Sunday, 16 September 2012

Indigo Blu Stamps, Distress Markers and Inks, Plus a SplodgeAway Mat

Hi-ho crafters,  I've had a right messy time making this card for today's theme on the  SplodgeAway Blog which is 'Watercolour'. Great fun as well!
Using a SplodgeAway Mat  (more about this super bit of kit in a moment) I applied Scattered Straw, Tea Dye, Wild Honey and Frayed Burlap Distress Inks onto some very smooth white card stock.
Indigo Blu Butterfly.
The Splodge Away Mat helped me to distributed the colours evenly without any lines.... how does it work? Read on...
Normally I would press or swipe the Blending Tool into and across my distress ink pad .
This, on occasion, would result in uneven coverage where the ink was not evenly distributed onto the ink pads surface. Especially when the pad was ‘getting on a bit’!

With a Splodge Away Mat you apply the inks directly from the ink pad onto the mat itself, then use the blending tool to ‘buff’ the ink into a wide but evenly spread area on it’s special surface.
The materials used for the Mat stops any uneven ‘lump of colour and therefore as you go across your project with the Blending Tool it allows a quicker, easier, much smoother application of even colour. It has become one of my 'essential' tools. 
Tim Holtz Honeycomb Background Stamp
Back to today’s card.
After blending all the colours I sprinkled some water onto the distress inks surface to get a 'splattered ' look and then dried it with a heat gun.
The Indigo Blu Butterfly Stamp was coloured directly onto the stamp with various Distress Markers and lightly sprayed with water before stamping to give me the 'Watercolour' effect I needed.

A few dabs here and there with some white acrylic paint, utilising a small bottle top and a plastic credit card to make some lines and circles.You just sort of plonk 'em about a bit!
Mat and layer on to a White card blank, add a Rub on Sentiment .. Job done!

Thanks for looking today …. I'm hoping to get some SplodgeAway Masks soon … more inky fun … can't wait! 
Please see the post below this one for my PanPastel challenge Card.
Eileen x


  1. This is gorgeous and I just love your use of technical terms!! The splodgeaway mat is a great invention and I'm off to follow the link to the challenge blog.

  2. Your card is so beautiful, the butterflies are just awesome and I love the white 'plonked on' bits, I knew credit cards had to have another good use. Off to check out Pan Pastels blog.

  3. oh wow just love this,the colours and detail is just fantastic hugs Cherylxxxxx

  4. This is fantastic. Thanks for sharing your knowledge Eileen. Off to AP next Sat . . . so will be looking out for one of these mats.

    Sarn xxx

  5. Hi Eileen, great effect and like that butterfly! your previous post with the Autumn theme is also very lovely! have a nice Sunday, warm greet Miranda

  6. Stunning as usual Eileen xxx

  7. Beautiful card, loving the butterflies and everything else. Like your re-cycling Go>Green.

  8. Ooh, love this Eileen, the colours are stunning and I love the IB butterfly. Maybe this is how I should be using my credit card - it would be cheaper!!
    Love my Splodge mat - don't know what I did without it. It's money well spent I say, all crafters NEED one!
    Enjoy your Sunday xx

  9. Fantastic card Eileen, love everything about it!
    Helen x

  10. gorgeous Eileen - an absolute stunner Karen x

  11. Mein Güte, wie schön!
    Das sieht umwerfend aus, so herrliche Farben, so modern und klar.
    Ich bin begeistert.

  12. This is fab Eileen and I'm glad you use the same technical terms as me!!! huggles hunxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  13. fabulous! SUch an inspiring piece ! Fantastic!
    xxx from AUSTRIA


  14. Hey Eileen, I love that butterfly stamp! Love how the colours blended using the Splodge Away Mat. Great technique and a gorgeous card!!!

  15. Hi Eileen ! I love this ! The background is fabulous and so is the technique you used for stampoing the butterflies :) I must get my distress markers out and give it a try ! Have a great week, Shirleyxx

  16. Wow! Eileen this is just so stunning, love those beautiful butterflies and the colours are gorgeous
    Lindsay xx

    1. LOVE this Eileen, beautiful coulours. I'm looking forward to your class so I can learn from you.

  17. Love this card. The colors are so beautiful. Great.

  18. Really awesome, love that artistic design and the colorful butterflies are amazing!

  19. How did I miss this? I love it....xx

  20. fantastic colour mix, the whole effect is visually stunning.


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