Monday 25 April 2011

Lessons Learned

Morning Peeps,

I've been wanting to play around with distress inks for sometime so I bought some small brushes and started to have a play and learnt some lessons along the way. One of the  main differences I found with using distress inks against copics is that its difficult to create the creases in the clothes like you can with copics.  However I do still love my copics.

This super Sassy Girl is called, "Rapunzel", and she started off being lilac and turquoise blue but I added some vintage photo to the edges of her tights forgetting that I was meant to go and work on another part of the image allowing the tights to dry first, so after adding the vintage photo they kind of blended and I ended up with green tights, lol. Good job I like lilac and green.

After completing her I decided to cut her out in an oval shape using my nesties and I placed some post it notes over the nestie and image to keep the nestie in place.  Don't know about you but I have had countless times of the nestie not cutting where I wanted it too on my bigshot and on the Grand Calibur.  Only I had a shim on it for embossing and I forgot to remove it, so my image ended up with the post it notes being embossed onto the image.  So in short these are my lessons learnt:-

1. Don't try out a new tecnique for a DT card when you don't have enough time to do another in case it goes wrong... Oops!
1. Wait for the area to dry before applying a new colour
2. Don't leave the shim in the bigshot

I followed the sketch over at The Sugar Bowl and here's how it ended up.

Don't look too closely, lol.  I need time to practice.

By the way the gorgeous laserchip flourish corner and butterfy are now available at Quixotic Paperie in the UK as well as Make It Crafty.  So all those gorgeous laserchips you have seen me use are right on your doorstep now. 


Image is "Rapunzel" available from Funky Kits HERE
Check paper is available from Nitwits Digital Downloads
Martha Stewart Punch
Flowers are from Bizzy Becs
Magnolia Doohickey Die
Laserchip Corner painted with acrylic paint from Make It Crafty and for you UK Girlies Quixotic Paperie are also now stocking the Make It Crafty Rubber Stamps and Lasercut Chipboard Embellishments
Cuttlebug Embossing Foler
Bazill Cardstock & Pearls from stash

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

The Sugar Bowl - Sketch
Card Cupids - Punches
CD Sunday - Butterfies and something from a CD (papers)
Paper Sundaes - Use at least 2 from: Sparkle, Pearls, Die Cuts and the Colour Yellow
Sparkles Forum - Anything Goes
Stamptacular - At least 5 layers
A Gem of a challenge - Pearls and/or swirls
2 Sisters - Photo inspiration (I took butterfly and the colour purple)
Our Craft Lounge - Punches
Sassy Studio Designs - Use Pastels
Simon Says - Embossing
Creative Craft - Embossing
Ladybug Crafts - Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Open

Can I ask a favour.  I have entered a card into the Magnolia-licious Highlights, no. 94 for category #1 Full Size image.  If you like my card could you vote for me.  You can email your vote to Suzanne Dean on

Thank you.  


Lizzy said...

Stunning card hun...fab colouring...gorgeous colours & ace layout

xx Lizzy xx :)

Hope you are keeping well ?

Chrissy said...

I think you did a fabulous job. I love her hair..lovely colourings.

Elaine said...

Tracy..can you see me sticking my tongue out at you??
Your colouring is fabulous so no more hear me? You're far too talented for my good!
It does go to show your talent that you can use different mediums, and your card is gorgeous.

Love Elaine xx

Unknown said...

O wow this is adorable, fantastic papers, love the pretty lilac and your colouring is fabulous xxx

Vicky said...

Hi sweetie loving your card colouring with distress inks I find therapeutic altho I do prefer my copics but its nice to be able to use dif mediums isn't it. I know what you mean about the creases hun I'm still practicing lol. You have done a fabulous job here tho & you've done this little sassy proud.

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

angelwhispers said...

Well Tracy I have practiced and I have never got a result like this!!!! lol xxx

It looks fabulous and I'm so jealous!! I have now moved on to Aqua Markers and I seem to do a lot better with these!!!

Love it and the ppers and detail are just fab!! Chanelle xxx

Julie said...

Genious Tracy,I love the post it note tip! Gonna use that one,thanks! Have a great day,Julie x

Lisa Jane said...

ooh what a pretty card .. i love all the lilac shades
Thanks for joining us at LCI this week
Lisa x

Kerry said...

