Monday, 15 August 2011


Hi lovely blogging friends. Wow - we have had sunshine here in West Yorkshire today (hope you have too), and my washing dried outside for a change - just have to do the ironing now!
Anyway, enough about the chores - Chrissy and Mandi, the Delightful Divas from LESS IS MORE have set a great challenge this week - to USE INK! (maybe in a way you haven't tried before).  Do pop over for all the details and some fabulous inspiration.
 I decided to do a bit of "splattering" with my inks - it's probably one of the oldest inking techniques in the world, and one I remember doing as a child at school, back in the Dark Ages, with an old toothbrush and some paint.  If you flicked the toothbrush in the wrong direction you came home with a lovely patterned dress.  OK peeps -  who else remembers doing this at school ??!!

I swirled a SU Brocade Blue ink pad onto an acrylic block, added a drop of water and then used a stiff bristle paintbrush, and a finger, (one of my own fingers of course)  to do the splattering - great fun!
Before starting to splatter (ooh I love that word) , I cut a curved mask from paper, placed it at the bottom of the card and lightly splattered the ink over the top section. To create the darker curve I placed the leftover piece of cut paper at the top of the card, leaving a gap between the two masks, then splattered more ink across the curved gap. (Sounds complicated, but it's not)!! 
The fairy stamp and tiny stars are from Lavinia, inked with SU Night of Navy.
Sentiment from HOTP, inked with both shades of blue.
Stickles Stardust on the wings, stars, and moon. (You probably have to click on the pic. a couple of times to see the glitter)!! 
I would also like to enter the following challenges:
Make My Monday - Fairies or Angels.
Challenge Up Your Life - No Patterned Paper.
Crafts and Me - Blues or Blue-Green.
Have a great week everyone, and a warm welcome to my newest Followers - Sheilagh, Marita, Harry, Sylvia, Valerie, Minasverden, Catherine and Caroline.  ~


Minasverden said...

I looove it:):)

JoZart said...

Beautiful card and so delicate,
joZarty x

RefRacBe said...

A great idea for using your inks in different way. Rachel.

Jacee said...

Ohh how gorgeous Sylvia, so clever, I love it!
Hugs Jacee

Andrea said...

A fabulous card - I love the splattering - and yes I do remember doing that at school.

Larissa said...

Gorgeous Sylvia! I love the splattered ink.

I hope all is well with you.


Gini said...

Oh a nice white card you've photographed there!
More fabulous design ideas from the card making Queen :-)
Your splattered wave is truly inspired Sylvia and very mystically romantic.
Splatter,Splatter, Splatter, Splatter, Splatter and one more for luck - Splatter :-)
Yes, I did it at school too, but I would imagine it was banned now, a child might lose an eye or something and the school could get sued :-0

motherduck said...

this is so pretty Sylvia,I love lavinia stamps take care love Dorothy

Suze Bain said...

This is so lovely Sylvia, your starry sky is fab. xx

Hazel (Didos) said...

WOW this is stunning what an amazing card, Love it, Hope all is well with you, Hazelxo

Beryl K said...

Love the splatter effect. Lovely card
Beryl x

Jenni's Jems said...

Beautiful card and yes i remember doing it too, in fact I still do! I work in a nursery but we tend to do it with bigger brushes bigger splatters and outside - much cleaner !:-)x

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Gorgeous card Sylvia! Love the technique and the beautiful result. I certainly remember doing just that with the ink, not sure if I was a school though LOL, hugs Gay xxx

joanne wardle said...

love how you used the masks with splattering. what a brilliant idea!

Sally H said...

Beautiful! that technique was practised by a little boy in Meg's class when she was five. I remember her coming home with blue paint in her hair, down her shirt, trousers and he even got her socks and shoes, lol!

Sarah said...

This is so pretty! It has a delicate look to it, I love the stamps you have used.

Sheilagh said...

Hi Sylvia, thank you for your warm welcome. Such a beautiful card and I just love Lavinia stamps I have had this one for a couple of years now and just don't use it enough, I'm off to look for it now lol....
Sheilagh :)

chris richards said...

Hi Sylvia, I'm totally star-struck.....such a clever idea and a beautiful card !!
love and hugs
chris richards

Kathleen said...

Such a beautiful card, lovely shades of blue, doesn't look that easy to me but I love it.

Kath x

Lisa Jane said...

oh what a great technique .. will have to have a go lol but i just know i will get it all over !
gorgeous little fairy .. love how she is sat on the curve
Lisa x

Cheryl said...

oh hun you have this lim down to a tea this is just brilliant hun,funny but I have been playing with paints,and things today too but not got it right you,everything,is stamped to perfection too hun hugs cherylxxxxx

Christine L said...

