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Random Acts of Cardness – Day 10

Friday, April 10th, 2020

Happy Friday, and Day 10 of the Scrap ‘N Stamp Random Acts of Cardness! It’s Deb here, from the Design Team. I hope you’ve had a chance to play along with our month-long challenge. Each day there is a different prompt/theme. You can play along as many or few days as you’re able. Just create your project following the prompt, and then share it on the Scrap ‘N Stamp Facebook wall HERE  using the hashtag #snschallnege.  On May 1st, one lucky person will be randomly chosen to WIN a $50 Gift Certificate! Woohoo!

RANDOM ACTS OF CARDNESS – DAY 10 – ALCOHOL INKS

One of my favourite mediums to play with these days is alcohol inks. Ranger has such an incredible number of gorgeous colours to play with. Not only that, but they’ve added to their line of surfaces that you can use the alcohol inks on! The most common surface to use is Yupo, which is a non-porous, smooth surface. It’s actually a synthetic substrate, more like plastic than paper. Now, Yupo is also available in Regular, Heavy Weight, and Translucent. The regular and translucent are both 104 lbs, where the Heavy Weight is 144 lbs. My project today uses the heavy weight, which is perfect for standing up to heat embossing.

HEAT EMBOSSED ALCOHOL INK BACKGROUND

If you were to use regular Yupo, and then try to heat emboss, you will end up with a very warped & wavy piece of Yupo! It’s just not thick enough to withstand the heat.  Luckily, that where the heavy weight comes in. Use a piece of 5″ x 7″ heavy weight Yupo.  Next, attach a felt alcohol ink pad onto the applicator handle. For large areas, I like to use the rectangle applicator, but you can use the smaller round ones, as well. Just be sure to use the felt applicator, not the foam ones used for regular inks! Choose colours that will blend well together; I chose Gumball and Boysenberry, with the Gilded Alloy. Apply each colour to the applicator, and then a few drops of alcohol blending solution.

Create the background by dragging the felt applicator across the Yupo. For this background, I did it at an angle, instead of left to right. Keep doing this, applying more inks and blending solution to the felt applicator as needed.  I decided that the Gilded Alloy wasn’t showing up enough, so I added some directly to the panel, and then blended it in by dragging the applicator across it.

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ADD THE EMBOSSING

Once your Yupo piece is dry, set it up in your stamp platform. Place the Picket Fence Studios Botan Peony stamp face down onto the piece, where you want to stamp. Pick the stamp up with the platform lid, and cover it with Versamark ink. Stamp firmly down onto the inked panel. To make sure you have a good impression, ink and stamp again with the Versamark. Next, remove the piece from the platform and cover it with gold embossing powder, Set the powder with a heat tool. You’ll notice that it does take a bit longer than usual to set the powder, but just keep moving your heat tool slowly over the panel, until all areas are done.

On a separate strip of white cardstock, stamp the sentiment fro the MFT Well, Hello stamp set first in dark pink ink, and then Versarmark ink, using your stamp platform again. Cover it with clear embossing powder, and heat set.

Now you’re ready to trim your heat embossed Yupo panel, and layer everything together. Create a slightly larger background panel of metallic gold paper, and a card base of dark pink.

Random Acts of Cardness - Day 10

With the weight of the Yupo, the extra gold panel isn’t necessary, but it adds a special extra touch! I’m sure that if you send this to a friend during these days of distancing, they’d be thrilled to receive it.

PLAY ALONG WITH THE RANDOM ACTS OF CARDNESS

I hope you’ll join in on my Random Acts of Cardness Day 10! For more ideas on using alcohol ink – there’s SO MANY different ways – just type ‘alcohol ink’ into the search bar on the right side of my blog. Whichever days you choose to join us, just have fun, and be creative! And don’t forget to share on the Scrap ‘N Stamp FB challenge page!

Random Acts of Cardness - Day 10

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Add Some Sparkle To Your Day!

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Hello, my crafty friend! It’s Deb here, from the Design Team. I hope that today finds you & your loved ones doing well, and staying healthy. Life in these days is rather unusual, but it’s important to ALL of us that we all maintain our social distancing, don’t hoard supplies, and stay healthy! If you see anyone not doing the right thing, just gently remind them that it’s not just for them -but also for whoever else they come in contact with. That could be strangers, or their own loved ones. Okay – enough of the public health PSA for now – let’s get on to adding some sparkle to your day! We can all use it, for sure.

As a design team member, I just received a wonderful box of new products from Scrap ‘N Stamp. It arrived just before the weekend – perfect timing! So I decided to use some of the new products, to share with you.

SPARKLE WITH SUGAR CRYSTAL GLIMMER PAPER

This is the first time I’ve used this Tonic glitter paper – and I’m IN LOVE! It’s beautiful to use, and it doesn’t shed! Not when being, or during the making of my project. I’m sold on it, for sure! This is the gorgeous Sugar Crystal colour.

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Believe it or not, it’s even more sparkly in real life!

FLOWER DETAILS

There’s no stamp involved in the flowers – these are made with Ranger Alcohol Ink Pearls, directly on the glimmer paper! You can see that the ink changes colour a bit, when it contacts with the paper. By adding layers of ink, you can achieve 2 colours, with just one ink. I used the Pearls in Villainous (purple) and Enchanted (pink).

Start with your panel of glimmer paper. Have your alcohol pearl open & ready to use, along with either a straw, the new Ranger Alcohol Ink Air Blower, or canned air. Start with one drop of alcohol pearl ink onto the glimmer paper. Next, blow the ink from the bottom of the drop upwards, to create the petal shape.  Repeat adding one ink drop at a time, and blowing it upwards and to the left and right, to create a flower shape.  You’ll see that the petals on the bottom are lighter, and the 2nd layer of petals is darker.  Create your flowers using both the Villainous and Enchanted pearl inks, randomly on your panel.  Once the flowers shape is done, you can add in detail to the petals, with a white gel pen.

