Sunday, 23 April 2017


Good morning! 
Here to share with you a make for the craft barn using distress oxide inks.

The basic plan:

I started with a bit of good ol’ ink smooshing…

Followed by some yummy texture paste… (I know you’ve seen the stencil before but I do rather love it!)

Stamping some feathers in Distress Oxide ink on tissue paper while the texture paste dries…

It’s funny how techniques come and go. 
I was about to painstakingly cut around 
these and try to give them a soft feathery 
look, when I remembered
something I used to do with mulberry paper a lot…

A quick wizz around the shapes with a wet paintbrush and 30 seconds later…

Presto! Muchos time saved 😃

Back to the canvas....
and it is time to really start having fun. 
Plenty more ink added (mostly vintage photo, walnut stain and peeled paint) I also used a wet baby wipe to take back some of the ink in places to create more variation.

Adding water is what really makes the 
oxides come alive… 
suddenly they spread revealing a whole host 
of the colours they are made up of.

Starting to get really involved now… 
I add some brushos. 

Initially on top of the wet canvas, 
then after it had dried I add more 
before splattering with more water.

Now completely carried away, 
out comes the white gelly roll pen
 (another staple favourite) 
for a bit of doodling.

No shortcuts this time 
I stamp and cut around two birds 
from the Bo Bunny set. 

Distress Oxides make a lovely paint too- 
I just smooshed a bit on my non-stick mat
and picked them up with a wet paintbrush.

Remember the feathers? –
 time to add them back in. 

I tried using pva but being a 
water based glue it made the
ink run. 

For take-two I used pritt stick
and it was fine. 

Also added in at this point are
branches adapted from the 
wildflowers die set and coated

in more Oxide ink.

‘Lifted’ with a handwritten sentiment on 
scraps of card with fossilized amber Oxide ink 
blended on and broken china 
splattered over the top.

And just when I thought I had finished 
I suddenly found myself with the 
white gelly roll pen in hand again 
and thus a border was added!"

Monday, 17 April 2017

Seaside cubbeys

"For this project I started by making 
myself a base board. 

I smeared distress oxide ink over my 
non stick mat and spritzed with water 
before pressing my card down in to it. 

I repeated several times until the layers 
of colour were well developed. 

I then stencilled and blended more inks 
on top until I was happy. 

I stamped the ‘seaside memories’ stamp twice
on to the base card using embossing ink and
embossed in white.

I also did an impression using faded jeans distress oxide ink.

I painted onto the blue stamped image
using Fresco Nougat and White Fire

Setting those aside for later, 

I coated the cubbeys in gesso,
 then painted using fresco paints. 

I assembled the cubbeys after I
painted them, but I think it may have been
better the other way around
(something to test out another day!)

Now for the really fun part… 
I chopped up my base board in various ways
 and started playing around with the different 
possible layouts. 
I threw a bit of vellum and a die cut of bubbles 
in to the mix for good measure too!

For these I used 3D foam mount pads 
to create lots of layers at different depths.

Once I was roughly happy with the arrangements 
I put all the cubbeys together. 
I also added texture sand paste to the 
base of them and left to dry.

With the paste dry, I smooshed a bit of 
fossilized amber distress ink on to my 
mat and used a wet paintbrush to pick 
up the colour. 
I painted it on to the sand paste giving 
the look of sand. 

Finally I added a few beads and tiny shells 
from my stash to finish it all off.
Here is the final finished assembly"

Materials list;
Crafty individuals stencil
(spiced marmalade, fossilized amber, 
faded jeans, broken china, iced spruce)
Fresco paints (Antarctic, Nougat, Turquoise, White fire)

Thanks for stopping by today
Lou x


Mew for spring

Hi all,

I've been playing with lawn fawn's 'miaow you doin?' set this week. It is one of my newest additions and I love it already!
This card was destined for my pals birthday....

Quite a straightforward make using a Marianne designs circle suite to cut the window, promarkers to colour and versa mark ink pads.

I'd like to enter it in to the following challenges;
Simon Wednesday- spring mood board
Stamping sensations- anything goes

Sunday, 2 April 2017


Hi there,
I'm sharing a little card I made with lavinia stamps for the craft barn. There is a full step by step on the craft barn blog but for now here is the finished card.

I'd like to enter this card in to the following challenges;