Posts Tagged ‘alcohol pearl ink’

Tuesday with Tara {take 220} Happy Fall Y’all

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

Happy Tuesday, and Happy Fall Y’all! I hope the autumn season (short as it may be wherever you live!) is off to a colourful start for you. And if you’re in one of the places that recently had the colours replaced with white. Sorry… maybe if you just bundle up inside for a bit and look at some pretty cards, it’ll help!

I was inspired by a card made by our design team member, Nancy E. and the bold sentiment die she used. I don’t have anything like that of my own, but I do have alphabet dies and washi tape! The alphanumeric dies by Tim Holtz (the set I used is out of stock, but I almost used this one!) are awesome because there are multiples of the letters you use the most. By lining up my words and putting washi tape on the back of the dies, they stayed straight while I played around with my layout.

I actually used a pre-inked background from a previous creativity session for this card. This one features a fun blend with Alcohol Pearls Set #4. When I picked out the set, I thought it’d be great for masculine cards. It’s also fabulous for autumn!

Once my layout was figured out, I made some geometric cuts (inspired by some cards I’ve seen recently on Instagram & Pinterest). Next I arranged and die cut my sentiment. After adding some stamped leaves (Nature’s Wonder by Tim Holtz) around the sentiment, I decided to emboss them with some Avocado Wow Embossing Powder. It has a pearly pale green finish that is slightly translucent, allowing the blue ink I used to show through a bit. The combination of the two pearly finishes is quite pretty!

There’s another plus of using these alpha dies for a card that uses the negative space. I’ve got the cut-outs for a second card ready to go! To finish this card, I chose a dark olive green base. The neutral color of the Alcohol Pearls trio isn’t a green. However, I felt the combination picked up some green tones in it. I highlighted the green with the embossing Powder choice and the addition of some green & teal twine.

I hope you like it, and once again- Happy Fall Y’all!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 194}

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Happy Tuesday!

Today I’ve got another simple, fun card for you that features a punny little rabbit from Tim Holtz’s Funny Farm stamp set & a background created with the new Alcohol Pearl Inks!  I actually picked this set of inks to work with the Funny Farm stamps, thinking they were nice neutral colors for an earthy sort of background to go with the farm animals… and then I paired my background with a blue bunny. LOL. So much for neutral & earthy!  I stamped the bunny on a strip of cream card stock and decided to add some blue media marks as a border along the edges with Forget Me Not Archival Ink… I reached for a brown pencil and grabbed blue instead and I think he’s pretty cute!  I kept thinking about the Velveteen Rabbit for some reason, though I’m pretty sure he was grey, right?

I wanted to show off as much of my background as possible, so layering the stamped image on a strip of burlap and adding a bit of Nuvo glitter is as fancy as I got.  For the background, however, I worked with the new Alcohol Pearl Ink Kit 4 and grabbed some coordinating colors (Stream, Aqua, Pebble & Rust) of regular Alcohol Inks from my stash (if yours look nothing like this it’s because I’ve had these for YEARS. As long as your bottles are sealed, they will last you a very long time!). Together with Blending Solution, I was ready to play!

I made a few different backgrounds with this mix of colors… this one was created by dripping the inks onto Alcohol Ink Glossy Paper and holding the paper vertically to let the color drip down the page.  I added some larger spots and a mix of both types of ink and some blending solution and just kept adding and dripping until I was pleased with it.  It’s really fun to watch the pearls drip- they shimmer so nicely!  Here’s a look at my full background before I finished the card.

And here’s an angled look at the finished card, to show you how the pearls shimmer…

So pretty, right? They look just as fab with other inking techniques as well… I’ll share some in a future post!

Hope you have a ‘hoppy day’ and maybe find a minute or two to play along with us on the Challenge Page before the month is through!

Inky hugs,