Hero Arts - Ice Cream Layer Stamping

Today I have a really fun card design. I used an ice cream layering stamp set from Hero Arts for all of the stamping on this card. I kind of created an ice cream rainbow!


The orange and the green ice cream cones were stamped on a separate piece of Bristol Smooth paper and I fussy cut them out. I popped them up on the panel with the other three cones to complete my rainbow. I stamped some chocolate chips on the green ice cream to kind of make it like mint chocolate chip! I stamped a cherry on the orange ice cream. I made this card for my husband and he loves mint chocolate chip and I love cherries! So it works well!


The sentiment that I used is from the same ice cream stamp set. It says "I melt for you." I heat embossed it on black cardstock using some white embossing powder. To finish up the card I went over the black border and the sentiment strip with my Wink of Stella glitter brush, and I also went over all of the ice cream. I used my glossy accents to go over the cherry and the chocolate chips. I love how this one turned out!

Check out this video to see how I made this card:


Alcohol Ink Tips and Techniques - Day 2


Today is day 2 in my alcohol ink series! Let me tell you, playing with these inks is sooooo fun!


For the first panel that I created I used yellow, orange, red, and purple alcohol ink. I was sure to keep the yellow on the opposite side of the purple while making this. When purple and yellow mix they tend to make a mucky brown color and I didn't want that happening here.


For the second panel I did a rainbow. One technique that I have really been liking is dipping a small paintbrush into the alcohol blending solution and tapping it over the card. It drops tiny little droplets and I love the way that looks! Be sure to really rinse out your paintbrushes if you using them with the alcohol ink or the solutions because I have found that the tip hardens if you don't.


For this first card I used a stamp that says "sending you sunshine and laughter" and I stamped that with my MISTI tool using Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink. The die cut that I used here is actually a bunch of hello die cuts glued together to give it some dimension. I think that when you are doing a white die cut, of a pretty thin font, on a colorful semi-busy background it is good to give it some dimension so that it can stand out a little better.


On the card I ended up heat embossing the sentiment, but instead of using Versmark ink like I usually do with embossing, I used Distress Oxide ink. Since Distress Oxide ink has pigment ink properties it stays wet for a long time, and it works really well for heat embossing. So I stamped the sentiment using Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink and then I went over that in clear embossing powder.


I did the same thing with this card, embossing the sentiment using clear embossing powder and Distress Oxide ink.


For the sentiment on this card I die cut the hello out of a black cardstock and then glued it with my tombow glue. Once it was glued down I went over the die cute using Glossy Accents. This gave it a nice shine and dimension.


These next two cards I did something a little different to give the sentiments shine and dimension. I die cut them out of black cardstock and then I went over the whole die cut with Versamark ink. I then poured black embossing powder over the die cuts and heat embossed them. I was sure to hold the sentiments with my tweezers while I did all of this.


While the embossing was still wet after heating it up, I went over it again with the powder and heated it again. This creates a sentiment that is almost like a puffy sticker, or one of those enamel sentiments that you can buy for scrap booking. I really love the way this turned out, I loved it a lot more than just going over it with Glossy Accents. It is a lot cleaner look, which I am all about!

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


Alcohol Inks Tips and Techniques - Day 1

Today I am starting a week long series all about alcohol ink. I just picked up a ton of alcohol ink and I have been really loving playing with them. They are seriously addicting! I am new to using alcohol inks so I have been experimenting a lot and making lots of mistakes. But when you use something a lot and make a lot of mistakes you learn a lot about what not to do in the future! So I thought I would do a series this week sharing some of the things that I have discovered.


I used Ranger Yupo paper for all of the alcohol backgrounds as well as Tim Holtz/Ranger alcohol inks. The first batch of cards I made were using mostly basic techniques, really just me getting started with the inks and learning the basics. 


I made a lot of mistakes with the background for these red cards! I didn't know when to stop and I think I just added way too much ink and it turned into a big hot mess. In order to fix the problem I added a ton of alcohol blending solution and wiped the paper down with a paper towel which soaked up most of the ink. Then I was able to start over.


 For this card I used a die which says "hugs" and I cut it out several times. I glued all of those together to make a really sturdy and dimensional sentiment. I then adhered it to the card and added glossy accents to make it even more dimensional and shiny. 


This card is very simple. I just die cut the Thank You sentiment and went over it with Wink of Stella.


I like the way the popped up white paper looks on this one.


For this card I tried out heat embossing on the Yupo paper. I wasn't sure how the paper would work with embossing. I did have an issue with the paper melting a small amount and some of the color curling up from the edge, but it wasn't too bad. I was able to still used it and hide the warping pretty well. I would say if you decide to emboss on this kind of paper that it needs to be a small amount, and you shouldn't keep the heat tool directly on the paper for long. So you could point the heat tool at it and then bring it away for a little while and then repeat, kind of like you would do with embossing acetate.


For the sentiment on this card I die cut the hello die and then colored in some of it with one of my purple Arteza markers to make it two toned. Then I went over it with Wink of Stella.


For the last card I die cut the congrats sentiment and then used some Distess Ink to blend a little color along the bottom of the die cut.

I will be back with more alcohol ink cards tomorrow!

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

Distress Oxide Rainbow - Hello Card

So I have been really into rainbows lately. You will probably see lots and lots of cards featuring rainbows soon! Today's card is a very simple design, but it's the rainbow which makes it special.


To make the rainbow stripes on this card I used a brush stroke stamp. I used lots of colors of Distress Oxide ink with this stamp. I had to use my MISTI tool to do this, because the stamp is so solid. Solid stamps usually need to be stamped a few times to get the best impression. The colors that I used are: Wilted Violet, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Candied Apple, Worn Lipstick, and Picked Raspberry.


The "Hi Friend" stamp came from the My Monthly Hero kit from March 2018. The "You Are Awesome" stamp came from an old Micheal's stamp set that I have. I love the rainbow on this card, but I think my favorite part is the white panel on top cut at an angle. I really love this layout!

Check out this video to see how this card was made:

Distress Oxide Blending - Stencil Hello Card

I found these packs of stencils at Walmart the other day while I was browsing all of the crafting sections. They were only two dollars a piece and I really liked the designs, so I was like "score!" This card is the first time I tried them out and I really love it!


I used Distress Oxide inks to do the blending over the stencil. I used Wilted Violet, Candied Apple, and Fossilized Amber. I am really digging this color combination right now! I love the way the Wilted Violet and the Candied Apple look next to each other. I feel like if I had Squeezed Lemonade I would like that better than the Fossilized Amber color here, but I still love it.


This is a very simple card, I wanted the stencil blending to be the real focal point. Sometime with card I feel like simple is better. The sentiment for this card comes from the My Monthly Hero kit from March 2018. I heat embossed that on a black cardstock using white embossing powder. To finish the card I added some clear sequins and then it was complete!

Check out this video to see how this card was made: