Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Paperartsy - Eclectica Lin Brown, Paperartsy - Ellen Vargo stamps, Paperartsy Emma Godfrey

Paperartsy playing

I decided after the Lynne Perella play I shared the other day to make some more Paperartsy themed birthday cards.

This time I chose to play with Distress Oxides and the fun Ellen Vargo carved flowers.  I love the linocut appearance of these. 

I started with making two backgrounds… both different to each other but both fun to make. Then on a separate panel of cardstock I made the tags. The top one was a scrap of cardstock I had already painted with a layer of fresco finish paints and I decided to heat emboss the tag and the flower. The bottom one I did a watery layer of distress oxide using the same colours as the background.

I raised the tags on foam tape to give dimension and added some scraps of ribbon to the tags. 

Both sentiment and the tag shape are Emma Godfrey stamps. 

Happy crafting!


Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Emma Godfrey, Stitched framelits, Word Window

Countdown to Christmas ATCs pt 10

Another post in my Christmas card topper stack of ATCs….

Today I have two bright pink and purple ones to contrast the last couple of posts where it has been more vintage in cokour and style.

Plenty of yummy distress oxides, stencilling and the cute Winter Friends stamps coloured with promarkers.  I also added some punchinella with a couple of coloured staples. 

I love that the sentiment I chose from the Emma Godfrey Paperartsy set fits in the word window punch too!

Happy crafting! 


Dasher, Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils

Countdown to Christmas ATCs pt 9

Some more for my Christmas card topper stack… 

Just like yesterday I wanted a more vintage feel… but a different colour scheme today…

I went for peeled paint with frayed burlap and walnut stain.

I did two different pieces of cardstock as I went along so I could make three in total! 

I decided to go for a ripped panel and heat embossed the fabulous Dasher stamp in a dark emerald green.

I also added heat embossing round the edge before adding all the layers. I added some copper thread to one of them.

The other one I added the heat embossed trim stamp across the panel and then added the cute Winter friend fox and a sentiment.

Love how these came out. 

Happy crafting!


Dies, Festival of Trees, First edition dies, Masks/Stencils, Tree punch

Masterboard Christmas cards – class

Tonight I’ve got some of my friends popping over to craft and we are going to create a masterboard and then use it to make some christmas cards. So one piece of white cardstock makes backgrounds for six cards, each finished off differently. In total I used 5 a4 sheets of white card stock and then paints, stamps, stencils and die cuts… and all just in a couple of hours… or at least that’s the plan! 

Here was my masterboard for the samples…

Lots of lovely fresco finish paints! 

And this is how I cut it to make a One sheet Wonder type of thing… 

Once I had cut it I decided on how to put them onto the card blanks I had made.

Then I set to on decorating each of them.

1. I used the Card Builder dies from Stampin Up and added shimmer using my Wink of Stella pen.

2. Ornaments from Carols of Christmas heat embossed in white embossing powder on the small panel.

3. Die cuts from Tim Holtz and tag from Santa Builder die set.

4. First edition die cut trim and embossed the Carols of Christmas sentiment in blue.

5. Stamped and die cut the tree on a scrap piece I had used to add paint to the masterboard and then heat embossed it. Punched out and added to a stitched shape die cut.

6. First edition die cut wreath. 

Love these arty cards. So much fun to make the masterboard and easy to finish them off! 

Wonder how everyone tonight will get on. I love that every masterboard will be different and so they will no doubt make some different decisions. 

Happy crafting! 


Distress oxide ink, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Emma Godfrey

Countdown to Christmas ATCs pt 6

Some more ATCs to share for my Countdown to Christmas series… 

This time I made a couple of small backgrounds and cut them into four atcs.  I used my trusty distress oxides and this time I used a hexagon mini gelli plate for layering up the colours. This provided some interesting lines and blocks of colour in the backgrounds. Of course I also added stencilling and stamping. 

This first pair I kept similar. And yes i know the stag head makes them bigger than the atc but i wanted to use them regardless. Plus these will be card toppers eventually so it won’t matter!

For both of these there is some added stencilling in the background using the Nuvo glimmer paste. So these are super sparkly! 

The next two I added different features.

This gorgeous digi stamp of Rudolph I coloured with promarkers and cut him out. I added the heat embossed text to add texture and more pattern too. The text stamps are Emma Godfrey Paperartsy ones.

And finally one of the winter friends freebie stamps made an appearance! 

I added a piece of punchinella with some coloured staples and then the sentiment and raccoon. I also added the stamped Christmas down the side too to add more pattern. 

I love all of these look. You can’t beat some distress oxide fun! 

Happy crafting!


Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Emma Godfrey, Paperartsy Lynne Perrella stamps

Three Lynne Perella cards

Today I have three cards I have made using the stunning Lynne Perella stamps from Paperartsy.  I stumbled across these stamps in my stash and as they hadn’t been used in a while I thought I would make a few cards with them. 

All three were using the linen cardstock I have a huge amount of so I thought I would use it for the main feature as well as the card blanks. It adds a different texture to the inking.

The first one I inked up the card stock in abandoned coral, fossilized amber and Twisted Citron in distress inks and then using a stencil I added micro glaze. I then added black soot distress oxide over the top and spritzed with water. This created a dark and subtle background.

I heat embossed the image and then took some colour away from the face using water and a brush.

This second one was more distress inks this time Mermaid Lagoon, fossilized amber and Twisted Citron.  I did lots of stencilling again and then added the main image using embossed again and then blending some of the colour out of the face and adding a touch of abandoned coral watered down.

Finally I grabbed the oxides and creates a very busy background from lots of layers of inks and some stamping. I also added some frantage to the border stamping which also caught on some other parts of the background. Whilst this was an accident I love how it looked. 
I created a card topper from the Perella stamp and edged that with the frantage too and mounted it on foam. I then partially coloured the image using distress inks.

For all three I added the Emma Godfrey sentiment which works perfectly as a simple font. 

Happy crafting!