Sunday, 30 September 2012

By The Yard by Karen Wright

 Wow where has the summer gone? We’ve spent the whole of the summer on our SplodgeAway alphabet, and this week sees the last letter Y, and the challenge was by the yard, so I’ve use ribbon and also faux stitching.
Project By Karen Wright
I started by taping the star SplodgeAway mask onto Easy ink card, and using the SplodgeAway mat I applied several distress inks in autumnal colours, I used spiced marmalade, shabby shutters and walnut stain.

For the owl, leave and phrase I used my cricut and give a hoot cartridge once assembled I heat embossed with clear powder to give it a glossy coat, once the card was assembled and the American crafts ribbon attached I used a white POSCA pen to make the faux stitching.

I love the new mask, to me it gives the impression of a quilting pattern and I know it will be very versatile for many projects.

Thank you for joining us through the summer and I know weve got many new exciting things coming your way on the blog including some challenges and give aways, be sure to pay us a visit again real soon. 
Karen x

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Sliding Tag Christmas Card

I wanted to make an aperture card that was a little different and this is what I came up with:


SplodgeAway snowflakes mask

A4 Pale blue pearlised card

Crafty Individuals Christmas stamp

Silver stickles

Silver liquid pearls

Small length wide silver ribbon

Scrap silver mirricard

Blue eyelet

Cutting Die of your choice to cut the aperture

All supplies are available from Suzicraft


Although this card is easy to make it’s quite difficult to explain so I’ve drawn a template for you to use. Just bear with me and work through the recipe step by step!



It’s not perfect but you can get all the measurements from it!

First of all cut 2cm off the top edge and discard this. Next score your card at 9cm and then at 18 cm from left short edge. Measure 1.5 cm from 2nd scoreline and cut. This part will make your envelope. Score 2cm from short edge and cut along the score line on right hand side panel ( shown on bottom left of the template)Snip off the corners of the remaining flap so it will lay flat once glued in place. Snip off the corners of the long flap the same. Use a circle punch to cut out a half circle from the first panel as shown.

Use a cutting die to cut an aperture in the centre of the panel that has the half circle cut from it. (the front). Score 2 lines under and 2 lines above the aperture horizontally across the front with the raised side on the front of the card for decoration (see photo)

Use a bone folder to achieve sharp folds. Fold both tabs and centre fold and use wet glue or tape to glue together, making a tall thin envelope.

Cut the remaining piece of card so that it’s 8cm wide. Slide it into the envelope and cut it level with the top of the envelope. Lightly mark the aperture on the tag with pencil and remove from envelope.

Ink the stamp and stamp it onto the tag, using the pencil marks to position it correctly. Stamp the inner sentiment above or below(or both lol ) the aperture. Punch a hole in the centre top, set an eyelet in it and thread the ribbon through. Tie in a single knot and arrange ribbon as desired.

 Position the snowflake mask onto bottom of envelope, below the embossed lines. Squeeze some stickles onto some scrap paper and use a credit card to ‘drag’ it across the mask. Repeat until all the snowflakes on that section are filled. Carefully remove the mask, clean it and repeat on the top section. NB. This will take quite some time to dry so be careful not to smudge it!

Stamp a sentiment onto a scrap of blue card, cut out and layer onto silver mirricard. Place this in the centre of the bottom embossed double line, using foam pads to add dimension.

Finish your card by creating a line of pearls between both sets of embossed lines. Leave to dry!

Once your card is all dry and safe to touch slide the tag into the envelope.

I hope you have a go. Don’t forget it doesn’t have to be a Christmas’s suitable for all occasions!! Have fun and thanks for looking. Hugz, Jayne xxx

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Stenscape Apperture

Project By Sam Crowe

Tools Used

SplodgeAway Mat

Stenscape - City

Splodge-a-Mask - Dot the Lot

Grand Calibure

SplodgAway Easy Ink Card

Grand Nestabilities - Book Cover 2

Creatables Die - LR0146

Xcut Die - Doorplate

Hougie Board

Tim Holtz Ink - Black Soot

Once again all my materials were bought at Suzicraft


This card took a lot of thought initially but once the design was set is a fairly quick card to make.

