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I have been papercrafting for over 10 years now. I love Stamping, Scrapbooking, Altered Items, and basically ALL Papercrafts. By day, I design packaging for pharmaceuticals. By night, I am a coach for Fun Stampers Journey and I love to stamp into the wee hours.

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Sunday, May 18, 2008
Getting Inky with Friends!!!

What could be more fun that getting together with friends and getting inky??? Not much.

Last night my friend Kim Hutchinson and I got together at her house and oh how we got inky!!! We watched a Gina K technique DVD and then made cards with the techniques we just learned! There are 3 DVDs in this set ... we only made it through 1 ... (woo hoo that gives us plans for 2 more nights!!). Here are our creations:

Rubber Band Technique

Add rubber bands to a brayer and ink them up. Make a very interesting background. I used Palette Inks on this - Lavender Sachet, Giverney Green, Beaux Arts Blue. Stamped image is by Inky Antics and colored with colored pencils and OMS. The sentiment is from the TAC Tag Tidbits stamp set. Added green ribbon and a blue brad (thanks Kim for the embellies!).

Direct to Paper

With this technique we used cats eye ink pads and just randomly stamped them on the cardstock. I used green, purple, yellow, and copper. The stamp is another Inky Antics stamp colored with colored pencils and OMS. The saying is from Inkadinkado. Matted all images on brown cardstock and added a leather cord and 3 copper brads. Congrats to you was pop-dotted.

Direct to Paper

This was another version of direct to paper using larger ink pads. I used Palette inks again for these - Sunflower, Orangerie, and Claret. The butterflies are from the June TAC Stamp of the Month. I colored them with colored pencils and OMS and then cut them out and matted on orange. I used the just a note from the Tag Tidbits and added 5 nickel brads to an orange strip of cardstock.

Direct to Paper

Here I stamped this flower image (retired from TAC) on glossy cardsock with Versamark ink. Then we brayered the sheet with Kaleidacolor (Autumn Leaves). I colored the main flower with colored pencils and OMS and added string that I dyed with brown ink. Added 3 large copper eyelets and then put 3 orange brads in the centers of those.

Watercoloring with Ink Pads

Here we smeared the Palette ink pads on a Craft Sheet and then used a water brush to color in the image. This image is by Magenta and it was very fun to watercolor. I added green ric rac and purple primas. I added lots of bling to this card with little gems that Kim had - she picked up a huge sheet of them from Staples for 60 cents!!! - they were to decorate your cell phone with. Great find Kim ... Had she picked these up in a craft store that would have easily been 5 times that much!!! The card was matted on purple cardstock and wound up to be 5" x 5".

Pullin' and Poppin' Pastels

It's hard to see here but look closely on the black background ... see color and flowers? That is done with a fun technique called Pullin' Pastels. You color the black cardstock with chalks and then stamp an image with Versamark (pulling the chalk off of the cardstock). Then I stamped more of the image on the white with Versamark and then colored with the chalks (Poppin' Pastels). I added fun glittery blue brads and ribbon that I added chalk to as well! Sentiment is from Tag Tidbits and the flower is from a retired TAC set.

Baby Wipes

Here we made the plaid background by applying reinkers (I used Pallete reinkers) to a baby wipe and wiping across the cardstock. Then we created an ink pad with more reinkers on baby wipes and stamped the stamps in the ink. It's a quick and economical way to make an ink pad! Added green snaps and a corrugated piece of green cardstock to finish off this card. Used a retired stamp set from TAC for the flowers and Tag Tidbits.

Thanks Kim for such a wonderful night!!! Thanks for all of the embellies and all of the yummy goodies (especially that ice cream pie!) I had so much fun! We need to plan another play date soon!


  1. It was such a fun night! I will post mine in the morning! Just getting in from the Birthday Party!

    I love them all!

    We did to start on the second DVD!

  2. Gorgeous. Thanks for explaining all the techniques too. Good thing I own a brayer. It sounds like I'll be needing to dust it off if I want to make cool cards like you.

  3. Gosh, your backgrounds are awesome. You and Kim got a lot done--which surprised me. I know how catching up with each other and watching the video can take up so much time. Aren't girlfriends fun? Your cat's eye and direct to paper are my fav's. Love the pink and orange together.



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