Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Moo Mania #78 Polka Dots

Hello Moo Mania & More followers. I hope you all had a good time over the festive period? I did but it was a close call. I was unwell for a few weeks at the start of December and really didn't feel that Christmas was going to happen. I won't dwell on it, it is history now. Back to crafting - yippeeeee!

So, I missed a couple of themes but you know me, I will catch up with them as soon as I can.

This time the theme is POLKA DOTS. I cut some rainbow coloured card with a funky MemoryBox die but because the paper was slightly too thin I had to shim it and run it through again. It was this process that made me think of using the punched out dots. No! I didn't stick all those tiny dots on. During the cutting the spots became embedded into the piece of paper I had used as a shim and I simply coated the whole thing with clear embossing powder. So I have negative and positive with the blue ones and just a positive with the pink as I had used a really grotty piece of card for the shim and it didn't look very nice! A few contrasting dots and some rainbow thread was added to give more interest. 

OK, I am leaving it there as I need to catch up with a few other crafty things. Hope you have a great New Year and that 2015 is good to you!

Happy days! Kim x

Monday, 15 December 2014

Marvellous Monday with Visible Image

Yes, I know it has been a few weeks since I was last here. Without going into too much detail I needed to rest, Doctors orders, so I did as I was told! Fingers crossed that each new day is a good one for me.

Right, so, where were we? I suppose for my blog followers I should bring you up to date with Visible Image makes that I should have blogged about during my absence!

Just in case you didn't know it, Visible Image released a new set of stamps recently, under the title EXPRESS YOURSELF. These are some of the most amazing 'wordy' stamps out there at the moment! I had such a blast working with them. You know how much I love making backgrounds and these stamps gave me the chance to use some of my favourite pieces of coloured paper to show the stamp off.

Blowing Dylusions Inks

Life is a Journey. I simply placed a drop of Dylusion ink onto the edge of a piece of smooth white card and blew the ink forward with my trusty Tim Holtz puffer. Of course a straw and your own puff would work just as well. I added some further interest by stamping with the polka dots and the ink splats stamps. That bit in the top left corner makes me think of kiwi fruit and the pink band reminds me of dragon fruit!

More Dylusions Inks
Listen to your Heart. This time I used a piece of water colour card which I misted with water before spraying on some vivid Dylusions inks. The heart from the Tin Man set was stamped, cut out and mounted on 3D gel. A simple hand drawn line and dots around the card tie it all together.

Brusho Powder Paints
Life is What you Make It.  Water colour card again, spritzed with water and then painted with some of the deeper Brusho colours. I loved this piece of card so much that I wanted to use every piece of it hence the triple layering and paper ribbon to use up the last scrap! It makes a change to use white embossing powder and I think this is what made the whole thing work so well, the colours really 'pop'.

Dylusions Inks 

Karma.  Such a simple card but pretty effective don't you think? This was an off-cut from something bigger and the hoarder in me kept the piece of card and I am glad I did! Stamping the image over the lightest area really worked. 

Tim Holtz Distress sprays

This is Me. I have a very limited collection of Tim Holtz sprays, mainly in red and pink, and this off-cut was the perfect size for the INKognito gerbera. It was inspired by the card I made for the launch of the INKognito stamps with the off-the-page stamping. I used black embossing powder for all the stamping to give a really intense black image which contrasts well with the reds. Using a white marker I then added some hi-lights. 


Just be Happy. A simple background made using a toothbrush and Brusho paints. I like to work with my Brushos 'wet'. i.e. ready mixed. I use about a 1/4 of a teaspoon of the powder to make a small amount of paint at a time. To be honest I don't really get on with this sprinkling lark! Anyway, I did the classic splattering using the toothbrush dipped in the paint. Once it was dry I sprayed the Grunge Polka Dot stamp with water and just stamped onto the dry splatters. This caused the paint to become wet again and give these subtle spots. I then used black embossing powder to stamp the dotty part from the INKognito Man stamp for the area under the banner.

"Love the Background!"
Create your Imagination. When this was published by Helen in the Visible Image group I had a few people ask me how I did the background. Hmmm, I had to try and remember!! Well, I have remembered now but I am going to hold off telling you about it as I plan to do a How2 for it in the new year. 

So there we have it! I think I am all caught up now. Hope you all have a lovely time next week, hope you get to be with your loved ones and celebrate. 

Good Heath and Happiness to you all! xx

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