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Friday, August 16, 2019

Magenta Super Saturday: Watercoloring with Distress Ink

Hi everyone! I'm over at the Magenta blog today, and you can see that post here.

I absolutely love to watercolor stamped images, and I will admit to you right now that I have LOTS of watercolors, and still mostly reach for my Distress Inks when I watercolor an image. The why is complicated, but mostly I think because I have not had enough time in my life for a while to play with the watercolors, and I KNOW what to expect from the Distress Inks. I'm very familiar with the colors I will get with these inks.


I have every intention of playing with and swatching my watercolors, but for now, this works well for me.

This stamp from the latest Magenta collection is Crescent Bloom, and it might be my favorite. I have stamped out lots of samples of layouts on plain paper using this stamp to inspire me what I use it. All I have to decide is what to use to color it.


For this card, I stamped the image with Versamark ink on watercolor paper, and embossed it with gold embossing powder. I find that if I'm going to watercolor, the embossing holds the ink in where I want it. I embossed the sentiment at the same time.

I chose some of my favorite Distress Ink colors to use for the blossoms and leaves


First, I put the inks onto acrylic blocks, and spritzed them. I painted wet on wet, so I worked on one petal at a time, and wet each one and then picked up ink and colored and blended. I find this kind of painting very relaxing.


Once I finished painting, I adhered the card to a red piece of cardstock to mat it, and then to a base card. Finally, I added some clear iridescent gems.

Magenta Products used:
(As always, if you are interested in purchasing 
any of these images from Magenta, you can click on the
numbers below each image, and you will be linked 
to the Magenta online store).

09.256.P Bloom Crescent

07.305.G Happy Birthday

Other Products used:

Distress Inks: Festive Berries, Seedless Preserves, 
Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed
Versamark Ink
JudiKins Detail Gold embossing powder
Tim Hotz Watercolor cardstock
Malmero Pearle Red cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock
Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables


Friday, July 26, 2019

Magenta Super Saturday: Brushed Distress Flowers

Hi all! I'm over at the Magenta blog today, and you can see that post here.

I needed to make a card for a good friend who loves to garden, and is having a Summer birthday. I've been having so much fun with these makeup brushes that blend like a dream, so I pulled them out, along with some Distress Ink. 



I taped a panel of Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock to the back of Magenta stencil TM267 Field of Flowers, using painter's tape so it wouldn't shift.

I started with a smaller brush, and applied Festive Berries Distress Ink to the centers of the flowers. I then used Spun Sugar Distress to color the rest of the petals. I flicked some water drops onto the panel and set it aside to dry.

I taped another panel of the same cardstock to the back of the stencil and using Spun Sugar Distress and a light touch, I created a second panel. I added Imagine Sheer Shimmer Sparkle Spritz to both panels. This sparkle is so pretty in real life, but nearly impossibly to photograph.

I cut the lighter panel down to 1.75" wide and 5" long, and added the sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black ink. I matted the narrow panel with black to make it stand out. Matching the patterns, I adhered the panels together and mounted the whole thing onto another black mat, and then onto a base card. 

By the way, I love this Magenta sentiment, because it works for lots of occasions. I particularly like it for a birthday card. This was an easy and fast card to make, using minimal supplies, so a perfect summer project!


I continue to be amazed at how nicely these makeup brushes blend, especially through a stencil. I got mine at Amazon, but you can also find them at a reasonable price here (they are currently on sale). I have also seen them at Daiso, the Japanese discount store (sorry if you do not have a Daiso in your area, it looks like they only sell large lots online). Taylored Expressions also has a really cute set of them that have colored handles, and these are definitely on my want list! I like the rainbow colored handles, and I like that they are all the perfect size for blending. Taylored Expressions are sold out of these brushes, but expect to have more in stock in late August. If you want to be notified, you can do so here.


Magenta Products used

TM267 Field of Flowers Stencil

07.969.F have a Beautiful day!

Other Products used:

Distress Inks: Festive Berries, Spun Sugar
Imagine Sheer Shimmer Sparkle Spritz
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock
So Silk Black Style Cardstock
Blending Brushes


Friday, July 5, 2019

Magenta Super Saturday - Brushed Stencil Distress Ink

Hi everyone! I'm over at Magenta today, and you can see that post here.

I needed birthday cards for our 9 year old twin grandsons, and I wanted them to have bright happy colors. I used makeup brushes to blend Distress ink through a stencil, and if you really load them with ink, you can get bright jewel tone colors with very little effort. 


