Alcohol Inks and Deco Foil

I’ve been pouring over blogs, You Tube videos and Pinterest posts lately with special attention to the projects using alcohol inks. There are endless and beautiful possibilities!!!  And all the cards I’ve seen that use alcohol inks… just stunning! I knew I needed to try it myself.


For all of my projects, I used Tim Holtz Ranger alcohol inks.


The other tools I used:

fullsizeoutput_23bcThe next step was some trial and error, until I found the designs I liked.

These are pictures of my first attempts. To make each of these, I started by scattering drops of the alcohol inks I wanted to use on the Yupo paper. Once I finished adding the ink, I placed a drop or two of Blending Solution onto each ink drop. It’s fun to watch the ink ‘flower’ and move on the paper. I discovered that the ink dries quickly. Moving quickly, while the ink is still wet, I use the drinking straw to blow the ink around on the paper and help it move in the direction I desire.

The ink does dry quickly, but you can continue to keep it moving just by adding a couple drops of blending solution. Although the blending solution can help keep the ink moving, it’s important to remember that the additional blending solution will dilute the color; just like adding water to watercolor paints.

You can see how the blending solution diluted the colors on the project above. In hindsight, I probably should have added some additional ink. I really love the project in the photo on the right. It looks very celestial.

To enhance that celestial look, I added some Tim Holtz Ranger Silver Metallic Mixative alcohol ink.  If you use these metallic mixatives, make sure to shake it thoroughly before applying it to the paper. I loved the look of the silver so much, I tried adding some Gold Metallic Mixative alcohol ink. to another project. I pointed it out in the picture on the right.

It is exciting to explore the beautiful designs created by the ink; they change right before your eyes!

You can take your design up a notch by adding ThermoWeb Deco Foil transfer paper. There are two ways to add the Deco Foil. The first option is adding the Foil to the ink before it dries completely.

As the ink moves on the paper, some of it will collect and become thicker in certain spots. These spots will remain sticky until they dry… perfect for adding Deco Foil. Just take a small piece of Deco Foil (colored side up), place it over the sticky ink spot and apply some pressure. Remove the Deco Foil and… Surprise!

Just in case you decide to add a little sparkle and shine after all the ink has dried… there is still a way to add the Deco Foil. That’s where the ThermoWeb Deco Foil adhesive pen  comes in… just add some adhesive to the spots where you want the additional sparkle and follow the same procedure described above.

I highly recommend trying alcohol inks and Deco Foil, but be careful… it is addictive. Thanks again for visiting.



cardmaking, Concord & 9th, Reverse Confetti, Simon Says Stamp

Planning for Valentine’s Day

Although we are only in the middle of January, this week has been all about Valentine’s Day. I love Valentine’s Day! It’s an opportunity to share your heart with those you care about. Gotta love that! Given all the negativity around us these days, it’s nice to have an opportunity to share some love.
I tried to experiment with new techniques or products when making these cards.


This first card utilized Deco Foil transfer sheets. I’ve had the Therm O Web PeelnStick Toner Sheets and Deco Foil Transfer Sheets on my craft table for quite a while; decided it was time to give ’em a go. I am still learning, but made some discoveries that improved my success with the Deco Foil:

1)Wipe off the transfer sheets before foiling them. It seemed that any oils or dirt on the transfer sheets impacted the foiling.

2)Do not use card stock under the items to foil. I thought it would be helpful to provide some stability under the smaller images I was trying to foil. However, doing that created patchy results. I think adding the card stock prevented adequate heat to activate the transfer sheets.

The foiled hearts were die cut from the Simon Says Stamp Stacked Hearts Wafer Die and the sentiment comes courtesy of My Favorite Things You Give Me Butterflies stamp set.


These next two cards were made with the Concord & 9th Love You So Bundle.  (For more info on using this set, you can refer to an earlier Blog where I discussed this bundle at length…. and now that I ‘mastered’ Deco Foil, I decided to add a Deco Foiled heart to the pink card.


I just love the Smitten Mitten stamp and Confetti Cuts die set from Reverse Confetti. It’s such a sweet set. Thought it would be fun to use it for a Valentine’s Day card. I created the background using Reverse Confetti’s Snowballs Cover Panel Confetti Cuts.


My final set of cards are based on one of my favorite stamp and die sets from Ellen Hutson’s Essentials collection– the All Inside stamp and die set by Julie Ebersole. This bear is just the cutest. I used two different techniques on each card.

For the first card, I dry embossed the background using Simon Says Stamp Stacked Hearts Wafer Die. I got the idea and how-to from the talented Jennifer McGuire on her blog. Here’s the link to her Jennifer McGuire Ink where she discusses this technique.

The pink card is a shaker card I created using Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Heart Stackable dies.  The sentiments on the cards both come from Simon Says Stamps Really Like You stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by!




Purple, violet, lavender, blue violet…

I love purple! There are so many shades and hues. There are even websites and Pinterest pages dedicated to purple. Despite my love of purple, I find it a difficult color to use because there are so many hues. I was working on Valentine’s Day cards today and thought today was a purple kind of day.

fullsizeoutput_2354I’m a big fan of the Concord & 9th stamp and die sets and was excited about trying out one of my newer sets- the Love You So Bundle.

fullsizeoutput_235a-3There are lots of possibilities for using the L O V E stamps. My first task was to play around with the stamps and find a combination I loved. I experimented with the stamps using both Altenew Crisp Die Inks and Tim Holtz Distress Inks. I was really happy with the color and stamp combinations I tried, but today was about purple, so I decided to focus on the purple ones.

