Friday, 29 June 2012

Distress Ink Tutorial - Vicky Pedlow

Tim Holtz Distress Inks are a collection of 36 acid-free, non-toxic, fade resistant, water-based dye inks. They’re perfect for creating new vintage, stained or aged effects on altered books, scrapbook pages, cards and paper craft projects. These inks produce a realistic, weathered look on paper, photos and decorative fibers. The colorful Distress Inks afford added versatility when photo tinting and colour layering and the 2" x 2" pads are made with a higher raised felt for easier use with direct to paper techniques. And when the ink pads become a little dry you can replenish them with Distress Reinkers.

In this tutorial I have used five different Distress Inks to decorate a tag. I have used a few different application techniques to create different textures and effects.

To achieve a great result with these inks I recommend using medium to heavy weight card, especially if layering a few inks as the ink stays wet longer than other inks. I also recommend using a non-stick craft sheet to protect your work surface.

Please read all instructions before commencing

Photograph 1


1.  To apply Distress Ink to card using the blending technique, as I did to the above tag, dab your sponging block (or blending tool) onto a Distress Ink pad then working in a circular motion apply the ink to all the edges of the tag. Start working on your non-stick craft sheet  then gradually circle the sponge over the edges of your project and work your way in. This is a great way to give an 'aged' appearance to your project, including photographs and patterned paper.

In this first step I used Antique Linen ink to sponge the edges (photograph 1) then blended Brushed Corduroy ink over the top and towards the centre of the tag (photograph 2).  I recommend applying your lightest ink first then bring in touches of darker ink, as I did in photographs 2 and 3 below.

Photograph 2

Photograph 3

 2.  In photograph 3 I very lightly blended Aged Mahogony ink across the whole tag, again using a sponging block, paying particular attention to the edges. You can see where the ink has intensified where it has touched a slight crease on the tag.


Photograph 4

3.  To add more of a 'distressed' look to my tag I wiped Fired Brick ink directly onto my non-stick craft sheet then placed the tag in the ink before carefully lifting it off (photograph 4). I had a couple of un-inked areas on the tag so I simply placed those areas back onto any left over ink on the sheet.

Photograph 5


4.  Whilst the Fired Brick ink was still wet I used my mini mister bottle to give the tag a light spray with water, which intensified the colour, then I flicked a few drops of water onto the tag to create a weathered effect. What I especially love about these inks is that they were made to be used with water - the inks will "wick" and travel across the surface of your project when spritzed with water creating several tone on tones; however the colors will not break down when wet.

Direct to Paper

5.  As a final touch I wiped Vintage Photo ink over the very edges of the tag using the ink pad (photograph 5).

So you can see in just a couple of minutes a plain tag can be brought to life with lots of colour and a couple of quick and simple techniques. You can use as many inks as you like, I chose to layer earthy colours but there are many pretty colours available including hues of blue, green, pink and yellow.
Distress Ink can also be applied to a number of mediums including Distress Crackle Paint, ribbon and many fibers. It can be used to great effect on satin flowers too. On this occasion I used it to hand-dye a flower I had die-cut out of white tissue paper using my Cuttlebug machine and a Marianne Design Creatable rose die. I double-distressed the flower by scrunching it up first before sponging on a small quantity of Antique Linen ink. I then sponged on a little Fired Brick ink and assembled the flower by securing it in the middle with a small brad then glued it to the tag along with a hand cut stem and leaf.

And here is the finished tag...


Sponging block / Blending tool
Tissue paper

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Peel Off Stitching Sticker Cards by Jan Rankine

1.  Peel off corset sticker and attach to a piece of coloured card.
2.  Cut around corset using scissors or craft knife.
3.  Cut out eyelet holes using small scissors or a hole punch.
4.  Prick embroidery holes using a small pricking tool
5.  With your choice of coloured thread and an embroidery needle stitch the patterns using
6.  Thread ribbon (I have used seam binding ribbon that is fantastic to work with) through eyelet holes and tie a bow at the top
 7.  Attach a small piece of lace behind the top of the corset
8.  Cut a piece of glitter card 9cm x 11.5cm and attach the corset using foam squares.
9.Attach the flowers and leaves from the Peel Off Sticker sheet to a piece of card the same colour as your corset and prick and stitch as shown
10.  Attach these embellishments to the bottom left hand corner of the glitter card using foam squares
11.  Attach corner and border stickers to the outside edge of the glitter card.
12.  Attach Peel Off Sticker greeting underneath the corset.
13.  Cut a piece of card to make a side fold card 110cm x 140cm
14.  Attach Peel Off corner and border stickers to card
15.  Attach glitter card to main card using double sided tape.
Congratulations, your card is now complete.
Materials Used

Monday, 25 June 2012

Teabag Folding Music Cardlayer - Shaz G.

