Hi everyone, Heidi here, today I would like to show you a fun card tutorial for which I used stencils in combination with alcohol inks.
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own.
First of all, work on a glass mat of craft sheet that you can clean with alcohol afterwards.
To get my project started I took a sheet of A4 sized Yupo paper and added drops of alcohol ink (I used the colours Turquoise, Amethyst and Mermaid), next I sprayed the inks with 96% isopropyl alcohol, you can blow the colours around with a straw then, followed by adding more ink where I needed it and let it dry. Work in a well-ventilated area because of the alcohol fumes. I wanted to create a dark background so that my stencil work would stand out nicely.
From the A4 sized paper I die-cut four panels, two sizes smaller than my card base, I used two for today’s project. I then temporarily adhered a The Crafter’s Workshop stencil over one of the panels using removable tape. I took some Alcohol Blending Solution and applied it to my glass work surface and then you can use one of two applicator tools to add the blending solution over the stencil: you can use either a felt applicator or a foam applicator, in the picture you can see the felt applicator but I liked the results of the foam applicator better, it worked faster and the result is less “scratchy”. But you can use either one of these! You can reach a faint design by lightly applying the blending solution or create more contrast by rubbing more with the applicator tool. See what you like best!
Now I’m going to work on the rest of my card design: I choose one stamped image each from two Lili of the Valley stamp sets called “Tea for Two – Trio” and “Birthday – Trio”. I stamped them onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth Surface paper using Versafine “Onyx Black” ink and I clear heat embossed afterwards. Then I coloured the images using Lindy’s Stamp Gang products: “Clam Bake Beige”, “Banff Blue”, “Bratwurst Brown”, “Caribbean Blue” and “Sassy Sapphire” in combination with water and a small brush.
From two strips of vellum, I created sentiments using two stamps from Taylored Expressions called “Bright Birthday” and “Another Year Older” in combination with VersaMark ink and gold heat embossing.
Now I’m ready to put my cards together: I chose matching dark blue card bases and crème coloured linen textured mats for my alcohol ink panels. I adhered the alcohol inks panels to their mats using liquid glue. Then I wrapped the vellum sentiments around these combined panels and adhered on the back using regular tape. This combination I adhered to my dark blue card base using one-millimetre thick foam tape. And to finish the cards I adhered the coloured images on top also using one-millimetre thick foam tape!
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And that’s it for today’s fun project!
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member