Alcohol Inks, Alcohol lift-ink, Dies, Masks/Stencils, Sky's the Limit

Alcohol lift ink experiments

I unearthed the alcohol lift-ink experiments I made a week or so ago and made one into a card.

I love the pattern and details in the panel. I added a few mounts and the sentiment and then added some patterned papers below. The bottom layer I received as a gift in a swap and kept it as it was so pretty and it was calling out to be used for this card. The other I added some stencilling using a stencil brush.

I decided it needed a die cut so used the little hot air balloon and then card candi to finish off.

Happy crafting!


Alcohol Inks, Claritystamps, JOFY, Promarkers, Letraset

6 bird themed ATCs

Today I have six different bird themed ATCs I created for a swap. I decided to change things up completely with each one… using different techniques and mediums.

First I started with alcohol ink and yupo and foiling and then added the silhouette stamps from Claritystamp …

Love how this came out.

Then I went for patterned paper and cute Jofy stamped image coloured with promarkers. I also chose to create the background behind the paper with promarkers so it all tied in.

Next up I decided to use the Waterfront stamps to create a scene for Darcys flying birds… and then heat embossed the whole panel to give it a glazed finish.

Then onto a Hot Picks stamp and some distress oxides in the background… again the heat embossing came out for a fun texture.

Next up I added Tim Holtz tissue wrap and then gesso followed by gelatos to create the background. Another hotpicks stamp for the focal image.

Finally some simple stamping and colouring using watercolour pencils. Love these funky Kim Dellow stamps.

All of them mounted onto black card for stability and to finish off. Love them all and how different each one is.

Happy crafting!


Alcohol Inks, Promarkers, Letraset

Happy birthday Daddy dearest!

Yes my Dad celebrates his birthday today so here is the card I made and sent off to him last week.

I created an alcohol ink background and then stamped the castle stamp from Creative Stamping magazine and then coloured it in using promarkers to create a silhouette.

Then I stamped the Stampendous sentiment on and then overstamped the castle using Versamark and embossing powder in a dark red and black mix. This created a fun texture.

Mounted it onto several layers and colours of cardstock and edged each layer with the black promarker.

A smart and dramatic effect … love how this came out.

Happy crafting!


Alcohol Inks, Artist Trading Coins, Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils, Petal Palette, Petals and more, Sizzix

Another Art coin

This artist trading coin was made because I had some yupo on my desk and fancied playing with alcohol inks. I made the background first and let it dry and then added texture paste through a stencil.

Once that was dry I die cut the circle and then added more of the ink and included the gold mixative. This created a fabulous rich finish.

I sanded back the texture a little to see if that made a difference to the numbers… it did but only a bit.

I added the sentiment sticker but then I decided to sew the yupo to a backing piece of cardstock to make sure it stuck well.

Once I had done this I added the die cut flower and then stamped and die cut the bird from the petals palette stamp set. I used oxides to stamp and colour the bird.

I love how this came out and enjoyed playing with my alcohol inks and combining the different textures. And that gold mixative is fabulous!

Happy crafting!


Alcohol Inks

52 mixed media cards… 2 week catch up

On catch up again … these are weeks 17 & 18

A true gent…

Bring me sunshine…

For both of these I used printed images to finish off which links them but some different other techniques.

A true gent… I added patterned paper to a piece of mountboard cut to size and then added black gesso to the edges. Whilst it was drying I rubbed some foil on it and it stuck in a few places.

Then I created my gent from two images and stuck him down and then added the frame which I had already painted. I found the quote on a printed sheet and felt it worked with the image.

Bring me sunshine… I used a piece of glossy cardstock I had coloured with alcohol inks in bright sunshine colours. Then I added the image of the girl in the vintage bathing suit, and the strip with the sentiment on.

After adhering them I outlined with a fine nib red sharpie and then added it to the card base which I had added black gesso to already.

Love these fun and different ways of creating the cards.

Happy crafting!


Alcohol Inks, Inchies and Twinchies

Peace on earth inchies

Six inchies to share today that I’ve made for the UK stampers forum swap. I had a hunt in the random stamps box and spotted this globe stamp which I thought looked about 1″ in size so perfect for inchies.

I decided to colour some vellum with alcohol ink (pool, stream, silver) and then heat embossed the globes on to it six times. Then I ripped it and added it to the little white squares I had cut.

I edged them lightly with the distress oxide and then stamped and embossed the word peace onto strips of white using the same distress oxide and clear embossing powder.

Love these little cute inchies.

Happy crafting!


Alcohol Inks, Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz

Alcohol ink postcard

Another day, another swap… this time a postcard. I watched a Jennifer Maguire YouTube video before I made this about using alcohol inks and lifting colour through a stencil. So I gave it a go! I added the alcohol ink using an applicator to create stripes across a piece of vellum and then used the blending solution to lift colour through the stencil. This created a really soft finish. I then tore the vellum and affixed it to some card stock using my sewing machine… this is by far my favourite way of added vellum to anything. I then heat embossed the Tim Holtz wildflower using the mixed metal colour embossing powder from WOW. I love the finish of this… it looks so textural. And then I added a little sentiment to finish off. I did add some black cardstock to the back to strengthen the postcard for going through the post. Happy crafting! Catherine

Alcohol Inks, Badass Chick, Happy Celebrations, Petal Palette, Treasure Gold

52 mixed media cards… week 5… Clear and transparent

The prompt for this week’s playing card challenge was clear and transparent.

I knew immediately I wanted to play with my alcohol inks on acetate and to create a window/frame. But it was yesterday before I got the chance to start.

I did a little playtime first and then remembered to film the process …

Here is the link.

And the final piece…

I love the texture and depth I got on this. And that lovely colour on the acetate layer too.

Happy crafting!