Saturday, 29 August 2020


Hope you are not totally sick of my posting another Christmas card!!
With me getting back to work and having little to no time to stamp, I'm glad I had some time to get ahead of the game during the lockdown and get some cards made.  

I always have a hard time trying to give my cards a name.  I think I should have called this one the power of inking, DOX inks and adding water.  The results you can achieve with water lifting are truly amazing when using these inks on a simple piece of cardstock.  
I've been watching a lot of Vicki Boutin's FB lives and she's such an inspiration.  She loves playing with all the 'stuff' as she calls it.  I love that she's a Canadian too!  She's been doing lots of inking and blending so if that's something you like to do, go check out her videos.

So onto my card details.
  • I began with a piece of heavy white cardstock cut into a panel.  I like to cut them 3 3/4 x 5".
  • Using my Tim Holtz inking tool, I rubbed on Broken China, Speckled Egg, Blueprint Sketch and some Salty Ocean onto the panel, blending as I went along.
  • When I was happy with the inking and the whole piece was inked, I started to water mark.  I lifted some ink using water through the Tim Holtz Mosaic layering stencil, splattered with water and dried.  I also picked some colour up by spraying a script from the Faded Text stamps by TH and stamping it over the inky background. You can continue to layer and lift colour by drying each layer before adding more ink and water. 
  • When I was happy with the look, I placed the dry panel into my Misti and stamped the large snowflake down in the corner with some Versamark ink and then white heat embossed it.  *Be sure your panel is totally dry and rub with an anti-static bag before embossing or the powder will stick to anywhere wet and you won't get a crisp image.
  • While that cooled, I stamped the sentiment with some more Blueprint Sketch and clear heat embossed it.  
  • I splattered my panel with white paint using my Posca Pen.  I just tap it over my project with a heavy duty metal ruler to deposit the paint.  
  • I pop dotted the sentiment over the snowflake.
  • I mounted the piece onto a heavy white card base.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Stinkin Inkers- MONOCHROME
Christmas Card Throwdown- MAKING SHADOWS

Stamps- Greetings (Paper Smooches); Faded Text (TH); Warm Wishes Snowflake (Colorado Stamp)
Inks- DOX (TH); Versamark
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- white EB powder; heat tool; pop dots; inking tool (TH); Posca Pen; 
stencil (TH)


Claire (Mrs H) said...

A wonderful background
Claire Mrs H's Crafty Corner

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

This is another wonderful card Karen, so many wonderful techniques, you are inspirational to me. This is another I MAY! be able to case?
Keep safe
Faith x

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous layered and ink lifted background with your Distress Oxide inks, Karen. Stamping and heat embossing your large snowflake and adding your sentiment were the perfect additions. TFS your beautiful card and wonderful step by step description, my friend. Love and Hugs...BTW...NEVER tire of your creative Christmas cards:-) Love and Hugs...Nancy

Pat said...

That ink lifted background is extremelty pretty Karen in your favourite blue, and a colour I love to use too, and the white heat embossed large snowflake just partially in view is just perfect leaving the space towards the top to show off the water bleaching effect, and a lovely sentiment to finish. x

Mac Mable said...

Wow ....another stunner Karen x. The shades of blues and the blending, along with the stunning background look amazing x. Fabulous mix of stencilling, blending and stamping and that oversized snowflake sure has the Wow factor x.

Mac Mable said...

Meant to say...I would never tire of your Christmas cards Karen x.

cuilliesocks said...

Its a stunning card Karen, fabulous background, love the colours and that gorgeous big snowflake,Kate x x

Glennis F said...

A fabulous result as always Karen

Verna Angerhofer said...

Another gorgeous snowflake design.

Bonnie said...

Awesome, Karen! You find so many ways to get inky! Wonderful background for this gorgeous snowflake!

Ida said...

Beautiful card, the background is awesome.

Jeanne H said...

I think this card is particularly beautiful. Love how you use blue, my favorite color. Oh, and thanks for the tip.

Kathleen said...

A really lovely Christmas card, great colours and images. Thank you for joining our 'Circles challenge at Allsorts'.

Kath x

Christine Alexander said...

Gorgeous Karen, I never tire of seeing your cards :) Love the ink lifting and that beautiful snowflake.

Gery said...

Your card is beautiful, Karen! ❤️
Thank you for your tutorial and I will surely give it a try, if that’s okay with you.
Love Gery

Ellibelle said...

A stunning card with this pretty background! Thanks so much for sharing at Allsorts challenge!

My Paper Epiphany said...

Beautiful inky masterpiece!

Loll said...

Layering by lifting ink ... that's new to me. Amazing results, Karen. Love that soft and beautiful collage background. And your large snowflake is beautiful in the corner and off the edge. Will check out Vicki's videos. Thakns! xx

Rosmarie said...

Stunning! Love that big snowflake on the icy blue background! Thank you so much for playing along with us at 52CCT. Rosi x