As I was putting the card together, I remembered the perfect stamp to use as a background stamp… the Altenew Raining Hearts stamp . I used the Altenew Crisp Die Ink in Soft Lilac to stamp the hearts. It looked really cute stamped multiple times.

fullsizeoutput_2353To add some additional interest and focus, I decided to add some lilac colored baker’s twine. I still felt like the card needed a little something else; wasn’t convinced that it was a sentiment as I really wanted to L O V E stamp to stand out. I played around with some tiny hearts die cut from the tiny heart in the Concord & 9th Love You So bundle. I also tried some Honeybee Stamps Dew Drops.

fullsizeoutput_2351img_3292In the end… I loved them both and decided to incorporate both of them.

fullsizeoutput_2350Thanks for stopping by and remember… as long as there is purple in the world, it will always be a better place.

cardmaking, Kat Scrappiness, Mama Elephant, My Favorite Things

How did I live without you?!

For quite some time now, I see that most of the artists and crafters I follow are using the Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat. For many years, I have struggled with finding a surface to work on; one that could be easily cleaned and used with different medium. I was also in search of something that would help me to keep my project organized and clean while I was working on it. (It’s hard to be creative when my work area gets cluttered and messy.) I tried MANY options over the years… I could never find something that fulfilled my needs. Something that helped me feel creative, not frustrated.

I finally decided to try the Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat . OH… MY… GOSH!!! Where have you been all my life, Media Mat?!! I’ve only been using it for a few weeks, but so far… it has lived up to ALL my expectations.



With the holidays behind me, I was able to focus on some different types of cards.

I just received some goodies in the mail and wanted to put a fun birthday card together. One of my all time favorite stamp sets is the Mama Elephant The Dog’s Woof Stamp Set.

fullsizeoutput_2346I also used the Photo Booth Polaroid Die from Your Next Die and the Double Stitched Rectangle Dies from Kat Scrappiness.

fullsizeoutput_2347I finished the card using a sentiment from the My Favorite Things Anything But Basic Birthday Wishes stamp set. I stamped it using  Tsukineko Versamark Watermark Ink and heat embossed it using AveryElle Pure White Fine Detail embossing powder.

I was really happy with the card; just love those pups! It looks like they are all trying to fit into the picture to wish the recipient a happy birthday.

Altenew, cardmaking, Concord & 9th, My Favorite Things

The busiest time of the year.

I’ve learned, over time, to focus only on the Christmas traditions/activities that are most important to my family. When I was a new parent, I used to try to do it all; trying to create this perfect magical Christmas. Being so focused on getting everything “perfect” didn’t allow me the time to take it all in and really enjoy the season. So now… I have really paired things down quite a lot.

This year was a little bit different as this holiday season is sharing its time with our house remodeling. Saying life is a chaotic and feeling disorganized is an understatement. If I was to plan on making Christmas cards this year, I had to stay organized and keep it simple.

I really love some of the stamp and die sets I’ve purchased from Concord & 9th. They do such a great job of creating sets that can easily be used in many configurations. Their Turnabout bundles are brilliant. You can rotate the stamp and/or die up to four times to create some amazing cards.


I started playing around with some different techniques using the Concord & 9th Dahlia Turnabout Bundle stamp and die set…. different color inks, die-cutting only some of the dahlia leaves, dry embossing, embossing only some of the dahlia leaves… I’m certain there are LOTS of other combinations I haven’t explored yet.

This frosty blue card is one of my faves. I started by stamping the first rotation of leaves with Tsukineko Versamark ink and embossing with Judikins silver embossing powder. The second rotation was lots of fun. I stamped the leaves with Altenew Sea Glass Crisp Die Ink and then embossed those leaves with Hero Arts White Satin Pearl embossing powder. This embossing powder is amazing! It creates this beautiful shimmer over the color ink that was used. The last two rotations were just using the Altenew Crisp Die Ink in Sea Glass blue.


I die cut the sentiment using the My Favorite Things Joy Die-namics die and covered it with Nuvo Crystal Glaze to make it stand out a bit.

I just LOVE this card. Out of all the combinations of inks and techniques… this shimmery blue card is my favorite.


An old-fashioned Christmas

As is the case for most of us at this time of year, I too have had a calendar bursting at the seams. Despite the craziness, I have been able to sneak in a little time to make some cards. I love this Joyful Noel Bundle from Concord & 9th. I love how it brings back feelings of an old-fashioned Christmas; a simpler Christmas…. who doesn’t like the sound of that?!

I have only just begun to create with this stamp/die set, but I have so many other design ideas I want to try. I can even think of some other great projects; some ideas for holiday decorations.

Here is the card I put together.



I wanted some dimension added to the wreath, so I covered each berry with Tonic Nuvo Crystal Glaze. I also created dimension to the leaves using Tsukineko Memento Ink in Bamboo Leaves  and Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Mowed Lawn.