12 posts categorized "Alcohol Inks"


Fri 05

Cherry Blossom Tag
by Jeanne Jachna

Jeanne here today! I hope you're having a great day!  The first thing I to do every morning (whether I feel like it or not) is take the dog for a walk.   Sometimes I'm cranky and feeling put out... I mean some days it feels like the dog is in charge!  But after walking  about a block or so  I start looking around and  start taking in the scenery!  Sometimes I see the funniest things.    The other day I saw a squirrel run up a tree (hard to miss with Miss Moriko going after the poor thing).. but he quickly ran back down and was chased by two Robins.  I'm guessing they had a nest in that tree.  Never mess with the momma! 

This pretty tag is inspired by the beautiful flowering trees in the neighborhood.   They don't have much of a fragrance, but when the wind blows they shower you with little petals!
I stamped floral branches from the Friends and Flowers clear stamp set with Memento ink and then colored them with copic markers.  I always put a sheet of watercolor paper under my paper I'm coloring to absorb any extra ink that seeps out the back.  It helps prevent bleeding when you're coloring.   I kept a Tunnel Tag die close by to help me determine the placement of the stamped images.
The Spectacular Thank You die has there layers.  I used only two (the largest and smallest in the set).  I adhered the sentiment with adhesive foam tape between the branches. 
I couldn't resist adding a pretty eyelet from the Stitched Annaleigh Tag Decorations  - the scallops and stitches make this even more feminine.  
A second tag cut from soft pink, some twine, and a sprinkle of sequins adds more color and completes this pretty tag.  It's going to dress up a simple gift for a special someone! 

Have a wonderful day! 
Jeanne Floral Signature copy


Wed 08

Happy Hearts
by Sue McRae

Welcome everyone! Sue here with a heart themed thank you card.


Do you see all the pretty swirly colours on the background? Well, that was done using alcohol inks on glossy paper. I attached this piece to a white card base.

From white linen card stock I die cut the Happy Hearts Channel and then used the Eyelet Stitches to add a decorative edge along the top and bottom.


I adhered the white panel onto the inky background and added a thin strip of black card stock along the top, two strips of the alcohol inked piece close to the Eyelet Stitches and a glittery strip to anchor the sentiment.


To finish off I added the Spectacular Thank You sentiment and a couple of glittered hearts.

Thanks for visiting and hope you have a crafty day!

  Sue Floral Signature new





Fri 20

Flickering Butterfly
by Sue McRae

Hello all, Sue here with a post featuring the new Flickering Butterfly Collage die. There are so many possibilities with this die!


I started off by colouring a piece of glossy card stock with alcohol inks in purples and blues. I die cut a square using the Pinpoint Square Layers, placed the butterfly die in the centre and sent it through my Big Shot. Then I flicked some gold paint on the butterfly panel.


The alcohol ink piece was adhered behind the butterfly for all the pretty colours to peek through and I adhered this to the card base.


I die cut the Blooming Dotted Border from purple card stock, stamped the sentiment and added a strip of glitter tape.


I added a few black pearls to finish off the card.

Today I'm giving away the Flickering Butterfly Collage die.

Please leave a comment for a chance to win and come back every day during the Blog Blitz to see more new projects and products!

Happy crafting!

  Sue Floral Signature new








Thu 29

Merry Snowflakes
by Sue McRae

It's another great day to be visiting us at Poppystamps because we're still on a roll with the blog blitz.


Today I'm featuring the Pickering Snowflake Border. This die can quickly add a festive touch on your cards either vertically or horizontally or the snowflakes can be cut apart to use individually.

I went with nontraditional colours for this card by water colouring the snowflakes in pink, purple, blue and aqua shades. After they were dry I gave them a quick spritz with Perfect Pearls.


The sentiment is actually from the Merry Christmas Tag die. I die cut the tag from glossy card stock that I coloured with alcohol inks and trimmed out the sentiment. This way you get a lot more mileage from your dies.


The silver ornament is part of the Merry Ornament die. I just snipped it away from the sentiment and adhered it to the back of the snowflake.

I adhered all my die cuts to a piece of wood grain card stock and added a few gems to finish off the card.


Remember to leave a comment for your chance to win the Pickering Snowflake Border and come back every day to see all the inspiration from the design team.

Thanks for visiting with me today.

Sue Signature New




Wed 14

Birthday Frame
by Sue McRae

Hi everyone! Today I have a quick and colourful card for you.


For the Botanica Frame I took a piece of water colour paper and created a rainbow across it with paints, die cut the frame from it and adhered it to the white card base.

I coloured glossy card stock with alcohol inks to use for the sentiment and flower.


I used the medium and small dies from the Stitched Poinsettia Trio to make the flower and die cut the medium shape from vellum to add a third layer to the flower.


The sentiment is from the Happy Birthday Celebration Frame. I just snipped the sentiment from the frame to use on its own. That is one way you get more mileage out of your dies.


To finish the card I added a white enamel dot to the flower and scribbled over the Happy Birthday with a shimmer pen.

Happy crafting!

