Embossing Folders, Florals, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Thank You, Water Colored Cards

Watercolored Embossing Folder


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It’s Monday morning and I’d like to share a card I made yesterday.  My friend, Janice and I attended our monthly book club and then stopped in to AC Moore on the way home and I found this pretty embossing folder (Corner Rose) for $1.99 and cute little die for four bucks!  I love a good deal like that!  Of course, I had to try them out as soon as I got home!  I ran a piece of Bristol Smooth watercolor paper through the Cuttlebug with the folder and decided to paint in the blossoms with my Zig markers.  I used water to move the ink and really like how it came out!  
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When the ink was dry, I added Wink of Stella glitter marker to the flowers then spattered on a little black and white craft paint.  I LOVE the graceful font of the word die!  That was a quick cut in my Cuttlebug and I attached it with a little Glossy Accents glue.  
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I mounted the panel onto a black card base and voila!  Done!  I think I may try this technique with some of my other embossing folders!  Isn’t it pretty?!  
Distress Oxides, Stampin Up, Thank You, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Distress Oxide Sampler

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When Ranger Distress Oxide inks first came out, I poo-poohed the idea of needing yet MORE inks!  What could they do that my regular Distress Inks couldn’t?!!  But I finally gave in and bought four or five of them to investigate!  And wow!!  Am I glad I did!!  The oxides have such a velvety appearance and the fact that you can layer them over each other without losing the colors is a win!  For this very simple card I taped down a piece of Canson watercolor paper to my small Epicurian cutting board with painters tape.  On my craft mat, I smooshed Peeled Paint and Broken China and spritzed on some water which caused the ink to bead up and spread out.  Although it was a bit awkward, I laid my paper (attached to the board!) onto the wet ink, being sure to get the blue on top and the green below.  I dried the ink, then tapped out more, added more water and did another layer onto my card.  After drying with my heat tool, I dripped water onto the dried surface which left those cool little spots!  I stamped the image from Penny Black’s Nature’s Friends set using Versafine Onyx Black, then removed the tape, leaving a crisp border.  I mounted it to a textured white card base.  This card makes me very happy!
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I made the background for this Thank You card in the same manner, except for taping the paper down.  It was much easier to drag through the watery distress oxide ink on my craft mat!  But first I heat-embossed the sentiments, and then the leaves from Stampin Up’s Kinda Eclectic set in white onto Bristol Smooth watercolor paper.  After adding the ink, I spattered black craft paint, then trimmed the panel down to fit onto my textured white card base.  The oval sentiment is from Stampin Up and I used an oval punch to cut it out, then lifted it with a bit of foam tape.
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I love the muted tones of the Distress Oxide in this card!  The leaves are from a retired Stampin Up set called Wonderful You, which I heat-embossed in white onto the inked up panel.  You can see that I spattered droplets of water and white craft paint onto the background which gives it such a wonderful look!  I didn’t add a sentiment to this one so that I could customize it at a later date.
Alcohol Ink, Florals, Penny Black, Ranger Alcohol Ink, Sweet Perfume, Thank You, Tim Holtz

Penny Black Sweet Perfume

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This card is a first for me!  I heat-embossed Sweet Perfume by Penny Black onto the back of Kirkland photo paper, then colored it in using Ranger Alcohol Inks!  I made a video of the process but unfortunately, discovered that at some point I changed the setting to slow-motion so I can’t post it.  GAHHH!!  Anyway, this wasn’t the same as using water color paints, as the ink moved differently.  But I still enjoyed the process!  Instead of dropping ink directly onto the image, I painted with it.  
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When I finished painting, I trimmed down the panel and adhered it to a layer of black card stock then to a base card of Stampin’ Up Crumb Cake card stock.  The sentiment is one of my favorites, made by Wplus9 in the Beautiful Bouquet-Ranunculus set.  I stamped it out with Versafine Onyx Black permanent ink onto a scrap of Bristol Smooth card stock, then lifted it with a strip of foam tape.  Two raspberry jewels accent the sentiment. 
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The last thing I did was spatter a little white craft paint over the image.  I just really like to do that!  🙂  

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Alcohol Ink, Altenew, Florals, Gina Marie Designs, Handwritten Sentiments, Label Love, Ranger Alcohol Ink, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Thank You, Tim Holtz, Wild Hibiscus

Drunken Flowers!

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I’m sharing more alcohol ink prints which I made into cards!  I seem to have a knack for creating colorful, splashy florals!  To achieve the petal formations, I used my new Masters air compressor!  What a difference it makes in moving the ink!  On the back of a 4×6 inch piece of Kirkland photo paper I place a drop of ink down, then add a drop of 91% alcohol and hit it with a shot of air.  I keep doing this repeatedly, using different colors and directing the air as I go and turning the paper.  Layers and layers go into this process with beautiful results.  For this card I cut the panel down with Gina Marie Designs Rectangle dies, then adhered it to a panel of white.  I cut a strip of black and white patterned paper and placed it behind the panel, then mounted it onto a black card base.  Finally, I stamped out the sentiment on a scrap of paper, glued on the little jewels and attached it to the top of the card.  I kinda love it!  🙂  
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This print looks almost 3D, doesn’t it?!  I trimmed it down to a square and attached it to a white card base upon which I’d stamped out one of the images from Altenew’s Wild Hibiscus set.  The sentiment is from Altenew’s Label Love set, heat-embossed with black and mounted on a strip of double-stick foam tape.  
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This is the other half of the print above, mounted on a piece of aqua card stock and then to a piece of chevron patterned paper.  The base card is shimmery aqua card stock which I purchased at A.C. Moore.  I stamped out the sentiment from Wplus9’s Beautiful Bouquet Ranunculus stamp set using Versafine Onyx Black permanent ink and attached it to the card.  
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I’m really enjoying looking at these as I write this post!  The card above was quick and easy to make!  I trimmed down the 4×6 print to fit my card, mounted it to a layer of white card stock, then added a strip of black and white patterned paper along the side.  I then attached it to my white card base.  The sentiment is from Tim Holtz Handwritten Sentiments and I heat-embossed it in white directly onto the inked panel.  It’s important to be very careful not to melt or distort the print with the heat!  
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This final card was a quick one!  I cut the print into three graduated sizes, adhered the sections to a layer of white card stock, then mounted it onto another layer of white, and finally, onto the purple base card.  I had stamped a floral image using Versamark onto the base but very little of it shows.  An old Stampin Up sentiment completes my card!