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Night Skies Ink Blending

I had a brilliant day back in the classroom at Scrapbook Central today! 10 people came along to learn ink blending techniques and together, we made a cute set of Christmas Gift Tags.

ALERT: We will offer this class a second time on 14 November 2020 if you or a friend missed this! Please let Philippa at Scrapbook Central know, as we will only run this additional class if there is genuine interest. Contact Philippa directly here.

We used a small palette of Distress Oxides to ink up four different night skies, plus we added extra features to our skies with splatter, and also by lifting colour.

All products used today were from Lawn Fawn – the Everyday Gift Tag, Say What Christmas Critters, Stitched Hillside borders, the Little Town Border, and the Mini Snowflakes die set.

Check out some of the photos of the day below!

Along with the Distress Ink Combos, the class had a quick introduction to masking and colour lifting, and their blending onto the tiny spaces was stepped up for each tag – they had to blend FOUR colours onto the top half of their last tag – a challenge they all stepped up to!

After the ink blending part of the class, there was stamping, die cutting, colouring and heat embossing to be done. Even fluffy hats were made!

Check out the gorgeous tags made by all participants – everyone did an amazing job with their ink blending and even though we used the same colours, everyone had beautifully different results. Plus the added fun of splattering pigment, and revealing crisp white moons!

There were borders and images to be added for finishing, plus glittery snowflakes – aren’t they cool??

I was absolutely impressed with everyone that came along today – such enthusiasm and lovely results with their ink blends.

Promised Links

As discussed today, here are some of the links we talked about:

Ranger Ink labels – they do have a range of different ink organisation products you can download, including for Distress Inks and Oxides. Click here to visit the page.

Kristina Werner is a pro at Distress Oxide Blending, and she has a BUNCH of colour combinations for you to try out. Click here to visit her blog post for Combo Set 6 (you can search her blog for all 7 different combination blog posts, well worth the visit.

Last year’s Gift Tag Class held at Scrapbook Central, where we used Shimmer Powders and cute dies to create a set of gift tags. Plus, the Bonus blog post with further tags.

Visit my Christmas Gift Tag Pinterest Board to see other tags I have made over the past few years – there will be a bunch more added in the weeks to come as I share this year’s collection.


Bonus Projects

I also created a couple of extra projects using the same Lawn Fawn products used in class today, and here they are:

Snowy Hillside Card

I used the same blending techniques we went over in class to ink up this sky.

I stepped up the technique by adding subtle rays of light in the sky and created a full sized card to fit all the cute critters from the stamp set.

I created the rays by cutting masks from full sticky backed Post-its and arranged them to splay upwards. I carefully inked over them with the same colour blend we used in class today. I removed the masks, and repeated my inking over the top. This leaves a subtle change in colour over the sky, lighter where we had the masks, giving the impression of extra light.

I completed the card by cutting stitched hillside borders and arranged them to suit. I lifted the top two with foam tape for extra dimension.

I heat embossed the sentiment both at the top and along the bottom with gold embossing powder.

The critters are stamped, coloured and cut and placed within the hills.

I added some Nuvo Blizzard along the top edges of the hillsides and directly beneath the critters to ground them and add extra sparkle and dimension. Finally, a little fluff added to the penguin’s hat, sparkle pen to the critter’s accessories and tiny snowflakes scattered around the top half of the card.


Snowflake Circle

This time, I inked up another sky, but rather than filling the entire card front, I focused the imagery on a central circle.

I inked in stripes to try and mimic the Northern Lights, although this time I used Distress Ink rather than Oxides. You can see a difference in colour even though I used the same colour palette as we used in class.

The Mini Snowflakes set is a brilliant set where just one or two passes through the die cutting machine gets a whole bunch of snowflakes to place. I arranged the snowflakes over my circular inky piece, and trimmed the edges with scissors.

I cut the hillside border from another white circle to fit in the lowest part of the inky sky.

I wanted a few trees, and this little tree featured here is from the Lawn Fawn Home for the Holidays set – a teeny little set that has matching dies and a brilliant price point. I heat embossed the trees in gold and arranged them on the hillside.

The critters are stamped, coloured, cut and placed on the hillside – added fluff to the penguin’s hat again. Can’t resist that Neon Amplify!