I used Easy Ink Card because although I haven't really used much ink the easy ink card looks beautiful when it is embossed. So here is how I did it-

THE CARD : Emboss an "8 by "8 card with SplodgAway Dot the Lot Mask. On the card I used the "de-bossed" Dots and on the centre card I used the Dots the opposite way - embossed.

THE APPERTURE : To make the centre piece - the Apperture - measure surface area 8 spots wide by 11 spots long (if you can't cut straight or measure, these spots are a great guideline! And as I wanted whole dots at my edges this is how I measured. BUT I measured an extra 4 rows of dots on each side of the Width. I then got out my Hougie board and Scored line 2 from the edge of the centre piece of card and 2 lines in again, Which came in between the dots. I then repeated this on the other side.

THE WHOLE : Put the Panel into the Gran Calibur useing the smallest "door" oblong shape from the Grand Nestabilities. I would suggest that you tape this in place with low tack tape - exactly in the centre and cut. Then Emboss the whole piece with the dots - Fold the embossed sides under so they stand up from the card like a box, add red tape to the sides to be attached to the card, and stick down.

THE TOPPER : Cut out the largest shape from the Xcut die and then useing the Same die as above tape in the middle and cut with Calibur. Useing sticky foam pads attach the Xcut die to the top of the centre piece lining up the cut out area.

THE BIRDCAGE : Cut out the Bird Cage die twice. With the City Stenscape, your SplodgeAway Mat, and Tim Holtz Black Soot Ink - stencil over the Birds and line as dark as you can, cut this out very carefull leaving as much extra line as you can. Useing your finger nails just gently pull on the paper on the bird cage (You have more control with your fingers for a delicate piece like this). All you want to do is stretch the card to a rounded shape on the main frame, but you have to streatch every bit to get a good shape. Put one rounded edge down towards the base of the card, put red tape on the inner edge of the top cage and attach it to the edges of the lower cage, THE TRICKY BIT : catch in the line of the birds one at a time so you can position them right. So this means the birds are literally sitting in the middle of the cage.

Put a few stick pads on the back of the cage and attach to the card - just manipulate it so that the top of the cage is under the whole for the bottom cage and on top of the whole for the top cage - put a small stick pad on the top piece and stick it to the top of the cut out square - this holds the cage in the right position.

FINISHING TOUCHES : The butterfly was given to me by Joan (thank you Joan).

Hope you like it


Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Garden Window Apperture

Project By Rosie

8’’x8’’ White card
Taupe card

Cheerylynn Die – French Lattice

Stamps by-  Sheena Douglas / Silhouette Garden, and Barbara Gray Clarity Stamps
Distress ink pads – Aged Mahogany, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed
Black embossing powder 

 Use the Cheerylynn Die to cut out the trellis from taupe card..

Cut the 8’’x8’’ white card in half and then use the Metal Trellis Die as a template, to cut around to form the aperture in the card. (I kept the piece of card I cut out to make the aperture, as this is used to form the scene at the back of the card.)

Use a blending tool and a combination of distress inks on your SplodgeAway mat to create the foreground and background to the card.

Once dry stamp the table and chairs in Versa mark, and then sprinkled over black embossing powder before heat embossing.

Next stamp the Foliage onto the front and back of the card, using the Aged Mahogany Distress inkpad.

Use the remainder of the taupe card to make the box for the back of the card.

Score around the Trellis Die to get the correct size, and then add 1” to each side to form the sides of the box. Cut out and assemble the box.

Finally I attached a piece of acetate into the apperture, followed by the trellis, and then attached the box to the back of the card.

To add a bit of Sparkle I added some cosmic shimmer dots to the Lupin’s and some Stickles.
Rosie x


Monday, 24 September 2012

Twinchie n' Splodge

Hi another week has flown by … soon be Christmas!
The theme this week for the SplodgeAway Blog is A for Aperture.
This is my effort!

A Grunge Paper Tag, painted with Gesso and dried overnight.

I used a Diamond Nestabilities Die and my Cuttlebug to cut out the Diamond Aperture from the Tag. 

