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Alcohol ink on acetate card


With this card I was trying to capture the likeness of an Opal.  I had found an image of an Opal on the internet then wondered how to go about painting something similar.  I used alcohol inks on one side of an overhead projection film and drew the lines on the other side using acrylic inks and a dip pen.  The original acetate painting is A4 in size, I scanned it and printed another piece of acetate (inkjet) and cut out the bit I liked the best for the card.

Inks: various alcohol inks and acrylic inks with pearl and copper mixatives, a few dots of colour from Copic pens in places

Card:  white, black, acetate (overhead projection and inkjet printable)


Artist’s card


I had an idea to add a painting to the easel that I stamped out.  At first I tried transferring the image using the nail varnish technique from an inkjet print but it didn’t turn out very well so I just printed it out instead.  You can find the original painting here .  It is one of my mum’s paintings  (Ormiclate,  South Uist); the colours are really earthy and it has a very Scottish feel.  She is a very talented artist.


Inks:  Stampin up crumb cake, Black India ink

Card:  white card and brown card  (It is actually a white card but photo taken on brown card)

Stamps:  Tim Holtz Urban tapestries, Stampin up Sanded, Clarity Easel

Other: stick on paint tubes and palette


Moving on card (retirement card for a young person)


When someone is retiring early to go and do other things in their life it is nice to call it ‘moving on’ rather than ‘retiring’ and I think this sentiment is quite apt for this occasion.  This card is another one made form a page I had originally created with art journalling in mind.

Inks/paint:  Black document ink, Acrylic paint Lime green, Red bird, Black and Antique white.

Card:  Bamboo watercolour paper, White card, black card.

Stamps:  Tim Holtz Fairytale frenzy, Dylusions Around the edge

Other:  Napkin, Collage podge, spiral paper clip, Prima pebble, black nail heads, Pitt pens 118 and 109 to colour in the text.



Live, Laugh, Love butterfly card


Here is a card made using a background page that I made during a demo at my local scrapbook crop.  I was demonstrating how to begin art journal backgrounds but these pages can be used for other purpose too.

Inks/paint:  Crafter’s acrylic paint Spa blue, Light antique white. Turquoise and Basic primary yellow and gold.  India black ink.

Card:  Bamboo watercolour paper, white card and black card.

Stamps:  Tim Holtz Fairytale frenzy and Mini muse, free stamp (craft stamper mag).

Stencil:  Balzerz designs Mini cubist

Bright leaves card (gelli monoprint)


Having got a few colour sprays, inks and paints out the other day to make a birthday card I found that I didn’t want to use the usual autumnal colours this time and then I remembered that I had already created a background page that would be just what I was after.  I had made the background paper last year and it had been on a day that mum was visiting and we were playing around with my gelli plate.  Mum had brought round some of her paints too and  we both made some lovely background papers.  This one was made using dried Acer leaves from my garden and some fibres and the little accent leaf is just a copper peel-off that I coloured with a dark reddy/brown pen then stuck it onto a portion of the same background paper then cut it out.

Anniversary card – misty grasses


I have a few anniversary cards to make in September so I made 3 similar but ever so slightly different by changing the colours slightly or the shading (only showing one here).  The photo doesn’t really pick up the shading very well.  I was trying to capture a  misty Autumnal morning effect.  To get the misty effect spray a very fine mist of water over the image as this reacts with the inks I used and diffuses them slightly.


Inks:  Distress inks Tumbled glass, Weathered wood, Frayed burlap, Stamping up Mellow moss and Crumb cake

Card:  white card

Stamps:  Judikins bamboo, Carity (?) flock of birds, Rubber stamp tapestry (small leaf), Stampin up Cheer and wishes, English stamp company Oriental grasses (reversed by stamping onto brayer)

Butterfly – live the life you’ve imagined card


I was trying to be clever with the background paper for this card.  I had already made the background a while ago with spray colours and I used salt to make a blotchy pattern on it but I wanted a few more layers in keeping with the recipient’s likes (numbers and accountancy) so I used stamps with those themes but just quite low key in the background.  The butterfly is stamped onto acetate and coloured on the back side using Copic pens and Stickles.

Inks and paints: Stazon black, Black India ink, Dylusions Vanilla custard, Chroma jewels slate, Cosmic shimmer Aqua lagoon, Hot jewels Lime, Acrylic paint Light antique white, Lumiere Halo blue-gold, yellow

Card:  white, watercolour paper, acetate

Stamps: Stampers anonymous Mini muse, Fairytale frenzy and Urban tapestry, Paperbag studios Scrap journal, Paperartsy Words plate 6, Clingables flourishes, Inkadinkado Mindscapes

Other:  Stickles, Copics pens blue and yellow, Diamond glaze (to glue acetate)


Steampunk airship card


Steampunk or steampunk style is great for men’s card.  The design is quite simple – I was trying to recreate a smoggy scene and grunged it up a bit.

Inks:  Distress inks Black soot, Antique linen, and Pumice stone, Black India ink

Card:  white card, pale dusky green, black

Stamps:  Clarity stamps wrought iron corner (?), Oxford impression Steampunk

Other:  natural sponge to stipple on black ink

Dragon fly card


I was finding it difficult to come up with new ideas for some cards and even after flicking through some old magazines and books I still couldn’t come up with any thing.  But I then started to look back at some previous cards I have made I got an idea from 2 previous designs that I joined together.  This is made using the watercolour technique and stamps where you ink up your stamp and spritz the stamp with water before stamping onto water colour paper.

Inks:  Adirondack Wild plum, Red pepper, Terra cotta, Stream, Lettuce, and Oregano

Card:  water colour paper, old olive card, ivory card

Stamps:  Clarity stamps Dandelion heads, Satampin up Pocket silhouettes, unknown dragonfly stamp, Papertrey ink Out on a limb sentiments

Other:  Stampin up hardware, Tiny mosaic Cranberry, East of India ribbon

Jazz blues card


I found a great Jazz blues stamp the other day that was just perfect for a  birthday card I wanted to make for a friend who enjoys jazz and blues music.  The background is an image from a Greek magazine (thanks Lizzie) cut down to fit the card.

I think the band is called King Oliver’s Creole Jazz band.

Inks:  Archival cobalt blue, Adirondack sailboat blue

Card:  white card

Stamp:  Graphic45 ‘Curtain call’

Other:  gold peel-offs colour using Faber castell multimark pen.