Sunday, March 26, 2017


Hi everyone - Ann here to share a couple of cards that were so much fun (and relaxing) to make.  When I first saw the MFT stamp 'Hello' I couldn't wait to get my hands on it, as it seemed to me to be everything I need in one stamp - sentiment, flowers, colouring (not that you have to colour it all) and it fills the card! Just take a look:

A happy hello - with a profusion of tropical flowers to brighten anyone's day!  This first card is coloured with Copics - my go-to medium of choice.  On this card, you might notice that I have brought forward the top pink flower and the bottom lilac flower - I did this by wiping off the ink of the letters to be covered before stamping - I had seen this done on Pinterest and thought I'd give it a try for myself.  I like both versions but I think the stamp is just beautiful as it is!

And another version, this time coloured with Prismacolour Pencils - I thought it might be interesting to see if there was much difference, and I don't believe there is.

So not many steps in making this card:

1.  Stamp using Memento Tuxedo Black if you intend to use Copics for your colour, or Versafine Onyx Black if using pencils, watercolour.

2.  Colour the image, entirely, or some areas you wish to highlight.

3.  Trim the panel to size - I like to use the stitched rectangle in the ME Basic Die Set, and then trim my card to fit it.

4.  Stamp an extra sentiment if you wish - Happy Birthday came from MFT 'Happy Pandas'.

5.  Adhere the panel to the card front - either directly as in my second version, or popped up using fun foam behind it as in the first version.

6.  If you wish, embellish the image with Perfect Pearls, gel pen or glitter glue - I really don't think it needs anything more, but have fun with it and see what you prefer.

I aim to make several more of these cards, without adding an extra sentiment - so they can be used for so many occasions - Hello plus:  Congratulations, Wonderful News, Thinking of You, Just a Note, Missing You, Dear Friend - you get the idea:)

Thank you for coming by today, and Happy Crafting!

Products available from Scrapbook Boutique:  at time of posting, the Hello stamp is out of stock, but just leave your contact details, and you will be notified when it is back in stock!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Distress Oxide Testing by Lynn Good

Hi everyone, I was super excited to get my Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks and decided to have a play around and share this with you.  (A little warning - there are alot of photos so you may need a cuppa!)  All the samples below have been sealed with gloss medium, I found that this enhanced the colours especially on the black cardstock.

This first one is using a gloss pearl cardstock which is quite thick.  I applied the oxide ink directly onto the card stock and them blended it with a bit of water and baby wipes.  I dried this and whilst drying, dripped water droplets onto the cardstock.

These two above were so much fun - I have used water colour paper and applied the ink to my craft mat 3 colours at a time, spritzing them with water and then placing the water colour paper on top.  I kept doing this with different colours, drying in between each layer.  The first few layers I swiped the paper through the ink, the top layers I dabbed the paper into the watered ink.  I also spritzed the paper as I was drying the layers.

This was using only 3 colours and on canvas paper.  The ink was placed on the craft mat first and spritzed with water before running the canvas paper through the ink

These final three are using black cardstock and all use the same technique but different colour combinations.

I have turned some of the backgrounds into cards:

For the card above, I have used the 49 and Market stamp from the Gabi's Haute Couture Collection.  I have stamped onto white tissue paper and adhered to the cardstock.  I wanted to see how much of the ink showed through the tissue.   In the sample below, I have stamped the image directly onto the card.  As the background was very busy I have added some Glass Beads, Micro Beads, Nuvo Crystal drops and glitter to the dress and flowing below the dress to complete the card.

Again, as with all the cards I have kept the embellishments simple to let the backgrounds shine. To the card above, I have added 49 and Markets flowers and a simple rub on sentiment.

I have backed the card above with red cardstock to make the black more predominant.  I run the black inked card through a We R Memorykeepers, Geometric Embossing folder for added texture.  The flowers are Prima Flowers and a simple "hello"sticker stuck to red cardstock and fussy cut out.

Again keeping it simple - I have added some black twine behind the 49 and Market flower and embossed a Kaisercraft Wooden Flourish word with Stampendous Embossing Enamel.

Here are some close ups of the cards:

I hope that you have enjoyed my testing of the Distress Oxide Inks and I can say they are fantastic and highly recommend you get them if you are having any doubts.

I have added links below to all the products that I used.

Til next time - Happy Crafting.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Gabi's Hibiscus coloured with Prismacolors - Card and video with Linda

Hi there - great to see you here at the Scrapbook Boutique blog today where I've been having fun with 49 and Market's Gabi's Hibiscus stamp set. I thought I'd work with my Prismacolor pencils today to colour up the largest image in the set...

Here's the whole card...

I have a video to show you my creative process and I hope you'll enjoy it below or in HD on You Tube -

Happy Hump Day - hope it's a good one.
See you again soon...

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