To finish, the sentiment is the Lawn Fawn Happy Add-on, and I stacked the ‘Merry’ four times to bring it up to the same depth as the circular piece, also popped up with foam. The ‘christmas’ sentiment is white heat embossed on black cardstock and I added tiny dots of the Neon Amplify within the snowflakes to fill in the gaps (but did not heat them).


Say What? Tag

When the Say What Christmas Critters were released last year, this cute little tag set was also part of the release.

It cuts the tag itself, and a frame, along with speech bubble and a couple of other handy elements for your gift tag creations – all perfectly sized to match the little critters.

I simply inked the tag, added a sentiment to the speech bubble and stacked a couple of frames to give the tag a bit of depth. The penguin and his cute fluffy hat sit atop.


Shaker Tag

Now of course, with that frame option, you can create a shaker!

Shaker tags are super special and easy to make. I chose to use some bright rainbow paper I had in my stash for this one, as I have a small daughter who utterly adores Unicorns, and the associated rainbows!

Attach a piece of acetate to the back of the frame. Use foam adhesive strips on the tag around the entire edge, ensuring there are no gaps. Pop a little spoonful of confetti, sequins, seed beads, even tiny buttons can be effective shaker elements. I coloured the unicorn to match the rainbow paper, and have him/her sitting on a Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud border inside the shaker. The possibilities are endless with Shaker Christmas Tags!


Thank you to all class participants today – it was a great day spent with you all. If you are interested in any of the products featured today, you can visit Scrapbook Central to place an order.

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Confetti Filled Diamonds

Cards that weren’t my original intention, but, in my play session, I ended up with two very different cards using the Pinkfresh Simply Diamonds die and Pop Out Diamonds rubber stamp. It’s a little bit of a journey!

I started by stamping the Diamond frame only, and cutting it out. I was impressed at how easy it was to have the heat embossed frame lines cut perfectly centrally with the die. There is a frame on the outside of the stamp itself which is 1/4″ wide all around, also equaling one square in the Misti for ease of lining up.

I was also suddenly taken with the idea of stamping that gold frame on a richer coloured cardstock – Peacock by Lawn Fawn. Delicious!!

Original vague plan now abandoned, I focussed on the Peacock piece. I decided to stack up the diamond pieces remaining from frame cut outs, leaving the gold frame peeping out from between them.

I stamped the flower images using Antique Linen Distress Ink and watercolored them with Ken Oliver Color Bursts (Fuchsia, Yellow, Turquoise and Lime Green). They are such fun to paint – quick and easy to do!

I had a spare Happy Birthday die cut from the Pinkfresh Classic Words set in my box which I placed in the middle. It didn’t stand out very well so I added a second glittery layer. I wish now I had used the ‘Beautiful’ sentiment from the Classic Words set instead, but hey, live and learn.

I added teeny gems in the intersections to finish.


My attention turned back to the original frame – I decided to create a confetti shaker. I stacked the plain frames I had cut, and glued them to a background I had in my stash. This was a watercolour piece of cardstock inked up with Distress Oxides in Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers.

I chose confetti to match the colour blends.

I put the blue hexagons in the top row, plus in the top half of the two diamond openings in the second row. I then completed filling the second row with purple butterflies, along with the third row plus the top half of the diamond openings in the fourth row. I filled the remainder of the openings with turquoise stars. The result is a blended effect with the confetti. The heat embossed frame and acetate attached on top to seal them all in.

I was a little generous with my confetti (or short a layer or two of cardstock lol) so the confetti doesn’t shake around too much.

With a bold, glittery card all done, I felt it needed a bold glittery birthday sentiment – learned from previous mistake hahaha.

I chose The Stamp Market’s Happy Birthday from their Time to Celebrate bundle (sadly apparently discontinued, my apologies), cut twice from white cardstock and once from gold glitter, stacked.

I considered gems, but after doing an initial placement, decided against it.

Both card fronts were mounted onto #110 Neenah top folding card bases. There, two cards created with the Pinkfresh Diamonds – such fun!

This completes my pair of cards today. Thank you for stopping by! Below are links to the products I have used – some are affiliate links (not all) which simply means I may get a small commission at no extra cost to you when shopping. Thank you for your support – it means I can keep creating and sharing with you.

