Hello my crafty friends and thanks so much for stopping by today! I want to share with you a card I’ve made for my Aunt and Uncle’s anniversary. I hemmed and hawed over what to do for a day or two then decided on a simple alcohol ink card. I will try to link to as many products as I can. *Some links are affiliate links which means that, at no extra cost to you, I will receive a small commision if you make a purchase through that link. I will then use the profits from that and put it back into my blog. Thank you for your support in advance* Let’s get to the card!
I ran out of Yupo paper a few days before I made this card and I found this SAA Yupo Paper pack of 25* on Amazon. While it is a little on the thin side, it still works beautifully for the alcohol ink technique. The pages are A4 size which is 8.27″ x 11.69″ so just a tad smaller and larger than an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper. After I cut down a piece to be A2 card size, I took my Alcohol Blending Solution* and poured it onto the Yupo paper. I find that this makes the colors move and blend better. The Alcohol Ink colors I used are: Aqua, Turquoise, Mermaid, and Patina. I also used the Pearl Mixative*. I squirted some onto my work space, dipped a brush in it, and then flicked it onto my background. I did this while it was still wet so it sort of spread out and made the whole background shimmery.
While the background dried, I got to work on the sentiment. I used the Creative Expressions ‘Happy Anniversary’ die cut. It comes with a shadow die and then one for the words. I cut the actual words from Simon Says Stamp silver glitter cardstock. I cut the shadow from a sheet of shimmery vellum. Unfortunately I can’t remember which store I got it at but I think it may have been Michael’s. Before I die cut the sentiments, I took Stick It Adhesive* and added it to the back of both pieces of paper. I get the 8″ x 12″ sheets because they last me a long long time. After they were on the back of my paper, I taped the dies down, and ran both sentiments through my Sizzix Big Kick*. I then removed the adhesive from each of the words and stuck them to the vellum. The cool thing about Stick It adhesive is that it doesn’t adhere firmly until you put a lot of pressure on it, so you can move it around until you get your die exactly how and where you want it. I use a brayer tool* to help me get enough even pressure to stick the sentiment down. The one I have I got from a friend who wasn’t cardmaking anymore but there are some great ones on Amazon to choose from, like the one I’ve linked above. The brayer gives an equal distribution of pressure and I like to roll it over quite a few times to make sure that everything is down and won’t be coming back up.
Here is the finished product. I did add some Studio Katia Majestic Fusion sequins to add a bit of interest and sparkle. I didn’t want to detract from the blue background so I opted for clear sequins. This card didn’t take too long to make but I am pleased with how it turned out. Sometimes I like to do simple cards just to remind myself that not all cards need a million different parts. All cards are good, simple or complex or in between. All good.
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