Thursday 10 August 2017

Down and Dirty!


Hi Lovely Peeps....

Well........  as you can see by my card, I've been getting 'down and dirty' with my Distress Inks!!  LOL!  I did some smooshing for the background of this little lady  - Oct 31 Nora - from the CC Designs August release..  I wasn't sure how it'd turn out as I've never really played like this with the darker colours.... but wow..... it worked and I was really pleased with the result.

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Smooshing (for those that haven't tried it yet) is fab - but you have to be prepared to get dirty fingers.  All you do is plop your DI inkpad upside down (to leave some colour) onto a craft mat or something that's not porous - spray a mini-mister onto the colour that the pad left - then upturn your card (preferably use a Bristol Smooth watercolour card) - and SMOOSH the two together!  I tended to use my heat gun to dry each layer before adding another colour.  You'll be amazed by the effects you can achieve using a few colours!  I used Black Soot, Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch, and Seedless Preserves - then I did some white acrylic paint splattering too, for the stars.  That made more mess really than the Distress Inks!  I finished off using a Sharpie White Poster Paint pen for the brighter stars.

Card Info:
Die - Mama Elephant Confetti (for stars in glitter card)
Distress Inks for background - Black Soot, Wilted Violet, 
Blueprint Sketch, Seedless Preserves
Colouring - Copics (with the odd Promarker too)
Hair - C5/7/9
Skin - E000/00/11/71, R20
Dress - Promarkers Amethyst and Aubergine, V15/17/25
Moon Y11/21, YR23
Pumpkin - YR04/14/18/24, Y21/35
Spider - C3/7
Leaf - E31/34
Stem - YG63/65
Glitter Card for stars
Jewels from Lucy's Cards

Hope you like my make - I'm not the best at Halloween creations - so I really was thrilled at how this turned out!

Big Hugs


  1. Christine, you should be thrilled how this turned out! I love that background. I am so glad you explained in your post how you did it...I want to try this so bad now! Adorable card. I loved your card you posted yesterday too! Such talent!

  2. What a darling card! From the girl to the background, you really did a fabulous job of color choice, technique and textures.

  3. Your background is just AMAZING! I have never gone that dark before except for a galaxy look but great Idea for Halloween. Your whole card is gorgeous! <3

  4. Well I have to say that I thought I had gone to the wrong blog. Well done you for trying this method and you have made a great job of it. Super cute image too.

    Kath x

  5. le fond de carte est fabuleux, carte très réussie et très belle!

  6. Fabulous background and the little girlie is adorable. Love it. xx


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