Friday, May 15, 2020

Happy Birthday with Alcohol Ink Background

Lately I've been making mostly birthday cards, and I always feel like I'm two steps behind; especially when it takes so long for cards to get where they're going these days. I totally understand why that is, and I'm trying to send them earlier and earlier. I sent my daughter a card to Iceland, and it took 5 weeks to get to her (I used to mail cards 2 weeks in advance for Iceland). Many places are now understaffed, and probably cards are not considered a top priority, so account for that when you are mailing cards. I'm quite sure the recipients will be very glad to get a card in the mail; whether it's late or not.

This card is a favorite because it's pretty clean and simple. The die I used is from Paper Rose, which is an Australian company. I love their dies, because they're perfect for a card like this. I first saw this one on Jennifer McGuire's site, and had to have it.

I took a panel of Yupo paper and added various alcohol inks. Before the inks had dried completely...when there were still some sticky spots, I placed gold foil down and rubbed hard to transfer some of the foil to the surface.  Unfortunately, you can't see that in my photo above.

I took this photo at an angle so you can see the gold a little. It's very pretty in real life.

After cutting the die out of a panel that is 5.25" x 4", I stamped the sentiment from Magenta in the lower right corner. I cut the alcohol ink panel to about 5.25"x 2",  saving a nice chunk of it for another project. I glued the alcohol inked piece to the back of the die cut panel, and matted it with a piece of So Silk Black Style cardstock. The entire project was mounted onto a Neenah Solar White 110# base card.

I think this style of card could be good for almost any occasion, and also works for a man or woman.

Magenta Products used:

07.969.F have a Beautiful day!

Other Products used:

Paper Rose die 17874 Gum Leaf Border
Various Ranger alcohol inks
Yupo panel
Deco Foil, gold
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock
So Silk Black Style cardstock


  1. This is just stunning! Love your AI background. It's perfect behind this diecut, Cathy x

  2. Lovely card, Dianne. Another reason international mail/delivery is taking so long is that there aren't as many flights as there used to be, so the mail stacks up waiting to get on a plane. From Laura P

    1. I'm sure that's true Laura, good point. Although I mailed a card to a friend in Olympia on Thursday and he has still not gotten it by today, Saturday. I should have just walked it to his house and put it in his mailbox!

  3. I keep thinking cards have gotten lost in the mail, recently it took 2 weeks for a card to travel 10 miles but another card took 10 days to travel 5000 miles, who would have thunk it :)
    gorgeous card Diane, I love the AI background on Yupo

    1. Thanks Christine! That's so true about mail delivery. I'm sure there are valid reasons that we just don't know.


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