Saturday, 7 March 2020

Guest Designer at 'Ink Art Designs'

Hello there on this Saturday morning,

I do hope that you've all got something nice planned for this weekend.

I'm here with you today to share a special post.  Some time ago, I was asked by the lovely Dot Leathbridge of 'Ink Art Designs' if I would like to be her Guest Designer.  Now anyone who knows me well will know that I've been a fan of Dots from way back.  Her artwork is absolutely amazing and I'm always on awe of her creations.   Through Dot's passion for crafting, she has now fulfilled her dream of running her own online shop selling an array of stamps, inks and other goodies. Anyway, needless to say, my answer was yes and here's my own creation using stamps by Crafty Individuals.  I’ve been on the design team at Crafty Individuals for around three years now and I love their products.  All of their stamps are made with the best red rubber and are an absolute joy to use.  The main focal stamp that I’ve used is one of my favourites and I think the butterfly is stunning, it looks so realistic.  Here it is and here’s how I made it:

Here's how it all started:
I took and A5 sheet of acetate and pressed some Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide onto it before spritzing with water and then pressing it onto my white card.  By doing it this way, you can see how the ink is moving around and it gives you just a little more control.

 Next came Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide
Then Blueprint Sketch Distress.  Can you see how the colours all start to blend.

Now unfortunately, this is when I started to get really caught up in what I was doing, so much so that I completely forgot to take any more photos until I'd actually finished! Sorry about that but I think you can probably get how I made my background.

Once this was completely dry, I stamped my main image with CI-517 'Fly and be Free' using VersaFine Clair Nocturn which I then heat embossed with a clear embossing powder to set the ink.  It also gives a deeper shade of black which makes the image pop.  I stamped a second butterfly that I coloured with my Koh-I-Noor water colours.  They have a great depth of colour and I wanted the butterfly to really stand out and to have some dimension.  I achieved this by bending the wings and then adding it using a hot glue gun.  Next, I added a few more circles using the lids off my embossing powder, a glue stick and some black ink, this allowed me to extend the image and it works really well with the original design.  I used some watered down Tuxedo black ink to add some shade within the circles.  Finally, I used some VersaFine Clair Twilight on CI-116 'Crackle Background' around the edges to add some texture.  The fragile sentiment is from CI-521.

Crafty Individuals and Ink Art Designs can both be found on Instagram, Pinterest and they both have very friendly private FB pages, so lot's to keep you inspired.

Thank you for taking time to visit my blog today and a very big thank you to Dot for asking me to be her Guest Designer, I've thoroughly enjoyed it, thank you.

Take care of yourselves and I wish you a very happy and colourful weekend xx

I'd like to add this card into the following challenges:

Allsorts - Anything With Wings
Craft Stamper - Anything Goes (March 20)


Ink Art Designs said...

Hi Sandra, what a wonderful and fun way to add oxides to your card. The effect is gorgeous and makes a beautiful backdrop for this stamp.
Thank you so very much for being our Guest Designer.
Dot x
Ink Art Designs - the great little stamp shop from down-under

Stamps and Paper said...

Beautiful card Sandra and such a lovely background you've showcased this image so well


Lorraine said...

A stunning card Sandra. I am always in awe of your inky backgrounds and that butterfly is just gorgeous - Love it.
Congratulations on your GDT spot too.
Lorraine x

Jean Hardy said...

Such a beauty Sandra. xx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Such a gorgeous card Sandra and the great tutorial on how you achived the background. Thank you for shareing with us.

Sue xx

Pat said...

This is gorgeous Sandra and great to see you as a GD over at Ink Art Designs too. Your background and colouring is beautiful as always, and the added circles with shading and the crackle stamping give a wonderful finished look. x

Mrs.B said...

It's a fabulous card Sandra, I do like the background of the image and the butterfly looks stunning.
Avril xx

Liz said...

An amazing creation, Sandra. I love the beautiful design, just fabulous! xx

Kathleen said...

I have a sort of reputation in the blogging world that I do not like butterflies on cards, that is not really true what I don't like is the small punched butterflies in just a plain colour, apart from the Cabbage white butterflies are lovely and colourful and one like this is stunning and so is your card.

Kath x

ingunnsinekort said...

WOW this is just gorgeous:)

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeous Sandra

great idea to do it first on a sheet, never thought about that.
Gr Karin

KandA said...

Stunning card Sandra, fabulous background and wonderful colours xx

Carole said...

This is stunning..absolutely stunning.Love the way you did the background and that butterfly is really fantastic. x

cuilliesocks said...

Congratulations Sandra on your Guest role. Your card is gorgeous, beautifully stamped, there is so much of interest to look at. Super design and wonderful colours, Kate x

Kathleen said...

Here again but as I have already commented just want to say... Thank you for joining our 'Anything with wings' challenge over at Allsorts.

Kath x

crafty-stamper said...

Congrats on your GDT and love the fabulous background and beautiful stamps-love the step by step
Carol x

Linby said...

Congrats on your GDT. This card is so beautiful, I love the colours and how you combined the stamps. Thanks for sharing how you do the background - I must give the acetate a try.
Thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts.
Lynn x

brenda said...

It's a delight Sandra an I am sure Dot really appreciated you. making such a beauty, I actually bought this CI stamp at Stamperama last month and have fun using it. Thanks so much for joining in with our 'Wings' theme at Allsorts challenge this week.

B x

Magic Maggie said...

WOW - just WOW. This is awesome. Thank you for the build up pictures - as you say, these are enough to get the idea.

Hope you are well.


Maggie (Bendy Yorkite)

Mac Mable said...

Many congratulations on guesting and what a stunner of a card. Fabulous colours and background and the main stamped image is wonderful. I love the extra detailing and Wow to that beautiful butterfly. Thank you for the step by step of the initial way you did your background x.

Gerrina said...

Super how you used this beautiful stamp; love the grungy look! Hugs, Gerrina

pam said...

Fabulous card Sandra, gorgeous stamping and colours
Pam x

Babs said...

A fantastic technique and a gorgeous stamp and card, so effective love it.
Babs x

Leanne Harris said...

Congratulations on being Dot's guest designer Sandra! You've done her proud (and yourself) with this and I love your step by step "start" - this made me laugh so much as I can't tell you how many times I've forgotten to take the photo's when trying to do one!!!! I too love Dotty's work and have followed her for years. Stay safe and well through these troubling times my friend xxxxx

Furry Log and Badger said...

Love this - excellent work - KS DT

Linda said...

This looks fab. I love all the detail in the background, and the butterfly is stunning. Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge xx

Ann Chuang Crafts said...

Great colors and lots of nice texture! Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper Blog Challenge this month.
Hugs, Ann DT

Cath Wilson said...

Wow! Haven't had much time for bloghopping lately, but I've missed out on inspiration from your projects. Absolutely gorgeous card! Beautiful.
Cath x