Yellow Flowers

Susan Robinson
August 17, 2020

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Stamping over alcohol inks can sometimes be a bit tricky, colouring the image in can be trickier! If you’re not feeling brave enough, there are other options. Obviously die cuts are an easy out. But if you want more depth, you could always stamp onto a separate white card, colour in, then fussy cut out and glue image into place.

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Leaf Relief

Susan Robinson
August 13, 2020

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This alcohol ink background seemed a bit too busy to stamp over, but makes a stunning backdrop for this simple leaf shape (by Alexandra Renke) cut out in gold card. I used gold stickers for the Happy Birthday, and stuck some amber rhinestones on to finish. Simple but effective.

Below is another card I made using the ‘outside’ of the same die. I didn’t bother putting some of the tiny pieces back in. Was wondering whether to add some tiny pearls or not though? Hmm…

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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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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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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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Dresses Galore

Susan Robinson
July 5, 2020

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Getting back to my current favourite technique (recently shown in the “Seahorse Siblings’ post) of inking up embossing folders before placing your card inside and rolling through the Big Shot machine.

stamp: Dress by Stamp-it; embossing folder: Small Dress Forms by Darice; die: Mini Sewing Room by Sizzix (I cut the shoulders down to fit the dress)

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Dress Form

Susan Robinson
June 17, 2020

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I was kindly gifted a sewing machine last year, so I thought I’d better learn how to use it! When my son was very young, I used to sew clothes for him, but when he started school, I went back to full-time work and then never seemed to have the time after that. Thirty years on and I am starting again from scratch, just don’t feel as confident this time round. Maybe because I knew he’d be a non-judgmental recipient, whereas now – I’m making clothes for me, and I might have to wear them out in public!! And material costs a bit more than a piece of paper, what happens if I stuff it up?

stamp: Dress Form E6402 by Impression Obsession

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Seahorse Siblings

Susan Robinson
June 7, 2020

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Finally got together with my crafty ladies for a day of card making, (though I rarely ever get a card completed during these sessions as I’m usually too busy talking)! It’s only our 2nd gathering for the year and I have been missing the social interaction. I always feel quite inspired afterwards, and tend to keep on crafting long after they’ve gone.

This is a seahorse embossing folder by Kaiser Craft which I have made numerous cards with previously (see my Pinterest ‘Sea Themed’ board).

I inked up one side of the embossing folder with ‘Tumbled Glass’ and ‘Evergreen Bough’ Distress inks and then spritzed it with water, before placing the white card inside. After rolling it through the Big Shot to emboss, the result was that the background was coloured while the raised areas of the seahorse remained white. (Always hard to photograph white sorry, and have to confess the 2nd image there was taken after completion of my card, as forgot to take a photo of that step).

To colour the seahorse, I ran a sponging block with ‘Wild Honey’ Distress Ink over raised areas, then added brown speckles. I used ‘Evergreen Bough’ Distress re-inker with a waterbrush to colour seahorse body, then fine texter pens to trace around outer ridges.

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Below is a 2nd card I made, starting off in exactly the same way, just finishing off differently. I really love the contrast of the peachy pinks against the aqua background.

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