Fake Resin Look Thank You Cards with YouTube Video!

Hi guys!

Today’s post is a quick one as it’s mostly about the YouTube video I made for it. I’m participating in a little video hop today with a twist! The participants are using a video of one of the fellow hoppers as inspiration and making projects with their take on it. The lady before me does a lot of work resin, which has been on my want-to-try-that list for ages as it looks like a lot of fun!

As I don’t have any resin, nor could I get any in time to make a video with it, I decided to do a fake resin look using Glossy Accents instead. I have seen loads of tutorials with alcohol ink tiles and coasters made with it, so my idea was basically to create alcohol ink pieces and turn them into cards as I am primarily a card maker.

On the first piece, I used some light blue and warm grey Copic refills to create a fun background. This is Yupo paper so the magic practically happens by itself. It’s so fun to do!

I cut the panel down using a stitched rectangle die from Lawn Fawn, and I also cut out the word Thanks using a die-namic from MFT Stamps. This exact one is retired but there is a very similar one from Flora & Fauna. I also cut out four more Thanks out of white card stock, and layered these all up with the glue tube adhesive from Lawn Fawn.

This whole shebang was added to a card base and a very generous layer of Glossy Accents was added to the Thanks. This was then set aside to dry overnight.

The second card is SUPER Clean And Simple. So much so I kind of feel it’s a bit naked!

I used the same Thanks and cut out loads of them out of white card stock and once out of a already made alcohol ink panel. This one is also made with Copic refills. B91 to B99, my favourite blue Copic combination.

These letters I adhered directly to a white card base, with the help of a ruled taped down to make sure they went on straight. Then another generous helping of the Glossy Accent. I tried making sure to pop all the bubbles in the Glossy Accent on both cards but a few managed to survive.

That is basically it for these! So simple but I’m rather pleased with my take on this challenge. Not to mention very proud of myself for not adding sequins to the white one! I almost had to sit on my hands to avoid it, lol!

You can find the video on my YouTube channel, by clicking HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you get a chance to watch the video and found some inspiration here.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Alcohol Inks and The Stamp Market Goodies!

Hi everyone!

Today I have an exciting announcement: I’m now an affiliate of the wonderful and totally irresistible The Stamp Market! What that means is that if you click on any of the affiliate links in this post, I will get a small commission from The Stamp Market, at no extra cost to you. So if I inspire you with my cards and creations, I’d be so grateful if you’d consider using my affiliate links when you shop the amazing array of goodies from The Stamp Market.

With that in mind, I have some fun cards to hopefully inspire you!

I went a little nuts with the fun Hello Serif Die and a big stack of coloured card stock. Mixing and matching colours and textures is so much fun! I ended up with a lot of letters and combinations. Some of them have the same colours, only in different order and a different background colour. You would think it wouldn’t matter which order the letters are in, if it’s the same colour, but it really looks different. Looking at these, I think my fave is the second from the bottom. The light grey background piece really makes the letters pop!

Honestly, it’s slightly addicting to make these. It’s one of those things you can do whilst binge watching your fave show or movie. I’m currently obsessed with RuPaul’s Drag Race and diecutting, which I love combining into a big ole’ party and let me tell you, I partied hard #andbypartyingImeancrafting

With all these gorgeous Hello’s done, it was time to go ahead and use them for some cards.

I have also been on a bit of an alcohol ink spree with my recent pearlescent ink colour additions! As a result, I had a whole load of gorgeous backgrounds. These are lovely enough on their own, but I wanted to add a little extra something to them. The simple solution is to use a cover plate on them! The one I decided to use is from Lawn Fawn, it’s called Quilted Backdrop. One I kept uncut as it’s very clean and simple, with lots of white showing, and it’s pretty as it is.

There were enough backgrounds to make five cards so I got card bases done for them, in coordinating coloured card stock from Lawn Fawn, and adhered all of them with double sided tape.

The reason for the coloured card bases is to let the colours show through the little holes in the diecut design.

With all the card bases prepped and ready, it was time to match up my Hello’s to them.

