32 posts categorized "Alcohol Inks"

01/09/2019

Wed 09

Starry Night with Poppystamps
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

We are so happy you could join us today! We have got SO MUCH going on at Poppystamps this month, you won't want to miss a thing! But first, are you playing along with our January challenge, Starry Night? All you have to do is create a card or project using at least one Poppystamps die or stamp, and link it up over on our challenge blog! You might be selected as this month's winner!

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Take a look at how I was inspired by a Starry Night!

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I created a cozy home, right after Christmas, nestled in the snowy north woods! I even created a background using a brand new technique (at least for me)!

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I have been creating cards using alcohol inks for a while, which is so much fun, and would work nicely with this Starry Night card too. The background panel on the left was created with alcohol inks dripped and then blended on YUPO paper. The panel on the right was created with copic markers! Just select your favorite shades and scribble them across the YUPO, then blend with a little alcohol blending solution and a sponge in a swirly motion. I used the darker blue panel as the night sky for my Starry Night card.

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We'd love to see what you'll create, and how you will be inspired by a Starry Night!

Thanks so much for dropping by today, and be sure to come back again tomorrow! 

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12/21/2018

Fri 21

Whittle Winter Owl
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

We are so glad you could drop by today and take a look at this cute little Whittle Owl! All of the little characters in our Whittle collection are so much fun to mix and match to create beautiful winer scenes. Today, our little grey Whittle owl sits high on the Swaying Birch, way up on the mountainside of the Mountain Hills Plate.

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This card was so much fun to make too! I had a few alcohol inks on hand, but I didn't have any shades of blue, until just the other day! I was so excited to create this card, with the evening sky, and the last bit of the sun dipping down behind the mountain.

To begin, I used YUPO paper and only 3 inks, a shade of pink, a shade of purple, and a shade of blue. I dripped the inks across the paper, then took a cotton ball with just a little bit of blending solution, and gently "wiped" the paper left to right until I achieved the results I wanted. The fun part about using alcohol inks on YUPO paper is the way you can control this chaotic burst of color. You can create swirls, stripes, loops, waves, puddles, just by blending and pushing the ink in different patterns.

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While my YUPO panel was drying, I cut out the Mountain Hills Plate in white and green, then layered them to give just little bits of green peeking out under the white to look like snow. I then cut the Swaying Birch and the Whittle Owl in dark and light grey, then put it all together!

 

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The alcohol inks and YUPO give the background a beautiful, saturated burst of color against crispy white snow, but this design would work in so many different backgrounds too. You could use oxide inks to create a galaxy or northern lights background, or watercolors, or even solid color card stock to create a night sky.

Thanks so much for joining us today!

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11/08/2018

Thu 08

That Time of Year
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

We are so glad you could join us today! Over the next few weeks, in about 48 days or so, the BIG holiday will be here! Of course, we know all that hoopla isn't about a single day, but an entire season of madness and memories! It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

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Today, I am sharing, my "most wonderful" card of the day! I am very excited by how well this colorful CAS holiday card turned out! I planned on using the Stitched Alpine Snowflakes, the Whittle Rudolph, and the Pinpoint Ornament set, with the Art Deco Celebrate Christmas sentiment, but I couldn't decide on the colors! I kept going back and forth, unhappy with the results, until I reached into my box of YUPO paper scraps and backgrounds.

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I have created Poppystamps cards using YUPO paper and alcohol inks earlier in the season, and I always save even the tiniest scraps! I cut the snowflake and ornament out of some red pieces, and cut the frame out of an unused piece I had done in coffee browns and caramels. The fun part about working with YUPO and alcohol inks is that you can create beautiful cards in a single color range, like a "red" background, or orange, or brown, or you can use a variety of inks to create brilliant rainbows of color! Once I decided on a color, I cut out the pieces I wanted in YUPO, and the Whittle Rudolph in warm brown and golden yellow cardstock.

