Archive for September 16, 2011

Day 5 – 2 more cards

So here I am again…day 5… talking about the same things again…alcohol inks and vellum….yawn. Seriously big yawn. And no that is not a big “OMG 5 days of the same old stuff this is so boring” yawn…it’s actually a big “I’m so exhausted cause I’ve been spending way too many hours playing with this cool stuff” yawn. Seriously I’m whooped! LOL. By the time I’m done with this series I’m going to need a nice long nap! That is if I can get my brain to stop churning up ideas long enough to get some sleep. Seriously I have vellum on the brain. This morning I was watching the Today show and saw a screen in the back of the host with an image and I was like “Oh snap!  that is so cool! I could totally do that with alcohol inks and vellum!” …so now of course I will have to try and see if I can do it and if it’s a success I will probably  have to add yet another day to this series. At this rate I am going to run out of vellum long before I run out of ideas.  LOL. Anyways enough about projects I am dreaming about and projects I will post in the future…let’s talk about today’s projects.

Today I have 2 cards …and of course they both have alcohol inks and vellum…but today they are both heavy on the 3rd element I am supposed to be working with this week…texture…betcha you almost forgot that my inspiration this week was supposed to be vellum, alcohol ink and TEXTURE since I’ve spent so much time on the first 2. But I didn’t forget…actually since the day I pulled the slips from my inspiration jar the first ideas I had for projects had more to do with texture and vellum than alcohol inks.  Ironic huh…especially considering I haven’t posted anything much at all with texture but can’t stop obsessing over alcohol inks. Anyways I was really excited about the texture thing because way back when when I worked at ACMoore I remembered a program we had for embossing vellum…it was called Pergamano. Basically you used a stylus and a stencil to emboss the vellum which would turn a bright white where ever it was embossed…I remember it looked really pretty but I had no real interest in it at the time so I didn’t know much about it. So not actually knowing how to do it I decided to just jump in and try it. Well I tried and for the most part I failed. Every time I tried to emboss the vellum would rip …grrr. I could do small bits of embossing…like the bubbles on my fishbowl card…but anything bigger was an epic fail. So totally frustrated I decided to google the technique and found the answer to my problem  along with some super mega amazing projects using this technique….seriously if you have some free time go to youtube and put in pergamano in the search and prepared to be amazed..I spent a ton of time checking them out. Anyways thanks to the videos  I was able to find out why my attempts were failing…I was working on the wrong stuff. See I was trying to emboss on vellum when what is really needed for this technique is vellum’s beefy cousin…parchment… it looks the same but is much heavier. So after I discovered that little bit of helpful info I knew full scale embossing was out but I wasn’t ready to give up on adding texture to my vellum so rather than embossing with a stencil and a stylus I turned to my only/fave embossing folder…swiss dot…to see if that would do the trick and it did!! Hooray! So I embossed a bunch of vellum and got to creating and here’s what I made…

Card #1 …Winter Scene

As soon as I embossed the vellum the first thing I thought of was how much it looked like a snowy sky so I knew right away the first thing I’d be making would be a snow scene.  I played around with what to put behind the vellum and decided on a darker dusky bluish purple cardstock…totally love how it looked but decided I wanted to add a tad more detail to the sky so I added some depth to the sky by painting on the back of the vellum …love the end result and here’s how to make it… Step 1..emboss vellum with Swiss Dot folder ..Step 2…turn vellum over and with a large brush lightly brush the back of the vellum with eggplant and denim alcohol inks to create some striations, let dry…Step 3…spray ink side of vellum with spray adhesive and mount to a piece of blue cardstock, being careful not to press on the embossing….Step 4…using a piece of felt, dab alcohol ink around border of embossed piece…Step 5….cut hills out of white cardstock and embellish with stickles, let dry and then adhere to card…Step 6…add twine (shown is lilac twine from the twinery) and card sentiment (my sentiment is a very old embellishment from junkitz…you could stamp a sentiment on piece of cardstock and punch 2 holes on the end to get the same look) …Step 7… spray the back of a piece of green vellum, layer it over a piece of patterned paper and cut out a tree (I used my sizzix tree die to cut mine), use white paint and glitter to add snow, let dry and adhere to card as shown…Step 8 …add snowflake embellishments…Step 8…adhere design to card blank.

