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Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Much of my extended family lives in Wisconsin.   As a child we would go to visit my grandparents and we would be driving through miles and miles of farmland.  I loved and still love to see the old farmhouses, silos and the occasional windmill. 

The new Darkroom Door Windmill stamp brings back all those memories. I couldn't wait to ink it up and create a few projects.

I have been seeing some beautiful paintings  on pinterest all created using Alcohol Inks.  I thought I would try that to create my background for the Windmill.

Steps for the background:

  1. Drip 3 drops of black alcohol ink on felt applicator.  Add 2 drops of alcohol blending solution. 
  2. Smear the black ink along the bottom half of the glossy cardstock. 
  3. Drip 3 drips of rust alcohol ink on felt applicator. Add 2 drops of alcohol blending solution. 
  4. Dab over black colored surface of glossy cardstock. 
  5. Drip 3 drops of yellow alcohol ink on felt applicator.  Add 2 drops of alcohol blending solution. 
  6. Smear yellow over top half of cardstock. Re-apply alcohol ink as needed to cover top half of glossy cardstock. 
  7. Drip 3 drops of orange alcohol ink on felt applicator. Add 2 drops of alcohol blending solution. 
  8. Dab orange ink across yellow surface. Re-apply alcohol ink as needed. 
  9. Repeat process mixing in caramel, yellow and orange until the background is as desired. 
  10. Drip 3 drops of black alcohol ink on felt applicator. Add a few drops of alcohol blending solution. 
  11. Dab over bottom half and along the line between the orange and black. 
  12. Stamp weeds/flowers using Black StazOn along top of black. 
  13. Stamp the Corrugated Iron over the background using  StazOn - Timber Brown. 
  14. Stamp the word Home using StazOn on acetate. Attach with clip on the side. 
  15. Stamp the sentiment along the left side using StazOn. 

For my card I used the same background but added a house in the front.
I added a house colored with a hint of golden brown to my scene on the card. I also stamped the windmill on acetate using StazOn.  I cut out the top and pop dotted to attach. I then added a brad to cover the pop dot.

Products: Darkroom Door - Home Sweet Home, Country WindmillCorrugated Iron,
Ranger Alcohol Inks - Caramel, Rust, Black, Yellow, Orange,  Raffia, Watercolor Pencil, Waterbrush, Alcohol blending solution, StazOn - Black, Timber Brown, Ranger Distress Ink Walnut Stain, Brads

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  1. Its brilliant. I like it a lot!

  2. Thanks for taking the time to give us the step by step for this technique Sue. These are gorgeous and so striking! I'd love to have a go at this sometime soon.

    Lesley Xx

  3. What a gorgeous card and tag Suzanne...must be great memories for you, and a pleasure for us to look at!

  4. Such a magical stamp - it really captures that sense of the wide open landscape... and your alcohol ink skies are just fabulous on both tag and card. Thanks so much for all those how-to details!
    Alison x

  5. just awesome Suzz. Love the silhouette of the windmill. Great background. The corrugated iron stamp really makes the tag look like it really is just that!


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