Alcohol Ink Play

I played with Alcohol Inks today and made a whole bunch of pieces.  Took one that I thought my MIL would like and then played some more.

6-28-20 Background Alcohol Ink

I took the MFT Floral Fantasy background stamp and heat embossed in gold.  It seemed the right choice with the background colors.  I had also used yellows and oranges on a translucent Yupo piece and thought that would be perfect for the butterfly and the sentiment.  It went with the background piece, but was still a contrast.  I actually inked both sides of the translucent Yupo, as I had anticipated making a piece that would move, so you might see the back, as well.  It works, as the butterfly wings are lifted, so you can see the back a bit.  The butterfly and sentiment are from the GKD Sending Love set.  The Yupo is quite easy to cut with scissors and dies.  I used scissors on these, as I don’t have the matching dies for the set.  Used Multi Medium Matte to adhere the Yupo to the background.

A friend had posted a card in the Sweet Stampin’ background challenge, so thought I’d enter this in that, too.  I’m also entering it in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.  Haven’t entered any of theirs in a while and thought it would be fun.  I really like this one.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today!  Hopefully your week goes well and you find joy throughout it.

Embossing Powder

MFT’s Color Challenge for this week is beautiful.  And, as their Camp Create Day 3 challenge was Background Bonanza, I decided to do both.

Color Challenge Palette 8-14-19


However, my embossing powder that in my sample looked very much like Razzle Berry, did not turn out quite the same color when used on an alcohol ink background.  I’m not sure if it picked up color from the purple alcohol ink, or if it’s more reflection of all the purple and gray surrounding it.

8-14-19 MFT Color Background

I used one of my favorite stamps from the MFT Season Sentiments (retired), unfortunately, even using my stamping platform and restamping with Versamark several times, there was one section that refused to take ink.  I tried using a Sakura Stardust pen in a bright pink color to fill in the color that was missing, but that didn’t work well, either.  I’m still using this as a Christmas card, but I’m not too happy with it.  Well, I love the background and most people wouldn’t look close enough to notice it has problems, but as I created it, it is glaringly obvious to me.  Oh well.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today!

Sketch Challenge

I’ve been enjoying doing the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge, every so often.  I’d love to do it more, just don’t have enough time.

Had a few ideas for last week’s, but only had enough time to do 2.  I’m posting one here and I’ll post another in another post.  A friend and I placed an order from MFT a couple of weeks ago and she ordered the Beautiful Bloom Card Kit.  As the order was delivered to me, she let me pull it out and play.  Love this one!

9-11-18 MFT SSS Sketch

Used an alcohol ink piece I made a few weeks ago and just had some fun.  The “beautiful” piece made with the die has Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen used on it, so it does sparkle, though you can’t see that in the picture.

I’m also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge Stamp On It, as I did stamp on it.

Thanks for spending some time with me today.

Alcohol Ink

Had fun with some alcohol ink, foil tape and Yupo paper last night.  My friend Erika is going to flip, as I actually used a Mermaid image.

Just used quite a few different alcohol inks, some blending solution and some 91% Alcohol in a spray bottle.  There were quite a few backgrounds, some very inky fingers, that are still inky today, and some fun.  I used my favorite piece with some Ranger Alcohol Lift ink and created this card:

8-14-18 SSS ABCH Sparkle

As it’s got lots of sparkle and shine to it: I used a silver pigment ink for the sentiment, Perfect Pearl spray on the background and a few sequins, as well as the Yupo paper and alcohol ink; I am entering it in the A Blog Named Hero monthly challenge.  The stamp set is Hero Arts CM160 Mermaid Kisses.

It also has lots of splash and splatter with the alcohol ink piece and the sprayed background, so it’s getting entered in the Simon Says Stamp Blog Monday challenge this week, too.

Oh and if you’re wondering why I have a Mermaid stamp set, there is a pearl image and sentiment on it that is wonderful.  The mermaids are kind of fun, as well.

