I made this card before Christmas when I was making heaps of thank you cards but I didn’t post it then since I didn’t want my blog to be all thank you cards! I used some of my favourite products on the card – one of the Memory Box butterfly dies, Prima Tea Thyme papers, some Prima flowers and some Calico Shine. It was a fun card to make.
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I am feeling much better now and managed to get a bit of time for playing with paper over the weekend. I had the shape with the hearts cut out of it already from a while ago when I did some cutting with my cricut and I had some leftover Aquamarine Glimmermist from a different project I started last week, so I just swiped my piece through the glimmermist and left it to dry, thinking I would use it sometime. Well sometime came on Sunday when I pulled out the MME Sweetest Thing paper pad and it matched perfectly. I wanted to use some of the patterned papers so I die cut the 2 hearts using the Memory Box Dies. I made a banner using some kraft card and stamped the sentiment using Impress Pale Aqua ink. I curled it a little by running it over the handle of a small paint brush. The text paper was a banner sitting on my table that I had leftover from a different project and the resin flower is by Kaisercraft.
Hope you had a great weekend.
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Supplies: Kraft Card, White Card, Cricut and Cartridge, Glimmermist – Aquamarine, MME 6×6 paper pad – The Sweetest Thing, Memory Box Grand Heart Die, Memory Box – La Rue Heart Die, Impress Pale Aqua ink, Glitz designs – text paper, Kaisercraft resin flower.
I know it is only August but I thought I would show a Christmas card in this little series of alcohol ink cards. Once I had made the background I then used the pocket watches embossing folder to give it texture. I added a little bit of distress inks to the edges but you could just ink all of the raised areas to give it a different look. I die cut the pine tree out of cardboard and then sprayed with Cut Grass Dylusions Spray Ink. When it had dried I rubbed a little bit of gold Perfect Pearls over the tree. The fence was die cut using the Memory Box Die – Estate Fence and the stickers are from one of last years Christmas collections by Kaisercraft. If you want to see more of my alcohol ink cards, just click on the category on the sidebar. There is another Christmas card here and a flower card that features alcohol ink on sticky back canvas here.
Hope you had a great weekend.
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Supplies: Bazzill – Java and Kraft, Kasisercraft Sticker Sheet – December 25th, Tim Holtz PineTree Die, Dylusions Spray Ink – Cut Grass, Kaisercraft pearl strip, Memory Box Die – Estate Fence, Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades – Pocket Watches Embossing Folder, Foam Adhesive, Alcohol inks, Glossy Cardstock, Gold mixative, Blending solution, Distress ink – Brushed Corduroy and Walnut Stain.
Happy Friday – I love Fridays still, even though I am currently a stay at home – it means it is almost the weekend. Here is another card using a background I made with alcohol inks. I cut up the background to make the tab and the background of the birdcage. I modified the chipboard birdcage by colouring the cage part with my black distress marker and then put some platinum liquid pearls over the top, smearing it around with my finger. It gives it a kind of metallic look. The beak and legs of the bird were also coloured with a wild honey distress marker, but I painted the bird with Twinkling H20s which gives it a nice shimmer. I made the tab by using a circle punch to cut the corners. The black die cut is another one from Memory Box called Delicate Vine (I am loving these dies) and the patterned papers are from Glitz Designs. I got out my sewing machine to stitch on this card and it reminded me that whenever I make the effort to sew on my cards or layouts I am always pleased that I did.
I’ll be back on Monday with another new project to share – Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.
Supplies: Bazzill card, Kaisercraft letter stickers, pearls, patterned papers – Glitz Designs, Twinkling H20s, Distress markers – Black and Wild Honey, Memory Maze Chipboard, ribbon, Tim Holtz tiny paper clip, Alcohol inks – Stream, Aqua, Silver Mixative, Memory Box Die – Delicate Vine.
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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I have been playing around with the techniques that I learnt when I went to Technique Overload in Melbourne with Tim Holtz (I said a while ago I would post some projects 🙂 and so I was making some tags and decided to add this sweet Winterland tree die from Memory Box. I made the background using 2 of the new seasonal distress inks (Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean) and press the ink pad onto the kraft sheet. I also used Dusty Concord. I then sprayed with water from my Mister so that the ink ‘beaded’ up and then swiped the tag through the inks. I covered the tag and then heated it to dry it a bit with the heat gun. One of the tips that Tim shared about creating backgrounds is that it is about getting layers of colour, so you need to dry it a bit in between. This helps prevent your background becoming all ‘muddy’ and the colours mixing into one colour. I then swiped again and dried it again and then just tapped it onto any leftover spots of ink and then dried it again. I then spritzed my fingers with water and flicked water spots over the background and because the distress ink interacts with water it kind of removes some of the colour/pushes the colour away. This technique is describes as Spritz and Flick and is a load of fun. I had a look on Tim’s blog and can’t see a video for it – but it is in his Compendium of Curiosities Vol 2 book. I knew how to do this technique before I went to the workshop but like I said it is always a fun one but make sure you don’t mind if you get inky fingers ! (by the way the craft scrub from Ranger is excellent for removing ink off fingers and is actually not hard on your hands either). Jill Foster also often uses this technique and I think she makes beautiful cards.
So once I was happy with the background I did some stamping with the same 2 new distress inks. I made the pink section of the tag by using Picked Raspberry distress ink directly to the tag and then laid the Studio Calico Huey’s masks- chevron mask over the top and misted with water and then dabbed the water off and heated with the heat gun.
I die cut the star and the tree and assembled the tag as shown.
I put some distress stickles on the star and also used my finger to add some to the edges of the tag). Some gems just finished it off.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a try of the Spritz and Flick Distress technique.
Supplies: Hot off the Press – Christmas Silhouettes and Shadows, Distress inks – Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean,Dusty Concord, Distress Stickles – Starburst, Memory Box Die – Winterland tree, Gems, Lace, Tiny Attacher, Studio Calico Mister Huey’s Mask – Chevron, Sizzix – Primitive stars, Silver paper, White paper, tags.
Another post from me featuring some more Memory Box dies and the A little bird stamp set by Penny Black. I really like these images and they are quite different to my other stamp sets. I have made another card using a different one of these stamps which I will post in a couple of days. The two die cuts I used for this card are the Vaudeville Frame and the Tender Leaves. The frame is another example of the intricate nature of some of the dies. I can see myself using this frame on lots of cards. Both dies were cut out of white card and then I coloured them with my copic markers. I made the yellow card by using Wild Honey distress ink and the foam blending tool by first blending and then stamping using the foam to give a bit of a different look. I also made the blue background paper just by colouring using my B97 marker near the edges of the white card. If you have any questions just leave me a comment and don’t forget if you like my cards, you can sign up to get my blog posts via email.
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Supplies: White Card, Bazzill, Penny Black Stamps – A little bird, Gratitude set, Memory Box – Vauderville Frame and Tender Leaves, Copic Markers – YR23, Yr20, E000, E21, E31, E33, E35, B93, B95, B97, N3, W0, W2, Kaisercraft paper flowers, Memento Black ink, X-press It Blending card, Lace, Wild Honey Distress ink