 1. The tea bag folding sheet has two square sizes per sheet. Take eight small squares of the Golden Music Teabag Folding Paper, and carefully cut them out and then fold into the traditional star pattern (click here for folding guide)

2. There are four star patterns that may be formed when folding, depending on how you fold the squares. Each view is different - I liked this one best. I use a glue stick with Tea Bag Folding, as I find this least messy.
3. Cut a circle in a co-ordinating colour of scrap card to match the size of the tea bag using Nestabilities Standard Circles Small S4-116. Then cut a black scallop with a corresponding size die using Nestabilities Classic Scallop Circle Small S4-125  and emboss both of these with the Tan Mat Embossing Mat and a Cuttlebug or embossing machine of your choice.
4. Mount the folded tea bag on the top of the circle with double sided (DST) tape.  Add scalloped mount and folded tea bag with DST to cardlayer.

5. Cut brown card to size and adhere the cardlayer (see picture).

6. Use brads at the top to match brown card and a black ribbon at the bottom of the card layer. . Attach black card base to finished top section of card to it. To finish add a gold Happy Birthday peel off greeting to top right corner.
Small brads
This is another variation of this card using the Music Blues Tea Bag Folding Paper

  1. Using the large tea bag squares this time, cut out four squares and fold as before in the traditional star pattern. Then when you come tostep 4 of the folding do the extra folds as shown in the diagram folding the top two triangles into the centre (step 5). Bring the tips down to meet with the top and pinch them open (step 6). 
  2. When you have the four pieces completed, paste them onto a scrap piece of card. Trim it to a 5 x 5cm square so none of the base card is showing. Attach a pearl brad to centre.

3.Take another of the Luxury Card Layer A6 - Ivory Music Notes and spray with a suitable spray.
I used a blue and silver mist mixed together to achieve the colour e.g. Perfect Pearls Mist - Perfect Pearl and Perfect Pearls Mist - Forever Blue 60ml.
Allow to dry.

TIP: Then to flatten the card layer after spray has dried, use an iron set to the dry (not steam) setting and iron it between two sheets of Non Stick Oven Bake Paper (not waxed paper) with a the iron set on low temperature.
4. Mount the coloured music layer onto deep blue card to match the size of the card you want to make, and attach to a black card base with double-sided tape.
with black and blue Peel-Off Markers.
6.Attach the mounted  tea bag to the lower right of the music cardlayer with double-sided tape and then add the greeting to the top right of the card.
If desired add some small black rhinestones in the corners of the cardlayer.
A another lovely teabag card is completed.
Deep blue & black card
Pearl silver brad, four small back rhinestones

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Marianne Design Star Stencil with Lacé Card

  Please read  through all intructions before commencing

1.   Place the Marianne Design Star Stencil onto the front of a piece of white card and adhere with
Place on top of a light box or against a window to emboss the outer scrolls using an embossing stylus.

2.   Select one of the patterns on the stencil that you would like to use, there are 6 in total. I used 2 of them.
 The tulip which is in the left hand corner and the one towards the right hand bottom corner .
        See below


3.   Emboss the pattern that you have selected with the embossing stylus again using either a light box or window  - I used a window as my light box needed a new globe.
Carefully remove and reposition the stencil by matching up the swirls and adhere with removable tape each time.

4.   Again matching up the outer swirls select the stitching pattern that you would like to stitch.
Prick out the selected pattern 3 times as pictured.

5.   While the Marianne Star Stencil is adhered to the white card trace around the outer edge with a fine pencil.
Remove the stencil and using scissors carefully cut along the pencil line. I also used a scalpel to get into the hard to get places. Use an eraser to remove any remaining pencil marks.

6.Using Distress Ink and a foam eye shadow applicator, gently add some colour around the edges and allow to dry.

7.   Complete the stitching design with Stem Stitch (see Card Stitching Tutorial) as indicated on the template, using an embroidery needle and threads of your choice.
When starting and finishing the thread please adhere with sticking tape to keep in place.

Picture 2 shows the embossing and stitching more clearly, unfortunately the embossing is difficult to photograph

Picture 2

8.   Cut Violet Diamond Double Sided Paper to 13.3cm x 13.3cm. Be careful to make sure that the pattern remains straight.
Attach the Lacé Template to the front of the violet paper with removable tape. Using a Cuttlebug Machine run the template and paper through the machine. Remove the Lacé Template and repeat on the opposite side of the violet paper.

Ensure that you keep the same measurements at the top and along the side of the violet paper also that you have the Lacé Template running in the same direction.

