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Alcohol Ink & Vellum

Hello and welcome back! I’ve been in a bit of a card making slump. I’m so obsessed with redecorating my new house (which is still 2 months away), I haven’t been thinking of much else. I thought the easiest way to get around it was to grab a stack of already made backgrounds, and make some simple cards. Luckily, I have a whole mini binder full!

This weekend I stuck with the alcohol ink and vellum panels I experimented with weeks ago.

Here is the first panel:

Sorry, it was cloudy today. Even sitting right in front of the sliding glass door, the pictures are still a bit dark. I was trying to show the shimmer from the mixative.


I layered the vellum panel on to some Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock, and used the hugs die from the March My Monthly Hero kit, cut from MFT’s Silver Sparkle Cardstock. The word “sending,” is also from the kit, and I stamped it along the bottom of the vellum with Hero Arts Passion Flower ink. The silver gems are from Studio Katia, and the card base is Gina K Design’s Lovely Lavender (as is the matching envelope). I used the MMH dies for a lot of these cards.

You can see the darker spots on the right, from the alcohol ink tool. I wish I had trimmed the panel so that part wasn’t used, but it’s still a striking card.

Up next we have a more colorful panel:



For this one, I trimmed the panel down a bit and layered it even with the top. The thank you is from the March kit, and was cut from a Champagne Pearl Shimmer cardstock and  layered on several white die cuts. I added some small hearts, die cut from MFT Gold Sparkle cardstock for accent. The card base and matching envelope are Gina K Design’s Sweet Corn.


I was trying to get a good picture of the shimmer in the alcohol ink, but it doesn’t come across very well.

Next up we have more splotches:

You can sort of see the shimmer in the second pictures. I went in a little bit of a different direction with this one.


For this card, I adhered the vellum panel to some Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock with Sticking Adhesive. Then I ran it through my die cutting machine with Hero Art’s Butterfly Confetti die. I left the pieces together (or tried my best) and taped the back. I die cut “Thinking of You,” from Concord and 9th’s Fabulous Phrases from Silver White Shimmer cardstock, and several layers of white, then glued them together. I added some of my favorite tiny hearts, this time from MFT’s Silver Sparkle Cardstock. The envelope is a Metallic envelope from Simon Say’s Stamps, in Periwinkle.


Last, but not least, we have a really saturated panel:



Since this panel was so intense, I die cut a large heart from it, using Hero Arts Hearts Nesting dies. I cut a larger heart from MFT’s Silver Sparkle cardstock.

I layered the hearts together, and added them to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock panel cut with MFT’s Mod Rectangles, using foam tape. “Sending,” was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Hero Arts’s Silver embossing powder. I added some Blueberry gems from Lucy’s Cards to finish it off. The card base is Papertrey Ink’s Tropical Teal, with a Blueberry Metallic envelope from MFT.


I had a lot of fun making these. They have a lot of interest even though they are so “simple.” The shimmer from the alcohol ink panels, along with the other elements, amp them up. I can’t wait to use the rest of the acetate panels!

I apologize for the slowing down of post. I’m on strict budget until after our closing. and of course the aforementioned creative block. My weekends are also taken up with different projects leading up to the purchase. I’ll try to keep you guys updated, and to squeeze some time in for crafting. It is my sanity check after all.

Next up I’ll share the April My Monthly Hero kit unboxing. Have you seen the new kit yet? It looks like a ton of fun!

I’m also trying really hard to ignore the new Concord and 9th release. It goes live today, so, we’ll see how well I do lol.

Have a great week, and thanks for stopping by!



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