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I stamped the sentiment from the Art Deco Celebrate Christmas clear stamp set, then assembled all of my festive cuts! For the finishing touch, I added a tiny red pearl on the nose!

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Thank you all so much for joining us today, and enjoy your most wonderful time of the year!

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10/24/2018

Wed 24

Magic Pumpkin
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

Have you seen this month's October challenge? It's Falling Leaves and Scary Things, and we love the spooky creations coming our way for this scary challenge! You've got all month to show us your spookiest creation using at least one Poppystamps product, and link it up to our challenge page! What will you create?

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I made a floating Magic Pumpkin to rise out of the pumpkin patch! I used alcohol ink and YUPO paper against a stamped distress ink galaxy background to create my spooky scene. 

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Creating a background with alcohol ink on YUPO paper is easy and fun! The best part is, it is almost impossible to screw up! That's right, no matter how you smear and blend the colors on the paper, it will look vibrant and beautiful. For the pumpkin and the moon in the Bat Ring, I stuck to oranges and yellows. The tiny leaves from Leafy Breeze were also made with alcohol and YUPO, cut from tiny scraps left over from another project. I save every little bit of my YUPO scraps too! They make beautiful leaves, feathers, tiny holiday bulbs, even stars!

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Now it's your turn to create something a little bit spooky or a little bit fun! Link up your projects to our Challenge page and your project could be randomly selected as our October winner!

Thanks for joining us today! While you are here, take a look at our Poppystamps Holiday Blog Blitz, which began on October 11th. Leave a comment on every post that offers a prize you'd like to win!

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10/16/2018

Tue 16

Art Deco Holiday
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

We are so happy you could join us today, and play along in our Holiday Happenings Blog Blitz! Every day, from October 11-21, our amazing Poppystamps designers will share beautiful holiday inspiration and ideas! All you have to do is leave a comment on each post that offers a prize that you'd like to win! If this is your first time here, be sure to check back and leave comments on the posts you may have missed. Winners will be announced on the Poppystamps Blog October 24th.

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Take a look at our new release, and you will find beautiful Art Deco frames and shapes. Art Deco is decorative style that first came into vogue right before before WWI. One of its earliest influences came from the luxurious and exotic patterns of ancient Egypt. Over the years, Art Deco evolved into many forms, sometimes contrasting, sometimes harmonious. My favorite, however, is Art Deco at its earliest, reflecting high style and the finest materials.

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I began my Art Deco Holiday card by first creating a rich, faux marble background out of alcohol inks and YUPO paper. I used shades of green and dripped and blended the wet inks until they looked like my artsy version of Connemara marble, known for its "40 shades of green." Then I cut the Deco Victor Square, and the Stitchwork Square Frame out of shiny gold foil paper.

 

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Once my card base was dry and cut, I lined up the adorable and versatile Mixed Open Tab right in the center of my "marble" panel, and held it in place with a little blue tape before sending it through the die cutting machine. These little tabs cut on 3 sides, and score on the fourth, allowing you to create little windows and doors that open to reveal a surprise inside. My surprise was the gold embossed Art Deco Celebrate Christmas stamped sentiment. In order for the door to open and reveal the JOY, I needed to trim the inside lines of the center square. Before I cut the center square, I carefully measured the Mixed Open Tab to fit right right in the middle, but it still shifted to the left. A good tip to remember is just how slippery and slide YUPO paper can be when you put it through your die cutter. I finished the design with red foil Poinsettia Minis, and pearl centers.

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The Mixed Open Tabs come in 3 different shapes, and they work so well with all of the new shapes and frames in the Art Deco designs. Today's Mixed Open tabs reveal a little surprise just for you! You can win these versatile little tabs just by leaving a comment at the end of this post! Winners will be announced October 24th!

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We are so happy you could join us today, and be a part of our Holiday Happenings Blog Blitz! Check back all week long for more beautiful inspiration and ideas from our design team!