Using my SplodgeAway Mat for easy blending, I applied Mustard Seed, Festive Berries and  Mowed Lawn Distress Inks over the Tag and stamped some leaves from a set of Dylusions Stamps.

The butterfly is a Stamp from Studio 490 and is also coloured with distress inks.

I had great fun and a messy time making this Tag I hope you like it too!

Thanks for popping by

Eileen x


Sunday, 23 September 2012

Sunday Design Team Introductions

Let me introduce you to ....

My name is Kay Foreman and I retired from the Civil Service two years ago. I had worked the last six years of my working life there but the bulk of my working like I spent as a sales representative for various builders on building sites around the North East. Who knows I may have sold some of you your New home. Like a lot of avid crafters I have crafted most of my life in one form or another but my first passion was probably knitting. My children will verify this as everthing they wore when they were little was probaly knitted! From there I went on to try cross stitch and then eventually what proved to be the

beginnings of my paper crafting. I started to attend classes for lots of different crafts like decoupage glass painting etc gaining little accreditations on the way and ended up with paper crafting and there I have remained. My Knitting is still always by my side but cant manage much now as my hands protest.

I have been married to Cliff for 44 years! and we have two lovely children Stephen and Sally. Sally just got married at Langley Castle this February.

Kay's Project is a card she made while trying out sparkle medium.


Splodgeaway snowflake masks

Elegance card

Sparkle medium gel in blue

Turquoise spotty ribbbon

Tim Holtz distress ink in Peacock Feathers

Clarity Stamp Christmas Greetings

Silver embossing powder

Perfect medium

Pinflair snowflake sparkles

Border punch of holly

Grand Calibur

Pinflair glue

Cut seven and half inch square of elegance card and place snowflake mask on top. I used my hands to keep in place but you may prefer to secure with something like paper clips of Stick and Spray. You then apply the sparkle gel over the mask filling in the snowflake apertures. Allow a couple of hours to dry. While this is drying run large snowflake through Grand Calibur to emboss and then cut out snow flake image and dust with Distress Ink useing a brush. Dot randomly with glue and then cover glue with snowflake sparkles.

Cut a piece of card two and half inches wide the same width as project and punch down each side. Distress with Tim Holtz Peack feathers. Secure ribbon down centre.

Stamp christmas greeting with perfect medium, Cover with silver embossing powder and heat set. Useing a die cut shape place over stamp and run through machine to cut and emboss then distress edges with peacock feathers.

The card is now ready to construct. Secure Holly border strip to centre of snowflake background using pinflair glue and then large snowflake on top. Place sentiment on bottom right again eseing pinflair glue. I would recomment useing this glue as sometimes other glue do not stick to sparkley surfaces and it also gives some lift to the toppers.

Happy Crafting


Saturday, 22 September 2012

Watercolour Corset

Project By Dimply

SplodgeAway Mat

SplodgeAway Easyink Card

Clarity Stamp- Corset & Script

Adirondack Latte

Distress ink - Mild Lavender / Dried Marigold

5 X 5 Card blank

Scalloped Die

Grand Calibur

Craft knife

Water Brush

Viva Decor Inka Gold

Hesian patch

Stamp the image onto Easyink, using Adirondack ink twice. Use the largest scalloped die on one of the images, with the other image cut out the bodice.

Using the distress inks, colour in both images using the SplodgeAway mat and water brush.

Distress the scalloped circle with dried marigold and edge with inka gold, also distress the card.

3D foam the bodice onto the other image. Get a piece of hesian and fray the edges, stick it to the card. Mount the scalloped circle onto the hesian.

Add a senterment and embellishments

Have fun and Happy Crafting x

-- Claire Kemp Dimply

Watercoloured Fabric

Project By Sam Crowe

Materials Used

Derwent Inktense - Water/Fabric paints

Derwent Watercolour pencils

SplodgeAway Mat

SplodgeAway Dot the lot Mask

SplodgeAway Stenskape - City

Water pen from "The Pencil Factory"

Docraft flowers from - Suzicraft

Chandelier & swirl stamp - Hobby Crafts Own

Tag - from my "use that one later" stash.


