Fancy-Pants Handwriting

A few weeks ago I became obsessed with the brush-lettering effect of calligraphy for use in my various projects. So, I tried it myself:

One of the things I’m most excited to be using this technique for is writing out my favorite quotes. Here, I practiced some that were on my mind (left). Then, I designed my very first quote page (top right), though actually I ended up liking the practice version more. Finally, I lettered some envelopes for cards I gave out this week, and was quite pleased by the results (bottom right).

I want to play more with using watercolor paints and actual brushes to letter, but it’s more of a challenge–I’ll have to practice a lot.

Hope you enjoyed this post, and happy crafting!

Rainbows & Ombrés

This week saw me playing around with some nifty ink blending techniques, emboss-resist, and making my own embossed embellishments:

For the teal card, I used a technique that I had attempted a month or so ago, but I used an embossing ink that was terrible and ended up tossing all of my attempts. Thankfully, I switched over to Versamark, and I so wish I had started with that, it is so much better.

For the colors, I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink minis, which I am growing to love passionately.  They blend beautifully, and combined with heat-embossed images, they look amazing. I’ll definitely be doing more with those in the future.

That’s it for now, folks. Happy crafting!