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Ornate Floral Cards

When I saw this die in the new PinkFresh Studio release, I just knew I wanted to play with it. It takes a little longer to receive the newest goodies here in New Zealand, but I don’t mind being a little late to the party!

Here are the two cards I made today

Let’s start with the green card. I was aiming for a monotone look, and almost got there! I started with Lawn Fawn Peacock cardstock for the card front, and white Neenah for the remaining die cutting.

I cut it out a couple of times from white cardstock to start with, and glued a white frame to the Peacock card front. I built up the flowers a little by adding the white petals beneath the coloured ones – I think I ended up cutting it out three times in the end for this first card.

I then coloured the flowers I wanted with the other die cut, while all the pieces were still together. I find this makes it quite a bit easier to see what I’m colouring, I can do it quite messily and not worry about getting ink where I don’t want it. To keep the die cut pieces altogether and secure whilst colouring, I did use some strips of purple tape and post it tape.

I realised I wanted the leaves to have some depth of colour, to differentiate from the coloured card base a little. I cheated here, and coloured directly onto the card base with copics (BG78, BG49, BG09). As it was impossible to keep that original white die cut frame from getting inky bits on it, I ended up glueing a second white frame on top, and building up the flower petals again.

Copics used for the petals: BG45, BG13, BG10, BG000.

I added the coloured petals on top – and the depth and interest I achieved was pretty good!

I used my Nuvo glimmer gloss pen to add shimmer to the uncoloured parts of the card front and adhered it to a Lawn Fawn Mermaid card base.

To finish the card, I die cut the word Hello from Altenew three times, including one in silver, and stamped the sentiment from the Altenew Statement Flowers. I wondered about shortening the strip, but decided it looked good extending right across the card. I added ivory iridescent gems to the flower centres, plus a few extras scattered about, and this completes my card.


Rainbow Ornate Floral Card

Well, after I finished the first one, I immediately wanted to do another! This time, I wanted to try out more colour – a rainbow.

I used the remaining frame (complete with post it and purple tape strips) from before to do my colouring – I may just keep a frame in the envelope with the set for future colouring, just because it seems handy.

I went around from red to yellow, blue to purple and green for the leaves. The copic colours I used are:

  • Red: R59, R29, R27, R24
  • Yellow: Y38, Y17, Y15, Y13
  • Green: G28, G09, G05, YG07
  • Blue: B23, B32, B12, B00
  • Purple: BV08, BV04, BV13, BV02

I adhered a frame to a white card base and inlaid the green leaves directly. The flowers have a couple of extra petal layers beneath the coloured ones and I really like the subtle difference in depth.

I finished off the card with a Simon Says Stamp Thanks sentiment – white shadow layer and two black layers for the intricate word die. I did use a Nuvo Black Glitter cardstock for the top layer for added sparkle.

Plus, a little sentiment strip, gems in the flower centres and little extra gems scattered around the Thanks.

This completes my pair of cards today. Thank you for visiting! Below are links to the products I have used – some are affiliate links (not all) which simply means I may get a small commission at no extra cost to you when shopping. Thank you for your support – it means I can keep creating and sharing with you.

Also, I have another post using the same Ornate Floral die where I created a beautiful shaker card here.

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A New Favourite Thing!

Welcome! Today I am excited about a product in my stash which I want to share my success in using it with you – including the resulting cards. Plus, right at the end is my giveaway for you to enter – GIVEAWAY CLOSED – Winner: Grace W, NZ

We all have those dies in our collection – we saw something pretty and bought the intricate die thinking of all the amazing cards to be made. Only to discover yes they’re pretty, but also pretty labour intensive to get a complete and nice cut! I like to stack my die cuts too, making some of the card making processes verrrrry frustrating! I have constant battles with those little ‘ripped out’ corners or having to carefully run through again and again, and simply untidy edges after all the effort. Maybe it’s my cardstock? Do my plates need replacing?? Perhaps I need a whole new machine??? Or maybe it’s just me………?

I have to admit, I purchased the electronic BigShot Express earlier this year and I’m definitely loving it – it has handled intricate dies quite nicely, but now I have found something to really make intricate die cutting a BREEZE.

The Sizzix Chrome Precision Base Plate

It’s like a bright shiny mirror straight out of the package and I was hesitant to scratch up that pretty surface. However, I needed a pretty die cut for a card idea and I knew from past experience that there were a couple of tricky spots so I thought I’d try it out on the Chrome Plate. Well. One pass and all the little pieces just FELL OUT when I ran my fingers over them – didn’t even need my pokey tool. WOW.

