This panel has been created using Glossy cardstock and Alcohol Inks. Apply your colours randomly using the applicator and then start to stamp. Use Archival inks in different shades with your foliage stamps to create some depth and then stamp on your main designs using black. A few white highlights with a white sharpie pen and a little stickles to add some sparkle adds the finishing touches. The sparkle greeting is a Wow stamp set – Born to Sparkle.
This panel has been created using Alcohol Inks in a mix of rich oranges and reds. I’ve applied the ink using the applicator to glossy card and then sprayed it with Stazon Spray stamp cleaner. The cleaner is how I achieve all the white speckles (don’t spray Blending solution as it is flammable!).
The flowers and side pattern are from the Kim Dellow PaperArtsy stamp set – EKD04 – a fabulous bold flower design which has dots that I’ve accented with Stickles and then added some white highlights with my white sharpie pen.
The make a wish is from the ELB28 Lin Brown PaperArtsy set – a favourite of mine as I love my sayings! This is a nice, quick easy project to make – as the designs are so fabulous you don’t need to add a lot of detail to make an eye-catching design.
We don’t sell our alcohol inks online (due to postage restrictions) – but we have a huge range of colours available in the shop!
I always recommend stamping your focal point first. so in this case it was the house – otherwise it’s very easy to add your foliage into the design and run out of room for your main image! I’ve added some Stickles to the fairy’s wings and then used my white pen to add the fairy dust they are sprinkling (with more stickles!) I’ve added lots of white highlights using the White Sharpie pen to bring it to life.
We stock a huge range of Lavinia Stamps designs – they are great fun to play with!
I’ve had this stamp in my stash for a little while (Chocolate Baroque Indian Textiles)- and it was still unopened and unused. I absolutely love the detail in the stamp and just hadn’t had the opportunity to play with it!
I created the background with Alcohol Inks -Yellow, Red Pepper and Orange – keeping a firey colour palette.
Next I stamped that amazingly detailed pattern border – and I even managed to stamp it straight for a change!
I placed some copy paper over it once dry and stamped my flower (the paper meant I didn’t overstamp the flower stems onto the border) – but I mucked up big time. The flower on the left slipped as I was stamping it (one of the hiccups of stamping with archival onto glossy cardstock). I was so disappointed. it looked all thick lines and blotchy. But, you know me, very rarely admit defeat and throw something away so I carried on stamping the pattern around the outside whilst the middle dried.
Out came the gel pens – white silver and gold, and by the time I had added highlights to the flower – it really wasn’t obvious that I had mucked up – hurrah!
So my lesson for today is to keep going. Don’t assume a stamping mishap is the ruin of your design. Have a bit of a play more and see if you can hide, disguise or accent it. If all else failed, I would have at least cut off the strip at the bottom and used on another piece – it was too nice to waste!!
Do you always plan your creations? Or do you like to just pick up a few things and see where it leads you? I tend to do both. Sometimes I’ll just start playing either with a stamp or certain paints or inks and see where the creation flows – but other times I have a picture in my head of what I want to create and have to work out how to achieve it!
I love running workshops and demos because my customers challenge me to create something out of what I’ve made. My favourite it when I’ve created a background which is really pretty and the customers say how much they like it – but what would I do with it?
Well this piece started from that. I was demonstrating how to use Alcohol inks with the metallics. I worked a small strip (you can see it at the bottom) using bold colours and only a hint of metallic, and then use the rest of the card to demonstrate using a little colour and a heavy metallic so the contrast could be seen. So then what do I do with it! …. well make it into an atmospheric skyline of course! By stamping a tree in black and a few plants and flowers in brown at the bottom – suddenly you can see its a skyline. So much fun to see what you can create!
This is such a lovely stamp – it has so much detail in it. Whenever I use it I try to keep my composition quite simple so you can appreciate it fully. It is Chocolate Baroque Birdcage Collage. I have created my background using Alcohol Inks. The stamp is stamped with Archival black and set aside to dry. Around the outside I stamped a leaf design using a stamp from another set using Fern Green Archival to create a subtle frame.
Next the fun bit. Sitting highlighting the details using white, silver and gold gel pens. Very relaxing! This was created in my recent Alcohol Inks workshop – and was so well received by my students I was asked to put it onto a card straight away so she could buy it for a birthday the next day!
Have been having a play with my alcohol inks. I just love the vibrancy of colours when I work with them. I was challenged by a customer to create something with the Chocolate Baroque Landscape Edges stamp as they really loved the design but couldn’t quite picture how to use it.
I started by applying Orange, Yellow and Lake Mist Alcohol Inks to create a gorgeous sunset (sunrise?) type background.
The stamps were then stamped using Archival Black ink (be careful as they are large area stamps and stamping onto glossy cardstock can be slippy!). Leave aside to dry (it will take a little while as you are stamping onto glossy). Add a few highlights with a white gel pen. A really quick, simple design but oh so lovely! I think my favourite detail is the white highlights on the fence… it just brings it to life!
Another simple alcohol ink piece again today. Sometimes its nice to work in simple colour palettes.
The stamps are both from Chocolate Baroque – the words from Artistic Affirmations and the flower border is from the Floral Edges set. This is such a pretty border and I love picking out all the details in the flowers. (more…)
I was having a bit of a creative session in the shop, playing with Alcohol Inks and PaperArtsy stamps and somehow created this little piece of artwork. I kept it all very simple – greens and beiges for the background onto glossy cardstock. Then I’ve used the PaperArtsy JOFY Daisies stamp to add the flowers. The numbers in the background are from a PaperArtsy set I’ve had for years – as is the appropriate message – I don’t feel like working today – which was perfect that particular day! (more…)
This is another piece from my blue phase! I am sure you can all tell when a few pieces shared on different days have been created in the same session as I tend to stick with a particular colour scheme and stamps!