Saturday, July 18, 2015

July Leading Lady Anja Bytyqi | Take Three

Our July Leading Lady, Anja Bytyqi is back for her triumphant third performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or her masterful touch with masks and stencils showcased in her second performance CLICK HERE.  Anja's proves her skill with an array of inktastic projects today!

Without further ado, Anja....

Hello crafty peeps,

So glad to be back again for round three as Winnie & Walter's Leading Lady. Thank you so much for all your sweet comments – I really appreciate them!

I will have to tell you a little secret: not only do I hoard stamps and dies but I'm also addicted to inks ;-)
There are so many good products out there and I love to play with them! Stamping is really therapeutic, isn't it?!

So today's topic is Ink it Up!. I will show you some samples of my favorite ways to use the different inks.

Pigment Inks

On my first card I used one of my all-time-favorite birthday stamp sets: The Party. With these stamps it's so easy to create quick and simple cards. I stamped these fun balloons with Pigment Inks in the colors of the Winnie & Walter logo. I really like the vibrant colors and how well they stamp on top of each other. The grey strings and the sentiment were also stamped with Pigment Inks. At the bottom of my card I added a strip of washi tape.

Another great way to use Pigment Inks is by stamping them on colored cardstock (I used Kraft cardstock here) because they sit on top of the paper surface which makes them almost opaque so they keep their vibrancy. To support this effect you can stamp over white pigment ink like I did here. For a little twist I offset the chevrons a tiny bit. I often struggle creating masculine cards but the Scenery: V for cheVron stamp set makes it really easy to achieve a clean and graphic look. The sentiment was build with The Big, the Bold and Party stamp set and I heat embossed it with Clear powder. For this fun xoxo border I used a die from the Essentials: Audrey Cutaways set.

Dye Inks

For really crisp stamped images I prefer using Dye Inks because they soak into the paper. For this card I repeatedly stamped the chevrons from the Scenery: V for cheVron set. I heat embossed the outline balloons and the sentiment from The Party stamp set in Gold. I popped up the stamped panel with foam tape and added some Gold Cupped Sequins.

This card is really Clean & Simple. At first I masked off a circle (1 3/4") and then blended a light Aqua Dye Ink around it and let it fade out. After removing the mask I heat embossed the graphic ornament and the sentiment from the True stamp set with one of my favorite embossing powders: «Liquid Platinum» by Ranger. The word «friend» was cut from foil cardstock using The Big, the Bold and Friends Cutaways.

Distress Inks

To create artsy watercolor backgrounds I love to pull out my Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks. At first I heat embossed the sentiment from The Big, the Bold and Happy stamp set with Clear embossing powder. I used Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock. Then I pressed down my Distress Ink pads on my Non-Stick Craft Sheet and added some generous spritzes of water. I dabbed my piece of Watercolor Cardstock onto the muddle of colors multiple times until I was satisfied with the result. To finish off my card I added a little die-cut heart.

On my last card for today I created a starry night sky with the Distress Inks. I blended the colors with a Mini Ink Blending Tool and added some water droplets which pulled off the color in these areas. The scripty sentiment and the gorgeous star are from the True stamp set and I heat embossed them in White. I also adhered some Silver Star Sequins. To mimic some additional stars I draw some white dots with a Sharpie pen.

These were my inky cards for today. I really hope you liked them and would be very happy to see you back again next Saturday for my last Leading Lady perfomance.

Until then feel free to comment on the Leading Lady posts on my personal blog for your chance to win a $30 gift card to the Winnie & Walter store.

A big hug to Julie & Shay for this opportunity to share my projects with you!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!



  1. Wow!! You did a fabulous job showing us some fun ink techniques. Stunning projects!!

  2. Great cards, Anja. Love all the colors and different techniques you used. Thanks for sharing with us today.

  3. Anja, can you say gorgeous? Love your sense of color and design. Each card maintains and clean 7 simple look when they're obviously not. Beautiful.

  4. Anja, can you say gorgeous? Love your sense of color and design. Each card maintains and clean 7 simple look when they're obviously not. Beautiful.

  5. Such fabulous cards, Anja! I kept looking at them over and over trying to pick a favorite and I couldn't do it, they're ALL so gorgeous! I love your clean, bold style :)

  6. Wow these are stunning Anja and show a great range of techniques. I have pinned most of them they are so delicious! Thanks for the awesome inspiration.

  7. WOW wow WOW
    THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing your INKY AWESOMENESS with us Anja!!!
    Apart from each card looking ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS, I have learnt A LOT too :)
    I LOVE your STYLE and really appreciate your CREATIVE INSPIRATION!!!

  8. Fantastic, Anja! I have a few of each kind of ink and love what you've done with each... it's so nice to have them all together like this... thanks!
    =] Michele

  9. BEAUTIFUL cars! I just love that pretty watercolor look!

  10. I like the card designs and color combos.

  11. Just fabulous, Anja! You did a great job on this cards!


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