Tag: Tsukineko Brilliance Dew Drop Ink Pads

Custom stamped horse birthday card

It has been a while since I posted a custom order, as I have been busy making designs for my new Etsy store and for an upcoming craft fair in Canterbury. This horse birthday card was a real pleasure to make, as it was for someone with a real passion for their horse.

Horse birthday card

I started with an A6 white card and added a patterned brown card from a DCWV mat stack. Then using a stamp from Anita’s I used a Tsukineko Brilliance Dew Drop ink pad to stamp the horse onto white card which I mounted using double-sided tape.

Next I added satin ribbon in a lovely forest green and matching emerald gems in the top right corner of the card. Finally I added a hand-written message (Happy Birthday) using a metallic glitter ink pen. I hope the recipient likes it!

Bringing joy with this Angel Christmas Card

As the festive period is well and truly under way, what better way to prepare than to continue making Christmas cards? This angel Christmas Card will be winging its way off to a colleague, who I hope will appreciate the modern twist of kraft and red, rather than red and gold.

Red and kraft angel Christmas card


I used a kraft card blank and added some great printed paper with Christmas sentiments included all over, and then topped with an angel die cut (using 3D foam), with a little gem peeping out from underneath. The sentiment is stamped in Tsukineko’s Brilliance ink pad in Rocket Red and I edged the card with ink before also adding this using 3D foam for extra dimension.

I will be entering this into the anything goes card challenge over at Lemon Shortbread.

Feeling festive with a snowman Christmas card

This card is inspired by the sketch over at the Tuesday Throwdown (below), and I am also entering this snowman Christmas card into the anything goes challenges over at Through the Craft Room Door and Addicted to Stamps and More.

Blue and red snowman with mittens Christmas Card

I started with a clear Jolly Santa snowman stamp from Docrafts, which I stamped using a graphite black brilliance dew drop ink pad. Then using a small water colour palette I painted the stamped image and then let this dry. I created two back panels using what I think is papers by DCWV and layered these with block colours of blue and red to match the pattern. In line with the sketch I secured the long panel with double sided tape and the square panel with the stamped image using foam tape.

Then underneath this I added the Noel red and white ribbon, which I bought in the last few week and love the design of! I was having a look for snowflake gems and couldn’t find any so used these blue gems which I think are flowers but as they are quite pointy they almost look like snowflakes.

The sentiment is from a clear set by Dovecraft which I stamped using another Brilliance ink pad, but this time in Rocket Red. I mounted this on the same red and blue card to match the rest of the panels. Finally I added a few little pearlescent white gems as snow behind the snowman.


Snow People Family Christmas Card

This card is inspired by the sketch over at Pals Paper Arts and the theme challenge over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown which is Snow People, so here we have a Snow People Family Christmas Card.

Snowmen Family Christmas Card

I started with a clear snowman stamp from Hobbycraft which I stamped three times with a brilliance dewdrop ink pad in graphite black. The stamp has a top hat in the design which I left on one of the snowmen and cut off the other two. I then hand drew a santa hat for one of the other snow people. I then water coloured the snowman, woman and boy – a little family!

I added white opal liquid pearls from Ranger to the santa hat, back glitter glue to the rim of the top hat and orange glitter glue on the carrot nose and black glitter glue on the coal on the snow boy in the middle of the group. I mounted all these on the snowflake paper which I believe I received free with a crafting magazine. Finally I added the sentiment with foam tape over the wide satin blue ribon.

ppa-318-sep15 sketch


Lilac Happy Birthday Cute Cat Card

This card is inspired by the #369 sketch challenge over at Tuesday Morning Sketches (sketch below).  This happy birthday cute cat card is on a 5 x 7 inch lilac card and I started with lovely pastel papers from American Crafts.

Cute Cat Happy Birthday Lilac Cat Card

The striped card makes up the bottom layer then I added the floral layer and an extra strip of the gingham lilac card which I had leftover from a DCWV mat stack. I added a slim silver ribbon and stamped on a die cut circle (from an Xcut nesting die set) before adding the bow making it look like a tag. Then I added the clear sticker on the lilac card which matches the card blank and added a scalloped circle die cut behind this – then I added them using foam tape to add dimension to the card. Finally I added three little pastel flower gems in the top left corner of the card to finish off the design.

tms-369 sketch

I am also entering this card into the Lemon Shortbread #24 Anything goes challenge.

As the focus of this post is a cute cat card I thought I might also add a cute photo of one of our cats – Pumpkin, who was enjoying the last of the summer sunshine today.

Pumpkin cat rolling in the garden in the sun  Pumpkin cat rolling in the sun in the garden


Technique challenge: watercolour Christmas card

Over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown there is a technique challenge this week: watercolouring. So here is my watercolour Christmas card…

Forever Friends Watercolour Christmas Card: diagonal stripes

I started with a Forever Friends Christmas stamp with a little bear decorating the Christmas tree – so cute! I stamped this in graphite black using a Brilliance Dew Drop Pigment Ink Pad. After waiting for this to dry I used watercolour pencils and a paintbrush and water to colour the image.

I had some really tiny star gems which I never thought I would use, but they were the perfect size for the stars on the tree. I added round gems from the same set to the corner on the card the image is stamped on and then mounted this on striped paper from a Me To You set.

