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April 9, 2012

Design Team: Denise O'Connor Week 1 Term 3

Denise O'Connor: Messy Masterpiece

We are back, and our Design Team is bringing their 'A' game! Today, Denise created an AMAZING card using, lots of ink, and even more creativity! See her how she created this wonderful card, that deserves to be framed!

Ummm…..Denise where is the die cut?

Hear me out! Yes, I did use my eCraft! Most of the time when we think of using our eCrafts, we think of die cuts. But, sometimes you just need to try something new and that is what I did here today. My eCraft played a big role in this card and it was SO much fun to do!! I know I will be doing more things like this! Get yourself comfy with your favorite beverage of choice because there are lots of pictures coming up!

I recently got the new Dylusions Spray Inks from Ranger and they are gorgeous! After watching Dyan Reaveley the designer behind this product on You Tube demonstrating these, I just had to give it a try. Dyan does art journals and they are amazing. I decided to start smaller and with something that I am familiar with…a card.

First, I cut an A2 card base from thick white cardstock and decided to try masking it so that I could have the front of the cardbase. I have to be honest here and say that I did not know if this would work because you have to add water to the project and since the inks are liquid, I didn’t know if the tape would lose it’s stickiness or not, but still worth trying.

Next, I added some blotches of the spray inks. I used the Lemon Zest, Cut Grass, and London Blue colors here. I then added some water along the way so that the inks would bleed and blotch. I dried it in between each layer. This really helps so that it doesn’t get too muddy.

As you can see, the tape is totally not sticking!!! Oh well! I seriously was having too much fun to care.
Next, I took a paintbrush dipped in water and splattered the water on top. Since these inks are water-based, they react with water and in fact kind of have a bleaching effect.

Seriously love this as is, but I was not done yet. This is where the eCraft comes into play!

See, that stencil??? Well, I created that from the Segments Box Cover file from Lettering Delights. I did some modifications to the file in Make the Cut so that I only cut what I wanted for my stencil. I used the Blue Stencil Film made by Grafix Arts and purchased at Hobby Lobby. This film is very slippery, so I taped it to my veggie mat stabilizer on all four sides before cutting and then cut it with a pressure of 4 1/2. Now that I have the stencil in place, time to spray more ink!

Now to see what we got….

So cool! But, I can’t stop there because there is a ton of ink on top of that stencil, so I did something that I had seen Dyan do…flip the stencil over and press that inky side onto the paper.

Can you see all the blotchy ink under the stencil? Oh, and you can see here that my heat gun got a little inky in the process, but no worries. I just sprayed a little water on it and it wiped clean.

All that is left is to do some collage type stamping in various colors on top. Most of these are Tim Holtz stamps, but the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink’s Think Big Favorites series. I used Archival Inks from Ranger for the stamping to make sure that the stamps didn’t run or bleed. Now to take off that tape….

Obviously the tape did not work, but no worries, I just trimmed it down to a 4”x5 1/4” cardfront. I added some Distress Black Soot ink on the edges and mounted it to a card base (with my new Xyron Mega Runner) made from Papertrey Ink Pure Poppy cardstock.

I cannot tell you how much fun it was to just get messy! The stencil that I created is wonderful and I am already thinking of other stencils that I want to cut on my eCraft. Have a great week everybody!

Denise O'Connor

WOW! Isn't this card just beautiful?! Are YOU into inking? After this project, we feel like running to the store for some inks! If you love Denise's tutorial, leave her a comment!


  1. Different. But very nice..Thanks for some wonderful ideas..

  2. Gorgeous card! Can't wait to make stencils with my eCraft now.

  3. What a very cool card! Its quite different from what I usually see from you and I like how you really branched out with this card...


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