For my shimmery pink card I used one with purple and pink bits on the Hello, and a white background piece.

There is shimmer on all of the alcohol ink backgrounds, but shimmer is notoriously difficult to photograph well.

On my blue background I used a Hello with mint green and blue bits, on a white background.

I’m such a lover of blue and could make blue backgrounds all day!

The last monochrome card is the green/turquoise one.

On a white background I used Hello pieces in yellows, green and teal. The white background makes for a lovely contrast against the green.

On a very rich and deep coloured background, I used the black and rose gold sparkle Hello.

Usually I’d adhere them with foam tape but I kept these flat by using my Lawn Fawn liquid glue tube. It’s brilliant for those little bits and hard to get corners. Plus it gives you a few seconds to get the piece on where you want it to go. That’s not the case with most double sided tape! The amount of projects I have had to scrap due to a double-sided-tape-incident is frustratingly high!

The last card is a very clean and simple! Lots of white and some of my fave colours.

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A card base, some double-sided tape and a quick adhering job of one of the Hello’s. Some cards simply don’t need much more.

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The background piece on this Hello is light grey to make it stand out against the white and it’s probably my favourite out of all the ones I made.

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So, there we have it! Five cards made with the same products from The Stamp Market, but such different outcomes. These would make a sweet gift to someone and can easily be personalised with their favourite colour.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you like the cards!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

 

Guest Designing for Inspired By All The Little Things challenge #86!

Hello, hello! Today I’m back with another card and post as the May Guest Designer  for Inspired By All The Little Things challenge blog. This is Challenge #86! The inspiration photo for this challenge is very different from Challenge #85, with vivid colours and textures. Isn’t it just lovely? I could so picture some of those glass feathers hanging in my window, catching the sunshine and the colourful prisms bouncing off the walls. Actually, hang on a minute….. *Makes mental note for future craft room*

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My first idea was to basically stamp up feathers on a card and the colour them in with the same colours as in the photo. Sounds cool, doesn’t it? Only problem was I realised I don’t have a feather stamp in my stash…! What? How..? Once I got over the shock of not having exactly the right stamp to work with, my mind was very set on a specific one of course and anything else simply wouldn’t do. Oh no. Impossible! (My inner crafty drama queen was having a full-on temper tantrum!)

Right, plan B: Alcohol ink background with similar colours as in the inspiration photo and stencilled texture paste over it. Using Ranger Ink Alcohol inks on Yupo paper, I played around this way and that, until I had a very colourful and vivid piece to work with. The colours I used are Caramel, Sailboat Blue, Indigo, Pistachio, Coral, Cranberry, Honeycomb and Rose Gold mixative. In the photo you can see how they look once dried on the Yupo paper. For this piece I used Translucent Yupo, rather than my usual Yupo.

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I use a little air blower to puff the colours around as it gives me a headache to blow on them and breathe in the fumes. Even when I have the window open! This pump is very cheap but so helpful. If you want something similar, I got this one from Amazon but you can also check out local photography shops.

To bring in the feather element to the card, I used a stencil from Hero Arts called Peacock Feathers and Ranger Ink texture paste. The one I used is a Opaque Matte (I really like it but it doesn’t seem to be able as a single tub anymore) and I spread a very thin layer on the alcohol ink piece using a spatula.

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Once it was all dry, I cut out a panel using a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectable stackable lawncuts and added foam tape to the back of it. This I adhered to a white A2 card base, made out of Neenah Classic Crest 110# card stock, and set aside for the time being.

To finish it off I got out some MFT Stamps goodies: a really lovely and useful stamp and dienamic set called Because You. It comes with a ‘because’ word diecut and some sweet stamp sentiments you can mix’n’match for all sorts of occasions and recipients. The ‘because’ I cut out of card stock with my BigShot and dabbed on my VersaMark ink pad before dusting it very generously with Altenew Platinum embossing powder and melting it with my heatgun. I’m a big fan of the embossing powders from Altenew, they are gorgeous!

