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Have A Dramatic Valentine’s Day!

Friday, February 14th, 2020

Anyone can do sunshine & rainbows – but how about a little drama? Of the good kind, of course! It’s Deb here from the Design Team, and I want you to have a dramatic Valentine’s Day, if you do celebrate the day. Personally, I think we should be spreading the love every day, but I guess a yearly reminder isn’t a bad thing!


Being a maker, of course drama means doing it with colour! Alcohol inks have been around for years, but sort of hiding in the background, as a ‘hey, try this’ idea. Now, they’re making their way to center stage and taking the spotlight! Tim Holtz and Ranger are, as you know, an amazing collaboration. But even Tim Holtz has just recently realized that there’s a whole new sub-group of artists who have embraced his alcohol inks completely, and are creating amazing works of art with them. Now, I’m not saying that mine are up there with the ‘amazing’ group, but I really enjoy working with these inks. So I have 2 cards to share with  you today, using Tim Holtz and Ranger products.


Doesn’t that sound rich, and dramatic? For this first project, I’ve combined the Deception Alcohol Pearl ink with the Gold Mixative ink onto Ranger Alcohol Ink Black Cardstock. The result? Drama!




Have A Dramatic Valentine's Day!

I just love how rich these inks look on this special cardstock. The Alcohol Ink cardstock is specially designed for alcohol inks, but it feels completely different from Yupo. Yupo is a slick, non-porous surface, where this matte cardstock feels like suede, or velvet. This means that you do need quite a bit of alcohol blending solution to get your inks to move. This is typical with the pearls & mixatives (metallics), but even more true on this surface.


First, create a mask. To do this, use good ol’ Contact paper – the kind you line your shelves with! It comes in rolls, so cut a piece the same size as your panel. Use heart dies and die cut the shapes from your Contact paper. Next, remove the backing from the Contact paper, and attach it to the front of your black panel. Rub firmly in place, to reduce the chance of bleeding through of the ink. Now, working on 1 heart at a time, apply some blending solution, Deception pearl ink a  gold mixative in the opening. Use a straw or air puffer (the kind to clean camera lenses) to blow the inks together. Add more red & gold, along with blending solution, until you’re happy with the result, and then repeat the steps with the other 2 hearts.  Next, remove the Contact paper from your panel. You can see that I did get a little bit of ink bleed on the bottom right heart – but that’s okay!  I decided to embrace the imperfection by picking up some of the gold ink on a small brush, and brushing it around the edges of the black cardstock.

This picture below shows the mask when I removed it from my piece (sorry – forgot to take a picture while it was on!)

Have a Dramatic Valentine's Day!

The Contact paper is perfect for masking, because it sticks well, but removes easily without damaging your substrate. It also works great with watercolouring, too! As you can see above, I used a paper straw – keeping the environment in mind! However, if you’re going to be using these inks a lot, remember that they can be toxic, so it’s best to invest in a manual air blower, canned air, or small air compressor.


To achieve a totally different look with exactly the same colours, swap out your straw for an alcohol ink felt applicator! For this next card, I die cut 3 hearts from the same Alchol Ink Black Cardstock.  Next, attach a felt alcohol ink applicator to the applicator handle – not the foam one used for regular inks. Add several drops of Blending Solution, Deception pearl ink and gold mixative to the felt, and press it onto the die cut hearts in a pouncing motion.

Have a Dramatic Valentine's Day!

Same inks, blending solution and substrate – totally different look!  Just keep applying the inks & blending solution to the applicator, and adding it to the hearts, until you’re happy with the result. To finish off this card, attach the hearts to a panel of Gina K. metallic gold cardstock. On another piece of the alcohol ink black cardstock, stamp the sentiment in Versamark ink. Cover it with gold embossing powder, and heat set. Isn’t it great to know that you can heat emboss on this paper – and no warping!


Or any day! You can get all of the products I  used (except for the Contact paper – you can get that online or at a department or grocery store) at Scrap ‘N Stamp right now; links are below. If you really want to embrace the trend and get in on the cutting edge, you can PRE-ORDER the NEWEST alcohol inks, Alloys, resin, & more!  To see all of the pre-order items, CLICK HERE, and add them to your cart.  They’ll be shipping this month!

Thanks for spending some time with me today! I hope that you’ve enjoyed some ‘good’ drama with me, and are inspired to create some of your own.

Have a Dramatic Valentine's Day!

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Tuesday with Tara {take 235} A Million Thanks

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!  This week I finally had some creative time with some Wendy Vecchi products!  I used the Make Art Stay-tion for the first time- it’s  a 12×12 magnetic surface that includes a magnetic ruler and 4 strong magnets to hold your work in place (perfect for stencils as you’ll see here).  The bonus for me is that having it means I have a 12×12 works space, instead of my typical 8ish inches amidst my messy workspace!  LOL

I worked with the ‘A Million Thanks‘ set, which includes stamps, dies and a stencil.  It’s a pretty great little package!

I decided to see how the coordinating stencil worked, so used it with Distress Oxide Ink (just two shades) to color the large floral image in this set.  It’s pretty neat!  Here’s a few pics of the steps using the stencil on the Make Art Stay-tion.  Before I started, everything was stamped with Versafine Clair in Nocturne.

I used Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide Ink to color the flower through the stencil with an Ink Blending Tool (I prefer the new mini tool, though I have plenty of the old rectangular ones, so just use a mini ink blending foam on the larger base!

Each leaf has it’s own stencil, and the one you see me using in this next photo even has two parts to include inking that teeny section of the leaf.  I’ve used Lucky Clover Distress Oxide for these.

I’m sure all of you are familiar with how to use the coordinating dies with stamps, but here’s a pic showing how I use washi tape to hold everything in place.

This card layout was inspired by a sketch I saw on Instagram by Freshly Made Sketches.  It’s a pretty great one that I’m sure I’ll use again!  After trying a few different pieces of card stock for the rectangular panel, I dug through some 6×6 pads and found this black & white buffalo plaid paper which I think is PERFECT on this card!  The only other detail I added was some Nuvo Glitter Drops in Aquatic Mist to the berry sprigs.

I made a second card as well, just slightly different colors but the same basic design.  The card base is bolder than the first card, so I used a pearlescent white layer and a stamped sentiment on kraft as my accent pieces.  This one also has the additional die cut sprigs & butterfly on it.

My images also have a tiny it of shading on them, which I did with a pencil crayon.

The A Million Thanks stamp set also includes some sentiments that will be perfect inside of these cards.  I love when you get lots of variety in a single set!

Inky hugs,


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,