Catalina Wreath and Twinkling H20s

Hi everyone,

This week I wanted to play along with the current CASE Study Challenge.  This week’s muse is Angeline Yong and you can see her original card on the CASE Study blog here.  I kept the basic layout of the inspiration card the same but used the Memory Box Catalina Wreath Die instead of the stamping.  I cut this out of black card and then used some Twinkling H20s to give the wreath both colour and shimmer (these are lovely shimmery water colour paints that come in cute little plastic jars).  I used a corrugated cardboard bird by Jillibean soup and added a twine wing and a pearl.  The kraft card was stamped with a woodgrain background stamp using versamark ink for a tone on tone look and the sentiment was stamped in black archival ink.

After I posted this – I realised I had actually CASED the second card Angeline made  – oh well 🙂  I had looked at the card and then was  thinking about ideas when I was settling my youngest boy/working on the strategies that the sleep help centre had given us to try and get him to stay in bed – lots of stickers and  praise and lots of ‘catching’ him staying in bed, so my brain must have been in a muddle.

Thanks for stopping by,


Supplies: Memory Box Catalina Wreath, Black card, Twnkling H20s – Black Cherry, Key Lime and  Mandarin Blush, Bazzill card – kraft, Hero Arts woodgrain background stamp, Sentiment from MME stamp set – The Sweetest Thing Honey ‘Happiness’ Stamps , Versamark ink, Archival ink – Jet Black, Jillibean soup – corrugated bird, Pearl, 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.

Thanks for stopping by.