Alcohol Ink Backgrounds | Save the Crafty YouTuber Video Hop

Hello everyone,

I am so excited to be part of the Save the Crafty YouTuber Video Hop, which was put together by the very talented Justine Hovey to discover and celebrate the crafters of cardmaking video tutorials!

For my part in this hop, I wanted to share with you a few ways to create backgrounds using alcohol inks.

Spellbinders Away We Go Etched Dies combined with a sunset ombre alcohol ink background from Ranger Alcohol inks.
Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Mermaid combined with an underwater alcohol ink background from Ranger Alcohol inks.
Spellbinders Lovely Lilac and Rosy Summer Etched Dies combined with an alcohol ink background from Ranger Alcohol inks.
Visible Image Alice in Wonderland Stamp combined with an alcohol ink background from Ranger Alcohol inks.

I made a few examples highlighting different techniques of using alcohol inks and I hope you pick up a new tip or two. For all of my examples, I used Ranger White Yupo Paper and Ranger Alcohol inks, as well as bringing in a few tools!

Spellbinders Away We Go Etched Dies combined with a sunset ombre alcohol ink background from Ranger Alcohol inks.

The first card features an ombre background mimicking a sunset scene with silhouette die cut from Spellbinders called Away We Go. I debated on the sentiment a little bit but in the end, I settled on white heat embossing the sentiment on a piece of black cardstock and adhered it to the top of the card.

Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Mermaid combined with an underwater alcohol ink background from Ranger Alcohol inks.

For the second card, I focused on creating very controlled texture of the alcohol inks in creating an underwater scene. I think this is my most favorite background out of the bunch. I used a mermaid stamp from Hero Arts and completed the card with a sentiment which I white heat embossed on a piece of black cardstock.

Copic Coloring:
Hair: E44, E43
Skin: E00, E21, E11
Tail: V17, V15, V12
Sparkling details added with gold Stardust Gelly Roll Pen

Spellbinders Lovely Lilac and Rosy Summer Etched Dies combined with an alcohol ink background from Ranger Alcohol inks.

For the third card, I used blending solution, alcohol inks of various color and a straw to move the ink around and create this card. I added some die cuts from Spellbinders but really kept the focus on the background.

Visible Image Alice in Wonderland Stamp combined with an alcohol ink background from Ranger Alcohol inks.

For this card, I tried a technique that I’ve seen done in various way and in my version, I used a tray with water and dropped a few colors of alcohol ink in. I then took a piece Neenah Smooth Solar White 110lb. cardstock and dipped and slid in the paper. The result was amazing and created a subtle marble background.
The focal image on this card is from Visible Image Alice in Wonderland Collection which I colored with my Copic markers, die cut it using my ScanNCut and adhered it with fun foam to complete this card.

Copic Colors:
Hair: E31, Y00, Y02
Dress, Bow: B16, B12, B000
Skin: E00, E21, E11, E04
Socks, apron: C2, C1, C0, Blender
Shoes: C7, C5, C3

Visible Image Queen of Hearts combined with an alcohol ink background from Ranger Alcohol inks.

Using a felt pad tool saturated with blending solution, I added drops of red alcohol ink to the Yupo paper and smeared it around. I kept adding layers of ink and blending solution until I had a nice dimensional layer of red color on the paper. To create the background I envisioned, I added polka dots of black alcohol ink to the entire background and then added gold maxitive in the same form and then used a clean felt pad with blending solution to blend everything out. I paired this background with the Queen of Hearts from Visible Image that I colored using Copic markers.

Copic Coloring:
Hair: R39, R27, R24, R22, C9, C7, C5
Dress: R39, R27, R24, R22, C9, C7, C5, C2, C00
Skin: E00, E21, E11
Crown and pendent: Y06

Simon Says Stamp June 2018 Card Kit Beautiful Flowers Stamp set combined with an alcohol ink background from Ranger Alcohol inks and antique frames dies from Penny Black.

For this last card, I used a couple of different shades of blue to create this background by first pouring some blending solution into a plastic cup and adding a couple of drops of alcohol ink. Then, I poured the mixture over my Yupo paper and tipped the paper to remove the excess. I added several pours of the mixture of blending solution and ink to create this background. Using a large floral image from the June 2018 Simon Says Stamp Kit, I white heat embossed the detailed image onto the Yupo paper. I melted the embossing powder very carefully and quickly so that i didn’t melt the Yupo paper. To finish off the card, I created a frame using antique frames dies from Penny Black. I decided not to add a sentiment and leave this card with just the focal image as the star of the show.