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09/25/2018

Tue 25

Long Autumn Days
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

It's that wonderful time of year again, when the seasons gently blend from Summer to Autumn! I love these shorter summer days, when the days are a little cooler and a light breeze is in the air. I also love these long Autumn days, when the warm sun creates long shadows and brilliant sunsets. Today, I used the Tall Sketch Daisies die and my alcohol inks on YUPO paper to create a card that reminds me of this time of year.

 

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If you haven't tried it yet, using alcohol inks on YUPO paper is an amazing way to create gorgeous, vibrant color for your cards and lay-outs. There are many different techniques that you can use to spread and blend the alcohol ink on the synthetic paper. For this Autumn inspired card, I used a special dauber with a disposable cotton pad on the end to gently blend and smear the inks together until my card was completely covered in ink. You can use your dauber to create different effects, like streaks or swirls, or to soften dark edges for a smoother blend of color.

 

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Once dry, the vibrant orange blend was the perfect backdrop for the Tall Sketch Daisies, cut in black and framed with the Pointed Rectangle Frames.

 

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Thanks so much for joining us today!

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08/24/2018

Fri 24

Sending Autumn Hugs
by Nancy Penir

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Hi, it's my turn to bring you a project, using Poppy stamps and dies, and I've chosen a darling new die called, Birch Stitched Frame. It's a power packed die, 2 1/4 x 3 1/2", with so many possibilities.

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I wanted to keep my fall themed card monotone in color, and also full of sparkle. Truthfully, can't wait for cooler weather and soft breezes!

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Once I cut the birch tree frame, I sponge inked it with a couple of Distress Inks onto watercolor cardstock, following a quick watercolor method I learned from Jennifer McGuire. Look closely to see how I applied darker tones to the sides of the trunk and underside of the branch. Then, instead of water I spritzed the whole die cut with Lindy's Starburst: Twinkles Tinsel, for an all over glittered effect.

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The background is stenciled, first with sponge inking, then also sprayed with Lindy's Starburst. It's a quick and easy way to add a layer of shiny sheen to a card.

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Same treatment for MB's Botanical Stem.

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A bit of silver thread, a few silver  sequins, and a vellum sentiment embossed in white and platinum, and my card is done.

Hope I gave you some inspiration to start your fall cards. Is that a breeze I feel? Nope! It's the air conditioning coming on again.

Outside is 104! ~sigh~ Think I'll make another fall card and keep dreaming of season changes...

Happy Crafting!

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08/23/2018

Thu 23

Merry and Bright Holiday Tags
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

I always like to refer to this time of year as the start of "Crafty Season." If you love to create holiday cards, projects, gifts, wrapping paper, Advent calendars, and gift card holders, there really is very little time left, am I right? So today I am sharing an idea for a beautiful holiday tag that will really put the pow in your holiday wrapping this year!

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This merry and bright holiday tag was created with YUPO paper and alcohol inks! There are many different techniques you can try when using alcohol inks and YUPO paper, such as blowing the ink with a straw or blending the ink with a sponge dauber. To create this tag, I simply dropped very tiny drips of alcohol ink on my YUPO paper and let them spread and bloom all on their own. The drops form these pretty round shapes that remind me of shiny bulbs and ornaments. You can see the card on the right was the card I used to create this tag. The card on the left was gently blended with a sponge dauber, which will give you softer shapes and a blended look.

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Once your cards are completely dry, cut them into your favorite tag shape, like the Stitched Main Street Tag I used here. I used the gorgeous and intricate Seed Snowflake Outline, cut out of sparkly white glitter paper, and yes, it shouts FESTIVE! If you want to make your snowflake pop, cut out an extra 3 or 4 snowflakes in plain white cardstock and carefully glue them all together. This tag has a wonderful feel to it too!

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I love making beautiful tags, and I always run out! So this year, I am making tons of tags, early and often, to avoid the big Holiday rush! Join us all through the "Crafty Season" to find great inspiration and ideas from our entire Poppystamps team!

Thanks for joining us today!

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08/10/2018

Fri 10

Merry and Bright
by Nancy Penir

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Greetings  Poppy fans! I'm up on the blog today bringing you a card with some of the new holiday dies.

