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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Playing with Graph'Its

Good morning folks, how's your week going so far? It feels like it should be Friday to me but its only Tuesday! To brighten up our day there's an amazing discount code for digistamps over at Digi Choosday so hop on over and get the code so you can treat yourself to some of the gorgeous digis over at Polkadoodles!!  I've been having loads of fun with my Graph'It Markers recently. Nikky Hall has been encouraging us DT girlies to experiment with lots of different background techniques and today's project is one of the successes from my mad scientist sessions playing with my markers lol.

I'd coloured up the image (Oddella Fairy from the fab IckyInk art girls at Polkadoodles) with my GIs and was trying to decide how to create a background for her when it occurred to me that alcohol markers are actually filled with alcohol ink dohhhhhh! I don't know why I'd never realised that you can use them for lots of techniques that you can use with alcohol inks in the little dropper bottles. Anyway I set to and had a play with my markers, scribbling them onto my glass cutting mat and lightly misting with Mix'It Fluid before swooshing some glossy cardstock through the inky mess. It create a fab background,one tip I found was to use darker colours that you want for your background - I used some of the dark greens and oranges for this but it came out a lot lighter.

Next I stamped some foliage along the bottom with a rubber stamp and Memento Bamboo Leaves. I took a leaf stencil and applied Maimeri Glassy Gel Medium and left it to dry. Glassy gel is one of my favourite mediums, it gives a clear raised image from the stencil. I coloured the leaves with my Graph'Its and then misted with a little Mix'It Fluid to soften and blend the colours.

I used some matte gel medium to adhere my background to an MDF shape, trimmed to size and edged with gold gilding wax. I cut Oddella out and attached her with some more matte medium, and gave her some extra sparkle with a Graph'It Gold GlitterShake pen.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks: Sparkle and shine
Classy Cards'n'stuff: feeling fallish
Crafting Musketeers: Autumn colours
Get Creative: Fantasy
Our Creative Corner: shades of Autumn
Simon Says Stamp: No designer papers
Use your Stuff: markers/inks
Mixed Media World Challenge: anything goes with Autumn colours

Thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx


  1. Wow! Love those colours, and the amazing glossy translucence of the Maimeri leaves - wonderful! Fantastic colouring on the image too.
    Alison xx

  2. A very cute and pretty card. Thank you for joining us for the Classy Cards N Such challenge. Come back and join us again soon.

  3. This is phenomenal! I absolutely love it! Thanks for joining us at Use Your Stuff and hope to see you again!
    Tammy DT

  4. Beautiful and such wonderful colouring too! Thanks for joining us at MMW and good luck ;)
    Donna DT xx

  5. A beautiful it!! Thank you for joining us at Classy Cards 'n Such for our "Feeling Fall-ish" challenge!
    Diane CCNS DT

  6. this is SO fun!!! thank you for playing a long with ys at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

  7. What an interesting background, so full of texture and color. Thanks for joining us for our weekly challenge at Classy Cards 'n Such. I hope you will join us again, soon.

  8. Stunning make Claire, the leaves look amazing and you've coloured Oddella in beautifully. Thank you for sharing this with us at a Gem of a Challenge,
    Katrina (GDT) x

  9. This is gorgeous, beautiful autumn colours.
    Thank you for joining us at A Gem of a Challenge.

  10. Oh wow! What a beautifully coloured image and gorgeous autumn colours! Thanks for playing along at Mixed Media World xx


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