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64 posts categorized "Alcohol Inks"

Spring Into Spring
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Friends!

Thanks so much for dropping by our Poppystamps blog today! The snow is finally moving out and sunny spring days are moving in. Let's celebrate with a bright spring card. Take a look!

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To create this happy hummingbird scene, I started with the Wavy Long Picket Fence and the Hill and Valley Grass Border, and aligned them to look like a grassy back yard. Then I added a piece of blue card stock behind the fence.

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Once everything was in place, I then cut out my frame in a deeper blue, and framed it exactly where I wanted it to create the scene. Sometimes, you want to see more grass in front, and other times, more sky above. Since I knew my focus would be on the hummingbirds, I raised the frame higher up on the grass.

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To make the Little Hummingbirds, I dripped alcohol ink on YUPO paper in shades of green to create this pretty jeweled look, then cut out the hummingbirds. I love the way the colors swirl.

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I added the hummingbirds, and a few bright daisies from the Fern and Daisy Pop Up Easel Set. These dimensional daisies really make my card pop. For the finishing touch, I added a few brand new Memory Box Open Studio Fairy Jewels. You are going to LOVE these!

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Thanks so much for joining us today!

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Rainbow Thank You
by Tiffany Pryce

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Hey crafters! Tiffany here with a challenge inspired card for you. This month is all about rainbows, which I love, so I'm showcasing two colorful rainbow cards using only a few products. What’s not to love about an impactful, unique card that you can make with only a handful of my supplies?! Disclaimer, I am an alcohol ink newbie. These cards are probably the third time I’ve ever pulled out my alcohol inks, and I love it. If I can do it, I know you can too!

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On two pieces of 5×7 inch yupo paper, I worked one color at a time. I dropped 3 to 4 drops of 99% isopropyl alcohol and then 2 to 3 drops of ink. I used the Ranger air blower to move the ink back and forth until dry. Moving the ink back and forth with the blower helps to create texture and wispy-like edges. Usually, when working with alcohol ink, people use isopropyl alcohol and alcohol blending solution together. In general, the isopropyl alcohol lifts the ink and softens the color, and the blending solution helps mix the colors together. I did not want the colors to blend so I could keep the integrity and full value of each color in my rainbow. Once a color was dry, I added another 3 drops of isopropyl alcohol on the edge of that color and then 3 drops of the next color in the rainbow. I continued in a diagonal direction with all seven colors.

For finishing touches, I splattered isopropyl alcohol with a synthetic watercolor brush. Because it lifts ink, it made those tiny bubbles on top of the color. I loved the added texture. I also added isopropyl alcohol to the edges to help fade out and soften the outer edges. See the picture below for an example of both techniques. You can see the top left corner to see how I faded out the orange and yellow inks around the edge.

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On one background, I added an extra step of adding foil on top of the alcohol ink. Ideally, with the foil side up, you lay the foil on top of a semi dry panel, smooth it, and peel back the foil to reveal a pretty marbling effect. I waited too long with my second panel (it was too dry) so it did not foil very well, but I wanted to share in case you would like to try this technique. I used rainbow foil below, but any color of foil will work the same way. Silver or gold foil would look pretty with the rainbow inks.

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The last step to completing my card was die cutting the sentiment. I die cut the shadow layer from vellum and the ‘thanks’ die twice from heavyweight, white cardstock, and once from silver foil cardstock. I popped both the panel and the sentiment with foam tape for dimension, and that’s it! Each time you make this card, it will be unique so a set of cards would make a very nice gift.

I hope you enjoyed my rainbow, alcohol ink cards and are inspired to try something new! Please don’t forget to check out the Poppystamps Instagram for a reel I created with this card. Happy crafting!

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Happy Birthday Masculine Card
by Nancy Penir

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Hi and welcome, Poppy friends! I have a couple of birthday cards to share today. If you find making masculine cards a challenge, you're going to love this post! I have several men in my life (one hubs and 2 sons, not to mention uncles and grand boys!)

