of marbling, and although I am not that good at it when it comes to making my own, I dabble and experiment with different looks. So when I started playing with the new All-Purpose Inks I did a lot of experimentation, and this fake marbling effect is one of the stunning effects that came about in an afternoon of experiments.

All purpose inks come in a huge range of colours - perfect for your next project!
Step 1 - Use a sheet of white cardstock and mist it heavily with water. Remember to work on a covered surface or a craft sheet.
 Step 2 - Use 2 colours of All-Purpose inks and one colour at a time drop the inks onto the wet cardstock using your ink dropper
  Spread out your colours by dropping the different colours in between each other. Once you are done adding your colours, mist the colour with some more water and then leave it to dry thoroughly.
Use the coloured panel as a background for a card. I added a chipboard element, die-cut word and some other elements to tie the design together. The dimensional butterfly adds a nice soft touch to the card. I love how the bright colours work well together with the pastel shades of the chipboard.
This Ink Marbling Technique in 3 Steps is a fun way of using your Tsukineko All-Purpose inks with stunning visual results.
Remember to head on over to The Wholesaler website and order your inks today from your local craft and scrapbook store!