Alcohol Ink, Altenew, Florals, Gina Marie Designs, Label Love, Ranger Alcohol Ink, Stampin Up, Stitched Oval Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Tim Holtz

Alcohol Ink Happiness!

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It was about a month ago that I invested in some Ranger and Pinata Alcohol Inks , and began a fun, albeit sometimes frustrating journey!  The inks are so changeable, so fluid, so fascinating and they become something astonishing!  This is one of my earlier prints, made by blowing the ink and 91% alcohol with a straw to form the petals!  The yellow and purple are opposites on the color wheel so really POP together, don’t you think?  My card base is embossed with a folder by Stampin Up called Petal Burst and the sentiment is from their retired set called So In Love.  Pretty purple jewels accent the sentiment.  

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When I sit down to play with my alcohol inks, I’m ALWAYS surprised by what happens!  This print was a VERY happy surprise!  I think I created it by blowing the ink and alcohol with a straw; so many prints, so much time…one forgets!  😀  Anyway, I love the added Ranger Mixative Gold which just goes where it wants to!  I die-cut the print with my Gina Marie Designs Stitched Rectangle die, mounted the panel onto a piece of gold metallic paper then onto the black card base.  
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My sentiment is heat-embossed in black using Altenew’s Label Love stamp set.  I mounted it on a piece of double-stick foam tape for a little dimension.  
Coneflower Cling, Florals, Kuretake Gansai Tambi Water Color Paint, Water Colored Cards

Stampendous Coneflower Cling Set

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What a delight it was to stamp out Coneflower given to me by Stampendous!!  I couldn’t wait to ink it up and play!  For this card I began by heat-embossing the lower flowers in white onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper, then masking in order to stamp the one on top.  I used my Gansai Tambi watercolors and added layers and layers of color, using my water brush to soften and blend.  I added the brown around the image, then stamped very lightly down the right side with an older Stampin Up text stamp, and finally, added the Sunshine sentiment from the set on top of that.  As always, I like to spatter paint for more texture and interest.  To keep it simple, I adhered the panel onto a white base card.  

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When I begin a card, I choose colors that are opposites on the color wheel as they have the most visual impact and appeal.  Blue and orange are such colors and I really enjoyed painting this!   I used the same older Stampin Up text stamp and another sentiment from the Coneflower Cling set to complete this fairly simple, yet striking card!  Note the white border around this one: I taped the watercolor paper to my Epicurean cutting board with painters tape to keep it from warping as I painted and to make that border.  More spatters complete this card!  I hope you like it!  🙂  

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Altenew, Distress Inks, Florals, Layered Floral Cover Dies, Stenciled Cards, Thinking of You

More Layered Floral Cover Dies!

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These fabulous Layered Floral Cover dies from Altenew are so versatile! And they’re on sale right now!!  For this card, I cut panels of Neenah Index white card stock with both Plate A and Plate B, and then used them as stencils!  How cool is THAT?!  I used Ranger Distress inks in Black Soot, Pumice Stone, Peeled Paint and Worn Lipstick to sponge the color through the “stencils”, creating a quick and easy one-layer card.  I roughed up the edges with my scissors, sponged more Black Soot around the edge and attached it to a layer of white, then the base card of white.  I’m not sure who makes the sentiment I used, but I stamped it onto a strip of vellum with Versafine Onyx Black ink, then attached it with two green brads.  I really love how this turned out!  🙂  
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In much the same manner, I created this card using Distress inks in Fired Brick, Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint and Broken China.  So simple to just sponge through the stencils I created with regular weight card stock!  I adhered the panel to a piece of Bazzill white and stamped out an older Stampin Up sentiment on a piece of scrap white and lifted it a little with a piece of fun foam beneath.  I hope you like these cards and if you have the dies, make a stencil and have fun!  🙂  
Florals, Gina Marie Designs, Hero Arts, Kuretake Gansai Tambi Water Color Paint, Magnificent Magnolias, Ribbon Messages Stamp & Cut, Stitched Oval Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Sympathy, The Ton, Water Colored Cards

The Ton Magnificent Magnolias

What fun I had stamping out and coloring all these images from The Ton’s Magnificent Magnolia’s set!  I heat-embossed the magnolias in white onto Strathmore Watercolor paper, then used my Gansai Tambi watercolors to paint the image.  I cut the circle with Gina Marie Designs Stitched Oval dies,  and mounted it above a die-cut frame of soft yellow vellum.  The base card was embossed with Sizzix Floral Tapestry embossing folder.  Hero Arts Ribbon Messages sentiment and die-cut banner and a sprinkle of sequins completed this beautiful sympathy card.
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This sentiment is from the set as well~

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I had this black & gold embossed background in my stash; it was made with Stampendous Jumbo Dahlia which I believe is no longer available on their website.


Dahlias, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Penny Black, Thinking of You, Water Colored Cards

Penny Black Dahlias

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I’ve had this Penny Black Dahlia‘s  set for about a year but have only used it twice for these two cards, which I actually LOVE and may never sell or send!!  😀  To begin, I taped around the edges of a cut-down piece of Canson watercolor paper (with painters tape) to create a border.  I then stamped and heat-embossed my images in white and colored them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, adding water with a water brush.  I used a very wet, paint-dampened brush to loosely fill in the center of the panel with gray and soft yellow.  A spattering of white craft paint and gray ink were added.  Once the ink was dry, I carefully removed the painters tape, revealing a lovely, crisp border!  I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black ink (waterproof) and added little jewels to accent the flowers.  The finished panel was adhered to a base card of soft gray.
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I don’t know why these two cards move me so much!  Every time I look at them, I get a “squishy” feeling in my heart!  What on earth???  The subtle beauty of the gray paired with the purples above and the brighter red/orange below, and the simplicity of the designs appeal to me very much!  Okay!  Enough of that!  I pretty much made this card in the same way as the first one; Canson watercolor paper taped down, Zig markers, water brush, and a less-subtle spattering of paints!  I hope you love these as much as I do!
Florals, Kuretake, Simon Says Stamp, Spring, Uncategorized, Winter Flowers

Simon Says Stamp Winter Flowers

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Can you believe this is a pointsettia?! It’s from Simon Says Stamp’s Winter Flowers set and I challenged another stamper on Instagram to use it in a non-holiday way and this is my take!  Unfortunately, I embossed the image in gold onto Neenah Index white cardstock instead of heavier watercolor paper, so as you can see, my coloring pilled the paper a bit.  I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers in shades of pink and peach.  Thankfully I had the coordinating dies to cut out the images, and just layered them to the faux wood panel using double-stick foam tape.  That was adhered to a base card of green Bazzill card stock.  A few sequins and a twist of gold cording, then the sentiment embossed in gold completed this fun card!

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