Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Girls Just Want to Have Fun! Stinkin' Inkers

Hello everyone! Today I am showing you the card I made for this month's challenge at Stinkin' Inkers.  The theme is "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" or "create a project for a special lady (or girl)."  This is the first time I have played with the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit from April and I had SO much fun I literally had to force myself to stop and write this post.  Here is my card:

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Yellow Card Panel
Watercolor Panel
Distress Oxide Inks in Broken China and Fossilized Amber 
Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit from April 2017
Hero Arts Intense Black Ink
Designer Paper (from magazine)
Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer
Authentique Patterned Paper from "Remembrance D" Collection, (retired)
Clear, Detailed, Embossing Powder

Playing with this set was like making paper dolls.  I just kept getting more & more ideas about different ways I could make clothes, pose the character, patterned papers I could use and, every time I thought I was done, another crop of ideas would come rushing into my brain.  I made SO many outfits to mix and match for these ladies; they are certainly the best dressed ladies that I know!

I started the card by making the background using the Oxide inks.  If you
haven't played with these inks yet I strongly urge you at least to find someone who will let you try them out.  Or, better yet, splurge and buy yourself 2 or 3.  I only used two colors to make this background, Broken China and Fossilized Amber.  Using the small blending tool, I began with Fossilized Amber, just a few pounces and swipes, then added the Broken China in a circle around the middle. Once I was happy with the ink distribution, I used the Distress Sprayer to spritz some water on the inks and watch the magic.  Now, I consider myself a frugal crafter; truthfully, I'm fairly frugal in my "real" life, too.  I rarely buy things when they first come out, and I never buy things just because there is a fancy name attached when I can get the same item, or close to the same item, cheaper.  Well, if you are going to invest in some Oxides, you have to get the Distress Sprayer.  A run of the mill spray bottle just doesn't work as well with these inks.  At least that has been my experience.  OK, the background was done and I set it aside.  

This next step definitely took me on a ride.  I was so all over the place making
clothes that I finally had to step away, take a break, and then come back.  But it was SO MUCH FUN! I eventually settled on yellow patterned pants and an olive colored shirt for my classic beauty.  I stamped the yellow paper with Oxide Fossilized Amber and noticed the paper had a slight coating to it.  The paper was a freebie and I could see no coating on it until I applied the ink.  So, in order for the ink to set I embossed the pants with clear, detail, embossing powder.  Once that was done, I die cut the pants and set them aside.  I realized that the long sleeved shirt I wanted to use didn't have separate hands, so I stamped the shirt on white card, die cut it, and then just used the die cut for the olive green layer.  I put the green on top of the stamped shirt and I had my hands!  I lined everything up (after all, I didn't want her head to be way over there and her feet over there), using the MISTI, then I stamped her head and her feet.  I dressed her with the clothes I had chosen.  

Lastly, I stamped the sentiments directly on the card using the Intense Black ink.  Again, since I was stamping on the watercolor card where I had built my image, I used my MISTI.  Inevitably, I have to re-stamp a few times to get the black ink to really sink in to the watercolor card stock.  Then I trimmed the panel, attached it to some yellow card and attached that to the white card base.  I kept the yellow panel the same size as the card base.  Whew! I hope you stayed with me during this whole process; it really isn't as difficult as it sounds when I am writing it all out.  I hope you will find the inspiration to join us at Stinkin' Inkers this month! Thanks so much! Christi

I am entering my Classic Beauty Card in the following challenges:
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper - M, Anything Goes w/ Patterned Paper
Naughty or Nice Challenge - #40, M, Anything Goes
Just Us Girls - #396, Die Cuts
Creates and Makes Challenge - #12, M, Anything Goes, Option: Use Yellow


  1. Oh wow, I just didn't see the potential of this kit until now! What a stunning card, Jo x

  2. Fabulous card and it sounds like you had a fabulous time making it too!

  3. She's a beauty, and I'm delighted that she's decided to visit us over at Naughty or Nice! Jo x

  4. Oh, how fun! I used to love playing with paper dolls! Your card looks fabulous!!

  5. Your card is so pretty! I love the background! Thanks for sharing it with us at Naughty or Nice Challenge! Cyndi, DT

  6. Love this card! Those stamps are on my wish list, especially now I've seen your terrific use of them. Thanks for joining us at Naughty or Nice Challenges!

  7. Beautiful card. Thank you so much for playing with us A Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper!
    Hugs, Iwona


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