2 for 1 cards using Alcohol Inks and Lift-Ink

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Hi friends. I'm up on the Whimsy Stamps blog with a fun tutorial using alcohol inks and Lift-ink so I thought I would share it here as well.

Here is a look at both cards we are making today. Both use the same exact supplies other than the paper used for the backgrounds.

I started by using a few colors of alcohol inks in aqua and green colors (all linked below) to create my background onto some Yugo paper until I was happy with the results. 



I let it dry for just a few minutes and then put my Spring Flowers Background stamp into my Misti and inked it up with the Alcohol Lift-ink. 

I stamped it directly on top of my alcohol inked background. I then took a clean paper towel and carefully blotted the background to pick up some of the ink. What you're left with is a ghost like impression of your stamp. The lift ink has removed the alcohol ink from the surface of the background.



I removed this background from my Misti and inserted a piece of plain white card stock. I then stamped the background onto the card stock and this is what I was left with. I love that you get two backgrounds for the "price" of one and of course, they both have a completely different feel and look to them.



Now that both my backgrounds are done, it was time to add them to card bases and do my stamping. I knew I wanted to let my backgrounds still be the focal point so I wanted to keep my stamping minimal. 

For my first card, I added the alcohol inked background where we lifted off the Spring Flowers Background onto an aqua card base. I then stamped the Bouquet image directly on top of it. I finished off the card by stamping one of the sentiments from my favorite sentiment set, the Simple Sentiment Strips set that was released a couple of months ago.



For my second card, where we added the alcohol ink that was lifted off to white card stock, I die cut it using the largest die from the Wonky Stitched Rectangles die collection. I then took the same Bouquet stamp and Simple Sentiment Strips set and stamped them onto my card. This was added to an aqua card base.


And there you have it. What do you think? Have you tried this technique before? Maye you've played with alcohol inks before but not the Lift ink? Thanks so much for stopping by!

Crafty hugs! ~ Alanna


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Yeti to Party - 2 Slimline Birthday Cards

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Hi friends. I  am super excited to share these 2 slimline cards with you today featuring the new Yeti to Party stamp set from the latest release at Whimsy Stamps that just hit the shop today.

Before we get to my cards today, there are 9 new products being released today. You'll find a gorgeous new paper collection, a fun new die set, more Yetis that are ready to party, three super fun Meme stamps with amazing images and sentiments, a fun rubber background that goes perfect with our Meme stamps, a cute and sassy set with fun dancer images and sentiments, and finally, a super fun sentiment set with not your ordinary everyday sentiments.  
Illustrator Crissy Armstrong has been killing it with some adorable Yeti stamps the past couple of months and this new Yeti to Party set is my most favorite yet.

For both my cards today, I have paired the new Yeti to Party set with the previously released Slimline Paper Pack - Frozen for these fun birthday cards. 

These slimline papers make it so super easy to create quick and fun cards and for the coloring impaired people out there like myself, they are a godsend. 

For the top card, I added a couple more presents which are from the Bearing Gifts stamp set. For the  bottom card, in addition to the paper and Yeti to Party stamp set, I also added a die cut sentiment with the Bold ABC die collection.



And there you have it. 2 super fun birthday cards for my stash. I am just so tickled with how these came out.  And here is some inspiration from the rest of the Creative Team. Aren't they so talented? 

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Crafty hugs! ~ Alanna


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Thanks so Mush

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Hi friends. I am super excited to share with you my card today featuring an awesome new die collection that is part of the latest release from Whimsy Stamps called Build a Fairy Garden. Before we get to my card, here is a quick look at the entire release which is full of so many wonderful products.


For my card today, I started by die cutting the various pieces of the mushrooms from smooth white card stock. I then added color with Distress inks to each of the sections. There are 3 sizes of mushrooms in the die collections and the smaller two each have three parts to the mushroom whereas the largest mushroom has four parts.

After my mushrooms were inked up and adhered together, I set them aside and got to work on my background. I started by taking a piece of blue card stock and added just a bit more shading onto it with some ink. I then took a piece of smooth white card stock and die cut it with the grass border die that is included in the Build a Fairy die collection.  I blended on two shades of Distress ink over top of it.  

