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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