Alcohol Ink, Brutus Monroe, Christmas, Deco Foils, Ranger Alcohol Ink

Inky Ornaments

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I was totally inspired by the unbelievably beautiful ornament cards which my Instagram friend, Karen Janet from Little Blessings blog made recently; her cards took my breath away and I couldn’t wait to try making one myself!  Unfortunately, I don’t have any ornament dies so I had to make do with my Stitched Oval dies instead.  Let me share how I made my card!
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First of all, to create my ornaments, I used my alcohol inks on the back of a piece of Kirkland photo paper, letting the colors swirl and blend.  While the ink was still tacky, I pressed on a sheet of Gold Deco Foil which left behind the beautiful shimmery flecks!  When the ink was completely dry, I cut the shapes with Stitched Oval dies and set them aside to make my background!
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On a panel of black card stock, I heat-embossed in gold the pine branch from Stampin Up’s Ornamental Pine then the stars from their retired set, Winter Wishes.  Before I mounted this panel to a layer of textured gold paper, I punched a hole in the ovals so I could add some gold string.  I attached the larger ornament to the black panel with Thermoweb Sticky Tape Runner, then the smaller one with 3D Foam Squares from Thermoweb to lift it up.  The string was taped down on the back.
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Lastly, I glued a gold sequin to cover the holes on both ornaments and added the sentiment in gold embossing.  I absolutely love Karen’s cards and am thrilled with how mine turned out as well!  I’ll be making more of these, you can be sure!

 

Alcohol Ink, Brutus Monroe, Lift Ink, Paint Spots Mixed Media Stencil, Ranger Alcohol Ink, Stenciled Cards, Surface Inks, Tim Holtz

To Infinity…

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Welcome back to the blog!  I’m sharing another galaxy card because my good friend, Janice, just gave me the new Tim Holtz Alcohol Lift Ink and this is my first card using it!!  How cool is this stuff??!!  To create my card, I began with an alcohol ink print that I’ve had for a while and decided to see how the Lift Ink would work through a stencil!  If you look closely, you’ll see the bokeh effect which I made by using Brutus Monroe’s Paint Spots Mixed Media Stencil.  I laid it over my print then tapped a sponge dauber into the Lift Ink and pressed it into the stencil dots.  When all the dots were covered I removed the stencil, and first blotted the Lift Ink away then rubbed in a circular motion to remove any residue.  Voila!!  The Lift Ink indeed lifted the alcohol ink, leaving behind my soft bokeh!  
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I then pulled out my little stars stamp and inked it up with Lift and applied it in the same manner.  It didn’t show up very well after blotting and rubbing, so I stamped more stars and embossed them in silver.  You can see that the powder stuck to my inked background and despite my attempts to brush off the excess, some stayed behind and was embossed.  But I still think it’s pretty!  
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I had already die-cut the alcohol inked panel with Stitched Rectangle dies, so attached it to a panel of white, then to a black card base.  I stamped the sentiment from Neat & Tangled’s Celebrate You set onto a strip of white card stock, then attached it with two silver brads and made a little bend.  
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The Paint Spots stencil is so versatile and I love how this card turned out!  I’m also looking forward to playing with Lift Ink again!  Reach for the stars, friend and “create your own ending”!  
Alcohol Ink, Break The Rules, Brutus Monroe, Deco Foils, Florals, Ranger Alcohol Ink, Sunrise Foil Transfer Sheet, Tim Holtz

Foiled Again!

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Welcome back!  This week’s Inspiration Team’s blog hop assignment was to create something other than a card using the new Brutus Monroe Deco Foils!  It took me a while to think on it and then remembered how beautifully foil adheres to alcohol ink while it’s still tacky!  So I got out my neglected inks and all the paraphernalia and went to town!  This particular photo doesn’t really show the accents of foil but don’t worry!  I’ll share lots more!
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This is an 8X8 inch glazed tile from Home Depot and to begin, I wiped it clean with a cotton ball dampened with 70% rubbing alcohol.  When it was dry, I went a little crazy with my inks!  I created a background which isn’t even visible, using some yellow and brown ink, blowing it around the tile with my air compressor.  I then just added drops of color, reds, orange, yellow, pinks, and white, moving each drop with the compressor before adding the next color and layer.  I love making flowers this way; I added some greens and a little brown alcohol ink to make the leaves.
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When I was satisfied with the overall design and the ink was not quite dry, I simply laid the Sunrise Foil Transfer Sheet onto my tile, rubbed it gently then pulled it back to reveal beautiful speckles and sparkles of foil!  I think it adds a really cool dimension to my design!
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The next step was to draw the petals and leaf lines around the patterns, creating more definite blossoms with a black and a white Posca paint pen.  That really made the flowers stand out!
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The center of my tile looked a bit empty so I decided to “break the rules”!  I don’t know if you’re supposed to heat-emboss on tile but I went for it!  I stamped the sentiment from Brutus Monroe’s Break The Rules stamp set directly onto my tile with white embossing ink and powder and heat-set it.  Unfortunately, it didn’t emboss as clearly as I wanted so I heat-embossed it again onto a square of vellum, punched it out with a scalloped circle punch then glued it directly over the sentiment I’d already added to the tile using Crystal Effects.
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You can really see the bits of Sunrise foil on this photo!  This was VERY messy (my arms and hands are covered with splatters of alcohol inks!) but so much fun!  I’m going to glaze my tile to seal in all the glorious color and gift it to someone!  I think it’d look great as a trivet or hanging on a wall, don’t you?!  Just wait until you see what Marie,  Berina and Waleska have done!

