You Make Me Smile

Hello!

Here is a top-folding card using theYou-Make-Me-Smile-SSS0813-web goodies included in the Simon Says Stamp August 2013 Card Kit. Love, love, love the papers in this one!

There is misting, stamping, heat embossing and a little touch of bling in this card. The mist is Black Velvet by Heidi Swapp. It is black with a gold sparkle. The stamp set with this kit supplied the sentiment, “You Make Me Smile.” The ink on the banner under “You Make” is Pear Tart Memento by Tsukineko. It is a beautiful match to the green in the My Mind’s Eye paper. The card base is Neenah Desert Storm (kraft).

I’m working on another card from the supplies in the kit and I’ll post it Wednesday.

Thank you for stopping by!

Stephanie

 

 

Shimmery Salted Distress Ink Technique

Shimmery-Distress-Salt-Technique-WebThis technique was demonstrated by Kristina Werner in Online Card Classes Clean & Simple 2 Day 8.  (Do yourself a big favor and check these classes out!) I love inky techniques, but I’m not so sure this is card can be classified as clean and simple. There is no white on the card…I usually think of clean and simple as a white or neutral background. Purple is definitely not neutral.

While the technique to create backgrounds with distress ink is pretty standard (as developed by Tim Holtz), Kristina added the artsy twist of throwing salt on the background. I have added one more twist…

My version is to smoosh distress ink pads onto a non-stick craft sheet, spritz the inky puddles with water, then moosh your watercolor paper into it. Yes, watercolor paper makes a difference. The ink soaks into regular cardstock and it comes out very splotchy and not artsy.

After getting the background color on, flip the paper over and sprinkle with salt. I had a baggie of flake salt, but table salt, kosher salt and probably sea salt will work. Let it sit and dry. (Don’t be tempted to play with the salt. Leave it!) The salt soaks up moisture and color leaving some interesting patterns on the paper.

Because I couldn’t leave well enough alone, I decided to spritz the drying, salt covered background with Mr. Huey’s Shine color mist spray by Studio Calico.  It kind of fizzed a bit and looked shimmery. I wasn’t sure what a heat gun would do, so I left it to air (slow!) dry overnight.Distress-Salt-Shimmer-Close

Other than cropping the background to fit the card and inking the edges with some distress ink, this is what we got…. Unexpected, but really neat with a bit of shimmer. I could see doing this for winter backgrounds.

 

To finish the card, I stamped the background using solid images and Archival Jet Black ink. I spritzed purple cardstock with more Mr. Huey’s shine, added a black sheer ribbon and adhered my background with foam adhesive.

The sentiment was stamped with Versamark clear ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder for a slightly elegant look.

Below are some resources for working with Ranger Distress inks:

  • Tim Holtz the Distress Ink Master
  • Shari Carroll has a great video here
  • Jennifer McGuire did a whole series of videos for Two Peas in a Bucket using Ranger products. The link to her video on Distress Ink Basics is here

 
Have you had any experiments turn out pretty good in crafting?  Let me know in the comments!
 
Thanks for coming by today!

 Stephanie

 

Ingredients:

Stamps: Serene Silhouettes (Stampin’ Up!), Sentiment (Hero Arts Everyday Sayings)

Paper: Watercolor (yellow cover by Strathmore), Purple (color name unknown) Bazzill

Ink: Distress Ink by Ranger in Dusty Concord, Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass, Archival Jet Black, Versamark

Misc: Salt, Sheer black ribbon (Celebrate It Basic Narrows/Michaels), Mr. Huey’s Shine Color Mist spray (Studio Calico), Silver embossing powder (Martha Stewart), Dimensionals by Stampin’ Up!

Cards Cards Cards

Welcome to my new blog!  Happy New Year!

To kick things off, I am sharing some cards I made with the Simon Says Stamp January 2013 Card Kit.  I have been a subscriber to this kit for a while now and I really like this particular kit. For today’s cards, I’ve chosen the hip greens, navys and greys from Lily Bee Design’s Persnickety collection.

Except for ink and adhesives, everything I’ve used is from the kit. Cardstock, ribbon, brads, floss and the Tim Holtz tickets.

SSS-Jan13-Always-TicketSSS-Jan13-Always-Card

SSS-Jan13-Thinking-of-You

Very Special exclusive stamp set from Simon Says Stamp
Persnickety Collection by Lily Bee Designs
Simon Says Stamp Card Kit of the Month (Jan 2013)

Please leave me a comment to let me know if you subscribe to any card kits.

Thanks for visiting today!   Stephanie