Rainbow Childhood Memories.

Hello again.

This week I decided to update some much loved black and white toppers. The good things about the Victorian Silhouette toppers from Craftwork Cards is that you can ink them up and then buff them up to renew the artwork.

I started off quite gently with the Tim Holtz Distress oxides but then realised that the bolder the better. The best way to describe these inks is that they blend like cream. They are so forgiving that you can build up and blend until you end up with the result you like. For these cards I used two matching colours to blend in together.

Anyway that’s enough eulogising about the oxides. Here are the cards!

I inked the toppers and cut them down with a circle die which I then mounted onto a slightly larger black circle.

I already had a set of 5 x 5 cards with the circle aperture so I then fixed the topper to the inside of the card not forgetting to centre it through the aperture.

I then wanted to match in the topper so I used the same technique again with a matching oxide ink.

The sentiment topper was then overlapped over the front circle and stuck down with glue.

To finish the cards I framed the aperture with Nuvo drops.

I am so pleased with how these cards turned out that I’m going to try it again on some other toppers and cards. Until next time.

Much love x Elisabeth x

Variations on a theme

Hello again.

I want to share some new cards with you which are simple to achieve and very effective too.

Here’s how I created them using:

Craftwork Cards embossed cardstock

Tag style cutting die

Tim Holtz distressed inks for tinting backgrounds

Momento inks/Tim Holtz Oxide Inks for tags

Sharpies to colour gems


Glue and Candi sticky pads

Firstly take the distress pad of your chosen colour and gently tint the embossed cardstock until you have the desired effect.

Next cut this piece down to size to fit the width of a 6″x6″ card. Add your ribbon as a band around the back and then use a second piece to create the bow at the front.

Now to die cut your sentiment. I used a die from The Works but any tag style die will be fine.

You can colour the tag with various inks. I found out that the memento inks and the Tim Holtz oxides worked very well. Add them directly from the pad onto your tag. Then using kitchen rollĀ  buff the card up and reveal the gold embossed lettering.

To create depth use your fingers to curve the tag around to give a bowed effect. Adhere using foam pads. I used CWC Candi pads.

Onto the paper flowers – use the same embossed card that you inked up earlier. You need various shades of the same colour as you used before and a little white cardstock.

Die cut two or three flowers. Don’t be too heavy handed with rolling it through your die cutting machine as you will flatten all of the embossed detail. You may also choose to punch out or die cut smaller flowers for the centre too.


To add a bit of sparkle I selected some small gems for the flowers and a larger one for the bow. As I couldn’t find the right shade I used a pale gem and coloured it with a sharpie. It is a very effective way of matching up your colours

Shape and build up your flower selection and add them to the corner of your card and sit back and admire your handiwork.

If like me you want to try this style again then try out different colours and inks.







Much love x Elisabeth x