Distress Oxide Ink Cards

Hello everyone,

Hope you are all having a lovely long bank holiday weekend… and if you’re working I totally sympathise (it’s rubbish isn’t it?)

Anyway, as you may or may not know (and if not, do follow Heather Mitchell Design on Facebook for my daily ramblings!) I popped to Ally Pally last weekend for the usual ‘oohing’ and ‘arrring’ at all the lovely products.  I had only one goal, to get all 12 of the new gorgeous Distress Oxide ink pads from Tim Holtz and Ranger.  Having seen others playing with them, I was getting ink pad envy and managed to buy them all and a few stamps off the lovely gentleman at PaperArtsy (who gave me a cheeky deal after a little encouragement!)

So yesterday, I spent the day playing and experimenting and seeing where it took me. Over breakfast I watched a YouTube tutorial from Jennifer McGuire (having already watched several Tim Holtz videos!) just to see what the inks are capable of and off I went!   I made four cards in total and still have a couple of backgrounds left over to use.  So here is a (not very) quick outline and not overly comprehensive as it goes as I got carried away with the creating process and forgot where I was up to… ha!

Card One:

The great thing about these ink pads is that you don’t have to be accomplished to make interesting backgrounds and nothing can go wrong!  Unlike the original distress ink pads, the colours could merge and tend to go muddy but with these they don’t so you are able to layer up colour on colour  and it still look vibrant and fresh.

For this card, I have layered up stripes of ink using a blending tool and spritzed water over the top while drying.  The more water you add the more oxidation will take place, leaving little distress marks (you can see this best on the bottom right image)

The oxidation process is addictive to watch.  You can, if you’ve added too much water, dab the cardstock with a paper towel or a damp baby wipe to remove some of the ink (and this can give great results).

Having trimmed the inked cardstock, I splattered it with gold ink just to add more texture to the background.  I then layered one of the new First Edition ‘Craft a Card’ dies over the top and finished with a few adhesive gems. (I’ve left the middle blank so I can add a sentiment later).

Card Two and Three:

Now I’ll fully admit I did intend to take photographs throughout this whole process but I do tend to get a tad carried away so apologies… this card is one of those times!

To make this fabulous and amazing random background, it is soooo easy!  Basically, smooch your chosen colours onto a glass cutting mat or a silicon craft mat and spritz with water.  You will see the colours change instantly and ‘pop’ out at you.  All you do then is gently wipe the cardstock over the inks.  You will need to dry (and spritz with water to start the oxidation process) for ever layer you are adding but it is just brilliant to watch the inks layer over each other, light over dark… incredible results.

You can see here the process working and it stands out beautifully on the black card.

The finished look made me think of how Earth looks from space and so cut the sheet into 2 to create these:

I’ve then used Wow! Embossing Powders on Kanban stamps (top card) and Docraft stamps (bottom card) adding Tim Holtz ‘Big Chat’ stickers for the sentiments and finishing with a few placed adhesive gems.

Card Four:

Now this card is a little grungy but I love the matt, chalky finish and the contrasting colours on the stamped images.  I used the same technique as above but I made two different backgrounds, each with a different colour schemes.  On the kraft card (background) I used Broken China, Faded Jeans and Wilted Violet over laid with Peeled Paint and Iced Spruce and on the watercolour card (used for stamped images) Fired Brick, Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade and Fossilised Amber.  I then stencilled over the watercolour background in Peeled Paint and Broken China using Tim Holtz ‘Ray’ stencil.

Here’s the kraft card background… sorry… in my excitement I forgot to photograph the water colour one!

I love the speckled effect and the lighter colours over the darker

And the finished card:

I’ve die-cut areas out and then overlaid it onto matt copper card as this works really well together. The PaperArtsy stamps have been stamped using Archival ink ‘watering Can’ and I’ve gone over the outline using a white gel pen just to add more interest.  Looks fab albeit grungy!

So there you have it.  If ink is your thing, these are a absolute must have.  They are a game changer and I can’t wait for the other colours to follow!

