Creating an Alcohol Ink Background | Simon's March Card Kit

Hello crafty friends! Today I am sharing a card featuring the stamp set in Simon Says Stamp’s latest card kit!


First I created a background using alcohol inks. I used some Yupo paper and added inks in the colors Purple Twilight, Wild Plum, Sunset Orange, and Sunshine Yellow. I used some 91% Isopropyl Alcohol in order to get the inks really moving and a straw to blow the color around. Once the ink was mostly dry I placed a piece of gold Deco Foil on top and pressed it down to leave behind some gold on the sticky areas.


I cut down my alcohol ink panel and placed it in my Misti. I arranged some of the stamps from the Amazing stamp sent on the panel and then stamped them with Alcohol-Lift Ink. I then used a dry cloth to wipe the panel which really brings out that stamping.


For the sentiment I picked one of the stamps from the set and stamped it with Versamark ink onto a piece of vellum. I embossed it with Gilded embossing powder from Brutus Monroe. I then folded one end of the sentiment over the top of the alcohol ink panel and glued it to the back. I also added some tiny dots of liquid adhesive behind all the letters to glue the sentiment to the front of the panel.


I popped my panel up onto an A2 size card base with foam tape. I added a mix of sequins from the Heaven Sent sequin mix from Lucy’s Cards. I glued the sequins down with Gina K Designs Connect Glue and then my card was finished.

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Icy Alcohol Ink Background with a Vellum Overlay

Today I made an icy winter background using alcohol inks and the stamp set from Simon’s December card kit. I even added a snowy vellum overlay!


The first thing I did was place a craft mat over my surface to protect it. Alcohol inks are really messy so I highly recommend using a craft mat of some kind. I usually like to use disposable gloves as well to keep my hands clean, but I recently ran out so for this card my hands got quite messy. I took out a piece of Yupo paper and all of my blue colors of alcohol ink. I used the colors Indigo, Sailboat Blue, Stream, Mermaid, and Pool to create my background. For this background I decided not to used and blending solution because I wanted the colors to not be diluted at all. I used a straw to blow air onto the inks to move them around on the paper and get them to blend.


Once the alcohol ink was dry it was time to do some stamping. I used the Christmas Cheer stamp set from Simon Says Stamp’s December card kit for all of the stamping on this card. I took all of the snowflake stamps from the set and arranged them in my MISTI. I stamped them with Alcohol Lift-Ink onto the alcohol ink panel. This ink removes alcohol ink when you stamp with it. Once I finished stamping I took the alcohol ink panel and went over it really well with a dry cloth. This is what really lifts up the ink and makes the stamping pop!


Next I stamped the sign pole from the set onto some Bristol Smooth paper. I meant to stamp on Neenah Solar white because it is better for coloring with Copics, but I accidentally grabbed the wrong paper. I made it work though! After stamping the pole with Gina K Amalgam ink I lined up some sentiments on each of the three signs and stamped those too. I colored in the sign pole with Copic markers. Check out the video to see the coloring process!


Next I created the vellum overlay. My alcohol ink panel is 4.25 by 5.5 so I needed my vellum to be 5.5 on one side and the other needed to be longer than 4.25. I then scored the vellum at 4 and 3/8th just to be sure it would cover my panel when I folded it around the side. I knew I could trim the edge if it was too long. Scoring the vellum creates a small flap that I will later be able to attach to my alcohol ink panel. I then took a circle die from the Hero Arts infinity circle die set and cut a window out of the front of the vellum.


I prepped the vellum panel with my powder tool really well to do some embossing. I used the same stamps that I used on the alcohol ink panel to stamp some snowflakes onto the front of the vellum. I stamped with with Simon Says Stamp embossing ink and then embossed them with Rainbow Sparkle embossing powder from Brutus Monroe. The embossing powder is clear with sparkles in it so the snowflakes look shiny and glittery on the vellum. I used my ATG gun on the small flap of the vellum and glued it to the back of the left edge of the alcohol ink panel. This attaches the vellum like a book cover that can be opened and closed over the alcohol ink panel. I took the entire panel and glued it to an A2 size card base.


I cut a piece of white card stock into a small hill shape and glued it to the bottom of the alcohol ink panel. I then glued down the sign pole that I colored in earlier so that it is in the middle of the panel sticking up out of the snow. I used a few gray Copic markers to add some shading to where the pole meets the snow. Next I used some Distress Oxide inks to shade my snow. I blended the colors Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean along the bottom edge of the snow. I think this really takes the snow to a whole different level than just leaving it solid white. For some finishing touched I added some highlights to the sign pole with a white gel pen. I also added Wink of Stella glitter to the snow and a little bit to the signs. Finally I wrapped some silver and white twine around the binding of the card and tied it in a bow.