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I also cut out a frame in platinum coloured linen textured card stock, using a mix of two different MFT Stamps dienamic sets, Stitched Rectangle Frames and Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangles, as I didn’t have one that was just what I wanted and the right size. I like calling this ‘Crafting MacGyvering’, from the 90’s tv-show MacGyver. Makes me feel very clever indeed, lol!

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The sentiment was finished off with ‘You know just what to say to make me feel better’ which is stamped on white card stock in two blue Altenew inks to create a mottled effect. The two I used are called Tide Blue and Starlight. These you can get separate or as a 4-pack called Deep Blue Seas, both in the big oval pads and mini cubes.

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To put the card together I used both foam tape and my fine tip glue pen. First the frame went on, then the ‘because’ and finally the sentiment stripe with foam tape. I toyed with the idea of adding some sequins but surprisingly decided against it. I know, I’m shocked myself…

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Well, with that, I’m finished and I hope you like it and will get inspired to join us yourself! Check back to the main blog for more inspiration from the DT and for the linkup for your own project. Thank you so much for having had me, guys, I really enjoyed myself and hope you liked my projects! To see my card for Challenge #85, click HERE.

As always, I have used compensated affiliate links, where possible, to various companies and shops for your convenience. What that means is that I will get a small commission from the company directly, if you purchase something using these links, at no extra cost to you. Some of the shops and companies linked to are Scrapbook.com, Altenew, MFT Stamps and Ranger Ink.

I’d like to take this opportunity to urge you to use these links and those of other crafters, when you do purchase new crafty goodies. By doing this, you help support our crafting journeys as well as absolutely make our days! Thank you so much in advance.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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The dog-craze continues!

 

I’ve been going a bit nuts with colouring doggies from MFT Stamps recently, both the You Make My Tail Wag (and coordinating dienamics) and Lucky Dog (and coordinating dienamics) sets. They are so adorable! Well, as you can see, I had loads of ready coloured in images so I thought I’d put together a card or two using these. 

In this post, I have used lots of compensated affiliate links, both for your easy shopping experience and for my own benefit. You see, if you click on one of these links and end up buying something, I get a small commission from the company directly. At absolutely ZERO cost to you so it’s a win-win really. Thank you in advance if you choose to support my blog and I this way.

Right, back to my rascally little doggies! One of them made it onto a card which I blogged about over on the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog earlier in the week. Click HERE to check out that post.

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For my first card I decided to go quite ‘Clean and Simple’, which is a huge challenge for me. I don’t know when to stop usually and I will add more and more stuff until all of a sudden, it is not ok to call it a CAS card anymore. Eh, we all have our issues, right? Not to brag though, but I think I pulled it off for this one! Not that the lure of adding sequins wasn’t there, it was a struggle to say no. 

I started out with an A2 sized piece of white card stock(I like using 110lb Neenah Classic Crest Solar White as it’s nice and thick, which makes a great card base) and then I used a diecut from Studio Katia called Stitched Loops, in the middle of it. I also cut out another 2 pieces to layer on top of each other as I was planning on using foam tape to adhere the panel to the card base. To make it easy to see where it was going to go, when it came time to adhere it to the card base, I traced the inside of the cut with a pencil.

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I decided to heat emboss the sentiment ‘I am a lucky dog to have you’ in Altenew Crisp Platinum embossing powder above the diecut so I dusted the panel with my anti-static tool(I prefer the little “cushion” as I find it covers the paper better), then I stamped it with VersaMark ink using my MiniMISTI (I’d be lost without this genius little thing!!) and added the embossing powder. A quick swish with my heat gun later, it was done.  

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The foam tape was added to the back of the panel and added to the card base, I then puzzled the doggies and the loop together so that it looks like the doggies are peeking out of them and added that to the card too. In the middle loop I diecut a small stitched heart (from the Tiny Gift Box Lawn cuts) and stamped a paw print from the stamp set in Candied Apple red Distress Oxide Ink. I added this to the hole with a bit of foam tape too. A few drops of Glossy Accents on the eyes and noses later and card No1 was done!

