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Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Alcohol Ink background with lift-off technique - Fail?

This card I had a go at something completely different for me. I have seen quite a few videos and card makers that I watch regularly do some backgrounds and use them in cards, they look so vibrant and cool I decided I would get some and have a go!
For this card I am using some greens and teals, so I went ahead and did a background using 3 different green/pool colours and some blending solution on some yupo paper.  This wasn't hard, I enjoyed the process of trying dabbing the ink with a felt blending tool and also having a go at blowing through a straw.  I built up a few layers until I was happy with it.  I also used some teal foil to rub a little foil onto areas of my background.  
The next thing I wanted to do, was use a lift-off ink and the Altenew Leaf clusters stamp set and do a border of the leaves, so that they appeared to be paler that the rest of the background.  
This is where I felt I failed, and I think it is going to take some more practice to nail this technique.  I ended up doing the lift off twice to get it to contrast enough to the background, and also that lift off ink and alcohol ink is hard to get off the stamps! 


In the end I got a good enough effect to make a man's card, I stamped out 'happy' and 'birthday' from the Letter it birthday stamp set and fussy cut the 'birthday' one and cut the 'happy' out to be a banner above it.  
A few turquoise sequins around the sentiment finished it off.  Quite a simple card really.  





I have a video of making the card.
If you would prefer to see it in full HD then hop over to my You Tube channel here.

----- SUPPLIES -----
These are the main supplies I have used in making this card. The affiliate links of some of these supplies or something similar, may be used at no cost to you.  Product disclosure below.  I will also have the links on my blog https://handcraftedbyhelen.blogspot.com

Card base 5“ x 7”
Yupo paper
--- https://krafterscart.co.nz/product/tim-holtz-alcohol-ink-white-yupo-paper-10-sheets-5x7/?ref=93  ---{Krafters Cart}

Tim Holtz Blending Solution
--- https://krafterscart.co.nz/product/5oz-blending-solution/?ref=93 ---{Krafters Cart}

Tim Holtz Lift Off ink pad
--- https://krafterscart.co.nz/product/tim-holtz-alcohol-ink-lift-ink-pad/?ref=93 ---{Krafters Cart}

Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks
Patina – 
--- https://krafterscart.co.nz/product/tim-holtz-alcohol-ink-5oz-3pkg-beach-deco-flamingopatinaamethyst/?ref=93 ---{Krafters Cart}

Mermaid – 
--- https://krafterscart.co.nz/product/tim-holtz-alcohol-ink-5oz-3pkg-mariner-indigomermaidteakwood/?ref=93 ---{Krafters Cart}

Pool
--- https://krafterscart.co.nz/product/tim-holtz-alcohol-ink-5oz-3pkg-retro-cafe-poolpink-sherbertespresso/?ref=93 ---{Krafters Cart}
Or 
--- https://krafterscart.co.nz/product/tim-holtz-alcohol-ink-5oz-3pkg-scenic-terrace-hazelnutpoolmtn-rose/?ref=93 ---{Krafters Cart}

Ranger letter it clear stamp - Birthday


Altenew Leaf Cluster Stamp
--- https://shrsl.com/2dhyx ---{Altenew}

Versafine Onyx black ink

Original Misti

Double sided tape

Gina K Connect Glue
--- https://krafterscart.co.nz/product/connect-glue/?ref=93 ----{Krafters Cart NZ}

Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat
--- https://krafterscart.co.nz/product/glass-media-mat/?ref=93 --{Krafters Cart NZ}

Jewel picker

----- https://krafterscart.co.nz/product/jewel-picker-double-ended/?ref=93 ----- {Krafters Cart NZ}

Turquoise 6mm sequins
Heidi Swap Minc Teal foil (any foil should work with this)
Craft Foam
Scissors

DISCLOSURE

All the products used in my videos are purchased on my own for my own use.  I however am affiliated with several companies and show the links to these for your own convenience at no cost to you.  I do make a small commission when you shop using those links.  I do not work for any companies for money, and am not paid to make my videos.  I try really hard to bring you quality videos based on my own personal experience. I choose to make these videos as I would like to pass on my knowledge of about 20 years of crafting and card making and feel we can all learn from each other.  Thank you for watching my videos.



Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Stamped border card with coloured panel

This card is quite simple in essence and can be done with a variety of stamps, so a good one to do with stamps you will already have in your stash.

I started by getting a front panel and stamping some flowers (I used the poppy garden stamp set by Altenew), just the outline stamps down both sides of the panel. I butted them up to each other as much as possible, and then filled any gaps with leaves from the same stamp set.  Most of the stamping is going to be covered by the front panel, but try and get as much of the flower as possible.  



While I had the MISTI out, I stamped an arrangement of the poppies on another piece of card, which will be my front panel.

