Saturday, 16 May 2015

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing

I’ve had fun playing today with Inking of You from Tiddly Inks and, appropriately, inks.

The card I’ve made is going to a friend who wants to get back into painting but is finding it hard to make the time.  She’s got the canvas and paint and just needs some brushes so I’ve bought her one and made this card to nudge her into getting more brushes and putting them to canvas.
To match the theme I’ve done up my own backgrounds for my card, I’m quite proud of my efforts and the fact I haven’t used a single designer paper but still ended up with a colourful and interesting result.  The first thing I did was hunt down some canvas, I’ve actually used a Prima Mistables sheet, I tried misting the front but I can’t control spray paints (never much of a rebel so I wasn’t a graffiti artist) so turned it over and used a stencil to make paint splodges with modelling paste.  I then used my Smooch Spritzes to colour up my paint splodges, I sprayed my craft mat and used a brush to get the ink just on the paint splodges.  Not sure if this still counts as using mists but going to link up my card at Cut It Up! anyway, I certainly have the other requirement of a die cut, which I’ve used as a frame for my ‘artwork’.

The burned batik background of my artwork was done following a tutorial by Beate on Splitcoast Stampers.  I used a piece of stamping paper and white embossing powder.  I wasn’t happy with the way the inks looked when I used a sponge applicator to place them so I spritzed the card with water to give my background a lovely watercolour effect.  So I guess this is actually burned aqua batik.

The layout of my card follows the sketch over at Aud Sentiments, I did make the top square element into a larger rectangle, basically because I had already coloured my image and it was too big to fit in the right sized square.  The sentiment I moved as I couldn’t think of anything else to put on the vertical rectangle element, it’s a little hard to see but I still like the effect.  I also swapped out the horizontal rectangle element for paint brushes as I thought these really added to the whole theme I have going.

I actually did the same to the image.  I wanted to use another Tiddly Inks’ image of an artist but unfortunately it is retired so I had to go with the one I had.  I just cut off the bottom of her fountain pen and made a brush end, rather than colour the paint on it I added some modelling paste and coloured it with Smooch Spritz also.

The card is actually a twisted easel, which allowed me to add in my second sentiment, a rather fitting quote from a very famous painter; a little ironic too given how little motivated da Vinci was at actually painting. It's a bit hard to read in the pic, the quote is "Being willing is not enough we must do".  Over at Penny’s Paper-Crafty their theme is more than one fold, so I am entering my card in their challenge.

Skin E31, E33, E37 (R20 cheeks)
Hair E37, T4, T6, T8, 110
Outfit B23, B24, B37, B39, B41, N5, N7, N9, W5, W7, W9, 0, 100
Brush C1, C3, C5, E51, E53, E55, E70, E71, E74
Chalks & Powders etc
Fran-tage Embossing Enamel ~ Aged Ochre
Wow! Embossing Powder ~ Opaque Bright White
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
13@rts Stencil ~ Numbers
Mont Marte ~ Gallery Series Brushes
Inks & Paints etc
Inkssentials ~ Emboss It Clear
Smooch Spritz ~ Cherry Ice, Emerald Sprinkle, Majestic, Mixed Berries, Sea Kiss & Sun Kissed
Teresa Collins Basically Essential ~ Modelling Paste
Tim Holtz Distress Ink ~ Dusty Concord, Salty Ocean, Tea Dye & Wild Honey
Bazzill Cardstock Monochromatic ~ Raven
Brown Cardstock from stash
Kaisercraft Cardstock ~ Licorice
Stempelglede ~ Grunge Flourish Hearts & Magic

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. What a beautiful card and great way to help a friend. I'm sure she will appreciate and love all of your beautiful work you put into it. Thanks for sharing your talent with the Cut It Up Challenge blog.

  2. What a fantastic encouragement card and gift. It's sure to inspire your friend!
    Thanks for joining us for our Misty challenge at Cut it Up!


  3. A gorgeous image,love the

  4. This is so cute, Emily! Love the twisted easel and the pallette board. Thanks so much for playing in our Sketch challenge at Aud Sentiments this time and good luck in the draw.
    NanaConnie DT

  5. Stunning creation!!! Your friend will be very surprised at such a thoughtful card. Thank you for playing along at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge.

  6. This is a really fabulous project made for someone who must be a really special friend. I'm sure she will love it and hopefully get some art work done. Fantastic project - thank you so much for sharing this with us at Aud Sentiments. You have done a great job interpreting the sketch with a very individual twist to it - good luck in the prize draw. Ann xxx

  7. What a fabulous card!! Thanks for joining us at Cut it Up challenge!

  8. What a wonderful project Emily! I love your creative backgrounds and the change of the pen to a paintbrush! The most creative part for me was the addition of the paintbrushes as your horizontal element - how perfect is that for the theme of your card! Thank you for sharing this project and your creativity at Aud Sentiments!
    ~ginny, Aud Sentiments DT: [#131 – Sketch Challenge]
    Owner: RubberMAD (
    Owner: RubberMAD (

  9. I adore everything about this card from the background to the brushes! The quote is sure to inspire your friend! The artist's palette is such a cute 3-D catch for the front; thanks for sharing with us over at Cut It Up!

  10. Simply stunning. Love, love, love this card. Amazing work!! Thanks for joining the Challenge @ Cut It Up!

  11. Gorgeous card!!! It's simply a beautiful work of art!! Thanks so much for playing at Cut It Up this week!

  12. Oh WOW!!! Amazing Card!!! :) Thanks for joining us over at Cut it up Challenge! :) Have a Wonderful Weekend! :)

    Theresa (CIU DT)
    Scrappers Anonymous

  13. Emily - what an adorable card! I love how you used the paintbrushes as decorative elements!

  14. Your coloring and shading is wonderful! A true work of art. Thank you for joining us at Cut It Up for our "Misty" challenge.


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