Creative Fingers and OddBall Art

The lovely Lizzy kindly sponsored the Creative Challenge this fortnight and I used a part of one her images for a sympathy card.  The puppy just looks sad so it worked!
Looking forward to seeing what you all create this fortnight.

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Technique - Distress inks and white pigment

When I was asked to come up with a technique to share  on the OddBallArt Blog, I was a bit worried.  I mean what can I share with such fabulous crafters.   I then remembered a very simple but effective technique using white pigment and coloured inks (in this case distress inks).   

Scrap paper
Kraft Card Stock
Daubers or sponges
White pigment ink
Coloured inks (I used three colours of Distress)
Stencil with any pattern with large open areas
Baby wipes or cleaning tools to wipe off the stencil

How to's
Prepare your card stock, score and fold.  Then open onto your scrap paper.
Place your stencil on your Kraft card stock and using a dauber or sponge, add a generous layer of white ink to your card stock.  You dont need to apply ink to the whole stencil, pick and choose where you want to lay colour.  There are no rules here.

Let the white ink dry for a few minutes and wipe down your stencil and air dry it.

Place the stencil back over your card stock and offset it slightly in any direction.

Now grab some colour and a dauber and apply colour to the stencil areas.   The result is a two toned effect with the colour and a definite "how did you do that" comment from your friends.

Don't forget to clean up the stencil as your card dries.

Once you have your background, its time to make up your project, by adding one of the fabulous OddballArt images.

I first saw this technique on Kristina Werner's You Tube channel.  Here is a link to her blog showing it off with a cute Bats background.  She was more subtle than I was, with less white showing on the card.   

Creative Fingers is happily sponsored by Lemon Shortbread this fortnight and I had a ball playing with my image.  Isn't she just lovely.

I had some fun playing with blending with this image, the hair and the wings are large enough spaces to play with colour to colour blends and ombre's.   I used the print and cut feature on my Cameo to trace and cut the image and then I layered her up on some simple dies.  The sentiment is from a lovely little set from CTMH.

Be sure to play along with our challenge at Creative Fingers this fortnight.

Crafty girl creations - ATG
Through the purple haze - ATG
Lemon Shortbread -ATG

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The Bears ... its all about the Bears..

Its time for a another bear to come to play on my blog... after my epic colouring craft weekend i'm spoiled for choice on what to share.

I encourage you to go and visit the Esty Teddybo page and check out the subscription choices.   You can choose 1,2, 3 or 4 subscriptions.  Each subscription has 6 images in it.  So 6 of Bo, 6 of Bea, 6 of them as a couple or 6 of Oli and Molly.   My suggestion is.. get all of them!   Once you see the prices you will realise the savings.   

I have always loved the Teddybo tabs and panels so when I saw that this beauty was part of the subscription I was tickled pink.   My upcoming posts will have the card with the Bo version of this image.   They can be found in the couples subscription (THE BEARS).

Ive been working a little differently with my cards lately.  Colouring first and then making the card up later.   I am sort of chuffed with how this turned out.   I think it pops, maybe I'm biased though.

So challenge time..
Heart to Heart - Use atleast one CTMH product ( the baby birthday stamp and the bling)

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Teddy Bo is back

I should of started with a warning to sit down, as your excitement at the heading to this post may of caused you to get excited.  I for one am cheering at the news that Teddy Bo and its creator Gayle Cook are back in craft land.   Not only that but she has her creative pants on in a big way.  Teddybo is now available as a subscription and there are various options available.  But get this.. 24images a month are going to be hitting our crafting tables.  You can choose from Bo, Bea, Bo and Bea (couples) and Oli and Molly (or it may be friends of Bea and Bo?) subscriptions. 

Needless to say I have been colouring for 3 days and if not for work I wouldn't be stopping.   I finished 4 cards and still have images to pop on cards too.    So get ready for some Teddy inspiration over my next few posts.

The subscription information can be found HERE  and of course Facebook will have inspiration galore too.

So here is card number one


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