Ooooh thats a very effective technique Sylvia.... and funnily enough, yes I do remember coming hope with paint all over my school dress from doing the same!! LOL! Obviously we were budding crafters even at that young age??! Love how you'e masked it too to create the depth with the heavier spray.
Christine x
PS...... i also love the 'splatter' word!

Chrissie said...

This looks simply fabulous,you have done your spattering really evenly.. it looks fab!
Thanks so much for a terrific card.
Lady LIM
"Less is More"

Rachelxx said...

loving it! :-0

Suzi B said...

This is soo lovely... You "splattered" to perfection! Thank you for joing the Make My Monday Challenge.
Suzi B :)

Sheila said...

Sylvia this is just beautiful!!, I love that image it is just magical.
Sheila xx

DesignerDiva said...

How fab is this!! I love it Sylvia and yes I can remember splattering with a toothbrush lol.
You have used the perfect stamp and colour for this card its really gorgeous!

Hugs Laurie x

Mandi said...

Stunning card
id have gotten it everywhere but on the card lol

Thanks so much
Diva LIM
"Less is More"

Carla said...

that splashing is great, love to do that (in the gooddirection!)the stamp is perfect.

TAM said...

Simple technique and a bit of fun = stunning card.

Anne said...

That curved mask is inspired, what a beautiful card, lovely

Sasha said...

A beautiful card with gorgeous stamping and great inky effects!

Närrin said...

A wonderful card, i like the card very much. Great technic of the card.

Thanks for joining us at challenge up your life.


lisa said...

Hi Sylvia
Just a flying visit to say Hi and love love love your card as always. The splattering is great and works so beautifully with the fairy.
I'm just wondering how you got the sunshine yesterday when we got shower after shower. I'm so glad I washed on Sunday otherwise we'd have been going with wet clothes!!!!! Funny how a few miles can make so much difference.
Hope you are well and see you in a few weeks.
Love Lisax

Jacqueline said...

Simply stunning - thank you so much for joining in this week at the Make My Monday challenge - Jacqueline xx

Cazro said...

Your card is amazing, very clever. Thanks for sharing with us at Make My Monday. Caz

Katina said...

This is gorgeous! The neatest and prettiest splattering I've ever seen! x

debby4000 said...

Oh WOW this is stunning.

Rosemary said...

what a lovely card!!

Maja said...

Fabulous card, like in a farytail

Suzanne Brookfield said...

Gorgeous stamp work ...thank you for playing along with the Make My Monday challenge

*Alison* said...

This is just beautiful.. I LOVE it :) hugs

Aileen said...

Your splattering makes a great background for your starry night. x

CraftinGranny said...

LOL........had to laugh at this one. I was the one that always got more on me than on the paper and probably still would. It's a gorgeous card Sylvia and how clever to renew an old technique. Bet we see a lot more of this now...Thanks so much sweetie for stopping by my blog and all the wonderful and kind comments you always leave. I'm so blessed to have you in my life. Got so much to do don't think I'll ever get caught up but was wonderful having some time off. "Love & Hugs" Carol

Yvonne Garner said...

What a fab card! Thanks for sharing!

Riikka said...

Oh wow! That's so beautiful and enchanting!

Gail said...

Stunning card. You've reminded me about spattering - used to love doing that!

Jules said...

This is truly magical Sylvia.

Just the perfect amount of sparkle!!!

Love Jules xx

Kathyk said...

Smashing card - oh, how I love to spatter!


Francine said...

This is a so beautiful and delicate card dear Sylvia ! Your « splattering technique » is well used for a self made background. I remember, I do it too at school :-))))… and still now !

Thank you for playing with us at Challenge up your life!


Nannieflash said...

Oh Sylvia that is so pretty I love it, its like the milky way. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

Linby said...

What a beautiful scene you have created so dreamlike. Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog.

Maribel said...

Very beautiful. I love

Kerry said...

Oooo, you card is lovely.

fatmonica said...

It's a beautiful card!

Mrs.B said...

This is gorgeous Sylvia, love the curve of the darker line of 'splatter' with this image, makes her really float.

Fliss said...

Really gorgeous creation Sylvia. The splatters look fabulous and your fairy seems to be in a totally starlit sky.
Thanks so much for joining in at this weeks Make My Monday challenge and hope you join in again.
Hugs, Fliss xxx

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

This is really gorgeous and I love the spattereed ink. I really don't do 'inky' things, but I have a stamp that would look great using this effect, so thanks for explaining how you did it.
Caroline xxx