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Card no2 was a bit more elaborate and has all sorts of things going on: Ink blending using a stencil, alcohol ink, die cutting, Copic colouring, white gel pen and stamping.

The background is made using the MFT Mini Cloud stencil and Distress Oxide inks in Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans. I blended these using Mini Ink Blending Tools on Bristol Vellum water colour card stock, this is my current preferred card stock when it comes to ink blending. It’s so smooth and lovely to work with.

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On some Yupo paper I made a fine mess with Citrus and Willow alcohol inks and then used an Alcohol Ink applicator tool with a pad soaked in blending solution, in a dotting manner all over the piece to give it some texture. Quick and easy! Once it was dry, I ran it through my BigShot with the Landscape Die from Lawn Fawn.

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I decided to use the little Scottie dog, the dog house, a water bowl and a bone. Because every dog needs a treat, right? All the images are adhered to the card using foam tape of different thicknesses to add some fun details and lots of dimension.

On a slim strip of card stock I stamped the sentiment ‘Woofing You A Happy Birthday’ using Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink and adhered that to the card with foam tape too.

As this came out quite masculine, I decided against both sequins and enamel dots, and it was a surprisingly easy decision to make. Usually I’m all about those sequins! The only embellishments, if you can call them that, are the white gel pen details added to the dog and his little house. Ta-da! I love how the alcohol ink pieces look, it’s so organic and adds so much interest to the card. In my humble opinion anyway.

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Right, well, that’s it from me today. I have to go be a crazy dog lady in real life now and take my little Cheeky Chicas out for walkies. Spring decided to FINALLY show up here in Poland this last week and things are starting to look green and lush again. I’m soaking up the sunrays as much as I can and the girls are loving it too. Especially as they don’t need showers after every single walk these days, as was the case for months on end…!

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this post! Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

 

 

2018 Autism Awareness Blog Hop!

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Hi guys!
Today I am thrilled to be part of a fabulous blog hop organised by Veronica Zalis, with the focus on Autism as today, April 2nd, is World Autism Awareness Day. Almost everyone I know knows someone who’s either diagnosed with it, has a child or relative afflicted by it or is some other way affected by it.
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Many years ago, I worked for an organisation that offered respite care for families with autistic children and whilst I didn’t directly work with the children myself, I saw what a difference my co-workers made in the lives of these families. I also, as mentioned, know many families that have autistic children so when I was asked to take part in this blog hop, it was a no-brainer! Crafting AND raising awareness all wrapped into one? Yep, I’m in.
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There is an exclusive new stamp set from Taylored Expression Look With Your Heart
which will be available from today (25% of proceeds from the April sales of this set will go to the Autism Society) Sadly mine didn’t arrive in time for me to use it for this blog post, however I am sure I will use it lots when it does arrive though, it’s full of lovely sentiments and that puzzle die? C-U-T-E!

I’ve got two cards today and I have gone for one with multi-layered look as there are so many different “layers” to autism, it affects each person in a different way. The other one has a mono-chrome look using white and different shades of grey to represent the fact that autism isn’t a ‘one diagnosis fits all’ and it’s not a black or white diagnosis.
The first card is done with an alcohol ink background, a piece of foam sheet cut to size and Neat & Tangled’s Polygon Cover Plate die. I attached the foam to the alcohol ink piece and ran it through my BigShot. This whole shebang, minus a few of the tiles, I added to a black card base. Almost everything I have used for these cards are from Neat & Tangled.
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Those loose tiles I added to the card like they had been lifted up (which in fact they had) and then left behind. I added a sequin to each hole as well as each tile and then added the sentiment saying ‘We’re in this together’ from the Together stamp and coordinating diecut set, also from Neat & Tangled.
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The ‘together’ bit is heat embossed with Altenew Platinum Crisp embossing powder and the ‘we’re in this’ part is stamped with Altenew Tide Blue ink. I cut out the shadow bit with foam tape too to add another layer to the card.
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My second card was very fiddly but well worth it, I think!
First I used the Falling Circles Cover Plate Die on a piece of white card stock, and then also in light grey, medium grey and dark grey. To make things slightly easier for myself when it came to the puzzling part, I added some Sizzix adhesive sheet to the back of the white piece before filling in all the circles with the different greys. All I had to do was match up the right circle to the hole and press down!
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The official colour of Autism awareness is royal blue but I have not used any on this card at all, instead using the different shades of grey to symbolise how many different “shades” of autism there is depending on where the autistic person falls on the spectrum. I hope that makes sense?
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I stamped ‘You’re pretty!’ in an ombré look using Altenew’s Rock Collection inks and then added ‘Pretty awesome’ in black at the bottom. These sentiments are from the Neat & Tangled set ‘You’re Pretty’.