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Lots of steps to make my Merry and Bright card. Let's start with the shaker.

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I cut my Pinpoint Shaker ornament from glitter paper, 3 times. I plan to make 3 of these cards, and to try doing the same to all of my handmade holiday cards this year. So much easier while all supplies are on hand, and when it's time to send out cards I'll have plenty ready to go.

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The back of the shaker was cut from a piece of card stock treated with Magical powder. Powder is sprinkled on, and when spritzed with water, the magic happens. Perfect for the shine I was going for. I love the shimmer that pops out when it dries.

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Instead of foam to build my shaker, I cut the die 4 times so that the edge would be smooth. Then I applied glue and glitter. You're going to see the side of the ornament, why not finish it with bling? Looks so 'holiday'!

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Plenty of shine for the background too, with Oxide ink and Mr. Huey's Color Mist. It's a holiday card, folks. Time to shine!

Speaking of shine, let's not forget the Pine branches.

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I gave my pine needles plenty of Snowflake Tinsel Embossing Powder by using my Versamark Ink Refil directly onto the needles.

Once dry, I gave some extra 'snow' by applying it again. 

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Here's a closeup of my 'flocking'.

Hope you're inspired to start your holiday stash. And take my word, when it's time to send them, have 3 of each will come in handy!

Hope your week's extra crafty!

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07/28/2018

Sat 28

Mod Poinsettias
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everybody!

We are so glad you can join us for our amazing Poppystamps Holiday Blog Blitz! From July 26 - August 4, we will be showcasing our brand new release and you could win BIG! We will be giving away a prize on every blog blitz, and all you need to do is leave a comment! To enter to win, leave a comment on the posts that you wish to enter. To enter ALL the posts during the blog blitz, you need to leave a comment on EACH ONE. One person will be chosen at random from each of the posts during the blog blitz. You have until midnight US EST August 6 to leave a comment on each and every post you want to enter. Winers will be announced August 9!

Let's get to the goodies! Today, I am showcasing the beautiful Mod Poinsettias that you will LOVE to add to your holiday collection! Take a look at this set of holiday tags I created with the Mod Poinsettia, alcohol inks, and YUPO paper!

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Creating bright and bold designs with alcohol inks and YUPO paper is all the rage, and you will love how fun and easy it is to make unique projects of your own. YUPO paper is a smooth, synthetic, heavyweight cardstock especially suited for alcohol ink techniques, and is available at most neighborhood craft stores too! To create these bright tags, I started by laying out a piece of parchment paper on my mat, and setting out a few inks and my paper.

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Spritz the paper with a light misting of water, then carefully drop a few little puddles of ink in a corner. Pick up a straw and blow the ink across the paper! The alcohol ink dries quickly, so work fast, adding more puddles and colors until you get the coverage you want. 

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Once your YUPO paper is covered in ink, place them all in a safe place and let them dry. I let mine dry overnight, because I knew I would be sending them through my die cutting machine, and thicker layers of ink were still sticky hours later. When the ink was still wet, I added a very light sprinkling of very fine glitter to give the tags a little holiday sparkle in the light. While the alcohol ink cards are drying, cut out your Mod Poinsettias and the Pinpoint Dome Tag Decorations in pretty foil paper.

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When your cards are completely dry, cut out the Pinpoint Main Street Tags! I wanted my tags to look like a big swoosh of color  had blown in with the winter snow, so I left some white space and splattered ink areas on the tags on the first two tags. The third tag was fully covered in ink.

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Once your Pinpoint Main Street Tags have been cut, add the Pinpoint Dome Tag Decorations, the Mod Poinsettias, tiny jewel centers, sequins, and a pretty ribbon! These tags are ready for a special gift!

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To win the amazing Mod Poinsettias, make sure you leave a comment on THIS POST! Come back every day, and you could enter to win a prize on every post!

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Thanks for joining us today! Good luck and good crafting!

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