Monthly Archives: January 2014

Playing with distress inks

I have been trying out my new Tim Holtz distress inks this week, whilst making Valentines cards.

I wanted to give an “oldy worldy” , tattered feel to the cards, and so had a play around to get browned edges and discoloured paper .

I started off by Googling distress ink to find out more about how to apply them ,and saw lots of people use a special blending tool. It is a wooden tool with a foam pad on the end which rubs the ink onto the paper.

Well I don’t have such a tool, and so I tried using my index finger, cotton wool , a paper towel and a sponge.
They all worked to some extent, but I would advise against using the index finger, for two reasons.
1. I ended up getting grubby finger prints on bits of paper and card where I didn’t want them
and …
2. Although the ink is water-soluble I ended up with a stain that looked like old nicotine.

The paper towel and cotton wool worked, but they soaked up most of the ink and it was hard to get a soft feel when applying it, as I needed to use quite a lot of pressure to transfer the ink.

The best result SO FAR was using bits of sponge. I tried it held with my fingers, and also made a nice round ball of it and stuck it in the end of a piece of plastic pipe

I used enough sponge to make a tight fit, and found it stayed in place without needing glue.

it worked quite well, and I think it would have worked better if the end had been larger.

I am not sure how long the sponge will last though, as it started to crumble pretty quickly once I used it on textured card.

Luckily one sponge made 6 blending sticks.

I am now thinking something like neoprene might work and would last longer.
So once I find some I will have a go at making some more using wider pipe or try attaching it to small squares of wood

Here are the effects I achieved, and in my next post I will show you what I did with them.

Good to be home and creating again .

After having a lovely ( but long) 6 weeks away, it is good to be back home. I have missed pottering around in my workshop, and although on my first week back I have found it hard to get back into a routine, I have managed to do a few bits and pieces.

Whilst in England I stocked up on a few art/craft supplies, and since coming back I have been trying them out.

 a few crafting  supplies

a few crafting supplies

The things I bought were mostly for card making/printing/ calligraphy.

I bought some clear acrylic stamps to try, a variety of stamp pads, a machine called a Cuttlebug, and an assortment of embossing folders and metal dyes to use with it.
No wonder my suitcase weighed 23 kgs !

I couldn’t wait to unpack them and start playing.

This is what my Cuttlebug looks like.

  My cute little cuttlebug

My cute little cuttlebug

This is what it does.





Here are a couple of cards I made using it.

I was trying for a bit of a Victorian vintage type feel.


I have to say I am quite addicted to it, and have made a pile of cards already !

 the cards I have made so far !

Inventive blogger award


It was a lovely surprise to be nominated for this award by Marlyn at I love her blog, her way with words and her amazing art work. Thank you.

The directions for accepting The Inventive Blogger Award are :

1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the The Inventive Blogger Award.

2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required- and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3. Include in your blog post *FIVE* things that you enjoy about blogging.

4. Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them- (please don’t alter the instructions or the badge!)

5. Come over and say hello to the originator of the “The Inventive Blogger Award” via this link:

6. And as a winner of the award- please add a link back to the blog that presented you with this award, and then proudly display the award on your blog.

SO here goes ….


1. It has opened up a whole new world to me. I have communication with some wonderful people from many parts of the world

2. I love sharing my ideas and experiences. I would love to think It might inspire someone to get creative, or to try something new.

3 I am discovering some inspirational blogs on wordpress, that I doubt I would have come across otherwise .

4 The challenge of coming up with a new post and making it interesting, and informative can be difficult some weeks , but when I manage it , it is a great feeling.

5. It is great to have feedback, I enjoy reading people’s comments about my posts.

Here are a few blogs that I would like to nominate for this award , for their inventiveness, original and interesting content. I have just read that Container Chronicles is not able to accept any more awards( which I totally understand but I want to recognize Deborah’s blog anyway .