This one was quick and easy once I had decided what I wanted to do, which took me half a day!! I will tell you about that one another day!!

I had a tag that I had made a long time ago when I first started to play around with the SplodgeAway masks and stamps but had never used it on anything. The reason it hadn't been used was because I had nothing to go with it, so this was an ideal opportunity to make something to go with it. So my project this week really is "backing paper", with watercolours.

 I got an 8"by 8" card and crayoned in different blues and one pink at random right across the page trying to make different shades of the colour with the pressure of the pencils, I mixed inktense and Watercolour pencils. I then got a quarter inch paint brush, loaded it with water and washed over the pencilled area making sure I started off the page and took the brush right off the other side so that I didn't get blobs of colour in the middle. I dried the card with a heat kitchen roll and a heat gun. The card was embossed with the Dot the lot Mask.

I then water sprayed the top left and bottom right corners of the card and used a craft knife to make shingles of pencil on the wet paper and some finer pieces with a piece of sand paper (you just literally sand off the pencil onto the paper in the are that you need it. I got out my water spray and sprayed over these areas again to "melt" the shingles into the design. This added just a hint of textured colour in the corners. PLEASE NOTE: if you are using Inktense you need to to get wet and then dry for it to set, especially if using it on fabric.

 I then stamped the opposite corners with the flourish stamp. I got my tag and tried to match up the stamped area (we all know I could have just stamped over it in the beginning) oops! I then stencilled on the birds from the City Stenscape and stamped the chandelier and the wording which I have used several times.

 I then decorated with the flowers - I always have a stash of these in for emergencies! The tag had originally been second stamped and stencilled with the Dot the Lot. Last but not Least - it just wouldn't be the same if I didn't get out my SplodgeAway mat and darken the edges of the card and tag to match each other and bring it all together.

 Hope you like it, it sounds simple but!!!.....
Sam x

Friday, 21 September 2012

The Mediterranean Look

Project By Jayne

SplodgeAway mask /mat / easy ink card

Black card

Copper mirricard

Watercolour paper

8” x 8” white card blank

Distress inks


Cheap hairspray

Stamp from papermania

Liquid pearls in bisque and black

Sentiment from Debbi Moore

Black lace

Cream or white seam binding

Most of the ingredients are available from Suzicraft.


Cut black card to 19cm x19cm and attach to the card blank. Run your easy ink card and the mask through grand calibur or similar to emboss the pattern. Slightly offset the mask and use cotton wool to apply the chalks through the mask (this adds extra texture when offset) Mix the chalk colours and blend together – I used typical Mediterranean type colours. Spray with a few coats of cheap hairspray to fix. Cut this to 18cm x 18 cmand fix to card blank.

Stamp image onto watercolour paper and, using your Splodgeaway mat as a palette, lay out your distress inks onto it and use to watercolour your image. Add water to the leftover ink and mop up with 2 pieces of seam binding. Scrunch it up and leave to dry then  with both pieces together tie a loose bow.

Mat your finished, dry image onto copper mirricard and then onto a black card panel as shown. Glue a piece of black lace across the middle of your card and attach the image panel as shown. Add liquid pearls in bisque to the bottom and the bow to the top.

Stamp the sentiment, cut out with scissors, mat onto black card and adhere to your card with foam pads. Add black liquid pearls to the corners. 

I really think the chalked background ‘makes’ this card, giving it a real Mediterranean feel.......   A bit like terracotta tiles!

Thanks for looking. Hugz .Jayne xxx


Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Elegant Water Colour Easel Splodge

Project By Rosie

You will need
6” x6” white card
Fuchsia stamp – Creative expressions
Distress Ink pads - Picked Raspberry /Shabby Shutters /Dusty Concorde
Memento Inkpad-Black
6”x6” patterned purple paper x 2

 I used a blending tool with the raspberry Distress ink dabbed onto my splodge away mat to blend around the edges of the card.
Next  I trimmed the  edges of the purple paper and punched a border along one edge and  adhered it to the front of the card I like to use cosmic shimmer glue as it is strong and  dries quickly . Once dry I folded the front of the card in half then I stuck a piece of the purple paper to the inside of the card.
Using the watercolour card I cut a strip 6”x 1 ½” and punched a border along the two sides (this will become my stopper), and then I used a Spellbinders Die to cut out my Topper. I blended around the edges using the raspberry colour.

