I hope everyone is doing ok and having a good week so far. I’m all good, yep, no complaints here, thanks for asking. I’m trying to keep things VERY short and sweet as I have SEVEN cards for you today….! Please, don’t run away in horror. I will keep the jibber-jabbering to a minimum. Way, way down. Or at least low…. definitely low… ish levels. Medium at most for sure.
Right. As many others are, I’m currently completely crushing on alcohol inks and playing with them is so much fun I’ve ended up with a ridiculously big pile of backgrounds and panels. I have a little Instagram video of one I made if you want to see.
I told myself I’m not allowed to make another one until I have made a sizeable dent in that pile. Challenge set, I needed some help from some other fab companies to stamp, diecuts, card stock and heat emboss sentiments. Thankfully for me I have some fantastic stuff from, amongst others: MFT Stamps, Concord & 9th and Altenew.
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Now that’s all out of the way, let’s dive in, shall we? For my first two cards, I used a background created using a mix of alcohol inks, Copic marker refills and Minc foil. I cut out a panel using a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle stackable diecut and then ran it through my BigShot again with the Concord & 9th Cuddles and Hugs die. Using it again, but this time with TonicStudios Rose Platinum mirror card stock, I set that aside and with the skinny ‘hugs’ I ran that through as well using MFT Brushed Gold card stock.
The first card was easy enough to assemble, I cut a card base out of Lawn Fawn Raspberry card stock, scored and folded it. Cutting a slightly smaller rectangle out of the same Rose Platinum card stock, I added that to the card base with 1mm thick foam sheet cut to size. The alcohol ink panel was added the same way AND because clearly there were not enough layers and dimension already, I also layered the ‘hugs’ with foam sheet. The skinny “border” around the word I added without any foam tape to make sure it was laying lower than the hugs itself. I love how this turned out! A few, or many depending on your definition of ‘few’, Rose Gold sequins later all the card needed was a little something to finish off the sentiment.
The stamp set Cuddles & Hugs has some sweet sentiments but the one I wanted to use, ‘make everything better’, was too big. I solved this problem by stamping the words in a line rather than stacked on top of each other as they are in the stamp. This was heat embossed using Altenew Golden Peach Crisp Embossing Powder on a slim strip of pale grey card stock and, once cooled, adhered to the card with foam tape.
Card no2 was a lot simpler as the sentiment was already cut out. I only needed another one cut out in foam sheet to raise the ‘hugs’ up. On a panel of pale grey card stock I heat embossed the hearts from the stamp set using the same Golden Peach Crisp Embossing Powder. I also stamped ‘& lots of birthday wishes’ in the bottom right corner using Altenew Silver Stone and Industrial Diamond ink. I used the darker one to create a shaded look. This whole shebang was added to a white card base with…. *drum roll*… foam sheet cut to size! A smattering (again, depending on your definition) of Rose Gold sequins later and all done!
Moving swiftly on to cards no3 and no4 I got a white and a pale grey card base out as well as the Concord & 9th Lace Leaf stamp set. I wanted to heat emboss that gorgeous leaf on top of a blue, green and yellow alcohol ink piece I had made but I wasn’t sure how the Yupo paper would hold up so a lot of caution was exercised here! I actually cut out all the leaves before I heat embossed them, with the Grateful Leaf coordinating die, this made it slightly trickier to stamp it but I thought if one catches fire, at least the whole thing doesn’t go up in flames..!
On two I used Altenew Platinum Crisp Embossing Powder and, on another two, I used Altenew Antique Gold. On my first try, the paper warped a little bit. Presumably because it got too hot so on my next try, I pre-heated my heat gun and then used it in bursts, alternating with puffing on it to cool it down in-between. That seemed to work pretty well as there was hardly any warping on the next three.
On the white card base I stamped ‘I hear the most amazing people are born in March’ from the Concord & 9th All Year Long stamp set This is a brilliant set as you can use it for EVERYONE by mixing and matching the sentiments with the months of the year. Genius idea, Concord & 9th! The inks I used are the same grey ones from Altenew as I used on card no2. I adhered the two leaves together, with foam tape, so they are layered and showing as much as possible of all those delicious colours. With a little bit of gold twine, I made a bow around the stalks, before adding them to the card base.
Card no4 has a much more elaborate background. I simply stamped the Lace Leaf stamp with VersaMark ink all over it to create a patterned paper background, I layered the leaves together with foam tape again, did another bow and on a small strip of the same colour card stock as the base is, I heat embossed ‘Perfect friend in every way’.
I used the same Altenew Antique Gold embossing powder as the leaves were done in to keep it cohesive. The words in the sentiment are available in the Concord & 9th stamp set Best Banners. As a finishing touch, I added some details with Nuvo Crystal Drops in Pale Gold in between the leaves.
Alright, are you still with me? Need a break? Take one, I will be here jibber-jabbering when you get back, lol!
Card no5 is super simple! The alcohol inks on this one are just blue, Sailboat Blue and Stonewashed, and plenty of white space left.
I simply added double sided tape to a white card base, glued down the piece and then trimmed off the excess with scissors.
Out came Concord & 9th’s Say Hello die and I cut one of the big ones out in pale grey card stock as well as 1.9mm thick foam tape, and the skinny hello out of silver glitter card stock. These were all adhered together and added to the card. BAM! Done! I might add some sequins to this later… maybe. Glitter card stock is so hard to photograph but I’ve tried to capture just how glittery it is here.
Card no6 and no7 are another couple of cards with very simple design. I used the Say Hello die cut again, this time on a purple and silver alcohol ink panel. Setting the positive and negative pieces aside for the moment, I got more foam sheets out. I used a 1.9mm thick one again, it worked quite well to create some drama on an otherwise quite plain card. Ok, not that alcohol ink cards can be plain. Bad choice of words… one-layer or flat-ish card works better.
With various shades of purple linen textured card stock, I cut out 6 pieces all-together: 2 foam sheet bits, 2 big hello’s and 2 skinny hello’s. For the first one, I made a card base out of Lawn Fawn Sugarplum purple card stock and that one was getting the alcohol ink big hello on it. I layered that up and then added the skinny hello, which was cut out of dark purple card stock.
This was getting waaaaaay too CAS for me though! What could I add to the card base to add some interest without making it too fussy? I toyed with the idea of adding some texture paste with a stencil, but I’ve not been so happy with how much the card stock warps when I’ve done that in the past so that idea was scrapped. I nearly added enamel accents but then an old white Posca pen grabbed my attention.. Ah, this was exactly what I was looking for!
I added dots of various sizes in a Milky Way kind of look across the card base, from the top left corner to the bottom left one. I must admit that this took a lot of patience and I was a bit annoyed at the end but it turned out great so well worth the effort. Smacking on the sentiment, the card was done!
Card no7 was also made with a purple card base and I added the alcohol ink panel with the cutout in it, directly to this. The ‘Hello’ was white foam sheet, white linen textured card stock and a light purple skinny hello on top. Once these were layered together, I carefully added this to the hole in the background.
That skinny border was discarded so the purple card base would show around the white ‘Hello’. I still haven’t decided about sequins on this one or not. Maybe it doesn’t need any? Gah, the struggle is real!! What to do??
For now, I think I will step away and maybe have a look at these with fresh eyes another day and in the meantime I’m allowed to play with my alcohol inks again!!
That’s it from me for today. Yes, really! I know this was a really long one but if you managed to hang in there until the end, you deserve a cookie. Yes, you do!
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Happy crafting and lots of love from Erica