Friday, 27 May 2016

JAI 313 Just add B - bear sneak peek


This week at Just Add Ink we’re adding B for our new challenge. This means our project needs to include a colour, technique or anything starting with the letter B.
I’ve used lots of B’s on my card – can you pick them all?

Of course we have cuddly bears on there, but not just any bears. They’re a sweet sneak peek from a new set called Baby Bear, coming on June 1st. I was very excited to win this during a prize patrol at our Sydney Onstage event as I’m a lover of all things bear.
I’ve also used blushing bride striped paper & glimmer paper (bling!), and added a basic black & blushing bride bow (try saying that 3 times fast).

The bear & bow images are photo realistic, which means they include 2 or 3 stamps that together build up layers of shading & detail for a more realistic look. I used crumb cake, soft suede & early espresso ink pads for my bears. The set also includes really fun sentiments for lots of different occasions. For this card, I cut out the bears, sponged & curved the edges for a more rounded look.

See the bows? - I tried a new (to me) technique using the fine tipped glue pen. I totally covered the bows, eyes & nose with the glue. This dries leaving a lovely, shiny, non-sticky finish.

So that's all my B's for today, but remember to check out all the team's fun B creations on the Just Add Ink blog. Thanks for visiting & leave a comment if you have any questions or just to say hi.

Inky wishes, Di

PS: Remember to pin my Baby Bear card for later too.

Supplies
To see & order any items used in today's project, just click on the items below to see them in my Online Store. You can order from me if you live anywhere in Australia. I would love to be your Demonstrator if you don't already have one.  Please allow "Demonstrator contact" in your preferences so I can thank you properly when you place your order.
Note - Stamp sets & bundles noted below may be available in other mount options (eg wood, cling rubber or photopolymer). I have listed the option that I used, then alternative separate options at the bottom.. Please check the online store if your preference is different.


Items available from 1 June
Baby Bear photopolymer stamp set
Supplies available now

Friday, 13 May 2016

JAI 311 Just add masking & sneak peeks

It's new challenge time at Just Add Ink & this week Nikki wants us to just add masking! Masking is not a technique I've really used much but I took on the challenge & used it to create the background on this card.
I created the masked panel with shimmery white cardstock, a sponge dauber, rich razzleberry ink pad & a long piece of post-it tape.
First I masked & sponged an angled panel for the sentiment, moved the post-it, sponged again & repeated this process to create the series of rays above & below the panel. The panel was a little bigger to start with but I cut it down so I could add the mat & show more of the base.
I kept the rest of the card super simple - a razzleberry mat & butterfly backed in vellum. The shimmer card is really lovely irl too - maybe you'll see it a little if you click on the pic for a bigger image.

What's that you say - don't recognise the colour of the card base? Well that's because it's a sneak peek of our gorgeous new in-colour sweet sugarplum, coming on June 1st with the new annual catalogue. My photos don't show the loveliness of this colour - which is a softer purply-pink cousin to rich razzleberry & blackberry bliss. You can see more of it below on the card inside. The sentiment is also a sneak peek from a new set called Mixed Borders. I think it coordinates well with the sentiment from Tin of Cards, which I've used on the inside.
I included more masking inside & couldn't resist another butterfly. It's only attached at the body so it sort of pops out when the card is opened.
Here's one more look - I think you can see the vellum better in this one.
Thanks for visiting today. I hope my card inspires you to try some masking of your own.
Remember to head over to the Just Add Ink blog to see all the different masked projects the team & try the challenge yourself.

Before you go, remember to pin my card for later inspiration & leave a comment if you'd like as I love hearing from you.
Inky wishes, Di

Project Supplies
To see & order any items used in today's project, just click on the items below to see them in my Online Store. You can order from me if you live anywhere in Australia. I would love to be your Demonstrator if you don't already have one.  Please allow "Demonstrator contact" in your preferences so I can thank you properly when you place your order.
Note - Stamp sets & bundles noted below may be available in other mount options (eg wood, cling rubber or photopolymer). I have listed the option that I used, then alternative separate options at the bottom.. Please check the online store if your preference is different.



Sneak Peek Items - available 1 June
Mixed Borders photopolymer stamp set
A4 cardstock - sweet sugarplum
Items currently available
Print Recipe

Big Shot
$169.00

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Botanical Blooms extended centre step card

You know I love a fancy fold card & the centre step is at the top of that list. I've shared two centre step card tutorials & many other centre step cards over the years. Today's card is my latest centre step - I call it an extended centre step - as it has an extra panel that folds under the card, kind of like an easel card. I saw this lovely card by the Craft Spa & realised I could easily adapt my normal centre step.
This is one of many cards I've made this year that have not made it to my blog... yet. ;-)  Class lovelies will remember it from my February class.
I think the popped out centre step helps the bold flowers (Botanical builder / Blooms bundle) be the stars & the extended base gives lots of room for a sentiment without overcrowding the front.
I love using florals with stripes & think the Watercolor Wonder envelope paper played really nicely with the other elements.

Question - did you realise the green die cut behind the flowers is heart shaped? My darling man didn't, which in this case I was happy about as I wanted it to support the bright flowers without yelling 'I'm a heart'. These flowers were totally inspired by this gorgeous card by Amy Koenders.
Over on the back I've kept it simple with a panel stamped with a sentiment from the Rose Wonder bundle & a single Botanical Blooms flower.
The card base is made from almost a whole sheet of A4 card - I've just cut 6cm from the side. Here's how it looks flat. The dimensions are just a little different to my standard sized centre step card tutorial, with added length for the extended panel.
 When folded flat it fits a regular C6 card envelope.
Well I think that's that it from every angle...maybe one more for you to pin.
Thanks for visiting today. Leave me a comment if you liked my card or have any questions. Please pin it for later too & check the supply list for my store if you'd like to make it yourself.
Inky wishes, Di

PS: Thought you might like direct links to my centre step pdf tutorial posts
Regular Centre Step Card instructions
Long Centre Step Card instructions

PPS: Excited to say that all the stamps & dies I've used here will carry over to the new 2016 Annual Catalogue (coming on June 1st), however you might like to get the bundles in May while they're 15% off

Project Supplies

To see & order any items used in today's project, just click on the items below to see them in my Online Store. You can order from me if you live anywhere in Australia. I would love to be your Demonstrator if you don't already have one.  Please allow "Demonstrator contact" in your preferences so I can thank you properly when you place your order.
Note - Stamp sets & bundles noted below may be available in other mount options (eg wood, cling rubber or photopolymer). I have listed the option that I used, then alternative separate options at the bottom.. Please check the online store if your preference is different.



Big Shot
$169.00

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