Monday, October 13, 2008

My First Distressed Ink Coloring and a Card for Laughs!





I so love all the cards that I see on blogs that are colored with Ranger Distressed Inks. I finally decided this was something I needed to try myself. I slapped my hand twice when it reached for my Copics last night while starting this Hanglar image. I don't have all the Ranger Distressed Inks, but pulled out what I had dug for my water brush and took a deep breath. I see that this does take a lot of practice, but for my first try I am ok with how it turned out. I really see that I need to work on less ink. Mine turned out a little darker, I was really going for a lighter look. After I finished I remembered a bunch of bottles of distressing ink from Fiber Scraps that I purchased at a Scrap booking Conference, 18 colors I think. Different brand but I am sure it would work the same right? I may try that with the Rangers, as my 6 colors of Rangers were not enough choice for me. Then again I may just get some more Rangers too ;0)
For my layout I used this weeks Sketch Saturday Challenge. Loved the sketch, and thought it would work well with my image I had colored. I used a yellow and sage green Core'dinations card stock for my card, with a pattern paper from Fancy Pants. I sanded both of the card stocks to match the distressed pattern. My image is cut with my Nestibilities petite ovals. I love the wide ribbon as the band behind the oval. And then in my squares I used jewelry spacers with yellow mini brads. The sentiment is from Stampin Up and is punched out with a Fiskar's squeeze punch, love that it is the perfect size for these round stamps.
I do have a second card today. I made this one a few days ago. I found some stamps from Rubbernecker stamps that I had never used. I ordered them months ago... honestly I can't even remember when. Feeling guilty that they had never seen ink, I decided to have some fun with them. One thing you have to realize, all the pieces are separate stamps. So you can do a lot of different things with them. And I love the the sentiment! LOL! "Behind every successful woman is a basket of dirty laundry". So true... don't you think. And today I have more than one basket full! Everything is colored with my Copics and cut out. I wanted to create a room feel so I found a scrap of pattern paper that looked like wall paper, then I used a piece of light brown kraft paper stamped with a wood background stamp, then rubbed with a couple different colors of brown ink. I attached all the pieces.
Oh and let me tell you with out my Fiskars fingertip craft knife I would have never been able to cut out the iron, spray bottle, soap box and softener bottle! I wanted the washing machine window to look like glass so I cut a circle out of a transparency and attached over it. Shame you can't see that in the photographs.
I hope this card gives you a giggle as it did me!
Well it is cloudy and drizzling here today, we need some real rain not this yucky stuff. Oh well will cool things off a bit and we do have a chance of rain later in the week. Guess I had better go and sort my dirty laundry and get it done -
Thanks so much for taking the time to visit me, I really do appreciate each visit! Hope you have a great Monday-
HUGs and -

34 comments:

Shary said...

Lol the laundry card made me giggle. That could be my house, just change one of the cats to a dog and you've got it. How do 4 children and a husband make soooo much washing??? It's a great card Michelle and it must have taken you ages to cut everything out.
Love the Hanglar image too. I tried the distress inks for colouring too the other day but think I'll stick to my promarkers.Yours looks very good though.

Paula's ponderings said...

Lovely colouring with your inks...its good to have a go at something different isnt it and I just love to death your laundry card...something REALLY different! Made me laugh..cos its so tru and I think Im down to 3 full laundry baskets!! (NOT all dirty clothes I hasten to add...theres a lot of ironing in them thar baskets!)

Suzanne said...

Oh just like you I love the distressed ink look in fact I love the distressed look full stop I just can't acheive it!!! Beautiful card and your H&S girl looks gorgeous great job.The laundry one is so funny and must have taken ages I love it. Sue :o)

Marilyn said...

Love the laundry scene! My cats would have the laundry out of the basket and all over the floor! Also love the Hanglar card, and think you did a marvelous job with the distress inks - so much better than I would ever do! I look forward to your card posts every day, and also to your Saturday donkey pics - they are absolute precious!!

CraftyC said...

You've done a fab job with the distress inks, I do love both of your cards!
Clairex

ink'n'rubba said...

that laundry card with the saying made me smile! now I can manage to get the clothes washed, but it's what happens next .. .. such a cute Hanglar girl and you did ok with those inks. I tried about 12 months ago, got a mixture of pads and reinkers but was never happy with my results, maybe I need more practice and better quality water-paper. hugs, annie x

LINANNA DESIGNS said...

Wow Michelle, both cards are stunning, i adore the laundry card it reminds me of my basket, its never empty!! i will have to look for those stamps! Hugs Linda x

kaz_za's crafty corner said...

hi michelle
you have done a great job of your 1st distress card.... and i love the sketch... i have just made a card for this sketch last night but havent had a chance to put it on my blog yet....
love your washing card it reminds me of my house.... washing everywhere.... especially on friday night when kids want pocket money on saturday...lol
kaz_za

Donalda's Blog said...

