134 posts categorized "Distress Ink"

For a Very Special Boo
by Meghan Kennihan

FinalHi Crafty Friends,
I have a fun fall themed Halloween Card featuring fall colors instead of the purples, bright oranges and greens of a typical Halloween card. I love the various Poppy Stamp Leaf Dies and I paired them with a spooky pumpkin frame for a Special Boo.

Make Crafty Friends Q & A:
Q: Which color combo do you like better...bright oranges, blacks, & purples or warm orange, browns, and yellows?
A: Me? I like everything BRIGHT so definitely the orange, black, purple combo

Final_6 (3)I created my background using Distress Oxide Walnut Stain, Carved Pumpkin, and Wild Honey Inks. Then I splattered it with gold and white paint.

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I die cut my pumpkin faces, the ghosts, and the word BOO from the 6x6 Rainbow Reflections 6x6 Mirror Paper Pad for that extra shine and framed my sentiment with the Jack O' Lantern Frame Die.

Final_7 (2) Meghan Floral Signature




Polar Bear Christmas
by Tricia Barber


Hello everyone!  I have a wintery Christmas card to share with you today using the new Nordic Bears die along with the Heavy Branching Trees die.  I am from Atlanta so whenever I see a polar bear, I think about the Coke commercials from years ago when they had the polar bears in them!  So that is what inspired my card today.  I used some Glitzy Glitter cardstock to make the polar bear shadow image.  My snow bank is using the Whittle Field and Trees die and used that same glitter paper.   


I ink blended a background with Distress inks and splattered with white paint.   I masked off a moon for my night sky.   To color the Merry Christmas and sweater on the polar bear, I used my new Olo markers in R0.5, R1.5 and R1.7.   I used die cut the greeting with Lavish Merry Christmas die. 


I finished off the snowy winter night scene with the Heavy Branching Trees.  I added some jewels from the Christmas Fairy Jewels pack and layered my panel onto a red card base.   Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful crafty day! 

Tricia Floral Signature[9]





Floral Frame Cards
by Sphoorti




Hello Poppy Peeps!


It's Sphoorti again!


I'm excited to share two beautiful cards with you today, and while they were both crafted in a similar manner, I'd love to delve into the details of my favorite one – the silver creation!




To kick things off, I used the 2552 Floral Vase Pop Up Easel Set craft die and the 2469 Floral Cake Pop Up Easel craft die to cut out an array of leaves and stems. These pieces were then inked up with my usual favorite Distress Inks, including Wilted Violet, Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron, Blueprint Sketch, Lucky Clover, Peacock Feathers, and Mermaid Lagoon. For an extra touch of shine, I added a splattering of perfect pearls. And because the shine wasn't enough, I coated some of the leaves with some some Wink of Stella.




Next, I used the 2474 Double Scalloped Stitched Frames craft die craft die to fashion two frames - one large, and one small - from some silver mirror cardstock. I nestled the intricately inked leaves within the space between these two frames.




To add a touch of dimension, I cut out multiple layers of white cardstock using the Playful Hugs die, creating a chipboard-like feel. Finally, I topped off this layered stack of hugs diecuts with the word one cut from the same exquisite silver mirror cardstock I used for the frames, and centered it on the card. And that was it!


I made the other card in a similar fashion, just swapped out the silver frames for black mirrored ones, and used a hotfoiled Hello sentiment instead of the Playful hugs.





Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Would you want to remake these cards? Would you do anything differently? Let us know in the comments below! Also - heads up! The Poppystamps Winter 2023 Release is out and it's absolutely amazing. Be sure to check it out!


Thank you for visiting!




Sphoorti Floral Signature copy




Mixing it up with Hot-foiling and Distress-Inking!
by Sphoorti



Hello Poppy Peeps!


It's Sphoorti again!


A while back, I busted out my hot foiling gear and went all in on a creative binge. While in the zone, I whipped up this absolute beauty using the PSF809 Leaf and Tendril Hot Foil Plate, and some stunning Opal foil on a white card panel. Now, if you haven't dipped your toes in the magic that is Opal foil, prepare to be mind-blown – it's like the holographic unicorn of foils! When the light hits it just right, it possesses this ethereal quality. But, and here's the catch, when it's not vibing with the lighting, it practically disappears into the background.


In a moment of doubt, I came this close to ditching this beauty, thinking it was a total bust because the foil's wow factor on plain white card stock just disappeared. I wished there was a way to induce some serious color into that panel.


Then it hit me! Distress inks! Duh!