This look was so fun to create, I went ahead and made another three (..!) which you can find HERE. I decided against putting 5 cards into one blog because ain’t nobody got time for that, right?

I’ve used compensated affiliate links in this post. What that means is that, if you choose to purchase something after clicking on one of them, I get a small commission directly from the company itself, at no extra cost to you! Thank you in advance if you choose to support my little blog and I this way, I really appreciate it!

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To finish off the card, I added the panel to a medium grey card base and a few sequins also got added to it. Because why not?? That’s it from me today and the next person in the hop is the amazing Sandy Allnock! The full list of participants is down below but if a link isn’t working, go back to Veronica Zalis as she has all the details and list of all the sponsors as well as prizes on her blog.

Don’t forget to click on the InLinkz link at the bottom for a line up of the fantastic prizes from all the generous sponsors!!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope everyone who celebrated a holiday over the weekend had a lovely time. Have a great week and happy crafting!
Lots of love from Erica

Pity party for one, please

Hi *waves weakly and slightly dramatically* 

I’m having a pity party for one over here, being all woman-down with terrible period pains. Not everyone is ok with talking about periods and woman stuff so I totally get it if you are running for the hills right now. Well, I am ok talking about mine and I’m not ashamed of it. If I had my way, I wouldn’t have a period at all so I won’t be silenced about having to suffer something I have no control over. It really isn’t a walk in the park being female some days, am I right or am I right?? *I AM WOMAN, HEAR ME ROAR* Or right now it’s more like mewling like an irate kitten if I am being honest. Well, ok, that escalated quickly, let’s move on to the card, shall we? 

Back when I first started playing with alcohol inks I didn’t have that many colours, it was mostly red and pinks, as well as gold and silver mixatives. One of my first pieces ended up looking like someone had slaughtered a bottle of red ink, rather than artistically add drops of it to the paper. Have a look at the video HERE.

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I jokingly said it at one point looked like it would only be useable as a ‘Sorry you have your period’ sympathy card, due to it being SO red, and after thinking about it for a while, I decided to make one! To spell out the ‘sorry’ part, I used Altenew’s Bold Alphabet dies and cut them out of the alcohol ink panel. I also cut out foam sheet letters to back them, in order to raise them up from the background.

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The card itself is quite big, it’s 5.1″x7.1″, so I could use whole panel and also make sure the ‘Sorry’ bit fit comfortably (Because comfort is important during your period!) Once the background was adhered to it, I puzzled the letters and foam sheet pieces together and added some black rhinestones to them. Just because having your period is blah doesn’t mean a Period Sympathy card has to be bland, right? 

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On a piece of white card stock I spelled out ‘you have your period’ using the Thick and Thin Alphabet stamps. For the ‘you have your’ bit I used the thin letters and stamped them in Silver Stone ink twice, this one comes both in a 4 Oval ink bundle as well as a mini ink cube set. For the ‘period’ bit I used the thick letters and stamped them in Ruby Red ink. You can get that one in a 4 Oval inks bundle or as a mini cube too

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Using a scalpel I cut the piece down and added it to the card with foam tape. A few black rhinestones ended up on this part too. With that the card is done! Now all it needs is a very sympathetic message inside it, get wrapped up with some chocolate and posted off/given away in person. It needs to be said that this isn’t the kind of everyday card and you might need to make sure the recipient is open to this kind of humour during her period. I can go from blob on the sofa to “the Kraken has been released”-mode in a matter of a split second during mine so you know.. thread carefully. Maybe just leave it on her doorstep or in the mail box and run for your life? 