I used a Black Memento Inkpad to stamp the Fuchsia onto the topper and the smaller stamps along the Stopper.

I painted the images with the Distress inkpads mixing and blending the colours on the splodge away mat.

Finally I assembled the card using foam pads and added a sentiment and an embellishment.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

A little Watercolour Beach Scene

Here is my take on  W for Watercolour

I decided to do a picture for this project instead of a card. I wasn't sure what but anyway this is how it turned out so I hope you all like it.

Project By Jimbo

I had been given some lovely picture frames by a fellow crafter at Suzicraft, the wonderful thing about crafters is we always share so I thought I would use one for my W for Watercolour.

So when it was nice the other day I took our dog to Saltburn beach and while he was running madly as always in the water I looked down and thought why not do a beach scene for your picture, so I started to collect shells and bits of seaweed, it reminded me of when I was a little girl (yes I can actually remember that long ago LOL)

I began by taking the frame apart and spreading some walnut stain on my splodgeaway mat and rubbing it in with a sponge to make the frame a bit darker. I then stuck the shells and some pieces of frayed string to the frame.

I then stamped my beach scene stamp onto the SplodgeAway elegance card this is really nice for doing watercolour on. I use my mat with my distress inks to colour in it, die cut some clouds and inked them using my mat. Then I added some bits of shells and sand for texture. I had great fun doing this it was a change from doing a card and as some of my fellow team members know I find it hard to not do cards lol thanks for stopping by.

TFL huggles Jimbo xxxxxx

Sunday, 16 September 2012

New Design Team Introductions

Let me introduce you to Eileen Godwin.....

I retired in 2008 when I was 60, after a long career in Retail Pharmacy. I was employed by LLoyds pharmacy as a Pharmacy Manager. A rewarding but stressful job, dealing with a large staff, wonderful customers and a very demanding Head Office!

Crafting, espesially making cards became my main hobby in 2004..... a truly brilliant 'Stress Buster'. I am married with three children, all with families of their own now.

My husband and I share our home with two small crossbreed dogs that are a  total joy. They are sisters, Daisy and Holly. They are three yeardsold this year (2012) and full of energy. They love to go on 'adventures' and that keeps us fit!
I also love reading, bird / wildlife watching and I'm an 'A' Class licence holder on Amateur Radio.

Eileen has put a stunning piece together for our delight today so enjoy.......

Project By eileen Godwin

Indigo Blu Stamps, Distress Markers, Inks and a SplodgeAway Mat.

Hello,   I've had a right messy time making this card for today's theme which is ‘W’ for  'Watercolour' great fun as well!

 Using my Splodge Away Mat (more about this super piece of kit in a moment)  I applied Scattered Straw, Tea Dye, Wild Honey and Frayed Burlap Distress Inks onto some very smooth white card stock. 

The Splodge Away Mat helped me to distributed the colours evenly without any lines.... how does it work?   Read on...

Normally I would press or swipe the Blending Tool into and across my distress ink pad .
This, on occasion, would result in uneven coverage where the ink was not evenly distributed onto the ink pads surface. Especially when the pad was ‘getting on a bit’!

With a Splodge Away Mat you apply the inks directly from the ink pad onto the mat itself, then use the blending tool to ‘buff’ the ink into a wide but evenly spread area on it’s special surface.

The materials used for the Mat stops any uneven ‘lump of colour and therefore as you go across your project  with the Blending Tool it allows a quicker, easier, much smoother application of even colour.  It has become one of my 'essential' tools.

Back to today’s card.

After blending all the colours I sprinkled some water onto the distress inks surface  to get a 'splattered ' look and then dried  it with a heat gun.

The Indigo Blu Butterfly Stamps were coloured directly onto the stamp with various Distress Markers and lightly sprayed with water before stamping to give me the 'Watercolour' effect I needed.