Enjoy what is left of the weekend everyone xx



A bit more Kori Kumi Part II by Craft Consortium

Hello, hello everyone…

As promised , here’s more of the Santoro London Kori Kumi projects I made for Craft Consortium using the new collection of papers and embellishments.  It always make me chuckle at how fickle I am when making things.  As soon as I finish one thing, that’s my new favourite and then when I finish something else, that is my new favourite! Haha!  Well this latest make is def my newest favourite and is hanging in my craft room squeezed in-between pics of the kids and other makes.

The base of this wreath comes from Docrafts and is made from polystyrene so it’s easy to adhere things too

The wreath didn’t take too long to make really.  It’s simple in it’s design and once it’s covered you get to the fun part of adding the images and embellishments.

The umbrella die is one of Katie Skilton’s new design’s made by Sizzix and are all amazing!


The ‘Hello Spring’ letters are adhered to acetate but once hanging, the acetate cannot be seen and it looks like the letters are floating!


The tags, lilac cloud, llittle pot and sign are cut from the packaging of the 12×12″ paper pad. In true Santoro style, the packaging is fabulous!!


This card was made using the Kori Kumi decoupage kit and the paper hat boat is just one of the many images available in the pack.   I’ve used the washi tape as edging and then added the resin flowers and leaves under a painted wooden sign that I’ve hand-written.

I’ve used the enamel dots as rain drops on this card and the colours are just gorgeous!


The final make for now is bright and beautiful!

Again, I’ve used the tags from the packaging as a main feature on the project


With a simple background, I’ve merely layered up elements from the paper pad to create this cute little card fit for any happy occasion. The florals are just gorgeous and so easy to fussy-cut and used them so much  I’ve run out of them now!

With so much available in the new Kori Kumi collection, making projects is so easy… just have a look some of the collection… how gorgeous is it?!!

You can buy all the lovely Kori Kumi products and the rest of the Craft Consortium products from their shop on Amazon.

Enjoy the rest of your day everyone!


Kori Kumi Part II by Craft Consortium

Hello everyone,

I’m a little bit excited to share with you some projects I made for the gorgeous new Kori Kumi collection by Santoro London and Craft Consortium.  The second part of the range is just amazing… the colours are bright and beautiful and perfect for Spring/Summer makes and the illustrations adorable!

The collection, aside from the paper pad, is full of fabulous embellishments… twine wooden shaped, buttons, stamps, resin flowers and leaves, enamel dots, sequins, washi tape (gorgeous watermelon washi tape!!!) the most amazing flock powder (it really is brilliant!!) and the cutest water melon resin shapes that I have really fallen for.

So… here’s the first make:

The clouds have crackle glaze painted over them so they have feint subtle lines over them

I had a distinct urge to sew round the torn papers to create a rough sea look and to add to this, I sprinkled heat emboss powder on the edges to give extra texture.  I like the mix of delicate colours with the intense navy of the background and the fact the little figure looks serene while the sea looks choppy.

My next make is an MDF tag which I loved decorating:

I really enjoy making tags as you can layer up elements and create a cute decoration

I started by trimming thick corrugated cardboard to the tag which I had painted in a sage green/blue acrylic and then sprayed distress inks over to add texture.  Using a section of the papers, I added rips and holes so you could see the corrugated cardboard peeping through before adding coloured texture paste with Tim Holtz’s ‘Rays’ stencil.

(Excuse the dodgy photo – suddenly though it would be good to snap it pre-embellishments at about 2am!)

The figures were trimmed from the papers and the hearts embossed using the folders from the first half of the Kori Kumi collection… so much in this range with these new releases it’s so easy to find embellishments to add!

My last make is this ‘Bon Voyage’ card using a mixture of the two parts of the collection:

This thoughtful traveller is perfect for leaving cards

After layering the papers, I’ve added strips of the washi tape from the collection, a doily heart and strips of twine before adding the flowers (made using the dies from the first half of the collection) and the centres are sparkly sequins just to add a hint of pzazz!

