Die Cutting

Spellbinders | Victorian Garden Collection

Hi all, welcome to today’s blog post with the Victorian Garden Collection from Spellbinders designed by Susan Tierney-Cockburn. I first created a background ink-blended panel using an oval stencil. The stencil comes in two parts I used the version with the oval gap in the middle. With an ink blending tool, I first started with Distress Ink Picked Raspberry in the middle of the oval working my hand in circular motions towards the out part getting light and lights with my ink blending. I then worked with the Distress Wilted Violet ink starting from the outer edge and working my way in until the inks meet and blend.

I then die cut the Southern Magnolia etched die from the Victorian Garden collection white cardstock for the floral and Primary Chartreuse embossed panel for the leaves. I did add some Mustard seed in the middle of the florals to add depth. I adhere down and assembled the floral dies in the center of the ink-blended mat panel. For the sentiment I used the Just Wanted to say glimmer plated and used Gold Foil for the sentiment. The sentiment panel has been adhered down with foam tape.

To finish the card, I placed the crystal drops around the panel and a glitter enamel drop in the center of the panel.

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Craftie Cafe: Avery Elle Tea Time : Watercolouring with Distress Oxides


Hi Everyone and welcome to today’s blog post for the Craftie Cafe Design Team. I will be focusing on the Avery Elle Tea Time stampset again which I have watercoloured with Distress Oxide Inks.

I left my colouring to be a more of a free hand watercolouring effect. I was not concentrating to stay within the lines nor was I  being precise. I let the inks do the work and blending themselves by using a saturated wet brush.

I have ink blended with a range of Distress Oxide Ink colours and an ink blending tool on Ranger watercolour cardstock.  When I personally work with Distress Oxide Ink colours and watercolour cardstock I feel that the watercolour cardstock saps up the inks so I usually add more layers than I would on normal cardstock.  Each panel has been blended then spritz with the Ranger Distress Sprayer and picked up with a cloth (you can use a paper towel also).

TIP: When watercolouring use a Archival type ink so the ink does not run when watercolouring in.

To watercolour Distress Oxide inks however is another matter, I find the pigment picks up really well so if you would like a more watercolour effect I personally use a saturated brush. Everyone find their own methods and tricks , each to their own when it comes to watercolouring. I am no expert by all means and I just love to play and have fun.

I have created 3 different cards using the coloured tea cups and distress oxide blended panels.

The sentiments can be interchangeable with other stampsets. For today I have used those that are part of this Avery Elle stampset but with Mother’s day just around the corner you can use Mother’s Day stampsets that suit tea cups.  My mother in law has the best fine china tea cup collection and I just love going over there as I am mesmerised by the design, details and feminine touch they all have.  This card set will be given to my mother in law as her Mother’s Day gift. I love how my mother in law has taught me so much about hand made gifts as she is a seamstress by trade and can make anything look fabulous.

Let me know which additional stampset you would use to make these more for Mother’s Day.

Check out my video on how these all came together.

Here are the 3 card creations.