I reached for my beloved distress inks, including Wilted Violet, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Lucky Clover, Mermaid Lagoon, and Candied Apple, and went to town with some serious inking. I gotta say, the panel turned out absolutely gorgeous!


For the next step, I used the 2530 Large Stitched Envelope and Postage craft die to cut an envelope from vellum. Additionally, I utilized the 2464 Marzipan Alphabet craft die set to create a set of letters.


I stuck the vellum envelope onto the opal-foiled, distress-inked panel, and creatively arranged the alphabet letters both inside and outside the envelope, and bam - I ended up with this!





I shared it with a friend and she asked about the intention behind the letters. I clarified that I had intended for only the silver X and O to be prominent, The other letters were picked randomly to give it a cool, abstract vibe without any particular meaning. To lessen confusion for the recipient, I carefully mixed in different letters, letting them overlap so that it made it hard for anyone to try and figure out secret messages. That seems to have done the trick!




I had these cute puffy heart stickers leftover from a previous project, and I decided to scatter a bunch of white hearts to make it look like they were spilling out from the envelope.




After that, I just used foam to give the X and the O a bit of dimension, and I was good to go!


Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Would you want to remake this card? Would you do anything differently? Let us know in the comments below! Also - heads up! The Poppystamps Winter 2023 Release is out and it's absolutely amazing. Be sure to check it out!


Thank you for visiting!




Sphoorti Floral Signature copy




Snowman's Warmest Wishes
by Rachel Duong

Hi It's Rachel here with a sparkly Poppystamps "Sweet Nordic Snowman" sending the warmest of wishes to you. This glittery cutie is just a sampling from the abundant, amazing Christmas release at Poppystamps --- available now!

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To create this card I die cut the snowman's hat, scarf and top from the gorgeous Memory Box "Poinsettia Garland" double sided floral papers. Next comes glitter paper for the base of the "Arched Gothic Cathedral Window".  (The paper packs are listed below.) 


I die cut the top piece of the arch in pearl paper and glued the pieces together. A thin layer of vellum over icy blue paper is the backdrop for the window. I added the layer of vellum to give it a softer effect.


The "Christmas Banners" stamp and die set is full of festive greetings and I chose "Warmest Wishes" because I thought it was a play on words, being that this snowman is inside a house, not outside! 


This brings us to the background. I decided to use patterned paper for the background. It actually becomes pretty wallpaper adorning the room. So how does the snowman stop from melting inside?! I will leave that to your imagination! Then I adhered the card front to a white card base leaving a fine border. Finally I embellished the window with "Autumn Fairy Jewels" .


Thank you for taking time to stop in. I hope you love this wintery card as much as I do! It's light and airy, floral vibe says snow might be just around the corner. The Poppystamps Christmas release is absolutely wonderful. I can't say enough about it! Until next time, have a fantastic day!

Rachel Floral Signature





Bold Thanks
by Tricia Barber


Hello all!  Tricia here with you today to share some old school techniques for the current Poppystamps Challenge.  I have two for you today: ink smooshing and using your dies to create backgrounds. It is so much fun to get out your inks and ink smooshing up a bunch of backgrounds.  I generally use three colors for an A2 panel and you want to use colors that are close to each other on the color wheel, otherwise you will have muddy brown!   I think dye inks give the best results and use a surface that will allow you to ink directly on like a glass mat.   I start by watering down an A2 watercolor panel.   Using three different areas on your surface, stamp the ink pad directly down and then add some water.   The ink and water will bead up and then you can start to pounce your cardstock thru the three inks.  I use my heat tool to dry in between pouncing.  This gives a great layering of the various colors on the panel. For my card today, I used Distress Inks in Lumberjack Plaid, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed.  Once satisfied with the color of the panel, then I used my heat tool to fully dry the panel. I die cut my panel with the Luscious Script Thanks and die cut the shadow from black cardstock.  I used liquid glue to adhere to each other.  



To make my background, I have used another old school technique, using die cuts!   I love finding creative ways to use my dies.  I die cut from white cardstock using the smallest and the middle die from Brilliant Rings to create my background.  With the smaller die, I die the center out of each of the middle die cut circles.  I then layered onto the card base with liquid adhesive.  




I stamped a sentiment from Whittle Rainbow Unicorn Kit and added some Fairy Drops to finish it off!   What are some of your favorite Old School techniques?  Share your card with us and link up your design on the Poppystamps post here.  A winner will be chosen at random of the Old School PSC#108 challenge, see the challenge post for more details.   You have until 12 am US EST on September 28 to play along!

Tricia Floral Signature[9]