Sunday, 29 January 2017

Trying to be creative for Darnell's NBUS #9

Tonight is the closing of week two at Darnell's NBUS Challenge #9.

NBUS stands for "never before used schtuff". Darnel is also celebrating 1000 posts, over 1000 followers and has fabulous prizes on offer. You can still join in, as this is part of three weeks of celebrations over at Darnell's blog. Go to  djkardkreations blog to enter or just to check it all out!

My NBUS item on this card is the Inkadinkado Christmas Silhouette stamp. Although I have previously posted a card with this stamp, it was with a borrowed stamp. At one of the garage sales last summer, I managed to snap up this set of stamps, still in the package, for $2.00.  Oh my!

My other NBUS items are the Yupo paper, as well as the Citrus and Mermaid alcohol inks which I used to create my background.

This card is a bit of a twofer in the optional card category. I was trying to CASE Darnells Blog Header, and wanted to add a Bokeh look.  I cased that idea from  Jane at Jane's Journal Blog.
Here is a photo of her background.

 I decided to only ink over 3/4 of my yupo page, thereby leaving enough faded out inking with even a bit of the bare page for my Hidden Word.

I inked my Yupo and did not quite manage to get Darnells Blog Topper look as this is the first time I have ever used Alchohol inks on my own. I did make a card topper in a class a couple of years ago, but it was not on Yupo. It was a lot of fun and I now want to make more backgrounds to have on hand!

I made a stencil from some heavy weight card and die cut a swirl of different sized circles for the Bokeh. I stencilled the circles over the inky Yupo with Prima Ingvild Bolme Pastel Yellow Chalk Ink to create the bokeh look.

After that was dry, I stamped the Angel with Momento Black Ink and Sprayed the whole topper  with Imagine Crafts Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  I was horrified to find the black ink ran over the page. I tried to control it with the edge of a sheet of paper towel and then realized that the ink was just wiping off!

So...I used a Lysol wipe as it was the only thing I had on hand that was damp, and I wiped off the card...oh my! I did take off quite a bit of lovely colour I had created on the yupo... I was left with a sort of shadow of the angel...sort of a light grey. I then very carefully restamped the angel image with Versamark and used Stampendous Marcasite Opaque glitter to add some sparkle.  There is the teensiest hint of a shadow around the halo and the wings...oh well...

I could not get the black embossed powder to dry properly. I did not want to get too close to the Yupo as I had already managed to warp another piece of it earlier. I finally gave up and hairsprayed the whole topper, thereby sealing in the embossing powder...sort of like setting glitter!

I cut the Crafty Cuts NOEL die from the snippet of inky Yupo that was left over, and mounted it on pop dots for some depth to help it stand out from the page.

All in all, this card was a lot of fun to make. Defo a learning curve to the Yupo and now I want to watch some U-Tube tutorials on how to best create with this fun product.

PS  I just set my card up to photograph and I see that hairspray does not hold embossing powder! I managed to touch the snowflakes around the Angel's horn and the black powder came off on my fingers...leaving the greyish smudge where the old image used to be,,,Ugggh... I have stamped
a couple of wee snowflakes to try to cover it up somewhat, but will post this anyways...


  1. Isn't it frustrating when something goes wrong, and you try to put it right and that makes it go even wronger? But you did a great rescue job and your card is gorgeous!

  2. Thanks for casing my Bokeh's great fun isn't it. Your play with Yupo was very brave and your persistence paid off. I found Yupo makes gorgeous backgrounds but any direct stamping on it is a bit of a challenge, even with Stazon. Your card turned out beautifully...the slight ghosting is really atmospheric and wow what a gorgeous stamp you got in the sale. My Mum always says that we learn more from our mistakes than from our true. Enjoy the week ahead and have fun playing xxx

  3. I agree with Jane's comment - great save and well done on persevering too.


  4. Your card looks beautiful Maureen, you wouldn't have guessed that you had so many problems with the yupo paper. So with that in mind my homework will be to watch loads of you tube videos before 16th/17th.

    Sue xx

  5. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the stamp.
    Have a lovely day!
    Valerija xx

  6. I love all the cards that you have been making, well organised for xmas 2017 and they are not all under the Rudolph heading either!


  7. So sorry things don't always go as planned. I am sure it has happened to almost everyone. But I love your card you made regardless. It is so beautiful.