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Using Alcohol Lift-Ink - Simon's October Card Kit

Today I created two cards using Simon Says Stamp’s October card kit.


I started out by taking the Yupo paper from the kit and placing it on my craft mat to protect my surface. I added drops of Tim Holtz alcohol in starting at the corners and working my way to the center. I used the colors Stream, Sunshine Yellow, Butterscotch, Sunset Orange, and Wild Plum. I went over the inks with blending solution after they were placed. I then used a straw to move the ink around.


Once the panel was pretty dry I took one of the beautiful Gina K foils from the kit and pressed it down into the paper so that some of the foil would stick to the stickier areas. I only wanted a little bit of the foil to stick for accents, so I had let the ink dry for a decent amount of time. The Simon Says Stamp yupo paper in the kit is 5.5 by 8.5 so I chopped by piece in half to make two cards with it.


For the first card I took a strip of vellum and stamped a sentiment on it with Versamark ink. The sentiment I chose says “Happiest of Birthdays to you.” I embossed it in a white embossing powder. Next I wrapped the vellum strip around one of the alcohol ink panels and adhered the flaps to the back. I took a piece of Simon Says Stamp Peacock cardstock and glued it to an A2 card base. I then popped up my first alcohol panel on that card base with foam tape. To finish the card up, I went around the border of the yupo paper with dashed lines using my white gel pen. I also added some white sequins with Gina K Connect glue.


For the second card I stamped a bunch of the smaller floral images from the stamp set onto vellum and embossed them in white. I fussy cut those out and set them aside. Next I stamped a sentiment onto the Peacock card stock with Versamark ink and embossed that with a white embossing powder. I cut the sentiment down to a strip. The sentiment I chose for this card says “Thanks.” I took the vellum floral images and arranged them together with the sentiment, adhering them with Gina K Connect glue. I popped up this arrangment on to alcohol ink background. I wanted the rose in the middle of the arrangement to be more opaque, so I added a second rose over the top of the first. I popped up the yupo panel onto a card base with foam tape. To finish off this second card I added some white sequins.


Alcohol Ink Day 5 - Adding Foil

Today is the last day of my alcohol ink series. For this video I focus on how to add foil to alcohol ink backgrounds.


I started out by creating my two alcohol backgrounds. I used rainbow colors for the first one and cool colors for the second one. I laid down a ton of ink on the yupo paper and a lot of alcohol blending solutions. I used a straw to blow on the ink to get it moving around.


Once the ink had dried for about 2 minutes I pressed my foil down on the paper. I used the flat side of my bone folder to really press the foil down. Alcohol ink dries with a lot of sticky areas, and the way this technique works is that the foil sticks to those areas. So when I pull the foil off I get this gorgeous background with the foil spread out throughout the color.


For these first card I used a pewter color foil.


I colored a bunch of flowers to use on all of my cards.


I went over all of the flowers with Wink of Stella and glossy accents.


For the next two cards I used a gold foil.


 I really love the sentiments in the stamp set that I used.


I absolutely love this technique! I was so pleased with the way my background came out!

Check out how these cards were made in this video:


Alcohol Ink Day 4 - Metallic Mixatives

Welcome to the fourth day of my alcohol ink series! Today's card feature alcohol ink backgrounds using metallic mixatives.


For the green background I used gold mixative. It was my first time playing with the metallic mixatives and I don't think I added quite enough of it and I may have over mixed it a little bit. So the actually gold in the background is pretty subtle.


For the pink background the metallic mixative is much more pronounced. I used a silver metallic mixative on this background.


For the cards using the green alcohol background I used a stamp layering set with hibiscus flowers. This was my very first time using a stamp layering set and I found it to be pretty easy to do. It was a little time consuming because I used my MISTI tool for all of the stamping.


I used Distress Oxide inks for the flowers, mostly because I have a lot of colors of Distress Oxide ink. Because the oxide ink it opaque, the layers of the flowers don't mix together. If I had of choice of any inks to use with the layering stamps I would probably choose Altenew inks. Altenew releases inks that work really well with layering sets because they have a light shade, medium shade, and dark shade.


For the sentiments on these two cards I used a die cut, one that says thanks and one that say hello, on I went over them with glossy accents to give some nice shine and dimension.


For the cards that I made with the pink background I used a large stamp with three daisies.


For this first card I heat embossed the daisies using a black embossing powder.  For both of the daisy cards I colored the daisies with my Arteza markers.


For the daisies on this card I didn't want the stems so I cut them out. I used a white gel pen to hide the lines from the stems that were showing next to the daisies. I really love the colors in these last two cards!

Check out this video to see how these cards were made: