Friday, December 14, 2012


To close off the year of Just Add Ink challenges, we're asking you to join in with us and "Just Add Christmas" to your papercraft project.  Hopefully you're not all "Christmassed-out" already; this time of year gets so overwhelmingly busy, doesn't it?

The card I have to share with you today was inspired by my lovely friend Sue Madex.  Sue has shown some cards on her blog using a very cool, and very easy, technique -  reverse masking.  Now, I simply can't make one-layer cards, so I've tizzed mine up a bit - lots of bling and shimmer on this one!

I started off with a panel of Naturals White cardstock, and used the two torn edges of a piece of copy paper to mask off an area to be sponged and stamped on; Dotto (temporary adhesive) worked perfectly to keep the paper in place.  I sponged the area with Baja Breeze ink, then stamped three of the doilies from Delicate Doilies, using Marina Mist, Island Indigo and Midnight Muse ink.  After I'd left the ink to dry (for what I thought was long enough!), I overstamped  a few doilies in Whisper White craft ink, and sprinkled Iridescent Ice embossing powder over the top - thinking there'd be just a few sparkly doilies.  Well, here's proof of how great Stampin' Up!'s new inkpads are for embossing .... the embossing powder stuck to the sponged background as well, giving a lovely sparkly effect over the whole panel!  Take a look:

I ran some Multipurpose Liquid Glue along the top 'torn' edge, and adhered Silver Glass Glitter - sooo pretty.  A die-cut strip of silver glimmer paper, and a few rhinestones, added even more sparkle.

Here's the finished card:

Stamps: Delicate Doilies, More Merry Messages
Card: Baja Breeze, Naturals White, Island Indigo, silver glimmer paper
Ink: Baja Breeze, Marina Mist, Island Indigo and Midnight Muse stampin' pads, Versamark inkpad, Whisper White craft stampin' pad
Other: White embossing powder, Iridescent Ice embossing powder, Decorative Label punch, Adorning Accents edgelits die, Island Indigo ruffled ribbon, silver Glass Glitter, Basic Rhinestones, stampin' sponge, sponge dauber, multipurpose liquid glue, sticky strip, glue dots

For even more inspiration for handmade Christmas projects, check out the rest of the Design Team's samples.    We have loved having you play along with our challenges this year.

Merry Christmas to you, and all of those dear to you.  We look forward to sharing more projects with you when we return from our break, on 18th January 2013!


Friday, December 7, 2012


This week at Just Add Ink, Trish has come up with a very cool theme .... just add balloons, to your papercraft project.

I have made a card for a little boy.  I don't actually know any kidlets turning 3, but the number of balloons I added to my card determined that the card would be for a 3 year old!

Starting off, I chose the cute starry paper from Stampin' Up!'s Snow Festival Designer Series Paper pack.  My Color Coach suggested I team Gumball Green with Marina Mist and Midnight Muse - and what a cool colour combination it is! 

Stamps: Button Buddies, Memorable Moments, Itty Bitty Banners, Owl Occasions
Card: Gumball Green, Whisper White, Midnight Muse
DSP: Snow Festival Designer Series Paper
Ink: Gumball Green, Marina Mist and Midnight Muse stampin' pads
Other: Labels Collection framelits dies, Bitty Banners framelits, Midnight Muse stitched satin ribbon, Square Lattice embosssing folder, 1" and 1 1/4" Circle punches, sponge dauber, glue dots, Post-It note (for masking), paper snips