Posts Tagged ‘Alcohol Inks’

Carved Ornaments Die

Sunday, November 1st, 2020

Hello, my friend! It’s Deb here, for the Design Team. Are you like me, and start stressing over your holiday cards as soon as the calendar flips to November? Maybe it’s because I have to mail to family overseas, but I always start to panic. Well, today I’m going to share a holiday card that you can easily ‘mass produce’, if you’re short on time. It uses the Tim Holtz Carved Ornaments Die for 2 fabulous ornament shapes.


This die is one of the Sizzix ‘Bigz’ dies, which means you can die cut 2-3 sheets of cardstock at a time, as well as being able to cut other heavier substrates, as well. So if you’re into stitching or sewing, you could die cut fabric or felt ornaments for your tree, or as gifts! I, however, stick to what I know – which is paper!

Carved Ornaments Die

I love the large size of these ornaments!


I just HAD to decorate these ornaments with my alcohol inks! First, I die cut the ornaments from Yupo – the perfect substrate/base for alcohol inks. Next, I chose my colours. I decided to be ‘traditional’, and use red and greens. For the green ornament, I first dropped Citrus and Meadow alcohol inks, added some Alcohol Blending Solution, and then use the Tim Holtz Air Blower to move them around on the Yupo. Next, I added some Gold Mixative, with more Blending Solution, and moved it around. I continued to do this, until I was happy with the result. For the red ornament, I repeated the same steps, this time I used just Poppyfield aclohol ink with the Gold Mixative. It’s super easy to do this technique, and fun, too!

If you were going to mass produce the ornaments, I’d suggest doing a whole sheet of Yupo at once, and then doing the die cutting. You can even stack 2-3 sheets of Yupo on top of the die to cut at once. Your card making would go really fast!

Set aside your ornaments – they will be dry before you know it. Use the Big Shot again with the Hero Arts Snowflake Cluster die and Lawn Fawn sparkle paper.  Use a sentiment from the Poppystamps Christmas Quotes stamp set, and stamp in Versamark onto green cardstock. Cover it with gold embossing powder, and set with a heat tool.  Use the coordinating dies that come with the Christmas Quotes set to die cut the sentiment. Now you’re ready to put your card front together!


Snip the Snowflake Cluster die cut in half, placing it in the bottom left and top right corners of a piece of brushed gold cardstock. Next, glue the green ornament to the left side. Attach the red ornament with foam tape or squares to the right & overlapping the green ornament.  Next, attach the sentiment die cut at the bottom right, under the red ornament.  Finally, attach the card front to a green card base, using foam tape.

Carved Ornaments Die

The shine of the alcohol inks is so pretty in real life – hard to photograph without a glare, though.


Today’s prompt for the Scrap ‘N Stamp daily challenge is – you guessed it – ‘ornaments’! If you’re not playing along, you really should! All you need is a Facebook account, and the ability to share a photo of your project. You can find the group page HERE, Play along with as many days as you like, posting your project with the hashtag #SNSCHALLENGE there, and on your other social media accounts. At the end of the month, one lucky person is randomly drawn to WIN a $50 GIFT CARD to shop at Scrap ‘N Stamp!  A new list of daily prompts is posted at the beginning of each month, so you can keep playing along.


All you need to re-create my card, and create your own, is available in the Scrap ‘N Stamp online store. Have fun creating! I’ll be looking for your projects in the challenge group.

Carved Ornaments Die

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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!


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.


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.

Random Acts of Cardness - Day 10


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.


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.


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.

Add Some Sparkle To Your Day!

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


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!


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.

Add Some Sparkle To Your Day!

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.


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!