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Oh, if she’s into craft stuff, have her check out the new Altenew release!! OMG, it’s another stunner! I want so many things from it, and in the number one spot I think is the  Mega Succulent stamp! Or the Sweet Rose Bouquet stamp, now that is a stunner. If I had to pick just one item though, it would be the March 2018 Stamp & die bundle. Now I know what you are thinking ‘that’s not ONE item, it’s all of them’ BUT here is my reasoning (and don’t argue with a woman in the midst of a PMS temper tantrum) it is ONE BUNDLE, hence ONE ITEM. See? That works, right? Well, that’s my stance on the discussion and I’m sticking to it. 

I have used compensated affiliate links for all the products mentioned in the post, which means that I will get a small commission directly from Altenew, as no extra cost to you if you choose to buy a thing or two. (My ‘one item’ argument doesn’t seem so silly now, does it?? LOL!) Thank you in advance if you choose to support me and my little blog this way. I really appreciate it! 

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  • Don’t forget to check out the Sale collection for Altenew’s weekly sale products. They are discounting them by up to 40% off next week: https://altenew.com/collections/sale

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    • $7 off on all orders over $100 with code SHIP70FF

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Right, I’m off to be super busy vegging on the sofa with my, hopefully ready-for-a-rest-day chicas and a chick flick. With some chocolate of course. And my heat pad… Oh, and coffee. Maybe some popcorn. Anyone else turn into an eating machine during their period? Wanna set up a support group? 

Happy weekend and crafting from a very mopey Erica 

 

 

Alcohol ink obsession going strong still!

Hello, hello!

Today’s post is a sneak peek of my regular Monday post over at Butterfly Reflections Ink blog. It’s another alcohol ink post because I’m STILL obsessed…  Good thing this kind of alcohol doesn’t have a reverse effect on the liver or I’d be in trouble for sure! (It probably would if you drank it though but please don’t try that theory out!)

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I recently made seven cards out of the panels I had laying around and thought I had made a good dent in my pile of backgrounds but it turns out that I had stashed some in another spot… Eight to be precise! Although I gave myself permission at the end of the last blog post to make more, I really had to put my foot down and say no to myself. Which is really, really hard! *insert whining and foot stomping here*

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Anyway, I grabbed three blue to light blue/aqua backgrounds and got to work. One of these is actually made with Copic markers and silver mixative. I adore how it came out too so I will definitely try that technique again!

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For all the details and products I used for these cards, head on over to the full blog post and check it out!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Lots of love from Erica

Alcohol ink card extravaganza!

 

Hello, hello!

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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I have used compensated affiliate links for almost all the products I have used making these cards. If a link is blue, it means its an affiliate link. So what does that mean for you? Nothing at all. If you click on one of these and end up buying an item or five (seriously, no judgement from this crafty shop-aholic) I get a small commission directly from the company at NO extra cost to you whatsoever. Thank you in advance if you chose to support me this way, it means the world!

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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.

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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.

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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.

The Cuddles & Hugs stamp set and coordinating diecut can also be purchased as a bundle.

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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!

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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..!

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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.

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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.

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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’.

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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.

The Lacy Leaf stamp set and coordinating diecut can also be purchased as a bundle.

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Alright, are you still with me? Need a break? Take one, I will be here jibber-jabbering when you get back, lol!

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Card no5 is super simple! The alcohol inks on this one are just blue, Sailboat Blue and Stonewashed, and plenty of white space left.

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I simply added double sided tape to a white card base, glued down the piece and then trimmed off the excess with scissors.

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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.

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The Say Hello die also has a coordinating stamp set which you can buy separately or you can get both in a discounted bundle too.

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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??

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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!

