Sunday, August 25, 2019

Alcohol Ink Meets Gold Foil Background

Have you seen the technique that involves Alcohol Inks and Foil?
So pretty but...if you are like me....get ready to get messy!

The card I made for a friend had just gold foil but I forgot to take pictures.  I created more samples because I had so much fun with the technique. This time I made sure to take a photo.  In the picture below I used both gold and black foil.  Click on the photo to get a better view.

Isn't it gorgeous!  It reminds me of marble and it's so easy.  Just play with your alcohol inks and just before it totally dries, burnish foil over it with your finger.  Where it is tacky, some of the foil will stick.  I used the Yupo paper for the alcohol inks so I have no idea how it will work on anything else.  Trial and error I guess.  

Here is my finished card.

Here is 
Kelly Latevola

 if you want to see how it is made.  Her cards are beautiful. go get this blue and teal alcohol ink off my arms and hands!  Might have to google as scrubbing did not work!  If anyone has as trick...please let me know!


Alcohol Ink colors used
Mermaid, Stream, Sailboat Blue, Eggplant, Purple Twilight, Amethyst
Heidi Swapp Minc Gold Foil
Yupo Paper
Tim Holtz Alcohol Blend Solution
Tattered Blossoms Flowers Die Set
Hot off the Press "Whimsical Words & Doodles"

Saturday, August 24, 2019

52 CCT August Technique Challenge

It's my last week hosting the challenges at 52CCT.  I had so much fun this month.  This time I chose something I have not done in years.  A challenge that involves color and a WOW affect.   It's called Joseph's coat technique

This is how you begin....start sponging ink onto a glossy or matt as much color as you want and where-ever you want them.  I made sure to dust it after the color was down because the next step is to heat emboss. I did not want any stray embossing powder to stick where I did not want it.

Next, stamp a background image or a bunch of little images with Versamark and emboss using a clear embossing powder.

Now use a brayer or sponge or direct ink pad to paper to cover the whole paper with a dark ink.  I used Staz-On black here with a brayer. Here is where the WOW affect comes in.  Wipe the ink off the embossed areas and it will now allow the color you put down first to show through. 

Here are two more that I did.  I have not made them into Christmas  cards yet.  I used black but remember....any dark color over the top will work. 

I hope you give this technique a try!  If you do, head on over to 52CCT to share with us.  We would love to see what you came up with.  


Sunday, August 18, 2019

All Geared Up for a Birthday

Have you ever failed at sending out birthday cards to family members?  No?  Just me?  Hmmmmm

I have a big family and so far this year I have failed miserably at sending out all the cards.  Sad to say but it has been a hit and miss.  (If any of you read this...I still love you! *S*).  There are only 2 this month so I made sure to get the cards in the mail this time.  Here is one of the cards I mailed out!

I die cut a piece of shiny silver cardstock with the Steampunk die that I bought from Amazon.  It was much bigger than the A2 card so I had to trim it off along 3 sides.  The die also comes with the two clock hands.  I used Alcohol Ink to color the big piece and glued it down.  The mat is just black cardstock.  The words were printed out with Microsoft Word. 

Hope my brother receives it in time!


Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink
 Copper Mixative, Sailboat Blue, Mermaid, Cranberry

Saturday, August 17, 2019

52 CCT August Theme Challenge

Today was a lazy day for me so I pulled out some stamps from My Favorite Things to play with for this challenge.  I had no idea what I was going to do so I don't want to tell you how long it took me to make this card!  LOL was fun and relaxing while I figured it all out. 

What I chose for this weeks challenge at 52CCT was Elf or Elves.  I had visited MFT store a few months ago and couldn't wait to use them for this challenge.

There are 3 pages in all.  You can see part of page two until you open the stairs page. 

The tree stamp is very old so I don't know what Company made it. It was perfect for this card because the expression on the Elf with the Christmas Ball has a surprised look.  The tree looks like it is about to fall over.  I used my Misty as I needed it stamped 4 times so I could cut the layers.  I fussy cut each one and then used a transparent silicone glue so I could layer the pieces.  I often use this kind of glue for layering instead of pop ups, as I can control the height better.  You just have to have patience to let it dry or you will accidently flatten it down.  There are several brands but here is the link to the one I use....Transparent Silicone Glue.