So this morning, I got out the worst culprits when it came to die cutting – very intricate background dies from Avery Elle (waves), Crafter’s Companion (clamshell) and Simon Says Stamp (Heart Mandala). DISCLAIMER: There is nothing wrong with these dies, they just needed an extra shim, or a few extra passes through my machine to get allllll the pieces out.

I ran them through on the chrome plate – out of habit I did two passes on my manual big shot – but I got the amazing result of the pieces simply falling out when I ran my fingers over them.

I haven’t even told you the best part – the chrome plate is just as shiny and perfect as when it came out of the packet – there are no scratches or indentations from the die cutting. WOW again!

PLEASE NOTE: The Chrome Precision plate cannot be used with the Big Shot Foldaway or Big Shot Plus. Also, it should only be used with intricate dies rather than those with large openings.


OK, I then had the fun of creating cards, so here’s what I did.

I cut the Waves from a piece in my stash – I had a previous failed attempt with watercoloring using Nuvo Shimmer Powder Atlantis Burst, but it did result in a pretty coloured and shimmery piece, perfect for cutting up!

I used the Hero Arts Colour Layering Turtle along with the Thanks stamp and die sets. The turtles were stamped with a selection of mini ink cubes in my stash – I don’t own a complete collection of any particular line of inks and I have happily collected all sorts to experiment with. (I will link here to Jennifer McGuire’s ink swatching system to make it so much easier to select inks for colour layering from your own stash).

The blue turtle and seaweed are stamped with Catherine Pooler ‘It’s a Boy’, Gina K Designs Blue Raspberry and Ranger Cobalt Archival inks. The green turtle and seaweed are stamped with Altenew Bamboo, Gina K Designs Grass Green and Ranger Library Green Archival inks.

I fitted the turtles and seaweed on the card, stacked the Thanks with white and silver glitter cardstock and finished the sentiment with white heat embossing on a black strip.

The card is finished off with Studio Katia silver gems.


The Mermaid is from left over from my weekend of learning to colour darker skin tones in my goal to be more diverse in my card making (you can check out that blog post here). I thought she would look super cute sitting on the clamshell card front and I finished this card off with a sentiment from MFT Sweet Sentiments and Pretty Pink Posh Party Mix jewels in the openings – to match the colour of the alcohol inking behind.

PLEASE NOTE: I purchased my clamshell die from Simon Says Stamp fairly recently, but it doesn’t seem to be available anymore anywhere – my apologies if I got you excited about this die!

Copics Used:
Skin: E27, E25, E23, E21; Hair 100, E49, E57;
Clothing: RV66, RV09, RV06, RV04;
Rock: W9, W7, W5, W3;
Shell: R85, R56, RV34;
Fish: YR18, YR16, Y15;
Turtle: G09, G05, YG06, YG03, YG67 YG63, YG61


The Heart Mandala is quite a statement piece, and I kept the rest of this card nice and simple, by adding a silver and black birthday greeting and placed Studio Katia silver gems to finish.


That completes my cards today. Scroll down a little more for the GIVEAWAY portion of today’s blog! Below are links to the products I have used – some are affiliate links (not all) which simply means I may get a small commission at no extra cost to you when shopping. Thank you for your support – it means I can keep creating and sharing with you.

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GIVEAWAY!

Thank you for visiting my fledgling blog! I have this prize of the Avery Elle Waves Background die featured above, a slab of Whittaker’s Milk Chocolate (made right here in my own home town of Porirua, New Zealand!) plus a bunch of my Christmas Gift Tags so you will be all set for the upcoming festive season.

To enter, please leave a comment and follow my blog by entering your email address below (email address required to contact the winner!)

Giveaway is open worldwide to anyone who is 13 years or over. This giveaway is not sponsored, administered or endorsed by Instagram, Facebook or WordPress. Your information will not be shared with any other party. Please be aware that shipping delays are inevitable due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The prize draw will take place midday (NZT) on Saturday 20 June and the winner will be announced both here and on Facebook and Instagram.

I will do my best to contact the winner directly. If the prize is not claimed within 7 days, it will be redrawn on June 27, 2020 NZT.

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