Alcohol Inks – You’re Amazing!

This card is so beautiful in person. The upper right hand corner looks like a delicate flower in bloom.

Hello!! Today’s blog post is featuring cards made with alcohol inks. Both cards were made with the same background piece. I used an airbrush to move around the alcohol inks. Alcohol inks are so much fun because you just never know what you are going to end up with…but you know it’s going to be great!

The supplies I used on these cards are: Ranger Alcohol Inks: Poppyfield, Pink Sherbert, Salmon, and Watermelon, Ranger Black Enamel Accents, Alcohol Blending Solution, Isopropyl Alcohol, Medium-weight Legion Yupo paper, My Favorite Things Stamps Happy Birthday Script Die, My Favorite Things Stamps YAY For You Stamp Set, Black Card Stock, Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #110 Card Stock.

The contrast of colors on this birthday card is striking and bright. The Happy Birthday sentiment is four layers of cardstock, giving it dimension.

February Birthdays

This beautiful card was for my daughter Courtney and the card below it was for my son-in-law, Chris. Her birthday was on the 16th and his on the 19th. Needless to say, we had fun last Saturday night with our family going out for Chinese food and then having cake at home!

Happy Birthday Courtney!

Supplies: Birch Press Wishing Mandala Stamp and Stencil Set, Distress Oxides: Picked Raspberry, Carved Pumpkin, Salty Ocean, Worn Lipstick, Seedless Preserves, Gina K Amalgum ink, My Favorite Things Stamps Happy Birthday Script Die.

Happy Birthday Chris!
This card features silver foil and shiny silver card stock.

Supplies: Alcohol Ink paper, Ranger Alcohol Inks: Stream, Mermaid, Sailboat Blue, Pool, Indigo, My Favorite Things Stamps Block Happy Birthday Die, Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution, Silver Foil, Shiny Silver card stock, Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #80, #110 card stock, craft foam.

The Happy Birthday sentiment was layered with 4 layers of Neenah card stock and the top layer of shiny silver card stock.

Christmas Cards – Day 6

Well hello! It has been nice spending time sharing some cards with you during this Christmastime. Today I have a few cards that are very different from each other.

My first card has been one of my favorites this season for a couple of reasons, one being that it is so out of my creative style. I used patterned paper on this card and die cuts, no stamping at all. That is very different for me. The other reason this card is one of my favorites is, that it is so pretty in person.

A Gold Deco Foil sentiment is the center of attention on this Holly branch card.

To make this card I used patterned paper from DCWV-Christmas Cranberry; both the Christmas Tree pattern and the deep green cardstock. The panel was cut 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. I also used Spellbinder‘s Glimmer Hot Foil Plate – Joy, Red cardstock, Honey Bee Stamps Deckle Edge Die (A2 Frame), Sizzix Thinlits Holiday Greens Die and Lawn Fawn Mini Wreath (for the Holly berries). The sequins are from Neat & Tangled.

My second card was inspired by an earlier card that I had made in this series. You will recognize it if you have been following the Christmas Card series.

A red glitter bow is this Christmas Tree’s centerpiece. It pops so beautifully in person.

The supplies I used for this card are as follows: Altenew Starry Night Stamp Set, Altenew Gold Embossing Powder, Navy Blue card stock, Brutus Monroe Sterling Embossing Powder, Versamark Ink, Hero Arts Nested Frame Ornaments Die (bow), Core’dinations American Crafts Red Flash and Silver Glitter card stock, Recollections Bling On A Roll, Recollections Adhesive Rhinestones, Nuvo Glitter Drops: Blue Lagoon, Nuvo Crystal Drops: Simply White, Gloss Red Berry, Gloss Caribbean Ocean, Gloss Dandelion Yellow, and Ranger Stickles Silver.

This clean and simple card was made with Altenew’s Warm Wishes Stamp Set.

The supplies I used for this card: Deep Green card stock, Altenew Warm Wishes Stamp Set, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Parrot, Olive (not positive because I made the card last year) and Jet Black. Nuvo Crystal Drops – Gloss Red Berry.

