Friday, February 7, 2014

Lanterns and Distress

Since I'm still recovering, I've been playing around with inks, paints, and my stamps rather than coloring my usual open line images.

SCACD's newest rubber release features a great set called SCACD Montage Set #1which contains sixteen (16) stamps that are all fabulous. If you prefer, these images are available in smaller sets.

I chose to use the Eastern Lantern set which contains five different lanterns that can be used separately or in combination.

Here's my card!

Two of the five lanterns from the Eastern Lantern set were stamped onto a sheet of 6" x 8" 140 lb. Multi-Media cardstock using VersaMark ink, then heat set with White Fine Detail embossing powder. Evergreen Bough, Chipped Sapphire, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, and Picked Raspberry Distress inks in vertical stripes, then spritzed with an Inkssentials Mini-Mister. I lifted the sheet to let the inks run a bit. A baby wipe was then used to wipe away the inks from the white embossed lanterns and the piece was die-cut with a Nestabilities die.

Here's a close up of the remaining piece so you could see the two different lanterns I used and the total color effect!

Small colored Memento ink pads were used to apply ink directly onto the largest lantern stamp from the Eastern Lantern set. This process took awhile, so I huffed onto the stamp to re-activate the ink, then stamped onto a piece of Neenah cardstock. I used my Copic markers to go over the some of the lines, color the flower, inside of the lantern, and add a warm glow outside the lantern. I used a VersaMarker to coat the flower, then heat embossed with Clear Detail embossing powder, which would act as a resist. This piece was die-cut using a Nestabilities die, then kept in the die while Squeezed Lemonade and Chipped Sapphire Distress inks were sponged over the background.

The large-lantern piece was popped out of the die, then adhered over the white-embossed Distress inked piece. Some White Inkssentials Gel pen accents were added to the lantern, then some Clear Gelly Glaze pen was added too to add dimension and shine.

The card was finished with a string of black rhinestones.

Thanks for visiting today!


  1. Kathi, your art is exquisite on this piece using Susana's lovely lantern set. The lantern looks like it is really glowing.

  2. Very cool! Love the embossing and inking on the bg! And that lantern image does look like it is lit up! Love the chain of bling, too! ^:)
    Hugs, Penny

  3. I love this colour combination Kathi xx