Sunday, June 8, 2014

If I Knew Then What I Know Now

We learn so much through our crafting  Sometimes we jump and buy things and later ask why.  Sometimes we don't invest in things, and we later say, "Why didn't I?" 

Distress inks are one of those things for me.  I bought a few over the years and would try to stamp with them and the results were never good.  If I knew then that they were not meant for detailed stamping, I would not have bought the few I had.  But if I knew how FABULOUS they were for coloring white cardstock and distressing images, I would have stocked up on the entire collection.  And when I made today's card, it could not have proven my point more. 

Here is a card I created this morning using two challenges for inspiration.  Merry Monday inspired the colors, and My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club inspired the sketch. 

I used three distress inks to color my ornaments.  The blending of the color and the way the edges standout . . . well, let's just say that I'm not always mesmerized by things, but I just gazed at these ornaments.  The ornament dies and stamps are from the Christmas Ornaments Die-namics and Stamp Set made by My Favorite Things.  These started out white, and I embossed the top two using clear embossing powder.  The bottom ornament has one of the dies from the set on it which was embossed with some Iridescent Ice embossing powder. 

The ornament tops were covered with Versamark and then double embossed with silver embossing powder. 

Three words . . . THIS WAS FUN! 

I love to create when the creating is good. 

Supplies Used
Cardstock:  Bazzill and Neenah
Pattern Paper:  American Crafts Pow and Stampin' Up DSP
Stamps:  Christmas Ornaments from My Favorite Things
Dies:  Die-Namics Christmas Ornaments from My Favorite Things
Ink:  Ranger Distresss and Archival Inks; Versamark
Ribbon:  Close To My Heart
Other:  Stampin' Up Clear and Silver Embossing Powders; Eyelet Outlet Rhinestones


  1. Very pretty card Debbie. Love the colorful and pretty ornaments Yes, we did have the same idea about combing both challenges. Thanks for your sweet comment on my card.

  2. Wow - these ornaments look so real! Love this card :)

  3. gor-geous! You summed it up perfectly about the distress inks!

  4. EEEK! These ornaments are stunning! I love the silver tops. Thank you for joining us at Merry Monday!

  5. A double bonus. You had lots of fun and created a gorgeous Christmas card for your stash! Love these ornaments! Thanks for sharing them with us at Merry Monday!

  6. superbe déco, très jolie création, biz

  7. Oh yes, such a fun card!! Love it! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Merry Monday.

    Deanne :)

  8. I agree, point taken too for me!! I have some supplies for a long time that just now I have seen used other places and say, WHAT? I never knew!! Well -Well done you on the amazingly lovely distressed colored ornaments! Perfectly goes with the theme this week! Thanks for joining in the merriment at Merry Monday!

  9. Great card! The rich color in your ornaments is gorgeous :) Thanks for joining us this week at Merry Monday!