Friday, March 31, 2023

Let's Be Neutral

 Hi!  How about showing off the neutrals!  I love all neutral cards and are drawn to the layers and richness of the hues of one color.  I am showcasing the beautiful new Lost Shadow Distress Ink. 

 I started with these sweet bunnies cut out from ephemera that were a lovely shade of gray and then used the layers of the lost shadow to add more textures.

The background began with the Dina Wakely Coasters 2 stencil layed on white cardstock.  The distress ink spray lost shadow was spritzed over the stencil.  Then the stencil with the ink still on it was placed face down on another piece of white cardstock.   

While the first backgrounds were drying the same stencil was placed on an index card and opaque distress paste was applied over the stencil.  After the stencil was removed then the distress stain spray was spritzed over the embossed background to add the lovely layers of gray. 

When both backgrounds were dry The leafy branches were stamped with gray ink onto the corners of the reverse image of the stencil background.  Additional watercolor was added on the leaves for shading and then white gel pen added the dots. 

The index card was torn into multiple pieces and layered over the stamped and stenciled background.

Then the sentiment was stamped on a scrap of the spritzed paper to add to the front of the card.  The eggs were coated in a mix of white paint and the distress stain spray.  After they were dried using the heat gun. (They held up well to the heat!)  Another layer of ink was spritzed and pooled on the eggs and another round of heating to dry them up. 

The eggs along with some flowers formed a sweet little hiding spot for the bunnies,

Happy Hopping!  



Friday, March 17, 2023

Spring Frolic

 Hi!  Today I am sharing a card inspired by Spring Frolic!  The Funkie Junkie Inspiration this time around is highlighting spring!  

I started this project with the inspiration of the beautiful new Tim Holtz Transparent Layers. 

The subtle flowers through the beautiful acetate lends itself to a beautiful window.  

I started with a few gentlemen die cut from various backgrounds.

I used embossing paste which was sprayed with a pretty distress ink.  I then cut out a second gentlemen who was sprayed with the mica stain spray. 

The window gave the perfect opportunity to have a shaker card filled with shimmery coordinating bling.

Then the flowers were died in coordinating pink spray mixed with white acrylic paint.  They were layered around the edge of the window. 

Then a mix of sequins and pearls were randomly scattered around the edge.   The background of the card was sprayed in coordinating mica stain spray. 

The sentiment was stamped in the same ink as the flowers and attached to the front of the shaker card. 

Hope this has you thinking of spring flowers and sunny days to come! 



Friday, March 3, 2023

Aren't We Lucky?

 Hi!  I am back today to share a post for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Inspiration Ave.  The team are sharing their inspiration around Aren't We Lucky?  

In my family we have a few St. Patty's Day birthdays coming up and it had me thinking about the 3 leaf clovers and how they bring luck.  I decided to use the hearts dies to create the leaves of the clover and  a few flowers. 

I thought it would be fun to use alcohol inks and yupo paper to create some clovers and flowers using the stacked hearts dies. 

The alcohol inks are magical in how they apply to glossy surfaces.  I have found that playing with them is the best way to get to something that you like.  For this effect I will give you just a few tips and let you explore and see what effect you can achieve.

  1. Start with Yupo paper.  This will help the inks move on the surface.You can use translucent or white Yupo.  
  2. I usually put down a base of alcohol blending solution to allow the alcohol ink I am applying to spread.  
  3. Then I will drip on the different colors allowing them to spread.  I will usually let the circles I drip dry. 
  4. Next drip a different color or the alcohol blending solution over the original circles and by themselves. Let the second layer dry. 
  5. Repeat with as many layers until you have beautiful circles overall. 
  6. Using the alcohol application tool drip several drops of blending solution onto the felt.  Dab over the surface
  7. This wills soften the edges of the circles and give the small bubbles of white across the surface.  If you blend too much you can always come back and add more drips of color and blending solution.

For the purple alcohol ink background I did two additional steps.  I added an alloy to give a silvery metal effect and I added salt to the pools of alcohol ink.  After it dried I brushed it off and it removed the pockets of color. 
Then I decided to cut out my many many hearts in varying sizes to make my flowers and clovers. 


Assembling them was easy as I took a big circle glue dot and attached it to a scrap piece of cardstock.  I then arranged the hearts around the circle.  I cut little stems from the extra pieces.  

I also decided to use some mica stain sprays to create a series of hearts and made a second card.

I stamped a mix of images using coordinating brown and green dye inks and then attached a few of the clovers along with a few embellishments.  

Thanks for stopping by!