I used the Magenta stencil TM266 Floral Wheels. I love this stencil because it can be used for lots of things. I have found that the best way to load color onto the brushes is to use a circular motion when picking up ink off the pad. I then use a circular motion to blend the ink onto the paper. To get the intense colors, I pressed hard with the brushes.

I taped the white panel to the back of the stencil with painter's tape so it wouldn't move. I added color through the front of the stencil in rainbow order. I actually got all of the rainbow colors ranging over the two cards.


I've marked my brushes with Washi tape for now. I plan to use one brush for each color family. they really clean off easily by brushing them onto paper towel. I've also experimented with not pressing as hard and getting a softer, more muted result, and I will show that in an upcoming post.


I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment onto a white circle die cut in a coordinating color of Distress Ink and popped it up onto the background. Both cards were matted in coordinating colors.

I hope you try making backgrounds with these brushes and a stencil. It's easy and the results are great!

Magenta Products Used:

TM266 Floral Wheels

07.305.G Happy Birthday

Other Products Used:

Distress Inks: Festive Berries,
Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed,
Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers,
Chipped Sapphire, Wilted Violet
Hero Arts DI199 Infinity Nesting Circles
Makeup Blending Brushes
Stardream Jupiter Cardstock
Blue Malmero Pearl Cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# Cardstock


Friday, June 14, 2019

Stenciled Background with Distress Oxides

My very good friend Pam Nelson send me a photo of a background she did using a Magenta stencil and Distress Oxide inks. I was so inspired by it that I asked her if I could use her design.  Here is the photo that she sent me.

by Pam Nelson

One of the cool things about this gorgeous background that I didn't know at first, is that Pam actually dry embossed the stencil into the paper. You can see Pam's post here, and she has lots of photos and descriptions of what she did, including clear instructions for dry embossing a stencil. While you are there, check out her other posts. I guarantee she will inspire you also.

I didn't dry emboss my backgrounds, but I will definitely do that next time. It helps create a beautiful, crisp image. I just taped a cardstock panel to the back of the stencil, turned it over, and blended the colors through the stencil sing a blending tool. Oxide inks blend very well anyway, and this time is no exception.

Here are my backgrounds and the inks I used:


Following Jennifer Mcguire's very good advice, I made more than one background while I had the paper and inks out. I used a Neat and Tangled stencil, but I think there are a lot of great stencils that would work with this technique. Pam used brushes to lay down color and I used blending tools. As you can see, both work very well. Going in rainbow order makes very pretty blends.

The first card I made was for my son-in-law's birthday


This is such a colorful, busy background that I liked the idea of keeping it simple and just putting a circular message in the center. I matted the panel in black to match the sentiment. This was a super easy card with lots of impact.

I also needed a graduation card for our oldest grandson who graduated from High School this year


I love how these cards turned out, and they were so simple to make! I hope you try it.
And be sure to check out Pam's post on her blog. Her card is amazing!

Products Used:

Birthday Card
Papertrey Ink Phraseplay 5: Happy Stamp Set & Die
Hero Arts DI 199 Infinity Nesting Circles
Neat & Tangled Rice Paddies Stencil NAT275
Distress Oxide Inks: Festive Berries, 
Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron,
Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet
Neenah Solar White cardstock 80# & 110#
Papertrey Ink True Black cardstock
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Graduation Card
Papertrey Ink For The Graduate stamp set
Wordsworth S212-H Well Done You
Impression Obsession C15014 Congratulations
Hero Arts DI 199 Infinity Nesting Circles
Neat & Tangled Rice Paddies Stencil NAT275
Distress Oxide Inks: Festive Berries, 
Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron,
Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet
Neenah Solar White cardstock 80# & 110#
So Silk Glamor Green cardstock
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Friday, June 7, 2019

Magenta Super Saturday - Stencil Stamped Heron

Hi! I'm over at the Magenta blog today and you can see that post here.

I love all of the stamps in the Magenta Spring 2019 release, but I particularly like the Egret and the Heron, because they are beautiful and peaceful. I chose the Heron this time because he seems to be contemplating the start of a new day.

This card was done using the stencil stamping technique that I have done many times. You can see some of the things I have done using this technique here, (scroll down for the stencil stamped items) here, here, and here. To see them all, you can search for "stencil stamping" on my blog search feature.


I first die-cut a panel of Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock using the Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables die. The largest die in this set cuts a 3.75" x 5" rectangle with a stitched edge. 

I applied Distress Ink direct to paper, using Twisted Citron at the top, Mowed Lawn at the bottom, and Mustard Seed and Wild Honey in the middle to simulate a sunrise. For this technique to work, you need a lot of ink on your paper - the more you have, the better it works.