A few dabs here and there with some white acrylic paint, utilising a small bottle top and a plastic credit card to make some lines and circles. 

Mat and layer on to a White card Blank, add a Rub on Sentiment .. Job done!

Thanks for looking today ….  I'm hoping to get some SplodgeAway Masks soon … more inky fun … can't wait!

Eileen x


Monday, 10 September 2012

Birthday Party Invite

We just can't believe that Suzicraft will be celebrating their 1st Birthday this weekend.
Tom and Susan are hosting a Birthday Party on Saturday with demonstrations from Maria Simms and Annette Lee throughout the day.
Refreshments available as always
We would love to see you there xx

Anything Adirondack

Project By Rosie

8”x8” white card
Elegance card
Purple card / Silver Card
Adirondack inkpad - Purple
Crafty Individuals  Stamp
Splodge away -Butterfly and Swirls mask
Embellishments – Ribbon and Pearls
I used a Grand Calibur machine and the Butterfly and Swirls mask to emboss the base card and then I blended purple Adirondack ink over the front of the card using a blender and my splodge away mat.
Using the remainder of the ink that is left on my  mat and a brayer I inked across two opposite corners of my elegance card, and then using a water spray , spritzed the card before leaving to dry.

I used the same purple inkpad to stamp my image.

I matted and layered up the image on the purple and silver card adding ribbon across two alternate corners before attaching to the base card.

Finally I painted over the butterflies with Perfect Pearls, added pearls and a sentiment.

Rosie x

Sunday, 9 September 2012

A for all things Adirondack

Project By Karen Wright

Tranquil sea breezes, how I wish I was walking along that beach!
 I love this stamp but don’t use it often enough, I will have to dig out a few more of my oldies which I’ve neglected.

This week we’re using Adirondack products, I’ve used stamp pads not only to stamp with but also as water colours. All are available from Suzicrafts.

I first stamped the image using Adirondack sail boat blue onto SplodgeAway easy ink card, using a damp paintbrush I blended the colours of the sea and birds, then using caramel I added the sand colour and using meadow for the grass, the edges were coloured using my SplodgeAway mat and scattered straw distress inks with a little smudge of walnut stain on the very edges. The large lighthouse was stamped in scattered straw and when put in place on the card was covered in glossy accents to give it an enameled look.

The background is a piece of Tim Holtz kraft resist card that has been blended with tumbled glass, walnut stain and mustard seed distress inks and my trusty SplodgeAway mat.

The finished card has got stickles, charms and hessian added.

Karen Wright


.......... thank you for all your lovely comments - we like you just love our SplodgeAway.............





Here's what Jo had to say
I hardly used my brayer before as I couldn't bear to waste so much ink. Since getting my mat, not only am I saving on ink but my results are better too. Also for using distress ink round the edges of my cards, the results are so much better. It's a fabulous invention and I'm so glad I bought mine, I love it.

Jo x
Please email me and I will send you your surprize parcel.
This week on the blog the DT have been working with 'Anything Adirondack' so please stop by and take a look at what they have been up to.
Enjoy the weekend
Annette DT Co-Ordinator

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Surprize 12 Hour Give Away


Just because the Sun is out I've got a 'SplodgeAway Surprise Give Away'
Just leave a comment below telling us what you like about SplodgeAway and a random winner will be drawn tomorrow and receive a 'SplodgeAway Surpize Package'

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Embossed Spira Circule

Project By Jayne
Well I’ve always loved my distress inks but since I’ve got my fab SplodgeAway mat I love them even more!!

Here’s my first DT design..... I’m so excited to be working with Tom  aka Mr SplodgeAway), and the team.

You will need:

SplodgeAway mat / SplodgeAway mask /  SplodgeAway easy ink cardstock
8” x 8” card blank
Black soot distress ink
Sam Poole stamps from Creative expressions
Corrugated craft card
Card candy from craftwork cards
Scraps of patterned paper from your stash
Adhesive pads
Black card
Decorative border punch 


Emboss the SplodgeAway mask onto easyink card and use your  mask to highlight the’ raised’ side of the design with DI. Try to make the ink slightly darker toward the middle of the page to draw the eye in! Cut out and layer onto black card before fixing to your card blank

Stamp the image once onto white card and again onto patterned paper. Cut both out and adhere the patterned dress onto the figure. Use promarkers to colour the rest of the image.