9.   Carefully score and fold back the Lacé pieces and slip them under the next one.
See Picture 3

Picture 3

10.  Cut a piece of daffodil card 14cm x 14cm and adhere the violet paper with
double-sided tape. Cut the purple card 29.4cm x 14.7cm score at 14.7cm with a ruler on a cutting mat.
Attach the topper with double-sided tape.

11.  Attach the completed Marianne Design Star to the violet paper with foam squares
making sure that it is centred.  Place Peel Off Stickers around the edge making sure that the corners meet. I have used the negatives of the stickers as this gives a straight edge on one side. Lift from the card using a Positioning Tool and use it also to place onto the violet card. Snip with scissors.
See Picture 3.

12.  To complement the card I have also made a card stand.
Using a Cuttlebug and the Joy Card Stand Template run through your machine with cream card
Repeat using a Silicon Mat to emboss this time.
Carefully remove the cutout with the help of a Positioning Tool and score along the centre with a ruler and cutting mat as indicated.
The stand is a lovely way to display the card, and can easily be sent in the mail.

Picture 4

       Your card is now completed!


Monday, 18 June 2012

Male Luxury Card Layer card - Vicky Pedlow

Photo One

Please read all instructions before commencing

1. Place the screw driver Luxury Card Layer onto a non-stick craft sheet and spray with silver Glimmer Mist or Perfect Pearls Mist and allow to dry.

2.  Trim your Iron Plate paper to 130 mm x 130 mm; raspberry ColorCore card to 65 mm x 95 mm; and nightfall ColorCore card to 40mm x  55mm.

3.  Distress the edges of your paper and card using a paper distresser then adhere the Iron Plate paper to your white base card using double-sided tape.

4.  Use your Cuttlebug machine or other die-cutting machine and the brick wall embossing folder to emboss the raspberry card. I chose to emboss the 'bricks' rather than the 'cement'.

Photo Two

5.  Use a Sand It Gadget or other sanding tool to sand the top of the bricks on the raspberry card and over the entire surface of the nightfall card to reveal the lighter colour underneath. This gives the pieces a 'worn' appearance.

6.  Spray the Luxury Card Layer with Glimmer Mist or Perfect Pearls and once the mist has dried use foam squares to mount the nightfall card onto the raspberry card and double-sided tape to mount the raspberry card onto the luxury card layer as shown in photo two.

7.  Use a craft knife to carefully lift your peel-off sentiment off its backing sheet and place it onto the nightfall card. I chose 'Just For You' and 'Father'. Then carefully peel off individual wavy lines from the Mini Ornaments peel-off sheet and place various lengths onto the raspberry card and luxury card layer as shown in photo two.

 Photo Three

8.  Cut two pieces of raspberry card to fit within the die-cut screw driver handle as shown in photo three. TIP: I placed the card underneath the handle area then traced around the edges of the handle to get an approximate size. I then trimmed the pieces to the exact size using decoupage scissors

9.  Adhere the two pieces of cut card to the reverse side of the luxury card layer using glue and tiny strips of tape as shown in photo three. You could also use glue dots for this as it can be a bit tricky to use tape without it showing.

10.  Wipe the edges of the luxury card layer with Barn Door Distress Ink

11.  Use double-sided tape to adhere the main section of the luxury card layer to the base card and use glue or glue dots to adhere the die-cut sections.

12.  Place the front of the card onto a perforating mat and use a pokey tool to punch a small hole in each corner of the Iron Plate paper. Secure with a brad of your choice in each hole.

Your card is now complete.
Perforating Mat
Sakura Quickie Glue
Scotch Tape
Distress Ink - Barn Door
 Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in silver - or you could use Perfect Pearls Mist
Paper Distresser

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Beaded Peel-Off Sticker Card by Jan Rankine

1.        Use a 3 Panel Fold Card 10cm x 15cm for the base card

2.       Attach a gold Oval Frames Peel-Off sticker  #1287 to the centre panel of the card using tweezers

3.        Attach the flowers, from Peel-Off Sticker Flower, Butterflies & Fairies #833 in the middle of the oval

4.  With a small pricking tool prick a hole in both ends of each petal

5.    Using  a needle and thread stitch seed beads inside each petal.

6.  Fill the centre of each flower with glue and fill in with a different colour of seed beads

7.   When the glue dries fold the right hand side of the card behind the beaded front and stick together with double sided tape.  This will conceal the back of the stitching.

8.       Attach Peel-Off Sticker Corners #1017 to the four corners of the card

9.       Attach Peel-Off Borders #1001 strips to the outside edges

10.      Using Peel Off Markers colour a greeting and attach to the card
Your card is now complete.


Monday, 11 June 2012

Snoesjes Flower Card

Please read through all instructions before commencing.

