Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Mermaid Charm by Julie Emmett

Good Morning crafters, Julie here, I hope I find you well today? Today's card is another alcohol inks background with Lavinia Stamps images.

I started off with a piece of Yupo and applied Juniper Alcohol Ink directly onto the Yupo and spread this around using a lint on my applicator tool to give an even coverage. 

Next I moved onto applying drops of alcohol ink onto the surface starting with Patina then Honeycomb and then Mermaid Alcohol inks. I decided the colour looked a little intense so add a few drops of  my initial coverage colour Juniper, to break up the intensity.

Then the fun begins applying blending solution to the lint on the applicator tool and start to dab until you get the desired background you would like to achieve. I love the way the background changes before your eyes and how you can lighten intense colour with the blending solution as there is no right or wrong with this.

I left the background to dry - I just love these colours together. The stamps I chose were Guinevere (the mermaid), the Shoal of Fish and Seaweed all by Lavinia Stamps. I stamped the mermaid first, the the shoal of fish and finished with repeated stamping of the seaweed in Jet Black Archival Ink to finish the scene.

This time I matted my scene onto some silver Mirri card and then some pastel green pearl card from my stash as I wanted this card to have an elongated view to it. I finished the card with white pen dots for the fish eyes and a few bubble dots from the mermaid's hand as I thought this was enough. 

Seaweed LAVST    Alcohol Ink Yupo   Alcohol Blending Solution  Felt Applicator Pads 20pk    Mermaid AI   Patina AI   
Honeycomb AI    Juniper AI    Ranger Archival

Well, that's my make for today, I hope you like it, see you next week.

Love Julie x

Friday, 17 February 2017

Alcohol Inks & Lavinia Fairy

Hello again crafters, hope you're all keeping well.   I've seen the first signs of Spring in my garden, a few Snow Bells, Daffodils and some Tulips my daughter bought me all the way from Amsterdam are just poking through the soil :o)
 Another little card using Alcohol Inks and Lavinia stamps but based on one of the cards you done at the workshop a couple of weeks ago.  I had already done this card and didn't have any idea Lisa had chosen that design for the class.
So I used a 6" x 6" white card blank and cut a black card matt, slightly smaller, I then cut some white gloss card 5.5" x 5.5" to use as my background.
I used the following three Alcohol Inks:
I dotted some ink onto the felt pad of my blending tool then in between dotted some Alcohol Blending Solution.  Then started to press down onto the gloss card and leave it for a few seconds and carried on doing that all over the card refilling the blending tool whenever I thought it needed more colour.  I then used a clean piece of felt and dotted some blending solution and dabbed that all over the background to give a sort of marble effect, well I thought anyway :o)
Once I was happy with that I thought I'd be clever and try to remove some colour from the centre of the card to create a moon but unfortunately made a complete mess of it.
Rather than throw it away and start again I decided to cut out the messed up bit using a circular die then added some more ink around the edges.  I took the cut out piece and covered it in a double sided adhesive sheet and covered that in glitter, before placing it back into the hole and sticking it with sellotape from the back of the card.
I then stamped the background a few times using the Lavinia Willow stamp, using Black Archival.
I cut a piece of acetate slightly wider that the card, then stamped the Lavinia Bria Rose stamp using Black Stazon and left that to dry.
I then cut myself two borders using a punch from my stash for the acetate to attach to.
So when the fairy was dry I bent the left hand side about 1 cm and tucked it behind the background card sticking it down with double sided tape.  I then attached the borders to both sides of the card and stuck the whole thing to the base card.
Really quite simple but very effective card and can be posted flat.
Here's the card again and one from a different angle.

I hope you enjoyed this simple little card and thank you for dropping by.
See you again very soon
Love Jan -x-



Thursday, 16 February 2017

Playing with Alcohol Inks, Stencils, Stamps and Sparkle!

Hello fellow craftaholics! I am being let loose again this week, playing (and making a mess with) Alcohol Inks! Yes, you guessed it, there are some 'mistakes' along the way...

My first step was to put some drops of Amethyst, Cool Peri and Mermaid Alcohol Ink onto the Applicator Felt on my Blending Tool.  I also added some Blending Solution so that the inks would be more 'movable' on my Gloss Card. Once my felt was 'loaded' I streaked my tool horizontally across my card and let it dry.

When the ink was dry, it sunk into the card and lightened slightly. Seeing that I could build up the layers a little more, I thought I would try using some ink through a stencil. I loaded a new felt with some Meadow Alcohol Ink and pounced through it through the That's Crafty! Dragonfly Flight Stencil. Once I removed the stencil, I realised that my felt had been too wet and that is why I had some blurring. Not to be discouraged, I kept going... 

Still wanting to experiment, I loaded another felt with some Mermaid Alcohol Ink and this time used it as a stamp pad onto a large word stamp. I stamped a couple of times, overlapping and just playing really!

Now, to hide my blurry dragonfly, I stamped a sentiment from my stash with Versamark and heat embossed with Wow White Powder. I did the same process with one of the Lavinia Hares and the fairy Shaylee Stamp (BARGAIN ALERT - Shaylee is 33% off on Lisa's Website!!) 

There was still a few little blurry dragonflies, so to disguise these I decided to add some Silver Stickles and make the fairy look as if she was creating them...

So what do you think?
Lesson learnt - don't go too heavy with ink if you want to stencil with it! (or if you do, plough on and cover it!)

See you next week,

Meadow AIWoodland Hares LAVSTShaylee LAVSTDinky Stencil - Dragonfly FlightCool Peri AIMermaid AIAmethyst AIAlcohol Blending SolutionVersamark Ink PadOpaque Bright White WEPStickles Silver

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Lavinia Stamps and Alcohol Inks with Acetate tuck in's............

Good morning all,

Well I did attempt to do this post last night but after drinking a bottle of champagne that was part of my Valentines present,......... bearing in mind I have not touched a drop of alcohol since 9th January.
Well you can imagine.........
I was feeling a little squiffy to say the least and the fact that I could see two screens was not helping......So I gave up and decided to do it this morning!

I am madly busy at the moment getting ready for the annual spring NEC Trade show at the weekend and also preparing demos for the next Hochanda Shows on 25th February!!!

So today I thought that I would show you a couple of makes from my class last month using the gorgeous new Lavinia Stamps and alcohol inks and then adding a lovely Hunkydory foiled acetate tuck in to the front to add more dimension. The ladies made one of these at the class and loved it.....

I will list everything I used underneath, I really must remember to take stage by stage photos but am always so busy and need to get them done and forget!!!

So here we go...........

Gloss Card
Lavinia Stamps Glow Flowers Stamp
Lavinia Stamps Trailing Ivy Stamp
Black card and an old Martha Stewart punch from my stash
Hobby Art Word Stamp

You can see how the acetate adds so much depth to the picture.......

Gloss Card
Lavinia Stamps Trailing Ivy Stamp
Lavinia Stamps Message Stamp
Black card and an old Martha Stewart punch from my stash

Well I hope you liked looking, thank you if you have taken the time to.......
It is a short one from me today but I must press on and get some more work done so back out in to the studio again in a minute. 
Have a great week and I will see you all again soon.....

Love and hugs 
Lisa B xxx

Mimsy LAVST  Woodland Hares LAVST  Archival Inkpad Jet Black
Cloudy Blue AI  Pink Sherbet AI  Juniper AI  Limeade AI

Dusk to Dawn Foiled Acetate