Friday, 1 January 2016

Faux Aperture, Bird on Branch, Female

Happy New Year!

I've made a quick 'no ink' card today that I'm planing to use as a 'notelet' or 'thank you' card later on in the year.  
Because I've learnt from experience that these are the cards I like AND need to have to hand...  

For those of you who may not have seen my last 'no ink' creation, my trick with 'no ink' cards is to add texture...  but as it's a quick make, texture paste is out of the question!
Instead, I focus on embossing folders and pair them with textured card stock (normally Hammer card).  Clever use of layers and adding sequins, gems or Dew Drops to my die cuts is normally all I then need to do.

Yes, I know a lot of you will gasp at the very thought of a 'no ink' card, but it looks ok to me.  
Am I wrong???

Dies used:
Memory Box/Open Studio 'Finnegan Fronds'
Memory Box 'Grove Branch'
Spellbinders 'Nesting Squares/Small'
Spellbinders 'Nesting Circles/Small'

Embossing Folder:
Tim Holtz/Alterations 'Birch Trees'

Black Gem
Flower Sequins
Foam Pads
Collall 3D Glue Gel

Perhaps it's because I'm still quite new to card making, but I like to 'know' that I have some cards/techniques/layouts that 'work' for me.  
Then I can recreate them in a fraction of the time that it took me to come up with the original idea.
Of course, this does mean that I end up keeping some of my cards simply to remind me 'how to'.
Does anyone else do that?

Challenges I'm entering...

Pixie's Crafty Snippets Challenge

(Anything Goes)

Cute Card Thursday
(Challenge #406 'Anything Goes')

(Crazy egg/Anything Goes #279)

(Challenge #103 'Anything Goes')

Wishing you all the very best for 2016...

Donna. x


  1. It beautiful! Over at Poppystamps we do no ink cards all the time( because we are mostly promoting the dies, now some stamps) Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you, Marybeth :)
      Happy New Year to you, too. x

  2. That's stunning for a 'quick' make Donna my friend! I love it! Thank you for the inspiration during 2015 and I can't wait to see what you come up with this year! Have a great 2016! Hazel xx
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  3. Wow Donna - this is lovely and certainly doesn't need any ink :) I love playing with dies and this really is so beautifully designed and made. Sweet little birdie too!

    I have no idea why you had trouble with uploading the piccie hun - have checked out within Mr Linky and there's nothing odd lurking there. I'd just put it down to a temporary glitch for now :)


    Di xx

    1. Hello Di :)
      I do love this little bird die A LOT! I've asked Memory Box for a Robin version to play with for Winter, 2016 (how weird does that sound)! They kindly replied with 'there's always room for more birds' so I'm hopeful :)
      Thanks for checking on Mr Linky for me.
      Hugs back at you...
      Donna. x

  4. Gorgeous card design Donna, it looks just beautiful with no ink, I love to use E/F with dies, my kind of crafting.
    Hugs Pam x

    1. Thank you, Pam :)
      You do excel at pretty grunge, too. X

  5. Your card is just fabulous, there is a great dimensions on it, and LOVE so much your bird on branch that pop out on the aperture! Clever idea using two layers of different texturized cardstock! Thanks for sharing your tricks!
    I also make a little use of stamps, I love diecuts :)

    1. I love die cuts, too! But I'm going to try and make more use of my stamps and inks this year.
      Happy New Year. X

  6. Hi Donna, I'm another lover of dies and embossing, although I do stamp and cut out a lot of butterflies! Love the two colours on this little bird, so effective, Cathy x

    1. Hello Cathy :)
      Thanks for stopping by AND for adding yourself to my lovely group of Google Friends. I'm intrigued by your icon. Can't figure out what it is!!!

  7. Super cute card!! Thanks for joining us at 4 Crafty Chicks this week. Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks, Lori :)
      Happy New Year to you. too. x

  8. Fabulous Donna! Beautiful creating!

  9. Donna I often make no ink cards; sometimes there is a stamped sentiment. CAS with gorgeous details; I love it! Create what you want and what works best for you. It's your creation and that counts!

  10. Darling card design and dimension Donna.

    Hugs Diane

  11. Your little bird looks adorable sitting there on the branch. A lovely card Donna. Barbxx