Next, create the stem & part of the flower where the stem joins the petals. To do this, use the Ranger Pitch Black ink and a small Ranger alcohol ink brush. Put a drop of the Pitch Black ink at the bottom of the flower, and spread it out using the brush. Use the brush to flick the ink upwards, into the petals, to create the bottom of the flower.  For the stem, place a few drops of the Pitch Black ink onto a slick surface, or in an ink palette. Pick up the ink with the brush, and draw the stem downward, from the bottom of the flower. The most amazing part of this – that the Pitch Black ink actually looks green, on this glimmer paper! I found that out totally by accident, when I was practicing on a scrap piece!

SENTIMENT DETAILS

Use the Concord & 9th Fabulous Phrases dies, and some dark pink cardstock. Die cut the sentiment twice, and glue them on top of each other. Another new product I used for this project is the Ranger Letter It Embossing Powders. Another win! I love embossing powders for their dimension & shine, but hate that gritty mess they leave! Guess what?! This embossing powder is SOFT!! Seriously – no grit left on my work surface! I used the beautiful Wisteria colour – take a look at this close up of the colour & shine of this powder.

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So pretty! It looks like molten lava, if lava were a wisteria colour! Stamp the sentiment from the MFT Well, Hello stamp set in Versamark. Cover it with the Wisteria Letter It embossing powder, and set with a  heat tool. When done, layer the sentiments onto the inked panel.  Create a card base of dark purple, and add a strip of the dark pink cardstock on the left hand side. Attach your card front, with foam tape.

SUPPLIES

I hope today’s project has inspired you to get outside your ‘stamping’ comfort zone, and experiment with the Ranger alcohol inks! Pearls or regular, they are a lot of fun to use, and come in gorgeous colours that match the Ranger inks. To see more projects made with them, just type ‘alcohol inks’ in to the search feature on the blog.

All  supplies can  be ordered through the Scrap ‘N Stamp online store. The great news is that the store is STILL OPEN, and operating safely within the recommended guidelines. So order away!  Right now there’s a huge Clearance Sale on, or you can shop new arrivals & regular products and get a 10% Discount using my Discount Code 10DEB at checkout.

Add Some Sparkle To Your Day!


Easy Alcohol Pearl Backgrounds

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

Hi stamping friends and welcome back. It’s Sandi here and today I’m sharing how I created these fast and fun Alcohol Pearls Backgrounds for my cards.

Tim Holtz introduced the new Ranger Alcohol Pearls back in January at Creativation 2019. There are 12 glorious colors to choose from and after you see my video and how much fun and easy these are, I’m sure you are going to want to play too.

Alcohol Ink Backgrounds for Scrap 'N Stamp

Yes, they are similar to using the Mixative with the regular Alcohol inks, but the difference is, the pearlization is blended right into the ink, wherein with the Mixative, it is added on top and creates a white sheen on the paper. With the pearls, you get a beautiful true color with a pearlized finish on it.

Alcohol Ink Backgrounds for Scrap 'N Stamp

I shared a video below so I’m not going to go into too much detail. The colors for the first card are Tranquil and Sublime and what I call the “blotchy” technique where you can use the Alcohol Ink Mini Applications to spread the ink around on the Yupo Paper and blotch it out by adding more ink and blending solution.

I’ve also used the beautiful My Favorite Things “Flowers In Bloom” Stamps and Die set for today’s projects, LOVE water colouring these flowers and today’s are done with the Gansai Tambi watercolours. You could also use water pan sets, watercolour pencils/crayons, Tonic Shimmers, Ken Oliver Colour Bursts, DWM Scribble Sticks, Zig Markers, Tombow Markers or Distress Inks, the list is endless.

Alcohol Ink Backgrounds for Scrap 'N Stamp

Card #2 uses Enchanted and Deception colors blended together on the left and the yellow Alchemy on the right – they are FABULOUS together.
I black heat embossed the flower images onto my watercolor paper to help control the paints and provide a nice deep black outline to make them pop from my backgrounds.

Alcohol Ink Backgrounds for Scrap 'N Stamp

For card #3 I used Mineral and Smolder with LOTS of blending solution to create the run technique or as I like to call it the “waterfall” technique – it’s my fav!

Here’s the short video I created to show you how I like to play with these inks. You can watch it here or over on my YouTube Channel in H.D.

Thanks so much for stopping in today. I have shared the links below for the supplies I used to create today’s cards, Click to visit the Scrap ‘N Stamp Store to order your Alcohol Pearls and some Yupo paper and have some fun with them.

Card Cuts:

Gina K Thick White 4-1/4 x 11, score and fold at 5-1/2

Yupo Paper Alcohol background cut down to 3-1/4 x 4

Ranger Watercolor Paper (flowers) 4 x 5-1/4 – watercolor and die cut

Gina K Black Onyx card stock 1 x 1-1/2 – white heat emboss sentiment

Until next time, Happy Stamping

Tim Holtz – Alcohol Pearls – Kit 4
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Tim Holtz – Alcohol Pearls – Kit 2
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Tim Holtz – Alcohol Pearls – Kit 1
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Tim Holtz – Alcohol Pearls – Bundle
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Alcohol Ink – Blending Solution
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MFT – Clear Stamp – Flowers in Bloom
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VersaMark – Ink Pad
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Perfect Crafting Pouch (Small)
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Zig – Gansai Tambi – 12 Colour Set
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Gina K Designs – Cardstock – Black Onyx
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Gina K Designs – Cardstock – White Heavy
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