Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Inky Butterflies

I have a couple of inky cards to share today...made using the 'smooshing' technique that's the theme of this month's Happy Little Stampers CAS Challange. It's not something I'd tried before, before it looked like fun...so I got out my Distress Inks and had a play. I started by stamping one of the butterflies from my Penny Black 'Social Butterfly' set on to watercolour paper using Versark ink, along with a Hero Arts sentiment stamp, then heat embossed them in white. I used a couple of different colour combinations...greeny blues (Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon & Peacock Feathers) and orangey yellows (Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade & Picked Raspberry)...pressing the inkpads onto a  craft mat and spritzing with a little water before 'smooshing' my embossed images into the colours a few times. I dried each layer using my heat gun before adding the next, and finally splattered some water over the top, leaving it a little while before sponging off so as to remove some of the colour underneath, leaving little faded spots.


Here are some close-ups of the two cards:



Challenges for these cards:


16 comments:

Valentyna Komisarenko said...

Totally gorgeous smooshed background! Love the embossed butterflies too. Thank you for sharing your card with us at Happy Little Stampers!

Crafty She said...

Hi Helen, gorgeous cards. I love doing this technique. xx

Melissa L. said...

These are beautiful, Helen. Lovely embossing. Thanks for joining in at HLS' Mixed Media Challenge.

Wendy said...

These are so gorgeous... Thanks for playing along with us at Fab'n'Funky this week.
Wendy xx

Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

Gorgeous cards! Love those amazing backgrounds and that pretty butterfly!!

Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

hugs...
Melissa

Wendy L said...

These are stunning, thanks for joining us at MAWTT, xxx

Kylie said...

Great smooshing and lovely CASE of my card. Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers xx

sue t. said...

Isn't that technique soooooo cool! Love your CASEing of Kylie's card! Thanks for joining us this month at Happy Little Stampers!

applejack cards by sue said...

Fantastic smooshing, I love both of your cards. Thank you for sharing this with us over at Crafting for all Seasons. Sue DT xx

Birgit said...

Beautiful success on your first time smooshing!! These are both fabulous! Thanks so much for joining the Happy Little Stampers January challenge.

Tanja said...
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Tanja said...

love how you used the emboss-resist-technique - thanks for sharing your project at MAWTT

Eemeli said...

Sorry I am late with my commenting. I really like your cas creations. Thank you for joining our challenge at Crafting From The Heart.

Hugs from Finland,
Eemeli {DT}

Bonnie Taylor said...

The technique you used is just beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Craft Your Passion. We would love to see you again!
~ Bonnie DT

Cindy Jones said...

Fabulous! Love them!

Linda said...

Beautiful cards ..... Thanks for playing along at Happy Little Stampers ..... xx