Saturday, March 14, 2009

Stepping out of my comfort zone.

One of the things I love about being on a Design Team is that it makes you step out of your comfort zone every now and then. When my DT pack of goodies from Tomorrows Memories makes it's way onto my scrapping desk, I never know what new and exciting goodies I might have to play with.

This month, it was a pack choc-full of Twiddleybitz die cut elements....which I have admired on other peoples work, but never had much of a play with myself. So I thought I might see what different effects I could achieve by making some cards.

So first up, I tried inking them with my sepia inkpad and a sponge...

I like how you can add as little or as much ink as you like. I've actually joined two seperate Twiddleybitz pieces to make this shape (the join is under the flower) and dressed it up with some Kaisercraft pearls...noice! The paper is Basic Grey Bittersweet.

I loved this Easter Egg shape, but felt it needed some colour.

So I painted the shapes different colours of Making Memories paints. I then covered the colooured shapes with Kindyglitz, and the white circles with MM Glitter Glaze in green. The patterned paper is very glittery too, so this card is quite sparkle-icious!

Then I tried filling in the blank spaces with microbeads, after I'd inked the shape with black Staz-On.

I taught a class a few years ago based on this technique. This Twiddleybitz piece ended up resembling stained glass when I added an extra coat of Dimensional Magic on the top. The letter stickers are MM Glitter ones, so again, quite a sparkly card. The paper is Mumma Bushka Alenka by Kaisercraft.
I've been wanting to try out the new Tim Holtz Crackle Paint, so the Twiddleybitz got a thick coat of it for my last card!

The colour is called "dried marigold", and if you look closely, you can see the crackle. This paper is My Minds Eye Bloom and Grow Falling Leaves, with some scalloped edges cut with the Fiskars Threading Water punch.
I have a couple more Twiddleybitz pieces, so hopefully I will get a chance to make a LO with those soon. Tomorrows Memories have a HUGE range if you are looking to try out some of these techniques yourself.
Enjoy the rest of your Saturday
TTFN xxx


Melanie Baldry said...

Love your cards :)

Leisa from Scrapsidaisy said...

Wow these really are gorgeous - you have the perfect paper to match every embellishment - I lurve the Easter card the best I think...

texmorg said...

I think that you are addicted to micro beads. That one looks fantastic-really like stained glass and I'm with Leisa the Easter one is gorgeous.
I will have to go and play now with my Twiddleybitz and micro beads. You have inspired me yet again

BeckBT said...

Thanks for sharing Susan. The cards look really nice, and I can't wait to try out some of these techniques myself!!

Jenni said...

WOW! Those cards are fantastic!

Sonya Thair said...

And you said you couldn't use Twiddleybitz.

I just saw your cards on Saturday. Vicki has hung them in the window. They are great and like everyone else I love the easter one too.

May have to give you some more Twiddleybitz hey!