I then set to and coloured my poppies on the front panel with copics although just use any alcohol pens you have or any other method of colouring you like.  







I decided that the panel was going to be too wide if I cut on either side of my flowers, so I cut above and below each flower towards the outside of the panel, and then fussy cut around the edge of the flower, so in essence the panel is narrower, but the outside edges of the flowers stick out a bit from that.

Next was to get some red that co-ordinated with the poppies and trimmed it so that it formed a matt behind the panel, then cut two really thin strips and glued them along the stamped panel edge, so it made a contrasting line along the edge.  

Then I just stuck the panel down into the centre of my stamped border panel, and then onto my card base.  The sentiment I went with under my flowers on the front panel was a die cut sentiment with a thin secondary sentiment that I cut out in a strip and cut flag ends into it., and that was the card finished.  



This card design is very versatile, it will look different each time you do it with a different stamp and colour combination.

I have a video of making the card.


If you would prefer to see it in full HD then hop over to my You Tube channel here.

----- SUPPLIES -----

These are the main supplies I have used in making this card. The affiliate links of some of these supplies or something similar, may be used at no cost to you.  Product disclosure below.  I will also have the links on my blog https://handcraftedbyhelen.blogspot.com


Card base 5“ x 7”
2 extra panels the same size
Red card for matting
Black card for strips and sentiment die

Altenew Poppy Garden Stamp
----- http://shrsl.com/260p6 -----{Altenew}

Momento Tuxedo Black Ink

Versafine Onyx black ink

Original Misti

WOW Heat tool
 ----- {Krafters Cart NZ}

Ranger clear fine embossing powder

Double sided tape

Gina K adhesive dot runner

Gina K adhesive dot runner refills

Gina K Connect Glue

EK tools Tweezers
----- https://krafterscart.co.nz/product/craft-tweezers/?ref=93 -----{Krafters Cart NZ}

Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat
--- https://krafterscart.co.nz/product/glass-media-mat/?ref=93 --{Krafters Cart NZ}

post-it pad
Copics R45, R35, R22, YG03, YG17, Y15, E37
Metal Ruler
Craft Knife
Simon Says stamps Wishing Sending Stamp
Simon Says Stamps Wishing Die
Scissors

DISCLOSURE

All the products used in my videos are purchased on my own for my own use.  I however am affiliated with several companies and show the links to these for your own convenience at no cost to you.  I do make a small commission when you shop using those links.  I do not work for any companies for money, and am not paid to make my videos.  I try really hard to bring you quality videos based on my own personal experience. I choose to make these videos as I would like to pass on my knowledge of about 20 years of crafting and card making and feel we can all learn from each other.  Thank you for watching my videos.  



Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Delicate Mandala 2 for 1 card

For this card I am going to use a die cut mandala for a stencil to do a rainbow coloured background with ink blending.



I start by cutting out the mandala using the Altenew Delicate mandala die. It is a bit tricky to cut out as it is so detailed. 

I then sprayed some repositionable spray on the back so that it will stay put on my card base while I do my ink blending.  

I use a range of colours and inks to get the muted rainbow effect that I want. See below for all the colours I used.

I then peeled it off and was left with the mandala shape in white with the coloured background. I also have the bonus of the die cut mandala that is now rainbow coloured as well, so will make a card with that too.  

I wanted to use a new stamp I have called Simple beauty by Altenew, and did two colour variations as I wasn't sure which colour would look best with the colours of my background. While I had the Misti out, I decided to stamp some sentiments out as well.  




I fussy cut the 'birthday' stamp out and then the rest I cut out into strips as banner sentiments.  I glued the mandala down onto another card base, mounted the flowers and sentiments with some some foam tape and then arranged them onto both cards.  Finally some pretty pink posh clear sparkling sequins dotted around and that was two cards made.


  



This method would be great with a variety of background dies, cover dies, and even some intricate flower dies or shapes.  Have a look at your stash and see what you could use!

I have a video of making the card.


If you would prefer to see it in full HD then hop over to my You Tube channel here.

----- SUPPLIES -----

These are the main supplies I have used in making this card. The affiliate links of some of these supplies or something similar, may be used at no cost to you.  Product disclosure below.  I will also have the links on my blog https://handcraftedbyhelen.blogspot.com


Card base 5“ x 7” 

Altenew Simple Beauty stamp
----- http://shrsl.com/260p3 -----{Altenew}

Altenew Delicate Mandala die set
------ https://krafterscart.co.nz/product/delicate-mandala-die/?ref=93 -----{Krafters Cart}
----- http://shrsl.com/2bdwz -----{Altenew}

Picket Fence Studios Blender Brushes

Taylored expressions Blender Brushes

Original Misti

Altenew mini crisp inks
Mountain mist, Lagoon, Purple wine, Rose quartz
Mini cube set - Northern Lights
----- https://shrsl.com/260mn  -----{Altenew}

