Sunday, 4 April 2010

Mmmmmm...Distress inks

I've spent a bit of time playing with distress inks, because there were two things I wanted to do this holiday. I wanted to make a shaped easel card, like Debbie's and I wanted to make some backgrounds like Paula's. I've been admiring  Debbie Dolphin's shaped easel cards for some time, and in honour of her getting on the front cover of craft stamper I thought I'd better pull my finger out! If you don't know of Paula's blog get yourself over there as she is one mega talented lady. I regularly drool over her wonderful creations. Anyway, earlier in the week she posted this and this. I loved the blue, gold and yellow combination, and was inspired! I'm not sure if mine has worked, as my background is rather busy, so I kept my focal points to a minimum. I stamped the script and daisies (graphicus) in black versafine, then embossed the flashy floral (inkadinkado) in gold, along with the butterfly (I.S.C.). The base card was coloured with distress inks in Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, Mustard seed, scattered straw and rusty hinge. As I've used no patterned papers I'm entering it into this weeks Allsorts challenge. It also has a ditressed feel, so I'm entering it into the Simon Says Stamp Challenge.  Thanks for looking!


  1. Oh wow this is stunning! I am glad you posted this as I am setting some time aside today to mess around with my distress inks as I want to make a background - thanks for the inspiration and I am off to have a look at Paula's blog.

    Sarah x

  2. WOW! Absolutely beautiful. I can look at this card all day. Very good job.

  3. Oh Sally
    This is stunning - I love the colours you have used.
    Thanks for taking in my challenge at Allsorts this week.
    Take care
    Debs xx

  4. wonderful inking and stamping Sally, and I'm truly thrilled that I might have inspired this beautiful creation.

  5. Hi Sally.

    I love these shaped Easels too, the world is the limit it seems with them. Yours is spectacular. I love that colour combo and it's certainly not too busy. The embossing works perfectly.
    Congrats on your tin making the top 5 too, it certainly deserved to.
    Hope you are having a lovely Easter weekend.


  6. You've cracked it and then some a stunning card love the blue and yellow like sea and sand the highlighted butterfly is perfect.

  7. Beautiful - love those colours and the gorgeous background :)

  8. gorgeous really is beauiful and the easel cards are so stunning.thankyou for the mention
    debbie xxx

  9. Just amazing!! so many gorgeous details!! Hugs Juls

  10. Hi there Sally
    wow wee this is a stunning piece of ART WORK it really is fabulous.
    hugs chris xx

  11. Hi Sally

    Stunning work.

    I really love what you have done here.

    Brilliant inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Love Jules xx

  12. Well mission complete I'd say - a fabulous card!

  13. WOW this is gorgeous! The background looks fab :) Hugs, Rachel xx

  14. Wow this card is fantastic. I just love it!! I bought some distress inks (not really knowing what they were) and haven't touched them as yet. I'll keep an eye on your cards and see what you do with it, what an inspiration, you're designs are gorgeous. I look forward to seeing more.

  15. I think your card has worked perfectly Sally. It gorgeous and I love the rich colours. You're making much better use of your holiday than I am. I've done nothing but faff about and haven't actually produced anything.

    Lesley Xx

  16. This is so gorgeous! love the embossing with the inked background, very effective and the colours are stunning! thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp, hugs, Jane xxx

  17. This is stunning Sally!! I love the shape, embossing and colors! Absolutely gorgeous!
    Hugs, Tammy

  18. Such a beautiful background and the shaped easel looks fab

    Thanks for playing at Allsorts

    Emma xxx


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