Stockings hanging on the fireplace was the inspiration for this card.

Supplies used: Altenew Christmas Stockings Stamp and Die Set, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Jet Black, Soft Lilac, Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake, Emerald, Tide Blue, Lavender Fields; Black card stock, Ranger Distress Inks: Barn Door, Vintage Photo; Tim Holtz/Stamper’s Anonymous Brick Stencil; Stampendous Clear Embossing Powder, Carta Bella Snowfall Stamp, Ranger Holographic Embossing Powder, Versamark Ink, Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Recollections Christmas Noel Stamp Set, craft foam, Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens: Aquamarine, Amethyst, Pink Garnet.

Silver foil and holographic embossing powder are the highlights of this simple and beautiful Christmas card.

Supplies: Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil Plate “We Wish You”, Go Press and Foil Machine, Go Press and Foil Silver Foil, Green Card stock, Neenah Solar White #110, craft foam, Versamark Ink, Echo Park Winter Snow Stamp (A2), Ranger Holographic Embossing Powder, Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle Stackables Die.

Well, that’s all for today…and today’s almost over. Ooops.

See you tomorrow with the last card in my Christmas Card posts.

Christmas Cards – Day 3

Hello and Merry Christmas to all! Are you ready for Christmas yet? I got a lot of my wrapping done Tue. night, thanks to my husband…he’s such a big help. I don’t think I’ve ever had my wrapping done so early. 😉

Today I am featuring a card trio using Altenew‘s Starry Night Stamp Set. This is a beautiful holiday stamp and die set that I have used over and over this holiday season. Though each card’s layout is the same, I used some different materials in each one.

In person, each of these cards is like looking out through a snow crusted window pane.

The first card, center in the above photo, features Ranger’s red embossing powder.

Ranger Distress Inks and Oxide Inks set the background of the card base. Layers of heat embossing are used to create the starry, snowy effect on the sides.

To create the background on the card base I used Bristol White card stock and Ranger Distress Oxide inks (for the first layer): Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Faded Jeans and Black Soot. I blended the colors together using a mini blending tool and worked my way from the outside edges toward the center. For the second layer, I blended using Ranger Distress inks: Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire, Tumbled Glass, and Black Soot (Oxide). I was hoping to deepen the colors using the Distress inks over the Oxide inks.

The next step was to start layering the embossing powders using the Altenew Starry Night Stamp Set. My first layer was using Lawn Fawn White embossing powder, followed with Ranger Gold, silver and red embossing powders. I then rubbed the edges of the card using Versamark ink and used white embossing powder to crust the edges. For the sentiment I used Brutus Monroe’s Alabaster embossing powder and for the star, Altenew Gold embossing powder.

To achieve the wavy affect with the white embossed frame of the card, I used Fiskar’s Deckle Tear Edger as a guide for the Versamark ink.

This card features Ranger’s Snowflake Tinsel embossing powder.

This card was actually the first one that I made out of the three. I used only Distress Oxide inks on it and found that the background was not as deep in color as I would have liked. This is why I chose to use both Distress and Oxides together in the last card (which was the first one I featured today). 🙂

My materials were: Bristol card stock for the card base; Distress Oxide inks: Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Faded Jeans, Black Soot; Altenew Starry Night Stamp Set, Altenew Gold embossing powder, Ranger Snowflake Tinsel embossing powder, Brutus Monroe Silver embossing powder, navy blue card stock for frame, and craft foam.

This card also features Ranger Snowflake Tinsel embossing powder.

Ok, I have to admit that this card had a few experiments going on with it. It was the second one I tried out so I wanted to make it a little different from the first one (pictured above this card)… so I added a few extra snowflake bunches at the top of the card to see how they would look, then I worked on deepening the background color after the embossing was crusted on it. My takeaway on this is to use a brighter embossing powder for the sentiment. It will stand out better. It is beautiful just the same.

I have enjoyed the uniqueness of each card and the new things I learned along the way.

