Sunday, 24 July 2016

Scratch n Sniff and Dory

I have a couple of cards to share today both based on a brand new background die from Lil' Inker Designs that will be in store TOMORROW - this one really is hot off the press and it's gorgeous!  It's called Quilted Stitched Spirals.

Firstly I have a card inspired by Finding Dory as we can't wait to go and see it next week.  I guess my card is more inspired by Finding Nemo - as soon as I saw the turtles in Waffle Flower's Shellabrate stamp it made me think of the dude turtle in Finding Nemo when they're riding the EAC so I recreated the scene using the die to create the swirls of the current.

The addition of some embossed circles, the sentiment from the set and a tiny fish for Nemo's dad finish off the card.

For my second card I used the background just to add interest to my plain white background and the focus for this one is not related.  For this one I pulled out an old but fun technique with Newton's Nooks new Party Pops and created some scratch and sniff ice-pops!

This is a really easy technique when you know how and its a great one for kids cards as they will love the interactivity when they receive it.  All you need is clear embossing powder and some SUGAR FREE Jelly powder.  The sugar free is important - the sugary ones burn too quickly when you heat them and give a bitter burnt smell.  Just grab an empty pot and add your chosen jelly and clear embossing powder with a ratio of 50/50, pop on the lid and give it a good shake.  [The jelly settles so its important to shake before each application]

Stamp your base lolly (the solid image) and allow to dry.  Stamp your patterned lolly over the top in a different colour and then if you used die inks as I did (Hero Arts butter bar, royal red and orange soda) stamp over the top again with versamark before generously sprinkling over your jelly embossing mix.  Heat as normal but take care not to get too close.  Here's an in progress shot so you can see how it looks before its embossed.  The finish is more grainy than normal but that's the scratchy part.

I added them to the card with the treat sentiment - would be a great card for hiding a gift card inside.  I made a note on the inside telling the recipient to scratch and sniff.

  • We had restocks from Kuretake in store on Friday so if you're waiting for the clean color markers we have them back now in both sizes as well as the gold tambi paints.
  • We'll have the new release from Lil' Inker Designs live as soon as it goes live in the USA tomorrow.
  • We have some restocks from Hero Arts which will be in store tomorrow.  Our order for the new inks and stamps in the Color Layering Brochure is still not her sadly.  They were due to the distributor by early July but have still not arrived from Hero Arts who are notoriously bad at shipping outside of the USA.  The items in the new Winter catalogue are not due until the end of August (so likely to actually arrive in September!)
  • We have some restocks from MFT in transit which should be here by the end of the week.
  • You may have spied some new goodies from Altenew on a certain shopping channel this week - they get a bit of an exclusive period but they should be available for me to order next week ;-)  This means we will have them by the end of August as Altenew take around 2-4 weeks to process and ship orders generally.


  1. Wow what a great idea using the Jelly. I have been trying to think what to make for a blind persons card and think this would work a treat.

    Cant wait for the AlteNew stamps to arrive ... yippeeee


    1. That's a great idea Pen - a blind person would feel the rough texture too.

  2. Oh this is so amazing! You didn't disappoint on the starch embossing felt, so I feel I need to try this one out too.... hubby will wonder why I'm buying sugar free jelly!! xx

    1. Thanks Ruth. Works with spices too so fun for Christmas gingerbread men....

  3. What a great idea for for smelly cards! I shall have to look out for sugar free jelly crystals now.

  4. I never knew u could add sugar free jelly powder to a card. Love the idea now to use it lol. X


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