So that’s the first half of my makes… I’ll share the others in a few days!  Oh and a huge congratulations to the guys at Craft Consortium who recently won ‘Most Innovative Product Range 2017’ with this gorgeous new collection!  I knew it was going to be a winner… these colours are addictive!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend folks, hope it stays sunny 🙂

Heather x

‘Tell the Bees’ by Craft Consortium Part 2

Morning folks,

I’m back to share my remaining makes in the ‘Tell the Bees‘ collection by Craft Consortium today.

Mixed media is really bang on trend right now and I am loving experimenting with the different mediums as it really suits my textured and layered look.  With this in mind, I bought some little canvas from Tiger a few weeks ago for only £1 each!  Utter bargain!


The canvas is just 15x15cm and is a perfect size for mini mixed media makes

I didn’t want to put too much onto he canvas as I wanted you to be able to see the decoupaged ‘Queen Bee’ paper that I’ve layered for the background.  I’ve then stencilled a honeycomb image and, once thoroughly dry, inked the image using Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads in Tea Dye and Dried Marigold and given it a light spritz of gold ink from Artiste.


Stencilling with modelling paste is definitely my new favourite thing at the moment as I love the raised image it leaves behind which you can then ink and experiment with

The stamps in the collection are so detailed and I love the bee hive stamp.  Here I’ve stamped it onto watercolour card using an Archival Ink Pad in Watering Can and painted it using various Distress Ink Pads.


Once dried, I’ve trimmed the image out, inked the edges and secured it to the canvas

The sentiment uses the kraft card tile letters from Hobbycraft and is then double backed.  Before placing onto the canvas, I’ve wound some natural fibre and secured in place with some tape (which I’ve hidden!)  Caution!!  Be careful when using natural fibre… I managed to not only cut myself but get about an inch of it stuck under my skin (like a splinter) which I had to pull out with (craft) tweezers!  Ouch!


The paper and resin flowers have been painted, inked and spritzed to create this gorgeous honey coloured finish

To finish, I’ve splattered some white gesso across the sentiment to stop it looking too clean and shiny and added bees which I made in the same way as I showed you in Part 1.

My last ‘Tell the Bees’ make  is this shaker card which I’ve matt onto a kraft card blank.  The background paper has had some hexagons added using gold spritz ink before having the layers added.


I fully admit to getting over excited with the sequins and over filling the shaker element… although it looks like runny honey in a jar to me so I’m happy with it!


Close-up of the background and the bees with their sparkly wings


I just love the honey coloured-water coloured splotched paper in the pad


The gorgeous bee hive stamps once again, layered over ribbon and gold washi tape

Before I disappear, I just wanted to show you a couple pics of my makes at the trade show in Frankfurt back in January.  It’s really lovely to see them being used in this way, although I will admit I find it a struggle sometimes to send off makes that I really love!


Everyone’s makes were just beautiful


The cards have obviously been looked at quite a lot as they are all wonky on the stand!


A fabulous sneaky peak of the papers!

I’ll soon be able to share some other photos from Creativeworld using the new Santoro ‘Kori Kumi’ collection which has some just gorgeous elements in it…  but as the range hasn’t launched yet, I’m keeping a lid on those makes just for now 🙂

You can find the ‘Tell the Bees’ collection in the Craft Consortium store on Amazon from Mid-March!

Oh!  before I nip off, if anyone is interested in a little interview/bio/write-up thingie I did for Craft Consortium, you can find it on their blog now! Hope you enjoy!

Right… I’d better get these pupsters out before it rains.  Have a good week everyone 🙂




‘Tell the Bees’ by Craft Consortium Part 1

Morning all,

I have been itching to share Craft Consortium’s new gorgeous paper pad, Tell the Bees, with you all and today I can!  Yay!  The pad, illustrated by the incredibly talented Katy Hackney of Hackney & Co, is just beautiful and the double-sided papers are a paper crafters dream.  It’s available from mid-March and I have a feeling it could be very popular as bee’s are very ‘on trend’ right now.

I’m going to share two makes today and the first one is this Bee Happy card:


You can just see a sneak peek of the papers and elements from the paper pack in the background

Alongside the paper pad, there is an amazing set of stamps which has 4 different bee images as well as a set of bee hives and a hexagonal ‘honey comb’ section. These stamps allow you to build up images (as you’ll see I’ve done in the next make) and add elements to make your projects unique. There is also a fabulously textured ribbon pack, having 3 different illustrated designs and a lace effect and some rather sparkly and twinkly sequins are available too!


