Embossed Leaves

Susan Robinson
August 9, 2020

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“We live for the bounties of Fall, but the harvest of Friendship is blessed above all”.

After running this rather bland green and silver alcohol ink background through the Big Shot inside an embossing folder, I sponged a darker green ink over the top to highlight the raised pattern of leaves. (Make sure you use an Archival ink).


embossing folder: Endless CO723294 by Couture Creations

stamps: Autumn Leaves CR-03870 by Just Rite Papercraft; Single Leaf 2468C by Stamp-it Australia

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Relax Cowboy

Susan Robinson
August 7, 2020

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A way of adding interest and dimension to an otherwise boring alcohol ink background, is to run it through an embossing folder.

This would be a good card for Father’s Day. Sadly my father passed away a few years ago so I don’t make those cards anymore.

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Be Empowered

Susan Robinson
August 3, 2020

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Blue foil was used on this card, just for contrast. I have a few more alcohol ink cards to come, but this is my last foiled background – for the time being. I have been stuck at home with a cold all week, and in the current covid climate, thought it best to self isolate (in my craft room of course!). So have had some extra play time.

stamps: Stampers Anonymous, Tim Holtz Collection, ‘Time Travellers’ CMS157; Unity Stamps ‘Empowered Words’ DD-960A

dies: Sizzix, Tim Holtz Alterations ‘Gearhead’ 661184

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Deep in the Forest

Susan Robinson
August 1, 2020

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Inspiration for this layout was from Tracy of ‘Lavinia Stamps’ who I purchased the fairy and mushroom stamps from. I must say I had particular trouble stamping them out, though I have had them a long time so maybe they’re getting old? They stamped out fine on matt card, but I had to stamp them out about 5 times on the Yupo before I got a decent blackness. Thank goodness I remembered to use my hinged stamper! I ended up capping the mushrooms, but they still didn’t turn out black enough, and used dies for the rabbits instead of doing more stamping. I applied Copper Foil to this background. I thought it was a little dark, but the foiling helped to lift it a bit, as did the glitter sphere around the falling fairy.

Always hard to photograph the foiling in the cards, depending on how the light catches them, so I took a few from different angles.

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Blushing Hearts

Susan Robinson
July 28, 2020

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I am loving my alcohol inks at the moment and the beautiful effects you can achieve! This background was created by dripping various inks onto a Teflon matt together with some Isopropyl alcohol and swishing my Yupo card through. After waiting approx 1 min. until most of the ink is dry but you can still see wet areas where the ink has pooled – that is the time to place your foil sheet (colour side up) over it. I have used Gold for this sample. The foil should adhere to the sticky bits. Keep lifting and replacing your foil over your card until sure no more of the foil is going to stick. Sometimes you can get seams of foil (depending on how your inks have dried), but mostly I seem to get glints of foiling. Maybe it is determined by the foil sheets used? I have been using a brand called Fab Foils.

I chose a nice open die design so as not to cover up too much of the inky deliciousness, the gold hearts complimenting the gold foiling in the background.

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The Darkest Night

Susan Robinson
July 23, 2020

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This musician comes out of a nightclub in the early hours, his faithful dog waiting at the back door. Together they walk through the quiet streets, his adrenalin still pumping from the hours of playing, too wired to sleep. Eventually he leans against a lamppost, and slowly lifts his saxophone to his lips and starts to play softly, soulfully. Slowly the sun creeps over the rooftops, shining onto the puddles, illuminating the paving stones still wet from the evenings rain. And so a new day begins.

Another alcohol ink background, created by swishing Yupo card through alcohol inks (Sunshine Yellow, Pesto and Pitch Black) with Isopropyl Alcohol on a Teflon mat. The Pesto has some brown elements to it and the Black, some purple. Makes for interesting results. I really love how this one turned out! Consequently I didn’t want to cover it up too much, so chose my stamp and die carefully.

I have been experimenting with foiling my alcohol ink backgrounds. You should be able to see the gold veins through the above card. This only seems to work on Yupo, not gloss card. As Yupo is plastic, not paper, the inks stay wet a little longer, and actually get slightly ‘sticky’ where the inks pool. This allows the foil to adhere. Success is all about the timing! Put the foil sheet on too early, and the inks simply lift off with the sheet, ruining your lovely inky pattern. Put in on too late, and the inks are dry and none of the foil will stick. Bit tricky, but fun. If you mess it up, just add more alcohol inks and try again. I have 2 more samples to follow.

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A Moment’s Peace

Susan Robinson
July 20, 2020

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I have always loved this quote by Katherine Hepburn. I’m sure there are many women out there who can relate to it.