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On a stenciled design, ala Fractional Diamond Stencil by Open Studio (Memory Box), I began by stenciling with white paste onto teal and purple cardstock. Then had some fun spraying with colors laced with mica. It totally stands out on dark cardstock!

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The 2 stenciled cards, once dried, are sprayed again and again, until the desired effect is achieved. (Let the layers dry between sprays). I wiped the white with a paper towel. The diamonds retain just a bit of the stain, which I loved, and the cracks and center have the stain intact.

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I wanted Poppystamps' new Birthday die to be the focal point, and so I added the oval vellum and fun foam behind and to the die  script. Here's a tip to working with intricate dies:

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I can't take credit for this idea, saw it on a video by a well know designer, and loved it! Fun foam is available in many colors, and you can find a stack of colors for very little money on Amazon. This particular stack I purchased has one sticky side. Now when you die cut your image, or in this case, script, leave the words in place. Glue to the front of the letters and your words will be exactly where you want them. Pretty cool, eh?

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I really love doing cards 2 at a time, especially when the technique is such fun.

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Just the perfect birthday greeting for special men in my life!

Hope you're inspired to give these techniques a try. Poppystamps has some wonderful new script dies in the store. And don't forget the stencils and new paper packs in the Memory Box Store! 

Have a wonderful, crafty rest of the week! Nancy Floral Signature copy

 

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Sending Something Special
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Friends!

Today I am sharing a card I created with one of my very favorite Poppystamps dies from our newest release, Whittle Unicorn! Isn't this adorable?

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Have you ever received happy mail that was so wonderful it felt like it was loaded with hearts and unicorns? Now you can send someone special something special, like actual hearts and unicorns!

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I started with a deep, rich background made from YUPO paper and alcohol inks! This was the fun part. I just added a few drops of shades of red and waited for it to dry. Then I cut out a Wrapped Stitch Rectangle.

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I cut the Whittle Unicorn and the Stitched Envelope in crisp white, and added tiny white hearts. These sweet little hearts are part of the Whittle Unicorn set! How magical is that! I cut the horn, mane, and tail in a bright pink and arranged it all out on my card base.

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Send someone special their own little unicorn and make their day!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

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You're Pandastic
by Sue McRae

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Happy New Year crafters! Sue here with my first post of 2021. Today I have a colourful and cute card to start off your week.

I started by taking alcohol inks and making a background that I used to die cut the Confetti Heart Plate from. I adhered the panel to my card base and stamped the hugs sentiment from the Whittle Love stamp set inside some of the hearts and added a few XO’s as well.

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I die cut the panda from pearl card stock and coloured in the black sections with a marker. And of course I had to add googly eyes!

The Stitched Envelope is such a handy little die, perfect for adding visual interest to a card and great for having things like flowers, leaves or any of the Whittle Critters pop out of.

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The sentiment was white heat embossed and added to the front of the envelope and I added a few sequins for a little sparkle.

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You could easily make this a Valentine’s Day card since heart dies and stamps can be used all year long to show someone how much you care!

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Wishing you a wonderful crafty week!

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Spiders! A Halloween Card
by Nancy Penir

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Hello Poppy Peeps! You are in for a treat today. After all it is Trick or Treat season, and I have a fun and spooky card to inspire.

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My card combines some sponge inking, embossing, and die cuts too. The new set, Halloween Ingredients has just about everything you need to make this card.

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The background was stamped with all the words, and embossed with white powder, before blending Distress Inks in several colors. All those cool little vial bottles were colored with copics, and the set even includes the tags in several sizes. The tiny spider is also a stamp from the set, and I stamped and fussy cut some out. I have no idea why, spiders freak me out! Much friendlier on a card!

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One of the vials is tipping over, and several spiders have escaped! I just love a good scary story on an A2 card!

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Do you know a few special people who would smile receiving  a cute and slightly scary Halloween card? I think I've sent out more greeting cards during this Covid season than past years combined. Love surprising people dear to me with a greets treat!

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Halloween is right around the corner! Hope you and yours are safe and well, and planning to enjoy the holiday safely. 

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