Now, to figure out what to make with my husband’s favorite alcohol ink piece.  Something will definitely be coming soon.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today!  Have a wonderful rest of your day.

Foilin’ – Part 2

So, you can always add foil to a project through something you probably have around your house, aluminum foil.  Now, you are better off using the heavy duty foil, if you have it, but I didn’t, so I just used the regular kind.

I stamped on it with StazOn ink, which worked fine.  I also used Versamark ink and then heat embossed it, which worked quite well.  I then colored my images using alcohol markers.  I used the Spectrum Noir, as that is what I have, but any would work.

Aluminum Foil 1

It is a very slick surface, so you need to be careful not to let your stamp move around.  Also, if you use StazOn ink, make sure you clean your stamp right away.  I used a baby wipe, which got it very clean.

Aluminum Foil 2

For the piece I did in an embossing folder, I folded it in thirds, to give it some weight.  I should have adhered the layers together before running it through the Cuttlebug in the folder, but it still worked.  I used a little liquid adhesive between the layers (I just did the last “flap”), lightly pressed it down, and it was great.

You can also use dies with aluminum foil and cut out shapes.  For that, I would definitely use the heavy duty foil, or make sure you have thoroughly adhered a few layers together before trying it.  However, I just used some scissors to cut out my cute little dogs.

Here is what I came up with.  The sentiment is a strip of kraft card that I stamped on and used liquid adhesive to adhere on top of my embossed panel.  I didn’t want to use too much pressure on it, which is why I used liquid adhesive.  I adhered the little dogs with the liquid adhesive, as well.

Aluminum Foil Example

Foil can give a fun look to your cards and there are so many different things you can do with it.  Try it, you’ll probably be quite please with what you come up with.  Do remember, it is a very slick surface, so you’ll need to use a heat tool to help dry your ink, or wait a while.  Also, think about trying to wrap something in foil, it rips easily, so don’t be surprised if you get cuts in it, even just from the embossing.  It’s fairly inexpensive, so something you can play with a bit until you figure it out.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today.  Have a most wonderful rest of your week.

Christmas Crop

ScrapZee had a Christmas Crop this past Wednesday through Saturday.  It was a lot of fun, 2 challenges per day and a fun Christmas song bingo game.  In fact, if you go check it out, you can still participate in each of the challenges until 11:59pm CST Tuesday and be entered in the drawing for each challenge.

Here are the items I made:

CC Fri - Envelope

This first one was a gift bag made out of an envelope.

CC Fri - Tree

For this one, we were to make a tree out of anything that wasn’t typical tree and it wasn’t supposed to be green.  My son saw my bird tree and mentioned that he thought it was a partridge in a pear tree, not a pear in a partridge tree, so I had to make a pear and add the saying.

CC Sat - Paper

This one was to make a card that resembled some Christmas wrapping paper.

CC Thurs - Gift

We were supposed to make a gift card holder.  However I forgot to go back and reread the instructions, which said no red or green.  Oops!

CC Thurs - Sketch

This one was for a sketch challenge to only use red and white card stock and to emboss a Christmas sentiment with gold embossing powder.

CC Thurs Gift Card 2 WB CC Thurs Gift Card WB

This was the replacement gift card holder.  This time I followed the instructions.

CC Wed - 12 Days

For this challenge, we were to make a card to do with one of the 12 Days of Christmas lines.  I went funny, as did several others.

CC Wed - Color Blank CC Wed - Color


For this challenge, we were to use alcohol ink and compressed air to make a fun design/paper, then use it.

My challenge was to use a bird as the focal point of either a card, tag, gift card holder, etc.  These were my samples:

11-11-13 Winging It 1 11-11-13 Winging It 2 11-11-13 Winging It 3


Go check out the Christmas Crop at  There are such fun creations and great ideas for your own work.  There’s also time to participate, if you’d like.

Thanks for spending some time with me!