I took the new Magenta stencil, TM297 Shell Texture and sprayed it with Pearly Water (water mixed with Perfect Pearls powder). When doing this technique, you don't want to get the stencil too wet, or it will just make puddles on your paper. I often use watercolor cardstock for stencil stamping, but this time I wanted to see how regular cardstock would work. If I try it again with regular cardstock, I might use 110# Neenah. I sprayed the stencil until the water was beading up but not running off.

I pressed the stencil onto the card panel and pressed it down with a paper towel. When I lifted it off, I could see the texture of the stencil, and also some of the droplets of water that were on the plastic part of the stencil. I loved how it turned out. As the panel dries, the image becomes more prominent.

To finish it off, I stamped the Heron stamp and sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I chose not to stamp the Heron's reflection on this piece, but it is on the stamp, and is a nice option. I tried really hard to get the shimmer of the Pearly Water to show up; maybe you can see it better at this slightly oblique angle. It's very pretty in real life.


To finish the card, I mounted the panel onto a 4" x 5.25" piece of Stardream Flame cardstock, and adhered it to a base card of Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock.

Enjoy and have a beautiful day!

I have received some questions about how to get the Magenta stamps I use. You can order directly from Magenta by going to their online store here. You can see the Spring 2019 collection here, and you can click on "Stamps" and/or "Stencils" to look at the entire collection. If you are interested in a stamp I have used on any of my blogposts, you can click on the name of the stamp or stencil below the image at the bottom of each of my posts, and the link will take you to that stamp or stencil in the Magenta Store. Just put the item in your basket, and as many more as you wish, and check out. You will be glad you did!

Magenta Products Used:

0763.M Reflective Blue Heron

TM297 Shell Texture

07.969.F have a Beautiful day!

Other Products Used:
Distress Inks: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn,
Mustard Seed, Wild Honey
Perfect Pearls Powder
Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables Die set
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Stardream Flame cardstock
Neenah Solar White cardstock 80# & 110#


Friday, May 17, 2019

Magenta Super Saturday - One Design, Two Different Cards

Hi! I'm over at the Magenta blog again today, and you can see that post here.

I needed to make birthday cards for two very different people. Since we have a new grandbaby in the house, I don't have a lot of time to make cards, but the new Magenta release makes it so easy. If you have not seen the new stamps and stencils from Magenta, you can view the collection here. I chose a new stamp designed by Nathalie for these cards.


This first card is for my daughter, and she loves color. I started this card by placing a white panel into my stamp platform. The panel is cut to 5" x 3.75" with a stitched border, using the Lawn Fawn die LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables. 


On top of the white panel, I placed a scrap of watercolor cardstock that I had worked with Nuance. I die-cut the square using the Die-namics MFT-860 Inside Outside Stitched Squares. This left a stitched edge on the scrap, and also on the panel I took it from.


These are the panels I cut the squares from. I can use these on other cards. I didn't use the square cut from the middle one this time, because I used a larger square die from the set, and the piece was too big for the stamp I chose. It will be fine for another project.

I stamped the square piece and the area surrounding the square with Versamark ink. I embossed the image on the square with JudiKins White Diamond embossing powder which gives such a beautiful sparkle in real life. Leaving the white panel in the platform, I stamped it again with Versafine Onyx Black ink and embossed it in JudiKins Clear Detail embossing powder. I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment with black and embossed in clear also.

I matched the square up with the image beneath it and adhered it carefully with Be Creative tape, which has a very strong hold. I matted the panel with Red Malmero Pearl cardstock, and adhered it to a base card of110#  Neenah Solar White.


The card for my friend has the same design, but a very different appearance. My friend likes the black and white cards I make for her, so this one would be no different. I made it the same way, but the stamp was rotated differently, and I actually liked it in this direction better.



Magenta Products Used:

14.678.O Petal Flourish - Flowers and Leaves
07.305.G Happy Birthday
MNU002 Bright Yellow
MNU006 Orange
MNU008 Golden Yellow
MNU010 Scarlet
MNU015 Red

Other Products Used:

Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
Die-namics MFT860 Inside/Outside Square Layers
Versamark ink
Versafine Onyx Black ink
JudiKins White Diamond embossing powder
JudiKins Detail Clear embossing powder
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# Cardstock
Malmero Pearl Red cardstock
Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock


Friday, April 19, 2019

Magenta Super Saturday - April 2019 Collection is Available!

Hi everyone, I'm over at the Magenta Blog today and you can see that post here.