In the video tutorial below, I’ll walk you through some techniques I used for creating the backgrounds and finishing the cards. I hope you will help me build my YouTube Channel by subscribing, commenting and liking the videos I create and following the hop for a chance at winning some prizes.

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Thank you so much for joining me on this journey of creating and sharing handmade cards. As always, thanks for stopping by, until next time….sprinkle a little creativity on your day!

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Visible Image Alice In Wonderland Stamp
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Visible Image Queen of Hearts Stamp
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Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Mermaid
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Spellbinders Away We Go Etched Dies
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Spellbinders Lovely Lilac Etched Dies
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Ranger Ink Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Yupo Paper White
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Ranger Ink Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Blending Applicator
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Simon Says Stamp August 2018 Card Kit | 4 cards from 1 kit

Hello everyone,

Today I am sharing several techniques for the four cards I made using the contents of Simon Says Stamp August 2018 Card Kit.

Stamp August 2018 Card Kit called Mandy’s Flowers featuring rainbow watercolored Modern Rose Blooms stamp background card.
Simon Says Stamp August 2018 Card Kit called Mandy’s Flowers featuring single layer card design with the fence stamp and hand drawn flowers.
Simon Says Stamp August 2018 Card Kit called Mandy’s Flowers featuring layered patterned paper with floral image.
Stamp August 2018 Card Kit called Mandy’s Flowers featuring ink blended Modern Rose Blooms background card.

The first card I made incorporates a single image stamp with a patterned paper (happens to be my favorite) from the kit. I layered the patterned paper with a piece of craft cardstock in between to create a very vintage inspired look to this card. The stamped and colored image combined with a simple sentiment on top a piece of vellum completes this card.

Simon Says Stamp August 2018 Card Kit called Mandy’s Flowers featuring layered patterned paper with floral image.

The focus on the second card was a single layer card technique really to showcase the sentiment. I absolutely love the font of that sentiment. The card itself sort of has a watercolor picturesque feel with an inlay design of the card panel.

Simon Says Stamp August 2018 Card Kit called Mandy’s Flowers featuring single layer card design with the fence stamp and hand drawn flowers.

The third card I made incorporates a white heat embossed background of the Modern Rose Blooms stamp with a layer of Tattered Rose Distress Ink. The floral stamp with a sentiment are stamped and white heat embossed onto a piece of vellum which was fussy cut around the edge. Once I layered the focal point panel on top of the ink blended background, I felt as though it was blending in to the background. I never realized that you can color vellum. I only tried using my Copic Markers to go over the vellum but in the future I will use different mediums and see how it results.

Stamp August 2018 Card Kit called Mandy’s Flowers featuring ink blended Modern Rose Blooms background card.

For the fourth card and my favorite, I white heat embossed the background with the Modern Rose Blooms stamp this time onto a piece of watercolor cardstock. I wanted to create a rainbow card for some time and this was the perfect opportunity. Using my Prima Marketing Watercolors, I added all of the colors of the rainbow and finished the card off with a simple sentiment embossed onto a piece of black cardstock. I really wanted the focus to be on the rainbow background and I think I achieved that.

Stamp August 2018 Card Kit called Mandy’s Flowers featuring rainbow watercolored Modern Rose Blooms stamp background card.

I had a lot of fun creating cards from this kit, I only wish I had more time to create but alas the day of a mom is never done and that’s all for me today! Check out the video link below to see how I created these cards. As always thanks for stopping by, until next time….sprinkle a little creativity on your day!

These cards are entered in the following challenges: Cardz TV | Creative Craft Cottage | Pammies Inky Pinkie Challenge | Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge | Papernest Dolls Challenge Blog| Lemon Short Bread Challenge |

 

 

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Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity Dies
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MFT Roses All Over ~ Gansai Tambi Water colored ~ Celebrate Card

Hey everyone,

I’m starting the week off with this very bright and bold card as my entry for the My Favorite Things Sketch challenge that they host on their blog each week.

 

My Favorite Things Roses all over Background stamp colored with Gansai Tambi Watercolors with gold embossing handmade card.

 

Using My Favorite Things’ Roses All over background stamp, I stamped the image onto a piece of Canson XL Watercolor paper with VersaMark ink and heat embossed the image with Rangers Gold Super Fine embossing powder.

I knew I wanted to use watercolors on this card so I got my Gansai Tambi Watercolors out that I received for my birthday a couple of months ago.
Working on one rose at a time, I added a little water and added my color loosely on parts of the petals, taking care not to cover the entire rose. Then, using a waterbrush I dispersed a bit of water around the rose.
Continuing on, I colored each rose individually by adding color and adding water. The colors I used for this background were number 35 (Carmine red) and number 36 (Wine red).

