Sunday, November 4, 2018

Crossing Things off My List! Alcohol Ink Happy Birthday

Do you make lists? I do, especially when things start to get hectic. Suddenly it's November, and I realize there is so much to do. If you live in the U.S., I hope that you will vote on Tuesday. It's so very important. I love that I live in Washington state, where 99% of the voting is done by mail; my ballot has been in the mail for over a week. I wish I could push a button on the TV now to say that I voted, and avoid the constant stream of political ads. Better idea: work on my list! I literally have a dozen close friends and family with birthdays in November and December!

This one is going in the mail to a family member, far away. 

The top piece is alcohol ink on Yupo paper. I absolutely love to play with alcohol ink. For this piece, I  dripped various shades of greens and yellow onto Yupo, and blew it around with a straw. I added more color, more plain alcohol, and blew it around some more. I got a tiny micro brush applicator, dipped it in alcohol and made spots al over. I just had fun playing with it, and I loved the end result. The way alcohol ink moves on Yupo is just magical.

I cut my Yupo panel with the Papertrey Ink Sentiment Splits Curve, Horizontal die. I then cut a piece of 80# Neenah Solar White cardstock with the same die and adhered it to the back of the Yupo piece, but dropped down so that about 1/4" would show below the green. 

I used a sentiment from the Papertrey Ink Botanical Blocks stamp set. I had searched for an acrylic stamp that just said Happy Birthday in block letters, that was small enough to fit. I wanted to be able to bend the stamp into the shape of the curve, and this one worked perfectly.

I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink, and adhered the pieces onto some Neenah Solar White cardstock that I had dry embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder. I'm trying to remember to use my embossing folders more. The entire panel was matted with Curious Metallics Super Gold cardstock, and mounted onto a white base card.

Another thing crossed off my list, and I really hope my family member likes my card! At this point in the year, I am so very thankful that I have already finished all of my Christmas cards and tags. That doesn't mean that I won't do more Christmas cards this year though! I have some planned for some Magenta posts, so please stay tuned.

Products used:
Ranger alcohol ink in various greens and yellows
91% alcohol
Yupo paper from Ranger
Papertrey Ink Sentiment Splits Curve, Horizontal die PTD 0787
Papertrey Ink Botanical Blocks Stamp Set 2817 (for the sentiment)
Sizzix 657252 Embossing Folder Branches with Leaves and Flowers
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Curious Metallics Super Gold cardstock
Neenah Solar White cardstock 80# & 110#


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