New Arrival Card

Hi everyone,

Last week, we welcomed a new nephew into the world.  A new baby is always an exciting event and both the little one and his Mum are doing well.  I decided to use some of the Graphic 45 Little Darlings Collection to make a card.  This card has no stamping on it,  which is quite unusual for me!  I wanted to give the card a little bit of shabby look but still wanted to keep clean lines so I distressed the edges but didn’t do any inking.  I also did some machine stitching and used some ribbon to give the card a little more texture.  The image of the baby sleeping is just so sweet and everything came together really easily.  It is always fun when things work out like that! I am looking forward to meeting our nephew very soon.

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Supplies: Kraft Card, Papers, stickers and chipboard all from the Graphic 45 Little Darlings Collection, Maya Road Twine.

A Couple of Alcohol Ink Cards

Hi everyone,

I have been playing with my alcohol inks again as I got a couple of new colours (and also learnt a few more things to do with them when I went to Technique Overload with Tim Holtz – scroll down to the bottom of this post for a list of some of the tips to get the best results when using alcohol inks) so I am planning to show a few cards over the next couple of weeks.  I made these two backgrounds using pinks and purples and a similar design but the vibrancy of the colours is different and so the cards end up looking quite different.  I wanted to show that if you want to, you can incorporate alcohol inks no matter what your style is.

First up is the brighter of the two cards but I still kept it fairly clean looking with the bright white cardstock and just a little black ink.  The alcohol ink background was made by using 3 colours and the snowcap mixative and then using blending solution and then twisting and dabbing over the glossy card.  I did a couple of layers of ink and then just dropped some blending solution directly onto the card.  That is what has given the white drops on the background.  The die cut is the Catalina Wreath by Memory Box and the flower is a white prima flower that was sprayed with Dylusions ink spray – Crushed Grape (I love these sprays! and Stef has just restocked so I now have all 12 so look out for some more projects with these).  The glitter is Star Dust Stickles.  To draw the black stitching lines I used a marker that is for writing on cds – a waterbased marker will not work on the glossy surface and you need to be careful with other markers so it is worth doing a test before you draw on your background.

The second card is a much softer look and is a baby card (I have had a few friends lately have babies so needed a baby card or 3!).  This card uses some lovely pale purples and pinks.  I made the stripey background using the alcohol ink and just swiped them along the glossy card stock (It is better to use glossy cardstock than photo paper, they have a different coating) and then just made a fairly clean and simple looking card.  Alcohol inks are a lot of fun to play with and you can make some gorgeous background really quickly (great for Christmas card time!).

Some Tips that Tim Holtz gave Technique Overload:

  • NEVER SPRAY ALCOHOL INKS – they are toxic if inhaled!
  • When using alcohol inks, don’t add the same colour twice on the same felt pad (You actually just end up doubling the amount of that colour on the pad and therefore on your project).
  • One drop of the metallic mixatives is enough for a 12×12 sheet of card, so basically just be careful and only add a little of the metallic mixatives otherwise your metallic ‘overtakes’ the rest of the colours. If you use too much of the metallic mixatives even if you stamp over it you will still see the metallic colour.
  • You can add new colours over your first layer of colours , just make sure to use some blending solution too to make sure the colours blend together.
  • If you stamp Stazon on alcohol ink it will react.
  • When making a new background you need to use a new felt pad.

Remember you can check out Tim’s website, his blog, or the Ranger website (see the sidebar for the links) for further information.

If you have questions just leave me a comment.  I’ll be back tommorrow with another alcohol ink card.

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Welcome Baby Card


I have agreed to make about 20 Baby cards for a MOPs group  (I don’t need them all this month!) so you will probably see a few baby cards over the next little bit.

Supplies:  Paper Trimmer, Foam adhesive, Scissors, Double Sided Tape, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Blending Card, Stamp – Hero Arts Envelope Background, Stamp It – Zoo-Ped-I-Doo-Da, Pumice Stone Distress ink, Letter Stickers – Jillibean Soup, Punch – Fiskars Notebook, Twine, Jewel, Copic Markers BG0000, BG000, BG01, E40, E41, E31, E33, Y02, Y06, Y08, E25, E49, Patterned Paper – Kaisercraft Party Animals Collection

Method: I stamped Zoo-Ped-I-Doo-Da onto blending card in Tuxedo Black ink then coloured with copic markers listed above.  I inked the edges after trimming the paper to size.  I cut the blue border paper and used foam adhesive to stick the image to the border paper.  I trimmed the patterned paper and punched the edge using the notebook punch.  I cut the card base and stamped the envelope pattern background stamp multiple times using pumice stone distress ink.  I Tied twine around the yellow patterned paper and ended with a bow.  a jewel was stuck in the middle.  This piece was then added to the card base using foam adhesive and then the main image peice was also adhered.  Some letter stickers were stuck on to make the sentiment ‘Welcome Baby!’

If you have any questions please let me know by leaving a comment.

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Baby Girl Card

Hi everyone,

Here is a baby card I made using my prismacolour pencils to colour in this cute image by Stamp It.

Supplies: Paper trimmer, scissors, double sided tape, foam adhesive, distress inks – worn lipstick, antique linen and spun sugar, foam blending tool, Kindy Glitz – crystalina, Prismacolour pencils, Patterned paper – Baby Steps 6×6 paper pad, White card, Stamps – “I’m Here” by Stamp It, Essential Messages clear set by Hero Arts, Nestabilities Scalloped Ovals and Ovals sets, Archival Ink – Jet Black, fabric tracing wheel.

Method: I stamped the “I’m Here” stamp by Stamp It onto normal white card and then coloured using prismacolour coloured pencils. I cut out the image using my oval nestabilities and then inked the edges with antique linen distress ink.  I then added glitter to the nappy and left it to dry. I cut a scalloped oval out of normal card then used my worn lipstick distress ink pad directly onto the card to change it to pink.  I set this aside.  I trimmed the background paper and inked the edges with antique linen distress ink and used my fabric tracing wheel and ink to create faux stitching.  I cut a strip of white card and used my foam blending tool with spun sugar distress ink to change it to light pink.  I stamped congrats in black ink and then made it into a banner as shown.  The pieces were then adhered to the card base as shown. Some pearls finished the card.

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