Finally I stamped the sentiment using another brilliance dew drop ink pad in pearlescent ivy and added the same small round gems in the corners to match the rest of the card.

I will also be entering this card into the ‘anything goes’ challenge over at Through The Craft Room Door.

A handmade Christmas card – a real gift

With less than four months until Christmas I am now very happy to be completing more Christmas challenges and making more handmade Christmas cards, so that I will be prepared when the festive season comes. Although I normally get into the swing of festive cheer quite early in the year, we have a birthday and then a holiday in September this year, so I think when we get back the next big event will be Christmas!

Pink, green and red Christmas card featuring a gift and snowflakes

This card is inspired by the challenge over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown which this week is: gifts. I started with one of my favourite dies from Sweet Dixie – a gift box with elaborate bow details. I cut this using my Big Shot Plus in a pink card and a green card with gold glitter and then cut the ribbon section from the pink card and decoupaged this.

Then I stamped the sentiment with a Hobbycraft clear stamp (which I picked up for a bargain 85p!) using a brilliance dew drop ink pad in pearlescent ivy. The papers are from a set with no branding, but I really like the unusual colour combination on these. After adding the ribbon in pink I added a final gem to the centre of the bow in red.

I am also entering this card into the ‘holiday’ challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More.

Fairy tale castle princess birthday card

I have been dying to use this die! This was the one that when it arrived I just started cutting them out, even though I didn’t have a card planned for them, just because they are so beautiful! This Sweet Dixie die combined with the theme over at Simon Says Stamp of ‘make for the border’ was the inspiration for this fairy tale castle birthday card, which I think is fit for a princess.

Disney inspired Frozen themed fairy tale Castle birthday card

I started with a blue patterned paper which has white snowflakes on (which you can’t really see now I have layered it), and I used a brilliance dew drop ink pad to ink the points. Then I heat embossed the borders with silver embossing powder which gives an icy feel to the card.

Next I took a piece of white card and water colour washed a blue section using the Tsukineko brilliance dew drop ink pad in pearlescent sky blue. After this had dried I die cut the castle four times, once from the water coloured card, once from the same blue snowflake paper from the bottom paper layer, the same blue card from the card blank and a silver mirror card. I stacked these up decoupage style after cutting the layers down and using the silver version as a slight shadow. I then added three little gems on the flag poles, with a larger one in the middle. I almost forgot, as you can’t see it in the photo, but I added a silver section behind the doors which can be opened too!

Finally I stamped the happy birthday sentiment and heat embossed this with the same matching silver embossing powder. When I look at the final card I think a Disney Frozen fan would be very happy to receive this one, and I am wondering what other colours I could do to match other princesses – perhaps a purple or lilac one with sunbursts for Tangled? Watch this space!

I will also be entering this in these other ‘anything goes’ challenges this week: Lemon Shortbread, Through the Craft Room and Crafting by Designs,

Celebrating Team GB with red, white and blue

Today my card is inspired by the sketch over at Pals Paper Arts and the success of Team GB in Rio! Which also fits in the ‘summer fun’ challenge over at A Gem of a Challenge.

Red and blue yacht birthday card

I used the Planes, Trains and Automobiles papers by Far and Away and the yacht and anchor are die cuts from Sweet Dixie. I really like using red white and blue in nautical cards and this one has extra special meaning in celebration of Team GB, who did so well in the Olympics in Rio.

I stamped the sentiment using a Daisy & Dandelion clear stamp using a rocket red brilliance dew drop ink pad. Then finally I added little red gems in the top right corner.

Here is the sketch, as you can see I have a little less clear space than the sketch, as I picked a slightly smaller card than I should have used, where there would have been more space on either side of the central strip with a larger card – I only just had enough space for the gems!


Tea for two – personalised birthday card

I love creating personalised birthday cards – especially for people who struggle to find their name in products with names on, or for people who spell their name in a non-traditional way. I am quite lucky as Rebecca seems to still be quite popular, although I was surprised to see that my husband’s name: Simon, is no longer ‘standard’. In most of the name sections in our latest trip to Walt Disney World there was no ‘Simon’ in sight – which was really disappointing as he had his eye on a funky LEGO mug, but sadly no Simon available.

Anyway, onto my card. This one is for a very dear friend who has been wonderful this year when I have had a few health issues, and as you can probably guess from the theme of the card, she is an afternoon tea fan! The colours are inspired by the challenge over at Fab Friday, although I have toned down the blue and green to make the whole card a pastel delight.

I am also entering this into the ‘anything goes’ challenges over at the Tuesday Throwdown and Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge.

Eva's Cupcake Birthday Card - personalised


The patterned card is from a DCWV mat stack and has glitter on the little cakes and teapots. I layered this with another mat from the Sweet mat stack. Then I stamped the name and sentiment with a clear stamp using pearlescent purple and pearlescent orchid brilliance dew drop ink pads.

I stamped the cupcakes with an Anita’s wooden stamp in three different brilliance dew drop ink pads in pearlescent orchid, pearlescent lavender, and pearlescent sky blue. I then cut the toppings off each one and switched them around to create three different cupcakes. Next I layered these on a tag and added a purple satin ribbon.