Monday, May 20, 2019

Playing with alcohol inks

I've had the original alcohol inks for many years, but haven't used them in quite a while until recently.  I've been trying to remember how I used to create with them.  I soon realized that I needed some new colors and ordered them, along with some of Tim Holtz newer papers - Yupo, Brushed Silver, Silver Sparkle.  I also pulled out some of my very old glossy white paper.  Then, I started creating large messes.  Here's a few of my recent creations.
I've also been collecting new dies that I can use with these backgrounds.  Here's some that I have been working with.

These cards aren't finished, but still a work in progress.  I have more elements that I'm trying.
I'll keep playing and see what finished cards I can create.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Another alcohol ink card

I learned the technique for this card and my previous post from Jennifer McGuire's blog.  It seems that I link to her blog frequently.  That is because I learn so much from her.  My only problem is that if I need to order something she has used, the companies are frequently sold out - probably because many other card makers also follow her blog and she makes things look so easy.

Since I had to wait for the Tim Holtz Silver Sparkle cardstock to be available again, I had time to order some new dies also.  I also ordered some new colors of alcohol ink, but they haven't arrived yet, so I used what I had on hand.

The border die and the sentiment die were both made by Creative Expressions and ordered from 123 Stitch.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Alcohol ink card

Today I finished up a card for a dear family member with a recent breast cancer diagnosis.  The background was made with alcohol inks on Tim Holtz Silver Sparkle cardstock, made for alcohol inks.  The tulip die is from Simon Says Stamp.  The gold decorative strip is made with a Memory Box die and the sentiment is a stamp & die set by Elizabeth Craft.

The inside message is a wood mounted rubber stamp from Verses Rubber Stamps.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Card parts assembled

This afternoon I assembled card parts into cards.  I have been creating backgrounds, flowers and frames.  Today I assembled a few of the parts into cards.  Most of them have no sentiments added yet because I'm not sure how they will be used.  The first 4 have backgrounds made from alcohol inks on glossy paper.






These last 3 cards, on ovals, are made with this die on watercolored paper.



Monday, May 6, 2019

Die cut frames

I recently purchased some Art Impressions dies (rectangles and ovals) with double stitching.  I learned that they arrive attached to each other with small wires.  Before cutting them apart, I discovered that I can cut the entire set and get a lot of double stitched frames.  I used them to cut frames in several colors to have on hand to go with my backgrounds.



These parts will be combined to create cards, along with other die cut flowers, butterflies and sentiments.  I will also be working on more backgrounds to use for cards, using alcohol inks and watercolors.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Bird Bath watercolor, again

After I made these cards with what I had on hand, I decided to go to Art Impressions and watch their video on how to use these bird bath stamps.  I realized I needed buy some more supplies.  Here are the sets I used in this card.
In addition, I used ink and watercolor brushes, watercolor paper, dies, etc.
I used Distress inks instead of markers to color the stamps.  I added an embossed layer under the main image, but think it's a bit busy.  I'll try again another time.  It seems nothing is as easy as it appears when others do it.


Saturday, May 4, 2019

Sympathy card



I took 2 photos of this card.  The first one was taken with my camera and the second one was taken with my phone.  I was trying to show the shimmer, but it still isn't visible in photos.  I used Tim Holtz Brushed Silver Alcohol Ink cardstock.  The color is added with Alcohol Pearl Inks.  The shimmer is lovely in real life, but not in photos.  The butterfly was made in this post and is attached only at the middle (body), leaving the double sided wings to be lifted.  The frame is made using 2 sizes of double stitched rectangle dies from Art Impressions.

This sentiment on the inside is made with a very old unmounted rubber stamp, so I don't know the source.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Bird bath cards

I recently purchased some Hero Arts dies with birds in them.  I also purchased a watercolor set of stamps from Art Impressions (Bird Bath Set).  I created the stamped bird bath on watercolor paper and used that inside the die cuts.  I mounted these on frame layers made with embossing folders.  Here's the result.


Sunday, April 7, 2019

Another card from die cuts

I made this background earlier, after watching Kristina Werner's video Here.  I don't remember which colors of ink I used, but they were obviously yellows and greens.  They went well with the die cut that I had cut out of green.  When I made it, I had no backgrounds that worked with it.  These 2 discards paired to make a pleasant combination.
I added the butterfly that I had waiting to be used and a die cut sentiment.  The butterfly's right wing is popped on some foam tape.   I decided this card would go to a relative who is awaiting medical tests to confirm a serious illness,  so I added this sentiment to the inside of the card.

This sentiment is from a wood mounted stamp by Verses Rubber Stamps.  I've had it a long time, but it seemed appropriate for this occasion.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Cards from dies

For the last week or so, I've been creating die cuts from some of my new dies.  I've also created some backgrounds, using watercolors and alcohol inks.  Today, I assembled a few cards using these pieces.
This card uses an alcohol ink background and 3 die cuts, mounted on a yellow card base.
This card is made from a watercolor background and several dies, mounted on a white card base
This card was made with a watercolor background and 2 dies, plus the sentiment stamp.  I chose a cream card base for this one.
This card is much more visible in person.  The background is made with Pearl alcohol inks, with the die cuts made with pearlescent cardstock.  It is mounted on a white card base, which doesn't show from the front.