Tuesday 27 August 2013

Distress Inks... hmmm.... very distressing....

Hi Ladies...  

Today's theme over at Anything Goes is 'In The Garden' ... (with  butterflies).... and I had the perfect Tilda to use which was a gift from a special blogging friend on my birthday.. (thank you hon)... and then I decided as I was 'home alone' this weekend and had lots of time, I would try the Distress Ink colouring that I've been determined to have a go at for over a year!  In fact the materials have been waiting.... and waiting....  and waiting...

Sooooooo I gathered up all the info sheets that I'd collected, the very kind bloggers' emails.... the YouTube tutorials..  took a deep breath....  and tipped my paintbrush in the water!!  It took an hour on Friday afternoon to complete her face.... but I have to admit - I was relatively pleased with that...  then I went onto her hands and knees..... hmmmmm..... her knees look a little suntanned and different colours to each other!

Most of Saturday saw me colouring her dress and hair (definitely not got THAT right), and in fact everything else on the image.  I THEN realised that she's actually sitting down - but had nothing to rest her bottom on.... so I had to create a wall for her to sit on!   Regarding the colouring... I think that I should learn for next time that less is more...  and to try to make the colour I use blend further.  But even though it's not wonderful... (which I would have LIKED it to turn out to be... ), I really enjoyed the painting... and I WILL master it.... I will!

I've got to say a very big thank you to my blogging pal Elaine who has had endless patience giving me colouring advice, and also to a new blogging friend - Debbie Dolphin - who replied quickly to my 'HELP ME' email and was a great source of info and guidance.  No doubt I'll be bothering you both again with more questions until I get the hang of it!

Card Recipe:
  • Image - Tilda - Princess of the Valley
  • Papers - Kaisercraft Magnolia Grove - from Sammy T's at Embsay
  • Colouring Medium - Distress Inks (yessss!)
  • Dies - Nestie Rectangle, Whimsey Stamps Tabs 1, Grass - Joy Vintage Flourishes 6002/0137
  • Sentiment - Whimsey Stamps Vintage Birthday Tabs 1
  • Seam Binding, Button, Glitter and Stickles (on grass) from stash

Why don't you join us out 'in the garden' this time at Anything Goes...  the sun is shining (well it is at the moment....) and it's nice outside!!  Looking forward to seeing your fabulous entries...

A very big welcome to my newest followers...  I hope you like what you see and I'd love you to leave a comment if you do...  your words really mean a lot to me.. they make my day happier!

Big hugs
Christine xx


  1. Well I think it's wonderful. The card is superb and there's nothing wrong with your colouring :o)
    Jackie xx

  2. Christine your card is so beautiful. Your patience has paid off in the end. I hope to see more of your painting with DI's..Well done
    Debbie xxx ♥

  3. Stunning sweetie as always, gorgeous colours too hugs Pops x x x

  4. Christine, well done!
    You wouldn't know it was a first attempt. The card is lovely.
    I've got the distress pens, but not enough time to learn at the moment,
    Chris x

  5. There is absolutely nothing wrong with your colouring - this is a gorgeous card with a fabulous colour combo. Hugs, Claire x

  6. I agree too with the above Christine, nothing wrong with your colouring ! I think like a lot of us you are just too critical of yourself lol.Fabulous card and colouring :) Viv xx

  7. Oh Christine, she is so sweet, I just wanna cuddle her!

  8. Oh Christine, she is so sweet, I just wanna cuddle her!

  9. You are your own worst critic Christine! Your colouring is lovely and Tilda looks just perfect in those pretty soft colours :-)
    I love the DI look but I'm still trying to get to grips with my Copics so maybe won't try it just yet!
    Big hugs, Kat xx

  10. Awww Christine at least you HAD a go I still havnt tried it..to much of a coward & far to settled with my prismas..lol If this was mine I would be dancing round the craft room..(if I could dance..)rofl..stop beating your self up this sweet Tilda is gorgeous lovely work.

    smiles Christine the other one x

  11. so gorgeous christine.really sweet image and your colouring is beautiful :D

    xx coops xx

  12. Such a pretty card Christine! I always love the shimmery accents you add and those sweet little butterflies look fabulous! Thanks for the encouragement to use those Distress markers ~ mine are sitting in a box waiting to be loved!

  13. Beautiful I love the magnolia image too :)

  14. Well Christine, it looks really good to me, very delicate. Lovely card, pretty papers too.

    Kath x

  15. Looks great to me Christine - far, far better than any of my attempts with the blimmin' things! What paper did you colour on? I've hated everything I've tried... saying that it's a long time since I tried, as it just wasn't working for me.

    Super sweet image and a very pretty card hun :o) Hugs, Lisa x

  16. Love your gorgeous card.

  17. Well I think you are wayyyyy too hard on yourself Christine - you have coloured this little sweetie beautifully.
    And ultimately the main thing being that you enjoyed it :o)
    Debs xx


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