Friday, 17 September 2021

Hello! Prize Ribbon!

 Hi There,

Today I want to share two cards I recently created featuring the newest Distress Collection colour from Tim Holtz & Ranger ie. Prize Ribbon!

                 I closely followed techniques described by one of my favourite designers:-

             Stacy Zimmerman Hutchinson (Tattered Nest Designs)

I was totally in love with her card design featuring this colour & the gorgeous Floral Outlines Stamp from Stamper's Anonymous. 

 She has a fabulous blog post explaining these beautiful watercolour techniques that you can find here.

To make these 6 x 6" cards I cut sheets of white mixed media heavy stock paper down to 5 1/2"for my background.  Keep the off cuts from the 8 1/2 x 11" cardstock sheets to create all the other embellishment layers including the moth & sentiment.  

I firstly randomly stamped with Prize Ribbon Distress Ink & a fine dotted background stamp.
I then stamped the floral designs randomly in 3 places on each with the design flowing off the edges.
I applied Prize Ribbon embossing glaze sparingly & randomly to areas of the stamping before heat embossing.  The images were then blurred & softened by applying water with a soft brush.  I love this water colour effect.

On the left over cardstock I stamped a whole range of small ticket, labels & shapes to layer as embellishments including the moth focal point.
I grouped these on the background & took a photo to refer back to when assembling the card later.

The contrasting colours of Distress Inks were applied with a fine tip water brush. The colours I used were Fossilized Amber & Crackling Campfire as well as more layers of Prize Ribbon & water to give extra depth to the flowers & the moth.

I also applied some extra random stamping with the Fig. stamp above & a small honeycomb & text stamp below.

Simple fussy cutting was done with the labels as all the shapes were quite simple. I left all the edges uncoloured which adds to the contrast between the blue & white. I brushed these labels with a little water to give a softened effect as well.

Simple sewing with white thread frames the card & a circular bunch of thread was layered under the moth.

I love how the application of water softens & washes out the dotted background.  I applied more dots & repeated the water colour effect where it faded out too much.  Became more of a speckled effect.

I also applied tiny dots of white distress paint to the centres of the flowers to give the effect of stamens.  I did this after taking the photos, but you can see this effect on Stacy's blog post.

The moths were stamped with Hickory Smoke distress ink on a paper scrap (in a stamp positioner), water coloured & dried.  Stamped again with Prize Ribbon Distress Oxide & heat embossed with Frosted Crystal & Prize Ribbon Distress Glaze before die cutting. 

Hope you enjoy all the lovely water coloured layers on this card.  Will definitely have to try some other colour combinations soon.

Cheers for now,

Deb Adams

Thursday, 15 July 2021

Monoprinted Layering Stencil Cards

Hi There Readers,

I was recently inspired by some cards shared by Stacy Zimmerman Hutchinson 

from Tattered Nest Designs who (if you don't already know!)

is part of the Tim Holtz Creative Team.

She shared a technique that is really cool! Mono printing with Layering Stencils.

This technique produced so many backgrounds I was able to create lots of cards.

Check them out below:-

Here is the link to her original tutorial. 

The spray ink colours I used were the same: Fossilized Amber, Salvaged Patina & Seedless Preserves.
This is a colour combo I would not have thought of, but it works so well.
I used an AaLL & create stencil that is half butterfly & half floral 
as I don't own the Doodle stencil used by Stacey.  Any detailed stencil will do.

After making lots of backgrounds, I added white heat embossed text in random areas & machine stitching.

Extra background pages were used to die cut insects & florals from the funky sets by Tim Holtz & Sizzix.  Funky Florals Large & Funky Insects Thinlits dies. 

These colours pair so well with kraft & white cardstocks. 

I played around with backgrounds & foregrounds die cut from the Sizzix Mixed Media die sets, 

the Paper Cut Bird die & the Funky Wreath die.

Various sentiment & word dies were then chosen & cut from any cardstock scraps.
Layering the sentiments makes them stand out from the backgrounds.
Dies from Sizzix, Paper Rose Studio, Concord & 9th.
Each card is all about the layers. Vintage buttons are the only other embellishments.

Hope this gives you some ideas for card creations too.
Just make some backgrounds & see where it takes you.

Thanks for reading,

Deb Adams



Friday, 13 November 2020


 Hi There, 


Design Team Members from both companies are providing so much inspiration showcasing their new release collections.