I’ve blended ink through a hexagonal stencil and then inked the edges to create a background

All the papers are stunning but my personal favourite paper is the stunning foiled and embossed hexagonal paper which you can see on the card at the bottom just peeking through. It’s just gorgeous and will be the first of my papers to run out! Haha!

My second make today, Queen Bee,  is a really textures and layered card… just like you know and expect from me!


The bee stamps, with their acetate wings really stand out on this card

For this make, I’ve roughly painted, and then spritzed with gold ink, corrugated card to which I’ve layered onto ‘Tell the Bees’ papers and a kraft card blank.


By using modelling paste through a stencil I created a raised honey comb effect and, once throughly dry, it’s been spritzed with gold ink

The bee’s have been stamped onto watercolour card and painted using Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads in Wild Honey, Scattered Straw and Tea Dye and had a light coat of glitter glue for that iridescent look. The bee’s have also been stamped onto acetate using Stazon Ink in black  and have then been cut from the rest of the bee before using a glue gun to add them to their water coloured body.


You can just see the raised wings on this little fella


The papers have been ‘joined’ together using screw type brads

So… that’s my first two ‘Tell the Bee’ makes for you. I’ve got another two coming up shortly.

Have a lovely weekend everyone whatever you’re up to. Should be utterly miserable weather-wise so in my books that makes it perfect crafting time 🙂

‘Bohemian Dreams’ Shaped Card

Morning all,

Bit of a special day here as today is my birthday!!  Well, I say birthday… my birthday is actually 29th February but I have to make do with 28th for reasons you all know.

Anyway, talking of birthdays, my tiddliest daughter had her 15th birthday last week and I used the utterly gorgeous ‘Bohemian Dreams’ by Craftwork Cards as I knew she would love the colours, the imagery and the text.

Having been pretty busy, I actually made this on the morning of her birthday… a rush job… but I love the final look of it and she did too!


Underneath all that embellishment is a scalloped circle shaped base


The right hand side of the card has a star shaped shaker on it with gorgeous brightly coloured sequins in cerise, turquoise and apple green


The top of the card has bunting and banners and bows and I used turquoise adhesive gems to match the sequins


The die-cut butterflies from the pack have been distressed and layered and finished with a sparkly heart and different coloured liquid pearls


I’ve layered the papers to give a really sumptuous feeling to the card and added distress inks, washi tape and gems to finish the look

I’m glad to report the card got an ‘Oh wow!’ when it was opened so that’s a thumbs up in my books!

Have a good Tuesday everyone… I’m off to seek out some birthday pancakes for lunch!

Craft Consortium Decoupaged Mini-Drawers

Hello everyone once again,

Everyone all okay? No-one blown away? That’s good.

Right, down to business. Today I’m sharing this lovely little set of mini-drawers that I’ve decorated using the Craft Consortium decoupage papers. I wanted a textured feel to this make, something a bit more edgy than usual and I’d been eye-ing up their range of textured papers on their website!


From left to right: Industrial Chic, White Crack Texture, Transatlantic, Seaspray and Textured Wood


I chose Textured Wood for the main frame of the drawers as it’s my favourite paper, I just love the different colours the blistered paintwork brings.


Each door has a different texture and a different type of handle


I’ve painted a Dovecraft frame in Seaspray and White acrylic and edged in Tumbled Glass and Weathered Wood Distress ink pads before adding the plaited twine as a handle


Rather than use the metal corners for the corners, I angled them to frame the ribbon pull


I wanted each drawer handle to be unique so chose one of Craft Consortium’s ‘Metal Key’ embellishments to be the focal point of the industrial drawer


I love the White Crack Texture paper and the distressed resin flower (glued onto a small cordon reel) makes a perfect match

All I need now is to fill it up and with lots of new crafting goodies that shouldn’t be a problem 🙂

Take care all, thank you for popping in… catch up soon x