Have a wonderful day and take some time to be still and enjoy some peace and quiet, it will revive and energize you.

Merry Christmas!

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

A couple of weeks ago I bought Altenew’s new Starry Night and Holiday Bow Stamp & Die Sets. I am really enjoying both of them and have a few cards today highlighting those sets.

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This is the first card I want to share with you.  Here are the materials I used to make my card. The links are to the retailer’s website but not to the specific product.

Altenew Holiday Bow Stamp & Die Set, Altenew Starry Night Stamp Set, Versamark Ink, Ranger Silver and Gold Embossing Powders, Nuvo Crystal Drops in colors: Dandelion Yellow, Woodland Green, Red Berry, Caribbean Ocean, Blue Lagoon (Glitter Drops), Glitter Card Stock, Vellum, Navy Blue Card Stock, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White #80 and #110, Hero Arts Shadow Ink Pale Tomato Mid-tone, Umbrella Crafts Ruby Red, Fun Stampers Journey True Color Fusion Cranberry Bliss, David Tutera sequins & rhinestones, and clear sequins.

My next card is so pretty in person because you can see the irridescent embossing powder in the background so much nicer than in the picture and it really adds sparkle and texture.

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Altenew Holiday Bow Stamp & Die Set, Altenew Starry Night Stamp, Altenew Crisp Die Inks: Forest Glades, Heart Beat, Vineyard Berry, Espresso, Olive, Moss, Warm Sunshine, Black Gel Pen, Versamark Ink, Ranger Holographic Embossing Powder, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card stock #80, and #110.

My last card is so pretty in person. I absolutely love the new Avery Elle Beautiful Bow Stamp Set. It is simply gorgeous when stamped on vellum and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I am already playing around with new designs using it. 🙂

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Altenew Starry Night Stamp & Die Set, Avery Elle Beautiful Bow Stamp Set, Ranger Gold Embossing Powder, Umbrella Crafts White Pigment Ink, Vellum, Craft Smith Gold Noir Paper Pad (12×12) found at Michael’s craft store, Craft Smith Say Freeze Paper Pad (6×6) found at Michael’s craft store, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Card Stock #80, #110, Stampendous Clear Detail Embossing Powder.

When making this card I did not have enough matte finished gold card stock so I used a piece of 12×12 card stock that was a white and gold stripe. I cut the gold stripes out of it to use as a trim on my card. If you have gold card stock then you do not need the paper pad that I listed.

I Am Grateful

Hello there! Today I am spotlighting a thank you card I recently made for a friend. It is using a Hero Arts stamp set that I bought last fall (2017) but didn’t seem to have the best ink colors to make the stamp looks its best. However, this year I have wonderful Altenew inks that were perfect for making this layered sunflower. I hope you like it.

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Here are the supplies I used:

Hero Arts Sunflowers and Gourds(MH0917C) Stamp & Die Set, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Buttercream, Warm Sunshine, Caramel Truffle, Rocky Shore, Espresso, Forest Glades, Evergreen, Our Daily Bread With Much Thanks Stamp Set, Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Peeled Paint, Stormy Sky, Gina K Designs Dye Ink: In The Navy, Honey Bee Stamps Outdoor Scene Builder Stencils, Neenah Solar White card stock #80, #110.

September Birthdays

September is a big month for birthdays in my family and with my friends so this year I had some fun with a new stamp set from Hero Arts and Avery Elle.

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In this card I used the following materials:

Hero Arts CM191 Fall Trees Stamp Set, Avery Elle Big Birthday Stamp Set, Altenew‘s Crisp Dye Inks: Orange Cream and Autumn Blaze, Umbrella Crafts Inks: Tanned Leather and Sunbeam, Lawn Fawn Ink: Lobster, Simon Says Stamps Ink: Lucky, Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Stampendous Clear Embossing Powder, Ranger Archival Ink: Leaf Green, Versamark Ink, Neenah Solar White cardstock: #80 and #110 and black cardstock.