Tuesday, 12 April 2016

A lovely day and favourite technique!

Hello friends

Last Saturday found me at Emerald Crafts in Lyndhurst -
the heart of the New Forest and one of my favourite places to visit.
It was a busy day with lots of visitors - big thanks to those who came along.

Lyndhurst is such a lovely village...

 complete with a rather nice pub too!

One of my chosen techniques to demo is inking the die.
This works well with solid dies - this one is Floral Heart Accent.
Place your die on a scrap piece of paper and pat liberally with an ink pad.
You can see it clings to all the raised areas.

Transfer it, ink side up, onto your base plate. 

Cover with a piece of card, cut/emboss.
This is the result, really effective, the ink remains in the de-bossed areas.

A finished card using this technique.

Could not leave the New Forest without stopping off and seeing the ponies.

That rather dubious sky did lead to a lot of rain!

Take care friends, I'm back tomorrow with this month's Charity Kit.


  1. Good Morning Christine
    Where is everyone?
    I have never tried inking a Die before, Letterpressing an Embossing Folder yes!
    Glad you had a nice day, village looks pretty!
    Take care
    Love Marg

  2. Great photos Christine, I too love the New Forest!
    I love your card today. Inking the die is a great technique to use, thank you for the reminder.
    Enjoy your day.
    Janice x

  3. Lovely photos and card Christine glad you had a lovely time. Thanks for sharing this technique too xx hazel

  4. Hi Christine
    Looks like a lovely village, i would like to go there and sit outside on a nice day drinking coffee then stroll on to the little craft shop { must put a note in my diary }.
    Lovely card and die i really like the sweet little flowers too.
    Take Care
    Elaine H X

  5. Morning Christine,
    Thanks for sharing your lovely photos.looks like a smashing village.
    Great card too.

  6. Hi Christine, A lovely post, these piccies of Lyndhurst look fabulous, I would love to be there.
    I'm loving this technique which is virtually the same as the faux letterpress with embossing folders, a beautiful effect.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  7. Hello Christine
    What a gorgeous place to have a craft shop. I have never been to the New Forest but it looks like somewhere I need to visit especially if it has the added bonus of a craft shop.
    The technique you have used gives a fabulous finish and would gives dies a new lease of life. Thank you for sharing.
    Crafty hugs

  8. Hi Christine,
    Love your card and thanks for the technique.
    Your photos of the New Forest make me want to be there it is beautiful.
    Have a good day. Take care. x.

  9. I have started following you blog. I love your ideas and have learned so much.
    Thank you very much!!

  10. Hi Christine,
    What a wonderful idea and a fabulous result...I think I'm going to have a look at my dies to see which ones I can practise with :). Wouldn't you believe it, I used to live not too far from the New Forest in Hampshire and had I still been there, I would have been able to join you there. Now, sadly, I'm in Cornwall...don't get me wrong, I love it here but none of the craft fairs come as far as Cornwall, if they do manage to get over the Tamar bridge they seem to stop in Plymouth or Exeter...too far to travel when you have no transport. I'm hoping one day that will all change and the powers that be will realise that there are many, many paper crafters down here in the deep south west :). Until then though, I'll continue to enjoy your blog (and sulk that I can't get to any of the great events like Ally Pally over the weekend) lol.
    Bejay x

  11. Hi Christine, thanks for sharing these wonderful pics with us, such a beautiful village. What a great tip, would never have thought of using my dies in this way....clever you! x

  12. Truly gorgeous card ! Love the photos x