If you want to see more of my crafting adventures, you can find me on Instagram. That’s where I share most of my creations, both in video form and photo form. I’m also on Facebook and I try to make sure I pin my cards on Pinterest for those who prefer to get their inspiration from there (I’m a little behind there though… )

Happy crafting and lots of love from Erica

 

Alcohol ink background with Copics

Hi guys!

Sorry I have been a bit quiet recently, this year has just flown by and I’m a little bit shocked that it’s already Feb 2nd…! I’m going to make a concentrated effort to be a bit more regular with my blogging and especially the jibber-jabbering. That’s what you are coming for isn’t it, really?? lol, just joking!

Recently I have been really drawn to alcohol ink art and that is something I’m really going to explore this year. I’m following several talented alcohol ink artists on Instagram and they make some amazing pieces! I love that they all look different and that you won’t ever get two looking the same.

Last week, I made a ‘painting’, a card and a gift tag with alcohol inks and they came out fabulous. Have a look at this blog post over at Butterfly Reflections Ink if you want to read the how-to behind these.

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My card for this blog post is very bright and colourful, I’ve gone for a rainbow theme because they make me happy and look pretty. Plus it saves me picking just one or two colours, bonus!

Over on my Instagram account I did a little video on how I created a background using Copic markers on Yupo paper(which is exactly what I did for today’s card too), if you want to see that for the first time, or maybe even again, click right here to go there now. With that piece I made two cards by cutting out a sentiment and then using the negative space too.

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This is a fun way to try alcohol inks (if you already have alcohol bases markers) as all you need is the Yupo paper and some alcohol to activate the process. For this panel I did it very similarly to the once I used for the cards above: I simply scribbled my chosen colours all over the paper in thick strips and then dabbed some alcohol solution on it using a sea sponge to create a random pattern. To see what the background looked like before I added all the bling and sentiments, click on this link here which will take you to my instagram.

For the sentiment, I stamped up the lovely stained glass stamp ‘FRIENDS’ from Simon Says Stamp, and heat embossed it in white using Altenew Crisp White Embossing Powder. Altenew has some amazingly beautiful embossing powders, so if you are looking for new ones, I can highly recommend them. The Platinum is gorgeous, the Rose Gold is divine and the Antique Gold are absolutely lovely, just to mention a few.

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When it came time to colour it in, I matched the colours of the background to my Zig Clean Color markers and got colouring. I added lots of colour at the bottom of the letter and then blended it out the higher I got, to create an ombré effect. The little hearts I used a red markers for. Unfortunately, the white background of the word and the white embossing kind of bleached the whole things out so I decided to colour the whole thing grey. This made a huge difference and the white outlines of the letters now actually showed.

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While I was cutting it out using the coordinating diecut, I also cut out a piece of double sided foam sheet so I could layer them and create a layer on the card. It also helped the sentiment pop a bit more.

On a small strip of black card stock I heat embossed, again in white, the rest of the sentiment to make the whole thing say ‘so very grateful you are my friend’. This strip got adhered directly to the ‘friend’ part.

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To finish the card off, I added a very healthy dose of sequins from a mix called Crystal Rainbow Fusion from Studio Katia. This is one of my favorite sequin mixes, it’s filled with lovely colours and they are all so sparkly and vivid too.

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That’s it from me, I hope you like this card, this technique and maybe give it a go yourself! Have a great weekend and I hope you get some crafting in!

For full disclosure I need to mention that I use affiliate links where possible, which means that if you click on the link and end up buying something, I get a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks in advance for using these to help me keep my blog going!

Lots of love from Erica

Alcohol ink art with the Pantone colour of the year, Ultraviolet!

Hi guys!

I’m over on the Butterfly Reflection Ink blog today with a post about making a handmade gift for my mother, using alcohol inks in the Pantone colour of the year 2018, Ultraviolet!

I made a gift tag, birthday card and a “painting” using purple alcohol inks, Copic markers and Silver metallic mixative on Yupo paper. Oh, and LOTS of sequins and foam tape. What can I say, I’m addicted to those.

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I have lots more pictures over on the BRI blog so I hope you will head on over there to check it out!

 

Happy crafting from Erica