Sometimes I’m not that enamored with a background. This alcohol ink one I felt was a bit bright, so I chose a large die that would cover a large portion of it.

Then I put it into an embossing folder that had fancy scrolled corners. When I took the card out, I ran a fine sandpaper over the raised areas of the pattern to remove the colour and help lighten the look of the card. I also put the diecut girl into the embossing folder, so part of the scroll pattern overlapped her legs. This I ran a white pigment pad over. Some of the embossed pattern also went into her hair, but I ignored that, thinking it looked a bit like a hair ornament.

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Create Art

Susan Robinson
July 15, 2020

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ALCOHOL INKS – I have had for ages, but only recently started using them with Yupo, which is a synthetic (plastic) sheet. It is available in different weights, but I prefer the thicker 200gsm, as it’s easier to handle. I love how vibrant it makes the colours! It can be a bit slippery though and I was disappointed when I smudged my stamp on the left. I do have a hinged stamper, but keep forgetting to use it!! Anyway, I am trying to ‘embrace the imperfection’. That’s what makes it a hand made card right?

My Blending Solution is running low, so thought I’d try substituting with the cheaper ‘Isopropyl Alcohol’ instead. A 91% or higher is recommended. Due to the current Covid situation, it proved very hard to find, as many people were buying it to make their own hand sanitisers. Bunnings were all out, Chemists only sold 64% (which takes too long to dry), Jacksons Art Supplies sell it but it doesn’t state on the label anywhere what % it is, so I didn’t buy it. Finally I found it at an electrical store, as apparently they use it as a cleaning agent. A 99.8% 1 litre bottle cost me $20. I decanted some into a small bottle with an eyedropper, and some into a mini mister.

  1. Using eyedropper, squirt some Isopropyl Alcohol onto teflon mat. Add chosen colours of alcohol inks. For this sample I used Sunset Orange, Pool and Lettuce. Swish your yupo paper through to colour until entire paper is covered.
  2. Stamp images using an Archival pad. Do not use a StazOn pad, as this will bleed, and if you use a dye or pigment ink, they will not dry.
  3. I stamped the paint tubes a 2nd time onto scrap of gloss card, coloured them in, then cut them out and positioned over stamped ones on main card.
  4. I laid the Bubble stencil over card and used a Alcohol Ink Pen (filled with Blending solution) to remove colour from select circles of stencil.
  5. Stamp wordings out. I matted and Magic Mounted the ‘Art’ into place, sponging some colour onto it to match background.
  6. I silver foiled the top of paint brush handle and tops of 2 right-hand paint tubes. I applied Glossy Accents to paint bristles and used Liquid Pearls for dots on left and for paint squeezing out blue tube.

The stamps were from an Indigo Blu magazine pack I bought from my local newsagent.

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Mood du Jour

Susan Robinson
May 7, 2020

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I love colour and am always very conscious of it in my surroundings. Some days I just feel the need to wear clothes of a certain shade, and if for some reason I can’t (like I haven’t done the washing) it does affect my mood.

While I had the alcohol inks out to make the background for my last card, I thought I might as well make a few more for future ones. Playing with inks can be a messy business. I love how the pink just catches the top of her cheekbone.

Stamp: ‘Mood du Jour’ by Inkadinkado (Dawn Houser) 95241-Y

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Fence Sitting

Susan Robinson
July 12, 2018

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So many different effects you can get with alcohol inks, depending on how you apply them. This card has been done on Yupo paper, which I find gives the most vibrant colour finish.

dies: Men Siting on Fence 17283 by Paper Rose Studio; Birds from Scarecrow set 662382 by Tim Holtz

stamps: Gum Tree 632F by Stamp-it; Moments C2768 by Hero Arts

alcohol inks: Rust, Caramel, Oregano, Lettuce, Sunshine Yellow, Bottle & Espresso

For this card, I squirted some alcohol inks onto my Teflon mat in lines, then swiped my paper through it horizontally so the colours mixed minimally. The paper kind of sucks onto the matt though so the colours do mix as you peel it off.

This will dry almost immediately. Then I stamped the gum tree and sun in black Archival ink. (Don’t use a StazOn pad as this also being a solvent ink, will cause bleeding).

I put a small puddle of Bottle and Espresso ink onto my acrylic block, picked it up with paint brush to colour in tree trunk and canopy. The Sunshine Yellow ink I placed a drop directly from the bottle over my stamped sun image and allowed it to spread out.

Cut out dies in black card, then glue into position over alcohol background. Matt onto black card, then folded orange/brown backing card.

Stamp out wording on scrap of matching card and cut to size. Sponge all edges with sepia ink and glue into position.

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