Stamping with embossing folders

Happy hump day crafty people!  I hope you are having a wonderful week.  A few weeks ago I made some cards using embossing folders to stamp.   I couldn’t resist adding in another project on this theme as I really liked the effect.


This time I pulled out a mandala type embossing folder and I used black archival ink.  When I tried stamping it by hand I didn’t get a good effect at all so I ran it through the big shot to get a better impression as well as embossed.

Once the ink had dried I used a water brush and some distress oxide inks to paint the mandala and than added a stamped sentiment in the centre.  I thought the finished effect was a bit like a tile.


Here’s a close up of the final card…..


Thanks so much for stopping by to visit the Ginger Ninja Crafts blog.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


Friendships and followers!

Happy Tuesday crafty people!  It’s a gorgeous day here and I’ve decanted to our new patio to write this blog post, this is the life….


I’m celebrating today as the blog has reached 100 followers!  Thank you so much to everyone who has clicked that button and supports the blog with a  comment or a like, it means a lot to this crafting ninja!  Anyway I am here with a crafty make inspired by a recent blog post from Erika’s Strangely Creative where she used distress oxide inks on photo paper.  I had bought a pack to try with alcohol inks (it didn’t really work!) so I thought I would give it a go….

The first one I did my own version of Erika’s layered stamping using some background stamps and a silhouette stamp of a bird on a branch.  I matt and layered it up and was quite pleased with the effect.


Then I made some inky backgrounds by smooshing the oxides onto my glass matt, spritzing with water and then smooshing the paper into the ink.  I did one colour at a time and then dried before applying the next layer.  This time I buffed the oxide inks with a dry piece of kitchen roll and then stamped the silhouette with archival ink in black.


The last project was using a die cut piece of this same background.  I then stamped the script on top with oxide ink before stamping the grasses and sentiment in archival black ink.  These stamps were from the new issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft.  The flowers were stamps from the same set and I stamped them using the oxides before die cutting out.


This is the final design…


I’d like to enter this last card into the Fusion ombre Challenge (I used the colours and card sketch) and the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge (make your own background).  I hope you are all having a fab day and if you are having a heat wave that you find a cool spot for some craftiness.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


Back to Basics and Beyond – Use a Spray

Happy hump day crafty people!  How are you doing?  Today there is a new challenge launching at the Back to Basics and Beyond blog.  The prompt this time is to use a spray.

I picked out some floral stamps from a magazine gift and a sentiment from a Hunkydory For the Love of Stamps set.


I stamped the posy of flowers and heat embossed it in clear on white card stock.  I used inks and a water brush to paint the flowers and leaves.


Then I made a mask for the flowers by stamping onto a post it and fussy cutting it out.  I covered the stamped image and then added some ink through a home made stencil (used a Tonic Studios background leaf die).  I had seen someone using a make up brush like this for ink and bought a few very cheaply on ebay.  I am so impressed, the ink goes on really evenly and smoothly.  I’ve got a few brushes that were pretty expensive and are specifically for applying ink and I don’t do a good job with them!  I always seem to end up with very uneven colour but these brushes are fab! I took away the stencil and then sprayed some ink from a height.  I liked how there is some fine mist as well as some larger splashes.  The colour I used is buttercup.


To finish off I stamped the sentiment and then mounted on some dark green card before adding to the card front.


I hope you will pop over to check out the rest of the design team projects as there are some beauties there.  Let me know if you are joining in with the challenge, you can use any spray at all (ink, bleach, mica etc).  Thanks so much for visiting the Ginger Ninja Crafts blog, I hope to see you again soon.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


R for reindeer challenge

Happy hump day crafty people!  It’s been a while since I did any crafty challenges so I thought I would enter the  Alphabet Challenge Blog today.  The current theme is R for Reindeer and I knew I wanted to use the Woodware stamp “Rudolph and friends” for this challenge.  It’s a tall stamp so I decided to use a DL card base.

I wanted to create a snowy background for Rudolph so first of all I blended distress oxide in blueprint sketch and faded jeans distress ink.  I spritzed the paper with some water and blotted it but I wanted some brighter snowflakes to be falling so I dried off the paper with my heat gun and got out a snowy stencil.  I prepared the paper with my anti static bag and then pressed my clear embossing stamp pad through the stencil before adding the nuvo embossing powder in glacier white and heat embossing.  I think the water drops and the brighter embossed spots gives it some dimension almost like looking into the snow falling at dusk.


I stamped the reindeer using black archival ink onto white cardstock and coloured the image using watercolour pencils and a water brush.  I used glossy accents to make Rudolph’s nose glow!  Then I fussy cut him out before putting the card together.


The final touches were to add the sentiment (heat embossed in white again) and a few sparkly sequins.

Are you joining in this challenge?  Say hi in the comments and I can check out your blog too.  I hope you are having a great week and enjoying some festive treats.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x



Wishing you a rainbow of happiness

Today’s post is something new for me as I’m joining in with a card making challenge from Freshly Made Sketches ( ).  The sketch for this week’s challenge is….

FMS Final 334-001

I started with selecting a theme and I picked the Brighten your day stamp set for the sentiment and three different sizes of umbrellas.

 Brighten Your Day set from For the love of stamps by Hunky Dory

I also used some distress oxide inks to create a rainbow panel and I spritzed it lightly with some water to get the effect of a few raindrops.

I also used First Edition Craft twin markers, distress oxide inks and Nuovo crystal drops.

To finish off my card I added a blue panel behind the rainbow as per the sketch and then some nuovo drops in opposite corners.

Ginger Ninja Crafts Rainbow watermark
The finished card….. I hope you like it!

I really enjoyed taking part in this challenge and I hope it will be the first of many more.  Have you ever participated in a crafty challenge ?  Do you have any recommendations?Ginger Ninja Crafts Rainbow of Happiness

What did I use?

For the Love of Stamps by Hunkydory – Brighten your day

Distress Oxide Inks (abandoned coral – spiced marmalade – squeezed lemonade- twisted citron – salty ocean)

First Edition Craft Twin Markers (32 – 36 – 38 – 45)

Nuovo crystal drops – Glitter drops – midnight sky


Have a Quacking Time!


I’ve been meaning to sit down and work on some blog posts for too long and I’ve been building up a list of potential topics to write about.  I’m a top class procrastinator but today is the day I’m actually doing it!

As spring has finally sprung in Scotland I thought I would share a cute spring time card I made recently using the Fun on the Farm stamp set from For the love of stamps by Hunkydory.

I’m a huge animal lover and this stamp set is so cute and I’m sure the other animals will be on their way to a project very soon!

Creating a bright background with some heat embossed flowers and distress oxide inks (cracked pistachio and twisted citron)
I coloured my little ducks with first edition craft twin markers (38, 39, 41 & 42) and spectrum noir BGR1
The finished card!

I hope that you like these little ducks and the finished card.

Happy Friday and have a great crafty weekend.

Crafty hugs

Jenny AKA the Ginger Ninja