 

Alcohol Ink, Florals, Penny Black, Ranger Alcohol Ink, Sweet Perfume, Thank You, Tim Holtz

Penny Black Sweet Perfume

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This card is a first for me!  I heat-embossed Sweet Perfume by Penny Black onto the back of Kirkland photo paper, then colored it in using Ranger Alcohol Inks!  I made a video of the process but unfortunately, discovered that at some point I changed the setting to slow-motion so I can’t post it.  GAHHH!!  Anyway, this wasn’t the same as using water color paints, as the ink moved differently.  But I still enjoyed the process!  Instead of dropping ink directly onto the image, I painted with it.  
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When I finished painting, I trimmed down the panel and adhered it to a layer of black card stock then to a base card of Stampin’ Up Crumb Cake card stock.  The sentiment is one of my favorites, made by Wplus9 in the Beautiful Bouquet-Ranunculus set.  I stamped it out with Versafine Onyx Black permanent ink onto a scrap of Bristol Smooth card stock, then lifted it with a strip of foam tape.  Two raspberry jewels accent the sentiment. 
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The last thing I did was spatter a little white craft paint over the image.  I just really like to do that!  🙂  

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Alcohol Ink, Altenew, Charmed, Florals, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Ranger Alcohol Ink, Water Colored Cards

Altenew Charmed

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I absolutely love Charmed by Altenew!!  I love the squiggly lines that make up the image and I love to paint inside of them!  This card began with an alcohol print I’d made by pressing the back of a piece of Kirkland photo paper onto my ink-saturated surface!  I think it makes a beautiful background for this card; after stamping the image and a script stamp several times onto the paper with Versafine Onyx Black permanent ink, I set it aside to color my Scan N Cut image using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  
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After trimming the print down and adhering it to a layer of aqua card stock, I mounted the flowers with pieces of foam tape for lift.  I then die-cut the black leaf sprigs and tucked them beneath the blossoms.  
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The last step was to attach the card to a black card base and photograph!!  
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Hahaha!  I just noticed what appears to be finger prints in the lower left hand corner!!  How’s that for the “personal touch”??!!  😀  
Alcohol Ink, Altenew, Florals, Gina Marie Designs, Handwritten Sentiments, Label Love, Ranger Alcohol Ink, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Thank You, Tim Holtz, Wild Hibiscus

Drunken Flowers!

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I’m sharing more alcohol ink prints which I made into cards!  I seem to have a knack for creating colorful, splashy florals!  To achieve the petal formations, I used my new Masters air compressor!  What a difference it makes in moving the ink!  On the back of a 4×6 inch piece of Kirkland photo paper I place a drop of ink down, then add a drop of 91% alcohol and hit it with a shot of air.  I keep doing this repeatedly, using different colors and directing the air as I go and turning the paper.  Layers and layers go into this process with beautiful results.  For this card I cut the panel down with Gina Marie Designs Rectangle dies, then adhered it to a panel of white.  I cut a strip of black and white patterned paper and placed it behind the panel, then mounted it onto a black card base.  Finally, I stamped out the sentiment on a scrap of paper, glued on the little jewels and attached it to the top of the card.  I kinda love it!  🙂  
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This print looks almost 3D, doesn’t it?!  I trimmed it down to a square and attached it to a white card base upon which I’d stamped out one of the images from Altenew’s Wild Hibiscus set.  The sentiment is from Altenew’s Label Love set, heat-embossed with black and mounted on a strip of double-stick foam tape.  
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This is the other half of the print above, mounted on a piece of aqua card stock and then to a piece of chevron patterned paper.  The base card is shimmery aqua card stock which I purchased at A.C. Moore.  I stamped out the sentiment from Wplus9’s Beautiful Bouquet Ranunculus stamp set using Versafine Onyx Black permanent ink and attached it to the card.  
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I’m really enjoying looking at these as I write this post!  The card above was quick and easy to make!  I trimmed down the 4×6 print to fit my card, mounted it to a layer of white card stock, then added a strip of black and white patterned paper along the side.  I then attached it to my white card base.  The sentiment is from Tim Holtz Handwritten Sentiments and I heat-embossed it in white directly onto the inked panel.  It’s important to be very careful not to melt or distort the print with the heat!  
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This final card was a quick one!  I cut the print into three graduated sizes, adhered the sections to a layer of white card stock, then mounted it onto another layer of white, and finally, onto the purple base card.  I had stamped a floral image using Versamark onto the base but very little of it shows.  An old Stampin Up sentiment completes my card!