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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!

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,