To make the base of this card...I made two A2 cards and put them together so I could have 3 layers.  Start with one card facing like a normal card.  The 2nd card is actually like you are going to open it backwards.  Two back pieces are glued together.  The Front left is where I cut the stairs from.  I first experimented with a 12" cardstock but realized if I fold it 3 ways, the card would only be 4" instead of the A2 card size.

The sentiment, front and back, both came from the MFT Santa's Elves set.  I love these Elves.  They are so adorable.
I am please with the way the card came out but one thing I wished I had done.  Since each section is more than one thickness, I could have easily hid a small thin magnet behind the stairs and on the 2nd page to keep the front closed.  Next time!

If you came straight to my page, then head over to 52CCT and check out what the Designs Team came up with for my challenge!

Thank you for visiting....

Copic #'s: E00, E13, E27,  RV02, YG05, YG17, R29, R39, B21, B23, BV13, FB2, Y18.
For the Glitter and Christmas Balls:  Stickles Lemon Ice, Green, Sapphire,  Gold,  Shiny Christmas Red and Shiny Winter White
Stampin Up Die was used for the stairs.  

Saturday, August 10, 2019

52 CCT August Color Challenge

Second week for me to be the hostess over at 52CC and color challenge is up for this week.  For this challenge, I chose the colors dark blue, teal and either bronze or copper.  

I used Stampin Up bronze foil cardstock.  Have you ever had that one sheet of paper that you hung on to for that "special" card?  The bronze foil sheet was mine.  I cut out Penny Black Holly Flourish, Simon Says Stamp Frame, as well as both IO small & large Poinsettia's dies.

My teal was the feathery ribbon and the teal Perfect Pearls background.  I inked up Ellison Holy Background with Perfect Medium and dusted it with teal powder.  I inked up Close To My Heart "Merry Christmas" with Perfect Medium and used the Stamp Lift Technique.  It left a watermark Merry Christmas 4 times across the front.  It is hard to see it so I took photo with flash to show you.

The first photo is just the holly background stamp inked, stamped and dusted.

This second photo, Merry Christmas was stamped from top to bottom with just Perfect Medium.  When you stamp with just Versamark or Perfect Medium, it will lift off the Perfect Pearls that was already stamped down. 

The rest I die cut and glued them all together.  

I do want to show you a trick that I have been doing for years.  Every word die set I get, right away I die cut out all the words out.  I line them up on a laminate sheet and laminate them.  I save the sheets with the dies.  Now every time I am not sure where or what size word I want on my project, I pull out my laminated sheets and I can now see!   It's helped me out a lot in the past. 

Now head on over to 52CCT and check out the other examples by click on the picture below!

I would love to see what you did as well!


Saturday, August 3, 2019

52 CCT August Sketch Challenge

I am so excited!  It's my turn over at 52CCT to be a hostess for the whole month of August.  I have some great challenges so stayed tuned each week!

The first challenge and the first Saturday of the month is always a sketch challenge.  The sketch I chose is called a Triptych Sketch.  What is a Triptych Sketch?  
Triptych is a work of art divided into three panels.  It leaves all kinds of room to use your imagination to create a beautiful card and I can't wait to see what you came up with.  Remember, a sketch is only a tool to help you get your ideas flowing. You can flip it around to see what works for you. 

Here is the Triptych Sketch.  When you click on the sketch, it will take you to the challenge site 52CCT.

I flipped the image to the left so the 3 spots in the corner ended up in the left top corner.
My 3 boxed areas became windows to see outside trees and snow.  The stamp I used is actually called "Natural Tree Triptych".  Unfortunately, I cannot find the company who made the stamp as I have had it awhile now.  It is 3 snow covered trees placed just like the boxes in the sketch.  Each was colored with Copic #B28 for night sky and stamped with tiny SU snowflakes. 

I have a Halloween punch that punches out to make blood dripping.  I punched out a long piece and turned them into icicles by making the rounded bottom of the drip a little more pointed like an icicle. I used Stickles Diamond to sparkle them up like ice and I also did the 3 trees as well.  Once dried, I glued them to the back of the window... to hang like ice dripping off the eves on the outside.   Each window was glued over a tree with the two outside windows popped up.     

To finish off the card, I die cut Sizzix Christmas phrase "Noel" twice (1 red and 1 green) and glued them together... the green slightly off set from the red.  Here is the finished card.

Don't forget to check out what the other Design Team members did with the sketch at  
Hope you get to play with this Triptych sketch as well!