Ugly paper transformation

I’ll be honest I’ve never loved this particular patterned paper in a paper pack I bought and really wasn’t sure what to do with it other than to donate it. I think it’s because it’s too ‘lolly pink’ for my taste, which is my least favourite of all colours. Well, last night I had an idea – I decided to try ink blending and swinking the paper with Gina K Black Onyx ink and then wipe off any excess ink from the metallic sections. I really really like the end result! To finish these simple cards I threw on a red mirror card sentiment over a vellum shadow.

The original paper is in the top right. A personal lesson for me not to give up and to look at things with a fresh perspective …

And the timing was perfect for a few challenges too:

Supplies used:

  • From My Heart patterned paper from Stampin’ Up! (retired)
  • Love you and Love your guts dies from Simon Says Stamp and CZ Designs
  • Black Onyx ink from Gina K Designs
  • Ruby Red Craft Perfect mirror cardstock from Tonic Studios

Birthday panda

For the first time in ages I finished my Craft Roulette card early. The parameters this week were:

  • Project: Purse card
  • Colours: 3 pops of gold
  • Element: Something beginning with E
  • Random: Frame

Inside I’ll add a sentiment along the lines of ‘happy birthday princess’ or similar.

This card is also being used for the following challenges too, because it seems perfect for the themes:

Supplies used:

  • Be a Panda die by Waffle Flower
  • Be Accessories dies by Waffle Flower
  • Bubblegum and Passionate pink cardstocks by Gina K Designs
  • Birthday sentiments embossing folder from a local store
  • Metallic gold pearls from Pinkfresh Studio
  • Stickles as gems in the crown
Challenges, Spellbinders

Basic black and gilding wax

I’ll be honest, this one pushed me out of my comfort zone big time – I’m not 100% sold on it I think because it’s not executed all that well, or maybe it’s just that I’m not a fan of a black cardstock cardbase. The one thing I AM a fan of, though, is trying new things – I actually love getting pushed outside of my comfort zone … I don’t always love the results, but I sure do enjoy the journey. I often find new unexpected loves that I’d never try otherwise. In this case I’ll definitely give the gilding wax another try, but I’ll watch a few tutorials first, and perhaps try on burgundy or navy cardstock next time. Either way, it was a fun experiment for a very rustic looking card. This is for the Basic Black challenge over at Colorful Options.

Supplies used:

  • Holiday Floral Swag 3D embossing folder by Spellbinders
  • Merry Christmas die by Creative Expressions
  • Cosmic Shimmer gilding wax in Gilded Touch
Challenges, Craft Roulette

A bunny reading

This random card was conceived because of Craft Roulette, with the following parameters:

  • Project: Bookmark
  • Colours: Grey background + 3
  • Element: Bunny or bunnies
  • Random: Swag

I decided not to create a bookmark, but rather turn it into a card and sneaking a bookmark into the image somehow. As soon as I got the idea of including a book about rabbits, the rest of the card was born. Probably one of the more ‘random’ cards I’ve created but I’ve realised it probably also works for the Use Your Stuff challenge this week of ‘Inspired by a book’! I think it’s the first time I’ve used the bunny stamp since the class where we used it, and I think it’s maybe the second time using the banner die … and first time using my new Olo markers – I need a lot more colouring practice, for sure!