Cotton candy, 
Mini cube set - Four scoops
----- http://shrsl.com/260nh -----{Altenew}
Full sized oval stamp set – Four scoops
----- http://shrsl.com/260no -----{altenew}

Warm sunshine
Mini Cubes - Summer afternoon
----- http://shrsl.com/260oc -----{Altenew}
Full sized stamp pads – Summer afternoon
----- http://shrsl.com/260od -----{altenew}

Ruby Red 
Mini Cubes - Red Cosmos
----- http://shrsl.com/260o7 -----{Altenew}
Full sized oval stamp set – Red Cosmos
----- http://shrsl.com/260mv -----{altenew}

Versafine Onyx black ink

Ranger clear fine embossing powder

WOW Heat tool
 ----- {Krafters Cart NZ}

Cutter Bee Scissors

Pretty Pink Posh 6mm clear droplets
Pretty Pink Posh 4mm clear droplets

Gina K foam tape

EK tools Powder applicator

Nuvo deluxe adhesive

Jewel picker

Spellbinders Tool in one
Craft knife
Metal ruler
Simon says stamp thoughtful messages
Stampendous Big Words Happy Stamp
Distress Inks: Squeezed lemonade, Salty ocean, Picked raspberry, Wilted violet, Cracked pistachio


DISCLOSURE

All the products used in my videos are purchased on my own for my own use.  I however am affiliated with several companies and show the links to these for your own convenience at no cost to you.  I do make a small commission when you shop using those links.  I do not work for any companies for money, and am not paid to make my videos.  I try really hard to bring you quality videos based on my own personal experience. I choose to make these videos as I would like to pass on my knowledge of about 20 years of crafting and card making and feel we can all learn from each other.  Thank you for watching my videos. 






Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Thanks Partial Cut Wreath Card

The Honey Bee Mother's Day stamp I mainly purchased because I wanted some Mother's Day sentiments. However, it did come with a lovely floral wreath stamp, so I thought I would make a card with this.  

I hadn't totally planned it out when I started, so it kind of developed as I went along.  

I started by stamping two of the stamps out onto a piece of card with Momento Tuxedo black ink, as I knew I was going to colour them with Copics, and that is a copic friendly ink.

I then went ahead and coloured them in, I however missed colouring two parts of the stamp, one was the flower centres and their was something else I didn't fully colour, see if you can spot it in the photos.  I didn't realise I hadn't until I uploaded the photos to do the video and saw it haha, silly me!

After that I fussy cut around the stamps, then stamped the sentiment on a piece of card and cut it out with an oval die. 

It was at this point that I thought about doing a partial cut on some the the stamps so that I could get parts of the stamp to sit forward and other parts to sit behind the oval sentiment.  I quite liked the look.  I glued it all in to place.


At this point you could just stick it onto a card base and that would be the card finished, but I thought it looked a little plain, so I decided to do some ink blending over a stencil to just give a bit of interest on the card base.




I put some craft foam onto the back of my sentiment and wreath pieces and stuck that down onto the blended background.  

The final touch was some nuvo crystal drops dotted around and that was the card complete.  

I have a video of making the card.


If you would prefer to see it in full HD then hop over to my You Tube channel here.

----- SUPPLIES -----

These are the main supplies I have used in making this card. The affiliate links of some of these supplies or something similar, may be used at no cost to you.  Product disclosure below.  I will also have the links on my blog https://handcraftedbyhelen.blogspot.com


Card base 5 X 7"

Honey Bee Mothers Day stamp


Ranger letter it clear stamp – Thank you


Versafine Onyx black ink

Ranger clear fine embossing powder

Heat tool - alternative
WOW Heat tool
 ----- {Krafters Cart NZ}

Altenew Stencil Sunburst
----- http://shrsl.com/260ov -----{Altenew}

Tim Holtz blending tool and sponges

Nuvo Crystal drops – Party pink

Copics
Greens: Y02 YG03 YG63
Pinks: RV00, RV02 RV04
Blues: B32, B24, B18
Nellie's multil frames, oval MFD057
Craft foam
Repositioning spray (such as pixie spray)

I hope you enjoyed this card, and found some inspiration from it.


DISCLOSURE

All the products used in my videos are purchased on my own for my own use.  I however am affiliated with several companies and show the links to these for your own convenience at no cost to you.  I do make a small commission when you shop using those links.  I do not work for any companies for money, and am not paid to make my videos.  I try really hard to bring you quality videos based on my own personal experience. I choose to make these videos as I would like to pass on my knowledge of about 20 years of crafting and card making and feel we can all learn from each other.  Thank you for watching my videos.