The April 2019 new collection of stamps and stencils is available at the Magenta store, and you can look at the collection here. Click on "Rubberstamps" to see the new collection of stamps, and on "Templates and Masks" to see the new collection of stencils.  I'm loving all of the new stamps, and the stencils are amazing!

Today I'm using one of the new stamps, Bloom Crescent. I can really see that this stamp will be one of my all-time favorites. It's beautiful and would be amazing colored with color pencils, watercolors, Nuance, markers...really just anything.


Due to a difficult first few months of this year, I am completely out of Sympathy cards. I need to make more, and this stamp lends itself well to that; but I also think it could be used for almost any occasion.

Since this is a Sympathy card, I wanted it to be simple but elegant. I colored part of the blossoms with Distress Ink used as watercolor. The image was partially stamped four times with Versamark and embossed with silver embossing powder. The sentiment, which is one of Sally Penley's beautiful designs, was stamped with Distress Ink to match the blossoms.

it was hard to photograph it so you could see the beautiful shine of the silver embossing. It's very pretty in real life. Part of the blooms are not colored to represent loss.

My apologies for not posting as often as I used to. We are super busy with our family right now, including our wonderful new grandson. Our daughter, her husband and their son will be permanently moving to Iceland in July, and I am trying to spend as much time as I can with them before they leave. My hands are itching to use more of these gorgeous new stamps and stencils from Magenta though, and I hope to be able to do so in the near future.

Magenta Products used:
09.256.P Bloom Crescent

07.984.E With Sympathy

Other Products Used:
Distress Inks: Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet
Versamark Ink
JudiKins Detail Silver embossing powder
So Silk Glamour Green cardstock
Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock
Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Friday, March 22, 2019

Magenta Super Saturday - Brushed Distress Oxide Backgrounds

Hi I'm over at the Magenta blog today, and you can see my post here.
For some time I have been wanting to play with the cool deckle edged rectangle and square stencils designed by Nathalie Métivier. I liked this one so much I intend to use more of them in the near future.


I taped my panel (cut to 3.75" x 5" using Lawn Fawn LF768 die) to the Magenta stencil TM276, positioning it so that I would use only 2 of the 3 rectangles on the stencil. I masked the edges off with post-it tape.  I used a makeup brush to add Tea Dye Distress Oxide, brushing from the sides toward the center of each rectangle.

I stamped the dotted texture stamp inside the shaded area, and then inked the Clover Silhouette stamp (designed by Magenta DT member Ellie Knol) up with Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide and stamped it. Since I was using a MISTI stamp platform, I was able to add some Dried Marigold Distress Oxide ink in a few places on the stamp and stamp it again.

I added the Sympathy sentiment last. This is one of Sally Penley's beautiful calligraphy stamps, and I stamped it with Versafine Onyx Black ink.


These are the brushes I used, and I really like them. I know that Picket Fence sells a set like this but I got mine on Amazon. They're really soft, and I didn't think that the color would be that intense, but it surprised me. I felt like I barely brushed it on, and the shading has such a smooth appearance. For this card I did shading, but I also plan to use them to do some blending inside of some of Nathalie's square and rectangular stencils and I'll share those in the future.

Magenta Products Used:

TM276 Three Rectangle Silhouettes

H.0259 Dotted Texture

48.011.L Clover Silhouette

07.984.E With Sympathy

Other Products Used:
Distress Oxide inks: Tea Dye, Mowed Lawn,
Dried Marigold
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Makeup Brushes
Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables dies
Post-It Tape
Stardream Flame cardstock
Neenah Solar White cardstock 80# & 110#


Friday, March 1, 2019

Magenta Super Saturday - Distress Oxide Blends

Hi everyone, I'm over at the Magenta Blog today, and you can see that post here. I have six cards for you!


I've been having a lot of fun doing Distress Oxide blends. The combinations are endless, and once you start it's hard to stop!


I was inspired by Kristina Werner to play with Oxide blending. She has been doing different Oxide blends every Friday for over a month now, and her videos are mesmerizing. You can see the first one here, and they are all worth looking at. Although I have not used her specific color combinations, I really do like how they all turned out, and won't hesitate to use her examples for future blends.


Instead of blending the entire card, I did masked blending, where I mask off a strip to make a place to blend the inks.  The strip you use can be horizontal or vertical, and can be of any width you prefer.


With all the backgrounds I did, I made six cards, and still have 4 backgrounds to use for future cards. The blending is easy and fun, and then you can just choose a beautiful stamp and a sentiment and you're done!


Can you tell that the Wilted Violet; Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron combination is my favorite?


