Saturday 30 May 2020


Meet today's card.
I've been playing with some Alcohol inks and the Alcohol Lifting re-inker fluid to see what I could come up with. 

So here's what I did to create my card.
I began with a piece of Yupo paper.  Yupo has a plastic type coating on it and works well when using Alcohol Inks and Blending solutions.  The only problem with using Yupo is that when the inks are dry, the background can be tricky to stamp over as the surface is very slippery. 
So to remedy that problem, I created a Alcohol inked background onto Yupo, letting all the colours bloom by adding Rubbing Alcohol and some Ranger Blending Solution.  When I was happy with the colour blends, I let it dry then applied some of the Alcohol Lifting Re-inker along the top, dragged that down using a brayer, then rubbed a piece of heavy white cardstock over the print to lift.  It transferred the inks onto my white cs and I was left with a colourful print.

* helpful tip:  keep the piece of Yupo that you inked and lifted from.  You can wipe it clean using some Rubbing Alcohol and use it again and again for this technique*

My background dried instantly and was ready to be stamped onto.
First, I added some stenciling along the edges using the Meshing Around stencil and some Picked Raspberry Distress ink.  I randomly added stamping along the edges of my panel, then placed the piece into my Misti to stamp the flower in black.  I stamped it again onto another piece of white cardstock and fussy cut out just the flower head.  Using some diluted Distress inks, I lightly painted in the flower petal and then glued it over the stamped image.
I felt like it needed a bit of black, so using the edge of a credit card, I added some lines for interest.
I mounted the panel on some matching coloured cardstock, then onto a heavy white card base.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- ANYTHING GOES
Addicted to Stamps and More- ANYTHING GOES
My Time to Craft- USE A STENCIL
Creative Artiste Mixed Media- ANYTHING GOES

Stamps- Creative Chaos (Visible Image)
Inks- Versafine Clair Black; Alcohol inks (Ranger); Distress ink (TH); Alcohol Lifting
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- stencil (Meshing Around VI); brayer; Misti (My Sweet Petunia);
credit card; blending brush; paintbrush

Friday 29 May 2020

Note Cards

I hope you are keeping well and safe during these crazy times.
Still playing around with my Gel Plate and experimenting with different types of paints.
I did manage to get to the Dollar Store and picked up some Acrylic paints.  They are pretty watery and thin but look at the results they created on the Gel Plate.  Kind of a bubble looking background that I thought looked great.

So here's what I did to create my note cards.
Like I mentioned above, I got out some Dollar Store paint and brayered it onto my Gel Plate.  
Next, I laid on a stencil and rubbed a piece of scrap paper over it to remove some of the paint. 
I lifted the stencil and then pulled the print. 
I repeated that same process with the other stencil.  It is a great way to use your stencils in a different way, giving the impressions a new look.
When they were dry, I cut them down and mounted them onto a piece of light blue cardstock, then onto a heavy white card base.  I added a shiny enamel dot to the centers for interest.

stencil used:  

stencil used:

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my cards to these challenges:
Time Out- FREE

Discount Code for A Colorful Life Designs

Stamps- none
Inks- Acrylic Paint (Dollar Store)
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Gel Plate, Stencils- A Colorful Life Designs, brayer, enamel dot

Tuesday 26 May 2020

Be Happy

Hello and Welcome.
Meet today's card.
A simple one using a brayered/stenciled background.

So here's what I did.
  As I have mentioned in previous posts, I like to roll off any excess paint from my brayer onto a piece of card when using my Geli Plate.  For this one, I was using some blue and green paint, so I just rolled out the excess and voila; another bkg. piece.  I loved the look of these 2 colours blended together.
Next, using the Beautiful Reasons stencil from A Colorful Life Designs, I masked out the phrase (see below) and just used the word happy to create some background interest using my DOX inks.
I also added some stenciled dots for more interest.
Next, I used my Misti to stamp the leaf outline with black; it is a two-part stamp.  I positioned the solid part of the leaf into my Misti and inked it with more DOX inks, sprayed with water and stamped.  When it was dry, I fussy cut it out then glued it over my inked background.
I mounted the piece onto a heavy white card base.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Here is the stencil I used:

Discount Code for A Colorful Life Designs
*Just use the code KarenFan10 to get a discount on stencils and masks.*

Adding my card to these challenges:
The Male Room- IN THE GARDEN
Allsorts Challenge- GINGHAM, STRIPES, DOTS

Stamps- Botanicals (The Stamp Market)
Inks- Versafine Clair; DOX (Cracked Pistachio. Faded Jeans); acrylic paint
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- brayer; Beautiful Reasons (ALCD); Dotty (AALL and Create)
blending brush; Misti (My Sweet Petunia)