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My name is Eileen but to friends in the card making world I'm known as 'ikki'. (which is pronounced I-KEY) From where or how this came about I'm not sure - it just got shorten from my original craft name of Ikemo by various friends along my crafting way! I started crafting whilst recouperating from an accident, and from my first attempts with peeloffs and paint - I was hooked! Now my passion is my BUG! and now BEADING!

In the Cupboard you will find ideas, news, tips and techniques to help you get more from this fab little machine. So come in - join the fun and Cuttle with me!

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Favourite techniques of 2010 - Stamping, Masking and Distress Inks

At the start of a new year I look back at what I have been doing to see if I'm getting in a rut, and if so where can I go?!??!?to keep my crafting fresh.

At the beginning of 2010,  I found that by looking at a few challenge blogs for ideas, I would like to try my hand at stamping, masking and colouring with Distress Inks.

This was one of my first attempts in January (inspired by the talented Barbard Grey from Clarity Stamps)and I was well chuffed to received a prize!

With my prize.....

the result remains in my card box - at the time I couldn't decide what to do it - now I don't want to do anything with other than look!

Later in the year, after visiting the NEC and buying a set of stamps from Elusive Images, this is card appeared in the Cupboard....

I did do something with this one, I submitted it along with a few others to EI when they were looking for new members to their DT. 

I feel now that I have improved my technique using make-up sponges, cut'n'dry and a blending tools, that brayering would be the next move, but this seems a bit too difficult so I'm going  to try using brushes???? Now waiting for arrival of my parcel....watch this space to see if I can incorporate this technique  with cuttling!?!??!?!?


Andrea C said...

very cool x

Aquarius said...

Thanks for sharing these - I get better results using brushes (I got some cheapo shaving brushes from wilkinsons) - than I do with a brayer but I'm sure with practice the brayer can give excellent results. The finished results between the two ways are slightly different and all great fun to play anyway.

Jennie - The Crafty Wife said...

ikkie, as always you make such beautiful cards. You are such an inspiration.

Deborah Frings said...

What lovely cards. I think the butterfly card is stunning!

Scrapcat 1 said...

Love the card you won the prize with looking forward to seeing your new techniques with brushes!?!

Gill H said...

Gorgeous trees an have always loved the butterfly card, so many different techniques, put together well to form a beautiful card.

Just a thought, have you seen what Glenda did with a brayer and an embossing folder?

Cheryl W. said...

I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your patient explanations of all you do. You are one great teacher! Thank you for sharing your God-given gifts--we are all richer because of it.

Dori said...

I have serious problems with my brayer (it skips) so I only use it to crispen my folds. Here is a link to an artist who does wonderful things- and makes it look easy: http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/
Hope you find something to help here.

Unknown said...

I was fortunate enough to watch your skill and ability grow right before my eyes last year - i came here and you were a crafter that did a lot of clever stuff with die cutting - and started to dabble with distress ink. You are a natural and I wasn't surprised at all when you made the EI design team.

You easily master these techniques - and the card I received for Christmas from you was truly amazing.

Hope to have a catch -up email soon - but keep up the good work this year - you'll go from strength to strength, i'm sure of it.


Paula x x x