I die cut one of the fairies twice from white card stock and then added some sparkle pen over top of her. I then got to work on arranging my scene. I finished off my card by stamping my sentiment which is from the Gnome Matter What stamp set.


I just love how this card came out and can't wait to play with this die collection some more. All products are listed and linked below.

I also have some inspiration from the rest of the Creative team. There is so much talent on this team!


I appreciate you stopping by and am wishing you a great week. Crafty hugs! ~ Alanna


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Slimline St. Patrick's Day Card

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Hi friends! I'm so sorry for the long absence here on the blog. Work has been insanely busy but I'm back today with a fun slimline card featuring a couple new products from the latest release at Whimsy Stamps.

For my card today, I am using the new Slimline Paper pack - St. Patrick's Day and the new St. Patrick's Day Gold stamp set. I am absolutely loving the new slimline papers that Whimsy has started coming out with and how quick and easy they make it for putting together a quick card.

I started by trimming down one of the patterned papers from the new Slimline St. Patrick's Day collection and added it to my slimline card base. I then stamped one of the images from the St. Patrick's Day Gold set three different times and colored it in with my Copic markers. I took one of the dies from the Pierced and Stitched Circles die collection to cut them out. I then popped them up with foam tape and added them to my patterned paper and this fun card is complete!



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Lucky Ducky Duck Challenge

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Hi friends! I am super excited for today's post as I am partnering with my friends Faye and Iris from the Whimsy Stamps creative team again for another challenge where we have each taken the same stamp set and a different coloring medium. If you want to see the card I did for our first challenge using the super popular Wonky Donkey set, click here

For this challenge, we thought it would be fun to use the new Lucky Ducky set that was just released yesterday from Whimsy Stamps. I busted out my very neglected Polychromos colored pencils which I haven't used in probably more than two years at least. To say I need a lot more practice is an understatement for sure.

For my card, I started by stamping the adorable upside down duck onto my card panel. I then stamped it again onto some masking paper and cut it out. I added the mask over top of my stamped image and then added a strip of masking tape so I could blend in my grass and sky portions using various shades of Distress Inks in blues and greens (linked below).


After my background was inked, I added a few water droplets. I then removed the mask and got to work on coloring the image with my colored pencils. I debated a bit on where to put my sentiment and then decided my sky needed just a bit more so I pulled out the Up in the Clouds die set and stamped the Quacky Birthday sentiment which is from the Lucky Ducky set onto the larger cloud. 

I decided to add some orange Nuvo drops to the duck's beak and then finished off my card by matting my card panel onto some black card stock and then adding that to a top folding white card base.

I'm super happy with how the design turned out. I just need to practice on my coloring. :)

I hope you'll check out Iris' and Faye's cards here and here. Iris is using watercolors and Faye, the Copic goddess, is using Copic markers.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I truly appreciate it.  Crafty hugs! ~ Alanna


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Winter is Better with Friends - Slimline Card

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Hi friends. I've been dying to use the new Slimline Frozen paper collection that was released earlier this month from Whimsy Stamps. I love that the scenes are already created for you. The collection comes with 15 different scenes and you get two sheets of each. 

For my card, I decided to stamp my image from the previously released Happy Feet set directly onto the patterned paper. I colored it in with Copic markers and then stamped my sentiment which is also from the Happy Feet set. I added this to a white slimline card base and this card is complete. Super quick and easy, all thanks to these super fun papers.


I hope you are having a great week. Crafty hugs! ~ Alanna


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Congratulations Baby Card

Monday, January 25, 2021

Hi friends and happy Monday. I hope you had a great weekend. I'm back today with another card featuring a stamp set from the latest release at Whimsy Stamps. This one uses the new Before and After stamp set.

I love the images in this set along with the great sentiments. For this card, I stamped one of the images, the "before" image onto a piece of white card stock and then colored it in with my Copic markers. I stamped one of the sentiments from the set underneath the image and then cut it out using one of the dies from the Rounded Rectangles die collection

I added a piece of patterned paper from the new Baby Bear paper collection that came out in the latest release and then popped up my stamped and die cut panel onto this with some foam tape.


I hope you are doing well and staying healthy. As always, you know how much I appreciate your visit. Crafty hugs! ~ Alanna


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