1.   Place Anita's shaped blank flower card onto your photocopier with a dark sheet of paper directly on top.
Reduce the size by 10% to get the correct size for the red diamond paper.
This gives you approximately 2mm around the inner edge.
Put this aside as you will need it in step 4.

Picture 1

2. Using a piece of gold glitter card  place the flower card onto the plain side of the gold glitter card,
adhere with removable tape, trace around the outside with a pencil.
Remove the flower card.
Using sharp scissors cut carefully around the gold glitter card.

3.   Adhere double sided tape to the back of the gold glitter card  in the centre of the petals.
Adhere Pritt glue stick along the edges of the petals.
Place your gold glitter card onto the flower card carefully matching up the curves. 

4.   Cut your copied paper into tear drop sections and place onto the back of the red diamond paper.
Adhere with removable tape, cut around the template with sharp scissors.
Remove the photocopy paper.
See picture 2.

Hint. Place them all in a line so that the diamonds are all going in the same direction.

I numbered my petals starting from the folded edge, number them clockwise.
That way you are sure to have the correct paper for the petal.

Picture 2

5.   Adhere the back of the petals with Pritt glue stick and place onto the gold glitter card see below.

Picture 3

6.   Cut out the Snoesjes decoupage and place to one side.

7.   Using gold glitter card cut out a 70mm circle using a circle cutter.
For the inside of the decoupage cut a light pink circle, slightly smaller with a circle cutter.
 Lay the light pink on top of the gold glitter card and adhere with Pritt glue stick.

Place the base of the Snoesjes decoupage onto circle cutout using Zig 2 Way glue.

9.   Centre the gold glitter card onto the flower card using foam squares.

10. Complete the Snoesjes decoupage using silicone adhesive and tweezers.

Picture 4

Your card is now complete.


Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Nellie Snellen Square Stitch die - Framed by Shaz G.

Card 1
This is the second post using the wonderfully versatile Nellie's Multi Frame Square Stitching Die.  You can chose how many or how few pieces to use with very different results.

1. Choose a greeting for your card and stamp/print on good white card. 
Small Peel-offs would be ideal but would need to be the right size for the small die.

2. Take the middle section of the die, marked A. above, and emboss the greeting onto the die pattern, using a Spellbinders Tan Mat and a Big Shot or Cuttlebug  machine. (Do NOT cut - just emboss)
HINT: Test this embossing step out on a scrap piece of card as it helps with alignment and will sort out how much pressure to use as too much will spoil it.

3. Use a flat ink applicator e.g. a sponge applicator and using an ink pad and evenly ink the exposed areas of the die-cut with your ink of choice. Dark ink could hide the text so keep ink to a lighter colour.

4. Cut out a large white card frame with the outside Square Stitch Die and the larger scallop marked B., in the picture above.
5. Using 3D Foam Blocks carefully place the frame on top of the inked smaller (inside) square greeting to frame it beautifully.

6. Spray lightly with Perfect Pearls Mist - Perfect Pearl if desired.

7. Choose patterned paper eg Papermania A4 Paper Pack Henbury Lane and cut to the size of card and mount onto white base card.

8. Add the frame mounted on more 3D Foam Blocks, as shown in first photo.

9. Add some lace from Kaisercraft Lace Pack - White to the bottom of the card (see picture for placement). Add three clear bling to the right side of the lace strip to complete the first card! 

Lavender dye ink pad,
Greeting of choice

Another example of  Nellie's Multi Frame Dies - Stitched Square

1.Take the Cuttlebug Textile Embossing folder and ink it up on the positive side (the side with the name Cuttlebug on it ), using a soft lavender ink or one of choice. 
HINT: if it is a light ink, you can just rub the ink pad over the surface to get a good coverage.

2. Emboss white card with the inked folder in a Big Shot or Cuttlebug to make a lovely sheet of mauve embossed card. 

3. Chose a greeting, I chose "Thinking Of You!' printed in black on white card.

4. Take the smallest Nellie Snellen Multiframe die as shown above on the left. Cut the greeting and then emboss through the Big Shot or Cuttlebug using a tan mat.
Make sure you leave the cut and embossed card IN the die, for the next stage.
5. Evenly ink the exposed areas of the die-cut using a sponge applicator, with the same ink used on the folder, ensure you don't make the ink too dark as it will hide the writing, light ink is best.

6. Mount and centre onto the Textile embossed card and attach to white card cut to size.

7.  Add flowers/roses of choice to the top left of the card. Add silver thread and ribbon.

8. Cut a lace edge die (similar to Marianne Designs Lace Die) and attach with double-sided tape to the bottom of the textile card.

9. Attach with double sided tape to the mauve card and then onto white card.

For first example please -  click here

Lavender dye ink pad,  greeting of choice, sponge applicator, silver thread and ribbon.