Super simple and super cute. Although I gotta say I really didn’t feel comfortable doing a let it snow card in September…I hope mother nature gets that this card was in no way an invitation to her to bring the dreaded white stuff …. seriously cannot stress enough after last winter how much I do not in anyway want to encourage any snow… unless of course  it’s December 24th…then it’s ok but that’s the only exception…and even then it better all melt by December 27th! So since the snow card was giving me the willies just thinking about it I switched gears and made a beautiful spring card because as soon as fall ends I will be counting down the days until spring arrives!! Seriously…I will!

Card #2 – Spring Flowers

So pretttty! I will definitely be making more of these cards. Can never have too many thank you cards. Anyways here’s how to make this card…Step 1…emboss a piece of vellum with Cuttlebug Swiss dot embossing folder…Step 2…Using pieces of felt dab alcohol inks on the top of the embossed surface using Meadow, Lettuce and Citrus…working from the corner out, alternating colors as you apply, being careful not to press too hard on embossing…Step 3…spray back of embossed vellum and mount to card blank, trim as needed…Step 4 ..on a piece of vellum (unembossed) use pieces of felt to dab one area with cranberry ink and another area in eggplant ink, let dry…Step 5…once dry, punch flowers from cranberry and eggplant painted vellum…Step 6…using glue dots, adhere vellum flowers and add pearl centers (mine are from queen & co.) and pull flower petals forward a bit to add dimension…Step 7…Stamp card sentiment on white cardstock, cut to size and mount to patterned paper and cut to size, adhere sentiment to card and add bee embellishment and your done! Another super simple but wicked pretty card.

Stop by again tomorrow cause the fun continues.

September 16, 2011 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

Day 4…4 cards

Yep that’s right …4…count em baby…1, 2, 3, 4  cards to share. After posting my goldfish card the other night I kept looking at it and thinkin it was kind of dullsville…I definitely could’ve amped it up a bit but I really didn’t feel motivated to do it over..instead I started pondering about what else I could make using the same technique. I tried to think of other things that would have liquid in them and the first thing that came to mind was cocktails (no surprise there LOL) … so I googled some clipart of some drinks and got super inspired to make a margarita and a glass of wine using the same technique as the fishbowl. So just like the other night I sketched out my image, layed the vellum over the sketch and used my alcohol inks to add the liquid….then I traced the image with black pen, mounted it to some white cardstock and cut around the image and then created my cards. Only difference is on some of these cards I actually used a brush to paint on the ink rather than dabbing it on…wanted to have more control over the ink and get a more intense color.

So here’s card #1…

Cute right…I love me some margaritas so I realllllly love this card….going to have to decide which one of my lush friends is going to be deserving of this bad boy. I didn’t have a saying for my card so I used a Studio-G stamp that says “when life gives you lemons…” so I just stamped the parts I wanted and used a black pen to write in the words limes and margaritas.

So after the margarita card I decided to make something a little tamer…a nice tall glass of lemonade…

Card #2

Awesome right! I used a little bit of painting and dabbing for this one…the lemons are painted but I dabbed the ink to make the lemonade. I amped up the lemonade by adding some ice…just sketched some cubes out on vellum, traced it in black ink, cut it out and laid it over the top of the glass…love the effect. Used the same stamp for the sentiment as card #1 only I used it as is this time around.

Since I was on a roll with the beverage cards I decided to make another…card #3 …

Spectacular right! I love how this card came out…even though I totally wanted to throw it out the window while I was working on it! Making the wine glass was a piece of cake but the rubons I used for the sentiment were a nightmare…maybe I shouldn’t have actually been drinking wine (yummy Reisling!) while making the card. Thank goodness for Un-du cause I had a ton of rubon disasters to remove. Once I got the front of the card done I was going to use rubons to do the sentiment inside but in the interest of sanity I decided to handwrite it. The inside of the card says “wine always make me feel better”…so true…I had 2 more glasses after my rubon fiasco.