Oh Michelle you done a beautiful job with the distress inks. I still can't get it down lol But you have done beautifully. And your second card is so cute. Just love it dear and the saying is just awesome. Gorgeous cards dear

Korin said...

HA! Try about 20 baskets of dirty laundry, a sink full of dishes and a house that hasn't been cleaned in weeks. Oh wait...that's my life ;). LOL!

Great cards!! What a workout for that second one! It had to be so fun to create :). Thanks for the smile this morning. I needed it!

catt871 said...

tee hee!! LOVE the laundry card too!! Your H&S card is gorgeous!!! I think you did an amazing job colouring - as always!!! We could give you dirt to colour with and you'd make a stunning card!!! LOL Did you use the distress inks like watercolours then, with your aqua painter?

Danni said...

More great cards! Love the laundry one, so many details!! You rock!

dawnmarieg said...

Love the Hanglar girl, the colours are lovely, and I love the laundry cats, they made me laugh. Beautiful as always Michelle.x

Ila said...

These are both Amazing and the coloring is Gorgeous!! the laundry card is a total hoot!..lol and reminds me of my "little Buddy" that waits to see if I drop a sock whenever I take the clothes out of the dryer..and runs like crazy...lol..Hugs, Ila

Rach said...

lol, love the laundry scene michelle, looks like a lot of work went into that card...well done sweetie,
love the colouring on the hangler card that you did with the copics...brilliant job.xx

Frances said...

wow, love, love, love your laundry card Michelle - made me smile! Must have taken you ages to cut out and put together! Your watercolouring on the hanglar girl is great for your 1st attempt - I find good watercolour paper makes a difference. look foward to seeing more. xx

Judy's Crafty Moments said...

I love your Sketch Saturday card with hAnglar girl. She is coloured beautifully. I've coloured a few images with distress inks and really like the effect. I still need practice too. You need to get the right paper...don't know if I've found it yet!
Judy x

Kristine B. said...

=) SOoo funny! I'm sure it's true though. GREAT CARDS! I really love the first one as well. Your coloring is again-soo beautiful!

Deb said...

The first card is so beautiful and the second card is way too funny and cute!! I love them both!!

TA Carbone said...

Love them both. If you want a tutorial on how to color with distress inks on Glossy paper go to my blog as I put it back on. It was a very successfull class all the times I taught it.

Toniann
aka TA
http://carbonescorner.blogspot.com

Heidi said...

OMG Michelle-you are so clever. If this is the first tim you use distress you are a natural talent!!! Belive me. I have tryed so many times with those colors and I cant get it right.
And your cards are so beautiful.
And Michelle I really LOVE the stamps on the card with the cats on. Where have you got them from? Can you please tell me I really want some!!!!!!!!!

Have a great monday my friend and sorry for my BAD english

Big hugs from
Heidi

Teresa said...

Love the cards....Great Job

Dawn said...

wow you have done an amazing job cutting out all those fiddly bits - I must admit the Fiskars finger knife IS brilliant!
Gorgeous cards the washing machine was is just so humerous! LOve it!

Dawn

Bunny-Zoe's Blog said...

The laundry card is fabulous Michelle, such fun images. Your colouring with the distress inks is beautiful, you are one talented lady, Hugs, Nikki x

bumblebee creations said...

love the card!! What a hoot! (and so true) TFS!!

Happy Crafter said...

Love both cards they are fab, great job :)
Val xxx

Mel said...

Stunning colouring for your first go and the Fab cards :)

NanaBeth said...

The laundry one is priceless!

Cynde said...

Michelle Your Hanglar girl colored with you inks is wonderful, can't believe it is your first time painting with the inks. It doesn't show....honestly it is Great!
Your Laundry card must have taken hours to cut, color, and place on there just right. The card is Priceless!! I had the best laugh Looking at all of it.
Thanks again for your lovely work and great inspiration!
Cynde

Swaantje said...

Fantastic cards! *wow*

Love it!

Heidi said...

Your hanglar girl is so sweet and I think you did an awesome job on it Michelle. Your other card- OMG is that my house? Did you come to Michigan and take that photo? I can not believe all the work you put into that card- it is so sweet. Now you should frame it!

Heather said...

Great coloring!! Love the laundry card.

COCO said...

whouahhhhhh !!!!! is very very splendide !!!!! fabulous card !!!!
it's very great work !!!!
love your colours and stamps !!!!
thank you for participation !!!

Helena said...

WONderful colouring. I've never tried using the distress inks. And yes, the cats made me laugh! Great sentiment too :)