All of the color combinations are listed in the details below.

I want to show you something my hubby made for me to use to help with masked blending, and I think it would not be too hard for you to make also. I sometimes have trouble making my masked off areas straight and parallel, and making them the width I want. Measuring carefully is not one of my best talents. 

To make your own template like this one, take a piece of cardstock (I used 80# so it would go through the printer) and measure out a rectangle 4.25" x 5.5" in the center. This is the size of the cards I make, but you could make yours whatever size you prefer. Then put a tick mark every 1/4" along all 4 sides. My hubby did mine in photoshop, but you could easily just do it by hand with a ruler or a T-square.


You'll want to cut out the center rectangle, using a craft knife or use a paper cutter if you have the type of cutter that can make these partial cuts. The reason I wanted this template is so it would be easier to position my panel so that it would not move while I'm masking it. It's not as easy as it looks to get masks straight and parallel. Keep reading to see how this works.


I placed my 4.25" x 5" card panel into the center opening. This prevents the panel from moving while I mask it. You can see that with measurements on all 4 sides, you can mask it off in either the vertical or horizontal direction.


For masking, I used Post-it Removable Labeling Tape 695, and tore off pieces that would span the center panel horizontally. I chose 3/4" from the top of the panel for the first mask.


I chose 2.25" for the second mask, so that makes the center opening 1.5" wide. On another later panel, I chose a 2" opening. You can make the opening any size for the card you are planning.


Since I don't want to ink up my template, and I prefer to do ink blending on a craft mat, I just removed my masked off card panel. The masks stayed in place very well.


I placed the panel on my craft mat and chose 3 colors of Distress Oxide to blend. One of the tips from Kristina Werner is to blend these inks with a back and forth motion, rather than using little circular motions like you do with regular Distress. I found this to be a good tip. You will also have to alternate the colors several times to get a good blend, and to insure that one color does not overpower another.


My favorite part is removing the mask. You can use regular Distress ink to do blends like this also. I do find however, that the Oxide Distress inks blend much easier and more smoothly. This is because the Oxides are a hybrid of dye and pigment inks. The regular Distress inks are dye only, and that ink sinks right into the cardstock. The pigment portion of the Oxides stay on top for awhile, so the blending is easier. 


I turned each mask upside down and used them each twice. These were so fun and easy to make! I hope you'll try them.

I found the card below to be a more somber combination, and decided not to make it a birthday card. It looks like Fall to me, or maybe sunset. (Aged Mahogany, Abandoned Coral, Scattered Straw).


This one is going straight out to a good friend.

Card #1 Magenta Products Used:
02.319.L Floral Snowflake

07.975.I Large Happy Birthday

Card #1 Other Products Used:
Distress Oxide inks: Wilted Violet,
Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron
Versamark ink
Versafine Onyx Black ink
JudiKins clear Detail embossing powder
Post-it Removable Labeling Tape 695
So Silk Glamour Green cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock
Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Card #2 Magenta Products Used:
48.018.N Large Daisy

07.907.L Multilingual Happy Birthday

Card #2 Other Products Used:
Distress Oxide inks: Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, 
Cracked Pistachio
Versamark ink
JudiKins Clear Detail embossing powder
JudiKins Detail Gold embossing powder
Stardream Copper metallic cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock
Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Card #3 Magenta Products used:

I.0243 Dandelion Pollen
23.114.C Dots
07.907.L Multilingual Happy Birthday

Card #3 Other Products used:
Distress Oxide inks: Wilted Violet,
Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron
Versamark ink
JudiKins Clear Detail embossing powder
JudiKins Detail Gold embossing powder
So Silk Fashion Purple cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock
Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Card #4 Magenta Products used:
84.021.N Linen Flower Duo
07.430.I Happy birthday

Card #4 Other Products used:
Distress Oxide inks: Wilted Violet,
Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron
Versamark ink
JudiKins Clear Detail embossing powder
JudiKins Detail Gold embossing powder
So Silk Glamour Green cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock
Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Card #5 Magenta Products used:
48.020.M Large Rosa Canina
07.975.I Large Happy Birthday
Card #5 Other Products used:
Distress Oxide inks: Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, 
Cracked Pistachio
Versamark ink
JudiKins Detail Gold embossing powder
Stardream Copper metallic cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock
Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Card #6 Magenta Products used:
P.0757 Blackbird
07.971.F Sending hugs

Card #6 Other Products used:
Distress Oxide inks: Aged Mahogany,
Abandoned Coral, Scattered Straw
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Stardream Flame cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock
Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables