March 24, 2020

Beautiful Friend Card

I can now say I am officially hooked on using Alcohol inks. I made my first real background using 3 colors of inks with a gold mixative and it came out just beautiful. When alcohol ink is mixed with 91% isopropyl alcohol it just flows across the surface and I was even surprised at the way the colors flowed together to make the gorgeous background.

I just recently purchased a fun My Favorite Things word die that says BEAUTIFUL. The die has an outline that works well with a decorative background, so it was perfect for a multi-color alcohol ink background. I used the negative part of the card I die cut from to frame the inner outline then backed it with the colorful background I made. I was so happy with the way it came out and just added a small scrip 'Friend' word at the bottom to complete the card.

Alcohol Inks - Ranger
Beautiful Die - My Favorite Things
Alcohol Ink Background - Opaque White Grafix Craft Plastic
Finished Card Size - 4-1/2" x 5-1/2"

March 18, 2020

Friendship Card Using Alcohol Inks

I just discovered Alcohol inks and am having so much creative fun using them. Now I've been a card-crafter for many years and I know Alcohol inks have been around a while, so WHY haven't I tried them sooner? Good question. It all started when I saw this gorgeous leaf card on YouTube made by Loll Thompson. The leaves were die cut from an alcohol ink piece and the colors just struck me. I had to try and make this card!

With coupons in hand, off I went to Joann's and purchased several bottles. I watched the video of how she made the card and tried to duplicate it. My colors came out a little different but I still was very pleased with the result. The leaves and frame are raised on the card with pop dots to give the card dimension.

Card Size - 5" x 6-1/2"
Alcohol Inks - Ranger
Leaf Die - Lively Creative Die by Penny Black
Cardstock For Leaves - Stampin' Up! Glossy Cardstock
Stamped Friendship Sentiment - Close to My Heart

Loll's Video

January 28, 2020

Valentine's Day Owl Card

After making the Top Note owl card in the last post and idea popped in my head. I had purchased some of the little Stampin' Up! heart cups last year but never used them. I thought they would look cute filled with candy on the front of that little owl. I grabbed my Stampin' Up! Sweetheart stamp set and used the "be mine" stamp at the center of the front Top Note die cut. I then punched the heart out with the coordinating punch and put in the clear heart cup. I found some Palmer Double Crisp Chocolate hearts at the grocery store and they fit perfectly in the little cups. The chocolates were wrapped in a red foil wrapper with white mini hearts on them, so I loved that look. Another change I made (from the owl in the post below) is that I added a sparkle paper for part of the eye to give it a little bling. I also folded the scalloped circles in half to give the wings more of a "wing" look. The last step was to stamp "Happy Valentine's Day" on another Top Note die cut and add it to the inside. Isn't it cute?

January 22, 2020

Stampin' Up! Top Note Die

The Top Note die from Stampin' Up! Do you have one in your collection? I bought one several years ago (it's retired now) and just love to see what creative things I can make with the die cuts. I have a card on my card tree that I received a few years back of an owl made with the die cuts. Today I decided I'd make a few of those cute little owls as Valentine's Day cards.

The owl only takes 3 of the Top Note die cuts, some heart shapes (for feet and beak), some round punch shapes (for eyes) and a couple of scallop circles for wings. I had everything to make the owl except for the 1-3/4" scallop punch. Thankfully, I have an understanding husband who doesn't mind getting out on a cold, rainy, dreary day to take me to Joann's to buy a punch. Isn't it cute? I went on YouTube and found a few videos of how to make the owls, which helped in getting everything lined up. Now I want to see what other fun cards can be made with the Top Note die cuts.

January 16, 2020

Valentine Cards

It's time to get going on Valentine Cards, so I decided to make one like the stacked shell die cut cards in the previous post. I die cut the shells in red and added small white pearls as before, a white sheer ribbon and bow, then added the stamped Valentine sentiment die cut.

December 23, 2019

Spellbinders Shells Duality Die

My latest card is inspired by a wonderful die I received as a Christmas gift. The die is from Spellbinders and is a Shapeabilities die called Shells Duality. I hadn't seen this shape die before and I immediately thought of it as a border die, which it is. But as I always do, I went to the Internet to see if there were other ideas for making cards with this die. There were only a couple of card samples and one was an elegant card I really liked.

The card idea was from Becca Feeken (Amazing Paper Grace), who makes the most gorgeous, elegant cards. On her card, the shell die cuts made up the background of the card, and that's the one I wanted to make. She showed how to stack the borders by inter-lacing them together for the background, so that's what I did. Then I added a white ribbon and bow to the front then added small white pearls to each shell shape. I stamped a simple Thinking of You sentiment on a die cut label and added that to the front right side. The only thing I did different was to turn the die cuts the opposite way that Becca had them so they would have more of a 'heart' shape look.

Base Card Stock - HP Glossy Greeting Card Stock
Blue Card Stock - Bazzill Basics Whirley Pop Card Stock
Die - Spellbinders Shells Duality
Thinking Of You Image - Stampin' Up!

Becca's Blog Post