After 2 cocktails on paper and a couple real life ones I decided to try something a little different. I was really liking painting with the inks so I decided to try some more of that so here’s what I came up with…card #4

For this card I drew a circle and laid the vellum over it…then I used a liner brush to handpaint the wreath using 2 colors of alcohol ink…lettuce and meadow and using the circle I drew as a guide. It is so so easy to paint on vellum with the inks…I just love it. After I painted the wreath I decided I wanted to mount it to the card ink side down because it was a softer look so again I used my spray adhesive to mount it to my card base. After that I stamped my sentiment on a strip of vellum…outlined the edges with a silver permapaque pen and mounted it on the diagonal across the wreath. Then I blinged out the wreath with some stickle berries and a simple bow. Lastly I outlined the whole card in silver. The end result…a simple, classic Christmas card. Oh and speaking of Christmas…please note that it is only September 15th and I have already made a Christmas card. Crazy early right! Well for me it is. Maybe this is an omen of things to come…that I might actually get all my cards done on time this year…yeah right!

Alright…enough blogging for one day …2 days worth of posts is a lot for one day. Check back tomorrow for even more cool, fun, and awesome ideas.

September 16, 2011 at 1:07 am Leave a comment

ok…so day 3…a day late

So life has returned to normal tonight…as normal as the life of a mom can be anyways…so now that last night’s chaos is behind me it’s time to get back to posting projects. Woohoo! If you’ve missed my previous posts this week I’ll recap…today is day 3 (sort of 😉 ) in my series of projects using alcohol inks, vellum and texture.

Day 3’s project…a layout. Technique wise this layout is nothing spectacular … but while it lacks in technique it’s still a pretty darn cute layout thanks in part to the adorable (yet annoying) subject …just one of the many crafty ingenious squirrels that manages to outwit our every attempt to keep the birdfood out of their greedy little paws. Darn squirrels. But it’s not the pesky little thief who is the real highlight of this layout…nope that honor goes to some pretty amazing vellum…more specifically the totally awesome pink woodgrain vellum I used for my background…totally just love it. I also have it in lime green and it’s just as awesome.

The paper was just perfect for this layout for obvious reasons…first it’s awesome…which I already mentioned…but second it’s woodgrain…so perfect for a layout about a birdhouse in a tree. So using the awesome vellum as a jumping off point for this layout I just had to select a coordinating cardstock…which turned out to be quite the dilemna…had to decide between several shades of pink all of which I liked …finally just had to let my friend pick …so if you don’t like the color you can blame it on her. After I (she) selected the cardstock I trimmed 1/2 off 2 sides of the vellum and used my spray adhesive to mount it to the cardstock. My spray adhesive is way old and spits and sputters so unfortunately I got some blotches that show through but no it ain’t no big thing. After the background was done it was just a matter of arranging the layout and finding a way to incorporate some texture and the alcohol inks. I had some trouble incorporating the inks …I tried adding splashes of color around the pics but they were more blotches than splashes and after about an hour of struggling I decided to give up that idea. It looked so bad I actually replaced the vellum with a new sheet (lucky I had 2). So after I gave up on the alchohol inks I worked on adding the texture which was so much easier…just ran some polka dot paper (love me some polka dots) through my papercrimper and voila …a fabtastic border.  Finished tweaking the arrangement and glued it all down and added a title and journanling and some super adorable embellishments and I was done…well almost. After I added the title …those fabulous glossy thickers…I figured out a way to incorporate some alcohol ink!!! I realized since the letters were glossy I could add some oomph to them by sponging a slightly darker shade on the letters…it’s super subtle…but hey it counts!!!


Stayed tuned…I’ll be posting day 4’s projects super soon.

September 16, 2011 at 12:14 am Leave a comment

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