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Today I am sharing a set of three cards that came about from my idea of creating a geode style card,  incorporating lots of shiny, glittering layers.

As soon as the Splat Nesting Die was released by Paper Rose 
I knew it would be perfect for my design idea. 
Amethyst is my birthstone so i was inspired to firstly create in purples, accented with silver & gold.

The Gold Cardstock & the Sentiments i used are also from Paper Rose.

Combining this die with embossing powders & glitters from WOW!
         created the sparkling, metallic effect i wanted to achieve.

The embossing pen was applied randomly to the golden die cuts & their edges.
Tracing of the die cuts with the embossing pen on the corners of the card created 
more organic patterns before heat embossing.  
Metallic Brass embossing powder was applied & melted creating an extra golden texture.
The Glitters of Pearl Gold, Pumpkin Spice & Celebration Sparkles were applied 
with liquid glue to provide extra crystalline bling!

The watercoloured backgrounds were created with twinkling h20's 
& lindy's stamp gang colours before die cutting & layering.

The last card i created was inspired by the more natural colours of 'thunder eggs' 
& agates that are found in australia.

These cards were so much fun to make i couldn't stop at one.
So fun to find such appropriate sentiments.
Hope this gives you some inspiration to add some bling to your own card creations.

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Sunday, 6 September 2020


 Hi Readers,

Today I wanted to share my Australian themed card featuring 

the Kookaburra Builder die from Paper Rose.

The creation of this card came together almost as a happy accident,
as I was die cutting shapes from packaging 
that I had precoloured with mica, distress & distress oxide sprays.

I always have a heap of this precoloured cardboard on hand.
I love the textures that occur on the different packaging as the sprays dry naturally.

I cut the various pieces of the Kookaburra from various colours.

I attached the pieces together with Distress collage medium.
It was easy & lots of fun to put together.
I added extra layers of black to form shadows & extra pieces on the crest & tail.

I diecut the centre of the 6 x 6" background card with the Stitched Peekaboo circle die.
The Layered Foliage Windows die formed the greenery within the circle. 
I used both the positive & negative parts of these die cuts.
I think that adds extra interest & depth to the background.

The Layered Just a Note die was also cut from similar cardstock,
& popped up for the Kooka to perch on.
Mounted with layers of cardstock & kraft card.

I loved making this card.  It turned out just as I imagined with lots of colourful texture.

I forgot to take progress photos as I was creating,
 so I also made a 2nd project using similar papers 
& theme to make a wall hanging on an oversized kraft tag.

The background oversized kraft tag was first smeared with gold embossing paste, 
then swiped with white crackle paste & left to dry.
Various matte sprays were applied to the paste highlighting the beautiful crazing.

The Scribble Circle die was applied to the background,
then layers of Eucalyptus leaves for Kooka to perch on.

Here is a sneak peek of the mess of coloured cardstock on my craft table.

Hope this gives you some creative inspiration to build yourself 
a Kookaburra or two, too!!

Cheers for now,
Deb Adams xx

Friday, 14 August 2020


Hi there,

Today I am showcasing some new Scrap FX products with an ancient art technique. (But new to me!)

I created two artistic collages on canvas.    One is dark & grungy, as aged as the images I chose.

The other is bright & visually textured.

Both are amazing, 

as the encaustic wax technique allows the formation of so many layers 

that blend & become suspended in the wax.

Every layer is still visible as the printed rice & tissue paper becomes transparent.

The colours in the collage paper darken & the images become more pronounced.

 Even transparencies & chipboard have been immersed in the wax.   No glue required!

Art Pastels, Finnabair Matte Waxes also applied between the layers

to define the images, the chipboard & scratch marks.

I was inspired by Kasia Avery of Everything Art.

If interested in this technique here is the link to a free video tutorial

I followed the advice from the tutorial & purchased encaustic ground (gesso) & encaustic medium (bees wax & resin combined)

& a hake (natural fibre) brush.  I really enjoyed this technique so will definitely be repeating this process again & again.

Looking at all those collage papers in a different way now.  Want them all!!

The Scrap FX products I created with were as follows:

Iconic Faces transparency    Circle Hash frame  Blue Mandala collage paper 

Da Vinci collage paper   Loopy Script collage paper  White Writing by Niamh Baly  Pop Art Penelope