Before and After

I made a birthday card a few weeks ago, which I didn’t end up using, so I thought I would use it as a guinea pig.

Here is the before shot…

Before 1

And here is the after…

After 1Inks: Black StazOn Ink, Shabby Shutters Distress Ink
Cardstock:  White and Black
Stamps: Darkroom Door Full Blossom Collection
Other: Double sided tape, dimensionals, Distress Markers, Sponging block, Aqua pen

Before 16

When I initially made the card, I stamped the flower onto white cardstock, and then sponged over the card with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink, using a sponging block.  I have had these blocks for a couple of years, but just haven’t used them before.  They certainly give a different effect to the sponging.

After 5

For my birthday, I received the full set of Tim Holtz Distress Markers, so I wanted to experiment with them.  The centre was coloured with Mustard Seed, and the petals with Aged Mahogany.  But, as usual, I rushed in like a bull in a china shop, and didn’t think.  Of course I KNOW that I should have just coloured at the bottom of the petals, but I didn’t.  The first petal, I coloured entirely, and it was too dark, so after that I just did a line of colour on each petal.  I had hoped that using the aqua pen on the petals would soften the colouring…it did to a point, but not as much as I had hoped.  But that is what experimenting is all about 🙂

Bye for now,



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