My Favorite Things Roses all over Background stamp colored with Gansai Tambi Watercolors with gold embossing handmade card.

I die cut the panel using MFT’s Stitched Scallop Basic Edge die and I die cut a square out of the middle (keeping my fingers crossed that nothing goes wrong – whew!).
To put my card together, I adhered the water colored panel to a black cardstock base, added a mat and adhered the water colored square on top with some foam tape for added dimension.
To finish the card, I added a sentiment from My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Heart Bouquet stamp and cut it using My Favorite Things Stitched Sentiment Strip.
I really love using black, red and gold color combinations and I think this card turned out better than I envisioned in my head.

My Favorite Things Roses all over Background stamp colored with Gansai Tambi Watercolors with gold embossing handmade card.

This is my completed card for the MFT Sketch Challenge and as always, thanks for stopping by, until next time….sprinkle a little creativity on your day!

 

 

 

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Jillibean Lemonade ~ Prickley Pear Build an Ice cream ~ Distress Ink blending ~ Summer theme cards

Hey everyone,

So I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus, partly because I’ve seem to have lost my crafting mojo and partly because the kids are out of school for the summer, or perhaps because the kids are out of school I’ve lost my mojo.

In either case, we’ve had to adjust and figure out a new schedule in order to have time for our summer adventures and time to create. Speaking of summer, I thought I’d start with a couple of simple summer inspired cards to get back into the swing of things.

For the first card, I used a lemon stamp from Jillibean Soup and stamped it onto a piece of Bristol smooth cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black pigment ink and heat embossed it with black embossing powder.

Jillibean Soup Lemonade Shaker Stamp with Distress ink blending background for a summer inspired handmade card.

I did some ink blending using Distress inks in Squeezed Lemonade towards the inner part of the card and Wild Honey towards the outer part of the card.

To put the card together, I cut a piece of patterned paper from the Echo Park’s Sweet Summertime paper collection using Lawn Fawn’s largest Stitched Rectangle stackable die which I adhered to an A2 sized card base. I cut the lemon paper using Gina Marie Designs’ Scalloped Stitched Nested Rectangle die and adhered it to the patterned paper using some fun foam for some dimension. And finally, I added the sentiment by stamping it onto a piece of cardstock and heat embossing it. As a final touch I added some Nuvo Crystal drops and a piece of twine to complete this card.

Prickley Pear Build an Ice cream Stamp set with Distress ink blending background and colored using Zig Clean Color Real brush markers for a summer inspired handmade cards.

For the second card, I wanted to create a really bright background that screamed SUMMER. To do that I took Distress inks in Picked Raspberry, Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron and Mustard Seed and did some ink blending onto a piece of Bristol smooth cardstock. With a very bright background, I had to balance it with a subtle focal image. Using an ice cream cone stamp from Prickley Pear, I stamped the images onto a piece of Bristol smooth cardstock and heat embossed it with black embossing powder. I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to color the cone and ice cream image.

Zig’s that I used are:
065 mid brown for the cone, which I blended with a water filled brush
099 cool gray 1 and 901 gray tint for the ice cream, which I blended with Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Overlay pen
200 Sugared Almond Pink for the base of the ice cream, which I blended with a water filled brush

To put this card together, I cut the very bright background using the largest die from Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Rectangle stackable die set and adhered it to an A2 sized card base. With the ice cream image, I added some foam squares for dimension and placed it in the center of the card. I added the sentiment from the set and added a few enamel dots from Echo Park’s Petticoats and Pinstripes Enamel dots, and that completed this card.

Summer inspired handmade cards

Hopefully, with these two little cards I can start my road to recovery and find where I’ve left that mojo to help me create some more interesting cards. That’s it for now!

Thanks for stopping by, until next time….sprinkle a little creativity on your day!

P.S. I edit all my projects using Pic Monkey, which allows me to crop my images, add effects, adjust exposures, sharpen colors, minor touch up and add my watermark. Click here for more information

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Jillibean Soup – Shaker Clear Acrylic Stamps – Lemonade


Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pads – Mini – Squeezed Lemonade


Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pads – Mini – Wild Honey

 


Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pads – Mini – Picked Raspberry


Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pads – Mermaid Lagoon


Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pads – Mini – Twisted Citron


Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pads – Mini – Mustard Seed


Echo Park – Sweet Summertime Collection – 12 x 12 Collection Kit


Echo Park – Petticoats and Pinstripes Collection – Girl – Enamel Dots


Lawn Fawn – Lawn Cuts – Dies – Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables


Tonic Studios – Nuvo Collection – Crystal Drops Gloss – Morning Dew


Kuretake – ZIG – Clean Color – Real Brush Marker – 36 Piece Set