  8. Hi Maureen,
    oh my word this sounds like a bad hair day syndrome only crafty bad day.
    Isn't it so frustrating when one thing after another goes wrong.
    I think we can all relate to this.
    But you have covered your mistakes up beautifully and I would never have known had you not said.
    I think you are a great craft person if you can do that.
    Still I, like you, take it as a big learning curve.
    Love the wonderful card and your background you have created is such a super colour and it does look like Darnells blog.
    Beautiful stamp set too and such a great bargain.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  9. I love this card Mo! Great end result despite the trials along the way :)


    Di xx

  10. Your bokeh background is soft and beautiful!

  11. My goodness, Maureen, what a marathon! Your card is great, the silhouette looks so good against the gorgeous background! Well saved!

    love Mags B x

  12. I think your card is beautiful Maureen, such a pretty background. I wouldn't have noticed any of the things you mention if you hadn't told me about them!

  13. Not every card is made without some frustration and lots of little rescue operations. I know from personal experience:) nice save though. You pulled it off, covering up any flaws, it's just you who know they're there. I love this angel.

  14. Well done on rescuing your card Mo and it turned out looking lovely. What a lovely angel and I like the overall shimmer. Barbxx

  15. So glad you didn't give up when you encountered all these obstacles! If I wouldn't have read about them I would not have noticed any mistakes! It's a very pretty card!

  16. What a beautiful card Maureen! And what a great find at the yard sale, I so love this stamp set!!!! I love how your background came out and I love that you experimented with doing it. It's a shame that your embossing powder didn't melt well. Did you let the gun heat up before hand and then take it to the yupo paper. I don't own any of that paper...yet, so I don't know much about it. But a great rescue for the card! Hugs, Brenda

  17. I can see how much effort and time went into making this card and it's just beautiful with that lovely background! Have you tried Glossy Accents to seal glitter yet? It takes a while to dry, but the results are worth it to me :) Nice job on this one!

  18. I was just going to say thanks for the tip about the hairspray, teehee, I guess thanks for the tip Not to use it ;)
    You card really is pretty and I really like the soft colours in the background

  19. I have a similar Inkadinkado set that I really should finally open--have had it several years! Lovely background & such a beautiful angel image! Good for you continuing & making it work--lovely card, Maureen!

  20. Oh my - what a lovely card, and I enjoyed reading your adventures in creating. You've done an excellent stencil, and love your Bokeh idea. Great on scoring that fab stamp set at such a good price (Think I may have this one too!) Not sure how EP works on yupo, but you've done a great job with the inks. Brilliant idea to wipe off the excess color with the baby wipe, as it softened the colors just beautifully. Never thought to try the chalks on yupo. Thanks for all the ideas, and sharing this gorgeous card! Hugs (and spraying the EP was another super idea!)

  21. You had a lot of trials making this card, but it turned out beautifully Mo! Glad you stuck with it. The background is so soft and gorgeous. Perfect to show off the black angel silhouette. Great job! xx

  22. Beautiful. Love the clean and simple look. The background is very pretty.


  23. Gorgeous card - love the background you created for the wonderful stamp! What a bargain too! I am glad you blogged it after all the trouble you had making it! I love it! xxx

  24. Greta fun and games as crafting is so often, you will need heat or glue to se embossing powder. Mm wonder how I know.
    Greta image and well done indeedy!
    Hugs Shaz.x

  25. Yupo is something I would like to have a go with but haven't yet, and after all the frustration you ended up with a really pretty card Maureen. I think the finish is a bit like plastic so I suppose some things just don't stick to it well. x

  26. I have some yupo here but as yet haven't had the time to play with it. So much to try but so little hours in the day. Your resulting card is lovely and I do like that Christmas angel. Such a shame when people don't bother to link their work up properly thus missing out on potential wins as in the case above. Hugs Mrs A.

  27. I missed this one! Beautiful job on the bokeh background! This is a technique I've been meaning to try and still haven't done it yet! I haven't tried Yupo yet either! So many things to try, so little time!

  28. Oh, my, Maureen, what a time you had with this! But it is gorgeous! If you hadn't mentioned all the bad things that happened, no one would have known! Still, I'm sorry it gave you fits and I love that you started out trying to CASE my blog header. By the way, Loll is too self-deprecating to say, but she does unbelievable designs and great tutorials with the YUPO paper and inks - and inks on other media, too. If you go to her blog (Stamping with Loll) you will see a tab at the top for her videos! Thanks for playing again in #9!! Hugs, Darnell


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