Sue Signature New







Thu 14

Holly Frame
by Sue McRae

Hi everyone! Sue here with my second post for the blog blitz. Today I'm showcasing the Delicate Holly Frame.


This die covers a full A2 card front and can be used as your focal image for the card or how about a fun shaker card? Some of the holly leaves are solid with embossed lines and some have negative pieces that can be poked out. I went for a random look and left some of the negative pieces of the leaves in place, the choice is yours! 


I took glossy paper and coloured it with alcohol inks in different shades of green and then die cut it and adhered it to a gold shimmer card stock.


The sentiment and Fluffy Bows were cut from red sparkle paper and attached to the card.


The blog blitz continues until July 18th so make sure to stop by for each blog post and comment for your chance to win the featured die. The die I'm giving away is the Delicate Holly Frame.

Happy Crafting!

Sue Signature New






Tue 02

Ombre Petal Ribbon
by Jeanne Jachna


I hope you're having a great day!  I've got a pretty ombre card featuring the new Petal Ribbon die to share today!    This one was so fun to make.  First you'll want to choose 5 solid card stock colors.  They don't have to be different shades of the same color, they could be rainbow, or just colors that make you happy.  Next I cut the Petal Ribbon once from each color. 
I wanted to fit more flowers on the card base so I alternated the orientation of the petal ribbon die.  So flip the die cut upside down on every other color.   I think they would look great on a flat sheet of white card stock, but I wanted to fancy this up with a little debossing.   Instead of cutting the Distressed Benson Corner, I ran it through my die cut machine with my rubber embossing mat to get the debossed impression of the die.
 The Petal Ribbon flowers have a bitty hole in their centers.  I topped these with little pearls.  So where are you going to get all these different colors of pearls your asking?  Here' my tip of the day... 
I purchase white pearls and color them to match with my Copic Markers.  You don't have to use Copics - any brand of alcohol marker will work.  Just make sure you give them a little time to dry before you touch them. 
Those cute little butterflies?  They're from the new Hampstead Butterfly Stem!  They're adorabe and I thought they'd look cute scattered around all these colorful flowers!


 Have I got you thinking about vacations in warm places yet?    Hang in there!  Spring will be here before you know it!
Jeanne Signature copy 


Thu 10

Through The Forest
by Sue McRae

Welcome everyone! Today I'm sharing my first "fall" card of the season, though it's hard to think about autumn and the upcoming holidays when it's in the mid to high 30's (celsius) here. I am looking forward to the cooler weather and the changing of the leaves.


For my scene, I wanted to capture the feeling of walking through the forest and peeking through the vibrant leaves and spotting a deer off in the distance. I chose the Leafy Frame for this, cut it out of vellum and coloured it with Alcohol Inks. I cut four more layers of vellum in orange, yellow, red and green to layer behind the inked vellum. I flipped the orientation of the vellum layers so they did not lineup with each other, this way each colour of vellum would be visible.


I also inked up vellum in green and yellow for my grass and used the Stitched Landscape for this and the sky is a piece of blue vellum. I cut out the Cheery Cardinals with black card stock and mingled them in with the leaves. For the Forest Deer I added double sided adhesive to card stock and added Fun Flock on top for some great texture.


One of the things I like about this card is that there's a lot of depth but almost no dimension to it. Can you believe I have 8 layers on the card base (not including the deer or birds), 7 of them vellum. This card can easily be mailed in a regular envelope, which I will do in a couple of weeks for my father-in-laws birthday (he's a nature lover).


Thank you for stopping by to visit today!

Sue Signature New








Mon 24

One For the Boys
by Sue McRae

Sue here today with a masculine card. I don't know about you but I have a hard time making cards for the guys, especially when the guy in question is a teenager having a birthday.


I tend to go for darker colours and minimal embellishments for a masculine card and definitely no florals! So I played it safe and went with dies that I consider to be a birthday card staple: balloons, stars and a banner.


I decided to grab a bunch Alcohol Inks and colour glossy card stock  to use for all my die cutting. It's a subtle way to add texture and visual interest to die cuts.


Since all the die cuts were so colourful I used gray card stock for my background and added that to a black card base and I finished off with silver thread for the balloon strings.

Thank you so much for dropping by today!

Sue Signature New








Tue 28

Hang In There

Hang In There

It seems I'm always needing a little something to send to a friend who is a bit under the weather.  When Poppystamps introduced these cute little critter stamps, I thought the Squirrel would be perfect.  

I love white on white, with a pop of color.  I left the inside blank so I could add a little note of encouragement.  Another card that's perfect to have on hand.  

A little update:  Taylor and I are having a wonderful time.  We are now more than halfway through our vacation.  Our New Zealand friends are making our vacation perfect and we are so glad we were able to add them to our vacation plans.  Soon we'll be back in the states and the heat of summer.  Taylor will be heading off to college and I'll be getting back in the swing of as my husband calls it.....Normal living!

It was sad to leave my son, his wife and the friends we met while visiting.  It was most sad to leave the grandkids.  They grow so fast.  I'm looking forward to them visiting us in the States. 

Until next time.....Happy Crafting!

Mary Signature copy