Monday 4 February 2019

Something New- The Flower Challenge

Good Morning
Time for a new theme to play along with at 

Please check out the wonderful creations from our DT's this month.

Where did January go?
Time just flies by but we are hoping that maybe? you got some new goodies for Christmas or picked up a few new things at the 'Boxing Day' sales and are ready to use them.

So onto my card.
I got this great Dandelion die from my son for Christmas and wanted to feature it on my card.  I decided to create an alcohol inked background to help best feature the beautiful design of this die.
I began with a piece of Yupo paper and dropped some blues and purples over the paper.  I helped move the colours and blend them using some Ranger Blending solution, a straw to blow air over the piece and a Q-tip dipped in the solution.
When I was happy with the way it looked, I set it aside to dry a bit.  
I wanted to add some extra interest to the background, so I searched in my stamp stash to find a similar stamp that would match the die.  I then placed the piece inside my Misti, inked up the stamp with some TH Alcohol Lifting ink and pressed onto my inked background.  I let that dry, then rubbed off the ink with a clean cloth.
I stamped the sentiment using some Archival ink and then glued on the Dandelion die.
The finishing touch was to add a drop of Nuvo drops to the flower heads.
I simply mounted the whole piece onto a white card base.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Little Red Wagon- WINTER BLUES

Simon Says Wed.- ANYTHING GOES

Stamps- sentiment from the Sketched Flowers Set (SSS); Wildflower (Unity)
Inks- Archival Black (Ranger); TH Alcohol Lifting ink; Alcohol inks (Ranger)
Paper- Yupo; heavy white for base
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia); Dandelion die (Poppy Stamps); Blue Lagoon 
Nuvo Drops; Cuttlebug; Ranger Blending Solution; straw; Qtip

On another note....
I want to thank Craft Stamper Magazine once again, for publishing one of my cards.

You can find it in this new February issue and it comes with a very cute free heart stamp.


Loll said...

Your alcohol ink background is gorgeous and really shows off your pretty new die-cuts Karen. Lovely design Karen! Congrats on being published again at Craft Stampers Magazine!! xx

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

Your background is stunning and I love the die, so pretty.
Daffodil Cards {My Blog}

Bonnie said...

Congratulations on being published again, Karen! Well deserved, my friend! Love this gorgeous alcohol inked background with your new die cut! The subtle flower in the background is so creative and adds lots more interest! Love the font of the sentiment too!

Viv said...

Congrats on being published!
And this alco ink background is a perfect backdrop to these lovely dandie dies!

Christine Alexander said...

Congratulations Karen, that was such a beautiful card, I'm not surprised they picked it as the fav. Your AI background is perfect for your new white dandelion die cut :)

Donna Ellis said...

I have not played with my AIs for years, Karen. Something says I NEED to do that soon! Your gorgeous creation really does feel like wisps of dandelions in the background! BEAUTIFUL! hugs, de

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Congratulations. And I like the background in your current card.

Pat said...

I love the beautiful bright alcohol ink background you have given your white die cute dandelions, and the turquoise Nuvo drops look so pretty. Congratulations on being published once again in Craft Stamper Magazine too. x

Aileen said...

Fabulous card I so love my alcohol inks and havent done anything for ages with it. Need to fix that when I get back home after my holiday. The colour combination is one of my favourites in the inks and then when I looked at the close up and saw that amazing addition by lifting the ink- brilliant and it totally makes the card. What a creation and then congratulations again on getting published in the magazine. Totally see why they did your cards are always so beautiful and the card they chose was one of my favourites for last year. xx Aileen

Susan said...

Congratulations, Karen, on being featured in Craft Stamper again - that is so fabulous!

Love today's card - what a beautiful AI / Yupo background for your new dandelion die and the similar stamp that you used with the lifting ink.

kiwimeskreations said...

Congratulations on being published Karen - and what a stunner this card is - love your background, especially the lifted image that echoes the beautiful die cuts

Mac Mable said...

Such a striking card and the most beautiful colours and technique. What a fabulous gift from your son and it looks stunning on the card. Loving the lift off technique too x.
Many congratulations on being published again Karen x

Nora Noll said...

Oh I LOVE that alcohol background. Why don't mine look like that? I also love the ghosted flowers you stamped too. Congratulations on the publishing!!

JanR said...

Lovely card, Karen! The background is wonderful and those die cuts are so pretty! Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon.

Kampin' Karen said...

Your background is amazing. Your effort certainly paid off in beauty.

cotnob said...

A beautiful card Karen, gorgeous colours and your Dandelion die is so pretty.
Congratulations on having one of your cards published.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

That is a really cool striped pattern you were able to accomplish with the alcohol inks! I would have gotten them all mushed together. Very pretty and congrats on your publication!

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Alcohol inks have never been my friends, I gave Copic markers a try a while ago but I ended up giving all 12 of them to a friend, she was thrilled, to say the least.
You did a beautiful job with the re-inkers, I love the background for your Wild Flower dies, they are so delicate and beautiful.
Awesome job.

Viv said...

Another gorgeous card again Karen and I love that clever background too.Fab colour...I soo love blues & purples and the white flowers look just perfect with it too. Well done on being published also ;) hugs Viv xx

Alyson Mayo said...

I love your bold background as the colours you chose are awesome - it's definitely a technique to try for me! It sets off the white dandelion die cuts perfectly. Congratulations on your recent publication :)

Bobby said...

Gorgeous AI background, Karen, and I love how you used the ink lifting for more dandelions.

Annie said...

I love the white dandelion on that fabulous background of colors! Great contrast is always eye-catching. Very cool patterns that the inks made.

Marcia Hill said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS card that Al ink background! And congrats on being published again!! :0)

Ericka Strange said...

Karen I always love your beautiful backgrounds and this is a gorgeous one. The delicate die goes perfectly with it. Congratulations on being published! So very cool.