Monday, 25 April 2011

Lessons Learned

Morning Peeps,

I know on my very first post  here I mentioned that I like to do different styles, and I'm sure by now you will agree with me.  Well today's card is another style.  I've been wanting to play around with distress inks for sometime so I bought some small brushes and started to have a play and learnt some lessons along the way. One of the  main differences I found with using distress inks against copics is that its difficult to create the creases in the clothes like you can with copics.  However I do still love both mediums.

This super Sassy Girl is called, "Rapunzel", and she started off being lilac and turquoise blue but I added some vintage photo to the edges of her tights forgetting that I was meant to go and work on another part of the image allowing the tights to dry first, so after adding the vintage photo they kind of blended and I ended up with green tights, lol. Good job I like lilac and green.

After completing her I decided to cut her out in an oval shape using my nesties and I placed some post it notes over the nestie and image to keep the nestie in place.  Don't know about you but I have had countless times of the nestie not cutting where I wanted it too on my bigshot and on the Grand Calibur.  Only I had a shim on it for embossing and I forgot to remove it, so my image ended up with the post it notes being embossed onto the image.  So in short these are my lessons learnt:-

1. Don't try out a new tecnique for a DT card when you don't have enough time to do another in case it goes wrong... Oops!
1. Wait for the area to dry before applying a new colour
2. Don't leave the shim in the bigshot

I followed the sketch over at The Sugar Bowl and here's how it ended up.

Don't look too closely, lol.


Image is "Rapunzel" available from Funky Kits HERE
Check paper is available from Nitwits
Martha Stewart Punch
Flowers are from Bizzy Becs
Magnolia Doohickey Die
Laserchip Corner and Butterfly painted with acrylic paint available from Make It Crafty
Cuttlebug Embossing Foler
Bazill Cardstock & Pearls from stash


  1. Beautiful card sweetie! I so love the look of distress ink coloring but I never in a million years have the patience to wait for drying :(

  2. Lovely card Tracy. The purple and green works beautifully.
    I use low tack tape in my calibur if I want something spot on.

  3. Thanks for the lessons learned Tracy, she still looks beautiful hun!! I'm going to try distress inks one day...just need a few more in my collection. I think the color combo is perfect!

  4. Lovely card Tracey. I like the green and lilac combo. I always say there are no mistakes in cardmaking, only learning opportunities lol.

  5. oh, tracy, i love it! i think it's beautiful and perfect in every way. every card i make whether a new technique or old is a learning opportunity! i'm so glad you shared with us. the purple & green is lovely together. :D

  6. Love the purple and green together so it was the perfect mistake for me;)

  7. So gorgeous card Tracy,I love the image and your papers.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  8. I love the way you turned your "mistake" into part of the design by picking the tights colour out with the spot embossed green panel & the scallops round the image - plus those scallops reinforde the scallops of the patterned paper & the scalloped lacey whit border. That corner die is brilliant too. Thanks for the lessons learned.
    Paula (PEP)

  9. Fab card and I just adore the image. Not played with her yet as busy doing some charity cards but hoping to play very soon, Sheila:)X I have some Sassies on my blog so do come along to visit soon:)