Wednesday, March 30, 2016

60's Style

Happy Wednesday!   It's time for the Funkie side of the Frilly & Funkie Design Team to share their art for Cec's Hip to be Square challenge  over at Frilly and Funkie. Here's what Cec says about the challenge; "Let's go retro and make a project influenced by the brighter colours and/or images and patterns of the hippie era of the late 1960's/early 1970's. Your project must either be square or include at least one square element.".
The Design Team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I decided bright colors and fun geometric shapes would be my muse for  60's inspired cards.
I thought what is a great way to bring out a tye dye effect with bright colors?  Alcohol Inks of course and I had some brand new Yupo paper I have been wanting to try with the inks and it is fantastic. I have used glossy cardstock before with my Alcohol inks but depending on what type you use you get different results.  The Yupo paper was perfect to use with the Inks.

For my first card I mixed a variety of pinks, yellows, oranges and the blending solution to get a pretty bright background. I then cut it up into different rectangles and squares.  I used the circles to layer in wonky circles and added a touch of tissue tape over the surface. Then I laid it out in a square card.

For my second card I went with darker colors with hints of brighter shades peeking through.

I started with dripping different colors of inks onto the Yupo.  The key to doing this is to cover the background with a light color first so your surface as some alcohol ink base.  Then start dripping drops of color onto the background.  Let them dry between colors.  Then drop the next color and watch it expand.  Then to finish it off you can flick the blending solution over the finished product to get little water bubbles of no color over the surface.

After the background was created I cut out flowers from white cardstock to layer over the background. Creating the background is fun to experiment with different colors and dripping in the different circles.  I warn you it can be quite addictive.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!  Don't forget to pop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog to see everyone's beautiful creations!




  1. Fantastic projects using the Yupo paper Suzanne! LOVE the way the flowers pop on the second one and what a clever idea to use geometric shapes on the first! x

  2. Far out!!!!! The first card reminds me of the fabric on dresses that Twiggy used to wear. Ver "mod". Just add white go go boots and the ensemble is complete! The second car is just amazing with all those expanding pockets of glorious color. Thanks so much for sharing the details on how to use the alcohol inks with Yupo. Love both of these so much! They are authentic to the era.

  3. What fabulous contrasting samples Sue and both reminiscent of my younger era lol love them both. Xx

  4. Beautiful cards Suz, both so different but gorgeous ! Sue C x

  5. Both of your cards give me that tie-dye feel, but I am loving that darker one with the bold and bright colors and the contrast of the white flowers.

  6. Fantastic cards Suzanne! Love the retro vibe!

  7. Both are totally cool, Sue! Fantastic vibrant colors and so reminiscent of that era. Hard to decide on a favorite, but I'm leaning toward the pinks and geometric. But now you have me itching try the Yupo and alcohol inks too!


  8. Amazing creation! The bold 'tie dyed' colors are beautiful and using the blending solution to mimic the 'water bubbles' looks like the real thing from all those concerts of that era.

  9. Amazing creation! The bold 'tie dyed' colors are beautiful and using the blending solution to mimic the 'water bubbles' looks like the real thing from all those concerts of that era.

  10. I love love love this Sue! It's like an alcohol ink lava lamp! It's too too cool! <3

  11. Absolutely fab projects! Now I must try Yupo paper! Wonderful colors! Barbara

  12. Hi Sue, these are both gorgeous. Love the abstract pink one as it's really unusual but the rich colours of the second one are also very beautiful. I've never even seen Yupo paper let alone tried it but love the effects you got here.

    Lesley Xx


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