Sunday, 8 April 2012

Back after a long break!

It's taken me ages to get back on here. I intended to post some Christmas card photos, but I was even more disorganised than usual last Christmas, and barely got my cards finished and posted before New Year!

Since the NEC Hobbycraft show a few weeks ago, I've been obsessed with using brushes (ink dusters) to make inky backgrounds - it's much easier than battling with my brayer :-)  Here are a few of the cards I've been making over the last few days:

I am entering this one in the Less Is More 'Three Shades of Green' challenge.

I masked the area to ink and stamp, and clear embossed a couple of the images before using the ink dusters and stamping the image in different colours.

The ink dusters are also great for making backgrounds for my Lavinia stamps:

I'm entering this card in the By The Cute and Girly 'Once upon a time.....'  challenge, and the 

Flutter By Wednesday challenge.


Kathyk said...

All absolutely beautiful. Your LIM card is splendid

Happy Easter


Brigitte said...

OMG, your cards are gorgeous!!! I love how you did the background on all of them, Bravo!!! Thanks for joining us this month at BTC&G and we hope to see you again next challenge. Hugs, Brigitte

GinaA said...

Love your backgrounds and the LIM entry is fab, just love green!!!

Claudias Karteria said...

Wow, this cards are amazing! Just great effect, just perfect.
Hugs Claudia

Magic Flying Boots said...

Thank you so much for all your lovely comments!

Brigitte, I used ink dusters (they look like shaving brushes) to ink the backgrounds. I have really struggled using brayers and cut&dry foam, and find these brushes much easier to build up colour. I got mine from Inkylicious. If you haven't used them before, I really recommend them - they are MAGIC!

Ohneilly said...

Love your cards, they are all fab!
I bought some of those ink dusters at the SEC in March and can't get the hang of them- What ink are you using? I think that's my problem.
Well done for mastering the technique and producing lovely cards,
CLaire x

Magic Flying Boots said...

Hi, Claire! Thanks so much for your lovely comment :)

I've used Adirondack inks, and Stampin' Up inks. They seem to work fine for me.

What's going wrong for you when you use them? I work from the edges, moving the brush in circles. If I'm using a particularly wet ink I brush on a bit of scrap paper first.

Oh, I'm using matt card from Papermill - it went wrong when i tried to use glossy card :(

Hope that helps, and good luck!


sarah's little snippets said...

A gorgeous selection on cards Jen, the backgrounds are very effective :) Sarah x

Chrissie said...

I just love this kind of technique too and all of your cards are beautiful... your LIM card is stunning!
Thank you so much
"Less is More"

Sally H said...

All stunning! Gorgeous stamping and dusting (if only the other sort of dusting were this much fun!)

perfectly4med said...

Beautiful cards - you really have got the knack of the dusters :)
Particularly like the LIM card :)

Scrapmate said...

Beautiful cards. These dusters are on my wish list for ally pally next weekend.

Suze Bain said...

Just popped over from LIM, your cards are gorgeous! xx

Sue said...

Beautiful cards Luv Sue x

Darnell J Knauss said...

I'm so inspired by your birthday card series - all just beautiful!! Winner!

Mandi said...

Sensational card Jen
Great to see you blogging again

Thank you very much
"Less is More"

Susan said...

Beautiful cards!!! I love all of them...and I'm thinking that I really NEED some "dusters" I haven't seen any, but I'll be looking for them~

Helen in the UK said...

Your cards are absolutely wonderful. I have some ink dusters on order and I hope I can create something approaching this good after some practice :)

Geraldine said...

Stunning cards and your midnight fairy card is so magical and perfect for this months BTC&G "Once Upon a Time" challenge.
thank you for entering.