Monday, 12 January 2015

Inky Backgrounds ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hey everyone!

Hope you all had a great weekend and looking forward to the new week ahead!

Today, is the start of a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week the challenge was chosen by Anna-Karin and is all about, INKY BACKGROUNDS! Will you create a messy effect? Do some distress stamping of just directly apply inks to your background? Whatever you choose to do, take this as a chance to explore and play with ink!

For my project this week, I chose to make a card using Distress Inks to create the background to my wintery looking card featuring one of the adorable sketchy birds from Dina Wakley.
To begin with, I cut a piece of white stamping card to measure 12.5 x 16cm.

I wanted to create a pattern around the outside of the card and chose to use a resist technique using Distress Paint. For this, I applied Brushed Pewter Distress Paint directly onto the flourish stamp from the Shabby French Stamp set by Tim Holtz. I then stamped randomly around the outside of the card stock. Once I was happy with the pattern, I heat dried the paint. Remember at this point to clean the paint of your stamp immediately!

Once the paint is completely dry, it's now time to add the inky background. Using mini Distress Ink Pads, I applied small amounts of Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough and Weathered Wood ink from the pads directly onto a craft sheet and spritzed very lightly with water. I then swiped my card through the inks to pick up the colour. Heat dry the card and then pick up any remaining inks from the craft sheet to build up the background. What's cool about this technique is that the Distress Paint stamping will resist the inks to give this gorgeous look to your background!

Distress and using Walnut Stain Distress Ink, ink around the edges of the card before matting it onto a piece of corrugated card stock.

Stamp the image of the Scribbly Bird onto white card and then colour. I used Festive Berries, Barn Door and Gathered Twigs Mini Distress Ink Pads and built up the colour using a blending tool. Cut around the outline and set aside. Stamp the quote directly onto the inked background using black Archival Ink.
Cut a strip of Crinkle Ribbon, enough to create a shabby bow and also a piece to wrap around the matted layers of card. Apply Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy Distress Stain to your craft sheet and let the ribbon soak up the stain before drying it. Wrap the small strip of ribbon around the bottom section of the yardstick and using the Attached Tool, fix into place.

Tie the remaining ribbon into a bow and then mount the matted layers onto the front of your card blank.

Die cut a selection of Holiday Greens foliage from card which has been coloured and spritzed with Shabby Shutters and Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stains. 
Add the foliage and then attach the stamped bird image to your card. I used foam pads when I attached the bird, to add dimension.

Ink up the word "tweet" from the stamp set and stamp onto a piece of small piece of card stock inked with the same colours as the background. Cut the message into a banner shape and attach with a Memo Pin.

Place a sparkly gem in the centre of the bow to complete the card.

I really hope you've enjoyed today's project and hope you're inspired to use this fun resist technique using Distress Paints and Inks.

Don't forget that if you're looking for some more great ideas and inspiration for this challenge, then you need to look no further than the blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. Good luck....

Thank you so much for all your visits today and hope you all have a great week ahead
See you again Emma xx

Products used:

Distress Paint: Brushed Pewter
Distress Stain: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy
Distress Spray Stains: Shabby Shutters, Brushed Pewter
Sizzix Dies: Holiday Greens
Idea-Ology ~ Memo PinCrinkle Ribbon
Surfaces: Ranger Speciality Stamping Card, White Card
Corrugated card from my own collection


  1. Amazing card, Dina's stamp is adorable! Your inky background is fantastic! Barbarayaya

  2. It's tweet-tactic! That background- wow😙

  3. Beautifully elegant! I love that touch of swirl around the edges in the soft white.

  4. Such a beautiful card! Love the fabulous background colors. :)

  5. Ohh this is such a beautiful card, Emma! Love the blue background and the bird is so cute! Hugs, Sandra

  6. love this. it is so pretty. i have used a few of your inky techniques on my first journal page but my resist didn't stay as clean as yours but some of it was stained y the distress inks.
    anyway enough about me. gorgeous gorgeousness, hugs xx

  7. Loving the scribbly bird colours, such a great contrast against your super stunning background:-) xxx

  8. Your birdie card is darling and so well done.

  9. Beautiful card Emma! That little bird looks precious and the background is fabulous!

  10. Love, love, love this! Of course the background is brilliant, but I also love how you made the sprigs in a color other than green! That ribbon is fabulous and I adore the "tweet" sign. You are always so full of good ideas!

  11. LOVE LOVE LOVE this card Emma. The background effects are gorgeous and I love foliage you've used to stand the bird on. So nice. :)

  12. I adore the way you blended this pretty bird!! Such a pretty creation :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  13. This is a treasure. I really love that background. In fact, when I first saw it, I thought it would be beautiful as tile for my home.
    The bird is sweet too. Love this, Emma!

  14. This is absolutely beautiful. I love the sweet little bird. All of the other details are just gorgeous!

  15. This is stunning Emma!! Love the background and the colours of the bird.

  16. Beautiful card! From the colors to the painting of your bird and the ribbon and gem - it's one that deserves a permanent spot on display! TFS!


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Emma ~xx

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