Cut a’ mat ’from the corrugated card slightly bigger than your image and another from black card slightly bigger still and mat and layer them, adding your image with adhesive pads.

Stamp out sentiment, ink edges, fix to a piece of corrugated card. Using your border punch make a band big enough to go across the front of your card. Cut a small piece to go in the top right corner and assemble as shown.

Stamp a bird onto patterned paper, fix above the sentiment and outline with promarker to make it stand out.

Add your gems and fix the card candy using small pieces of adhesive pads to finish.

Have fun!!
Jayne x

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Embossed Masked Square

Project By Sam
Core'dinations card stock

Black Card - Thick

Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Squares (thanks for the loan Sue)

Splodge-A-Mask Swirls

Splodge-A-Mask Dots

SplodgeAway Mat

WOW Embossing Powder - Chunky Gold

Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Black Soot

Papermania Embossing Marker

Sailfor - 2in1 Glue Pen

Sentiment - Free stamp from issue 85 Papercraft Essentials Magazine

Grand Calibur

Ribbon from my own stash

My inspiration for this card came from the little blue square in the middle of it. It was from one of my little craft room play days - I love this Swirls mask - in fact all of them! They just look so good on the core'dinations card because you get such a deep emboss with them and the deep colours of the card really show the Masks for what they are.

So, I kind of did this card backwards, I cut out the three blue squares with the swirls on, positioning the Die so that I got a full swirl on the large one, the second one is just part of the larger swirl which I put on with foam pads to de-coupage it, I also raised all the other squares with foam pads to give some more interest to the card.

The black backing is thick card which I embossed with the dot Mask and then I inked through the swirl mask in Black distress ink, this gave a very suttle but effective pattern to the black card and makes it look almost shiny in parts.

For the Heat Embossing in the Chunky gold I used the Papermania pen to get the fine edges and then the thicker Sailfor glue pen to colour in the areas I wanted to emboss. I then put on the Chunky Gold powder and heated from underneath. I added the ribbon with Red Tape stuck to the cards and just creased it up to give some texture. I did a third generation stamp to the back of the sentiment with a Xmas word stamp which I got last year and added the "All Wrapped Up" sentiment.

Most of the materials used were bought from Suzicraft.

I hope you like it, Bye for now, Sam

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Raspberry Ripple Emboss

Project By Rosie

What you need

White Base Card 8”x8”
Cream Card
Distress Inkpad – Pickled Raspberry
Everyday Splodge mask - Butterfly and Swirls
Steam punk Splodge mask Circles / Steam punk Splodge mask Cogs
Pink ribbon/Gems        Liquid Pearls - Flamingo
To make
I cut the cream card slightly smaller than the base card then I put it through the Grand Calibur using the Splodge mask circles. I put it through again but this time used the Steam punk cogs in the centre of the circle.

Next I blended Pickled Raspberry over the two outside circles and around the edges of the base card.

On the back of the cream card using the cogs mask and a ball tool I embossed elements from the mask into each corner and then embossed the butterflies from the swirls mask into each segment of the cog wheel.

Without adding anymore ink to your blending tool carefully colour the sections you have just embossed leaving the butterflies cream. (Do not worry if you go over the edges a little as we can rectify small blemishes next).

Now using a tiny amount of bleach and a paintbrush paint swirls onto the areas of card where you want to remove the pink distress ink as if by magic it bleaches out the ink revealing your pattern.

Cut out the circle and then assemble the card using adhesive and foam pads.
I put double sided tape along one edge and ruffled pink ribbon on top of it. Place silver peel offs      
around the outside edges of the card.

I added a gem in each corner and paper flowers and then  the pink dots were added through the swirls mask using the Liquid Pearls (this gives a good effect especially if  your hands shake) Now  carefully put the card to one side to dry so as not to smudge the dots.
Thanks For Looking

Rosie x