Gorgeous card Tracy and great job with the distress inks. I bought a load to try and they've sat collecting dust ever since! I love lilac and green's so calming. Thanks for joining in the fun at LCI this week xx

Sassy Scrapper said...

Ahhh she is so gorgous and don't fret she was colored beautifully! I love my Copics and know that you can define everything easier but this is exactly what the Distress inks should look like. Well done
Hugs Bonnie

Christine said...

Lovley card Tracey, you haven't said which CD your papers are from though.
CD Sunday DT

Unknown said...

Hi Tracy, you really shouldn't be so hard on yourself, your card looks fab!! You did really well on teh colouring and I love the colours you used. Hugs, Frea

Debs said...

gorgeous chick..coloured beautifully :0)..hugs Debs x

Julye said...

Another fab card Tracy and you look accomplished to me thanks for sharing with us all here at creative craft challenges and good luck.

Crafty Lynz said...

Lovely card! I really like the purples used.

Thanks for joining us at SFC.

Hugs, Lynsey xx

Pami said...

Oh this is gorgeous Tracy, just love that image! And you have used some of my favourite colours, just lovely. Thank you for sharing with us at LCI this week, hope to see you again soon. Pami x

Debby said...

OMGoodness Tracy, Beautiful card. I love purple, and your image is so sweet. Love it all! Thanks for joining us at Creative Crafts Challenge. Hugs and Good Luck.

jackiescrafts said...

A great card I love the LO you have followed
Thanks for joining in at SFC this time

Jackie x

Anonymous said...

lovely card, loveeeeee the colours too! Thanks for playing along with us this week on the Top Tip Tuesday Challenge, hugs Samantha :0)

Bron said...

Your post had in me laughing. I think we have all tried to do something super for a DT card and ended up with what we consider a dud. in saying that though I think the colouring looks great (i was expecting a total diaster by what you were saying) and the layout of the card is very cute. Thanks for joining us at Stamptacular this week we hope to see you again soon. Hugs Bron :D

Janine - Ellabella said...

Delightful card, Tracy! Love the images and embellishments! Fantastic coloring!

Paula (PEP) said...

I love the way you turned your "mistake" into part of the design by picking the tights colour out with the spot embossed green panel & the scallops round the image - plus those scallops reinforde the scallops of the patterned paper & the scalloped lacey whit border. That corner die is brilliant too. Thanks for the lessons learned - it is so encouraging. I too love the idea of working with different mediums & it's clear here that colouring changes with the different mediums - this is lovely & soft. I had to laugh though - you have a brilliant sense of humour & brightened my morning.
Paula (PEP)

Paula (PEP)

Fiona said...

wow this is gorgeous and well done on the DI's...I don't think it would matter what you used , it would be fabby!! Thanks for joining us at paper Sundaes this week.


Christine said...

Gorgeous sweet creation great take on the "Pearls & Swirls
thanks for sharing with us at A Gem of a chall this time.

smiles Christine xx

coldwaters2 said...

This is absolutely beautiful Tracy I admire you trying out with the distress inks you have done a super job with them the design and colours are gorgeous. I found the same thing with the Nesties so I use the magnetic sheets to hold them in place it works beautifully and you don't need the shims.
Lorraine x

Pam said...

Gorgeous work!

Thanks for playing along with us in the OCL challenge this week!

Kiki said...

Oh wow, this is simply amazing! Love the soft purple colours. Your colouring is perfect and your take on the sketch is really fnatastic!

Thanks so much for playing with us in The Sugar Bowl.

Hugs, Kiki

Claire said...

gorgeous card, love the way your colours turned out. Thanks for joining us at CD Sunday
Claire xx

zoe.payne said...

I love lilac, really gorgeous card the image is really pretty. Colours are beautiful love the papers to, stunning xx

Anonymous said...

Fabulous! To keep my nesties in place I use 2 little bits of masking tape direct to the nestie and then to the scrap of whatever I'm cutting (hope that makes sense). That way if it won't come off it doesn't matter.
Jack xx

Shana said...

Ah Tracy it is so nice to know that other people have these little "oops" too! I think your card is gorgeous - you are too hard on yourself! Distress inks can be tricky which is why I favor my copics. Thank you for joining us at Paper Sundaes - we hope to see you again soon!