36 posts categorized "Alcohol Inks"

03/05/2019

Tue 05

Blog Blitz Alcohol Inked Greenhouse
by Nancy Penir

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Hi everyone! Are you ready for a Spring Blog Blitz? Lots of new stamps and dies, and plenty of fun techniques from the designers.

Today I have the Greenhouse Potted Plants Sidekick Frame & Stencil to show you. And I've done a card with all alcohol inks die cuts. 

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Alcohol Inks are a fantastic way to add pizzaz to your project. They react with Yupo paper, a shiny surfaced paper, and blending solution to get a wildly colorful, rather agate like pattern, fun result. Here's one way to play with them. First I squirted my blending solution on my yupo paper. Notice it gets messy so protect your surface. Gloves are optional. 

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Next up I added my colors. No rhyme or reason, for this technique just go for it. 

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I then sandwiched a clean piece of yupo paper over my saturated sheet, in a schmooched way, pressing without moving either sheet. The result is a magical blend of wild color!

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Ok, friends, this was way too much fun! As you can see, I played with all color combos. And here's what I did with them:

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A birthday card for someone who loves potted and potting plants! Now there's a stencil that is included with this die. I can't wait to use it too.

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This fabulous die and stencil set is the giveaway to one lucky person. Don't forget to leave a comment today and on each of the blog blitz days for a chance to win. Best of luck to you, and thanks for sticking with me through my little tutorial on alcohol inking. By the way, there are fabulous you tube videos to entice you to trying these inks. 

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The new release is in the store, and the blog blitz runs from Mar. 2nd - the 14th. You have until the 17th to comment. The winners will be announced on the 19th. AND here's a 2nd way for you and a friend you choose to win... Visit us on Instagram, follow us, like the post you want to win, leave a comment and tag a friend. It's that easy!

Other dies I've included are listed below. Have a great week, and hope you enjoy the blitz!

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02/05/2019

Tue 05

Beautiful Love Die and Alcohol Inks
by Marybeth Lopez

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Hello and Happy February to you all! I have a new technique ( For Me) that I am using today. I recently learned about Alcohol Ink watching a video 

by .  Jennifer McGuire I highly recommend you visit her blog and the link I gave you to see how to do this. It was so new to me that I forgot to take pictures as I was making the papers.

All the dies I used are from Poppystamps : Whittle Mouse, Simple Thinking of  You and the beautiful Seed Love Collage I layered the Love die twice for a bit more dimension.

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Above and below is a picture of one of the papers I created using Alcohol inks, each one will be  different, just play with it. I ended up adding alcohol to my glass work surface , I had lots of leftover ink on the glass . I turned my Yupo paper( the ink moves around on this paper) over and placed it on the drips from the first paper with ink, that's  how I ended up with a very soft look to my card and no wasted inks.

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If you are interested in learning please go to the pro.... Jennifer McGuire.... Linked for you above. It's way more fun that I thought but it is a bit messy.

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I sure had fun making the background of this card and I love the added gold shimmer.  Poppystamps dies toped this card oh so many choices to make, I wanted to keep the dies white so they would stand out on the inked paper. 

Thank you for the visit today . I hope you have a crafty day my friends.

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02/02/2019

Sat 02

Thank You Card Set
by Nancy Penir

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February brings the hope of Spring, and I'm here today with some ideas for easy, fun stamping.

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I love doing cards in multiples, especially for giving gifts. A set of thank you cards (A1 size) is the perfect appreciation to give a friend. Or a neighbor who fed the cats while you were away?

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I selected one of my favorite Poppy stamp sets, Little Kindnesses, and a Poppy tag die, marking off the die, lightly with a pencil. Here's where the fun starts. Using my Misti, each card is placed and stamped one after another, in an assembly line. 

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Here's a look at all the elements before the card is assembled. Each tag is inked a different color, 6 total.

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I placed my tag in the Misti for placement of the bee trail as well.

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The large die cut flower is copic colored, coordinated with the tag, and adhered to the tag. If you look closely, you can see I glued only the center of the flower so I could curl up the petals slightly. Finishing touches include the script die cut and some Nuvo drops.

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Don't forget the envelopes! So easy to decorate them with the Misti too!

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Packaged together with a ribbon, a sweet way to say, 'thank you'. And great therapy for a cold winter's afternoon. How nice to have several of these sets on hand, ready to go.

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I hope this post today brought you a bit of Spring sunshine. And I hope you're feeling crafty, no matter the temp outside!

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01/26/2019

Sat 26

Valentine Card
by Nancy Penir

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Hello, Poppy Peeps! Didn't you just love all the new Valentine Stamps and dies showcased these past two weeks? I have a Valentine card for you using some of the new release. Come along and take a look.

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Hearts are the image of love and Valentines. And Poppy has a new die called Wavy Heart I'm lovin'!

You'll be happy to know Wavy Heart fits perfectly inside the new Pinpoint Hearts dies.

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Like I said, a perfect fit!

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I gave my background some glam with the heart stencil that comes with Sidekick frame. Not too much, just some subtle heart texture. And sponge inked the wavy heart with Oxide pinks, keeping all the die cut pieces in place.

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My die cut sentiment, from Doodle Happy Valentines Day is cut twice, once from silver and then backed with black. Love to back my die cut sentiments, really makes them stand out.

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Hope you're inspired today, and hope I got some creative juices flowing! Happy Crafting, all!

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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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