Friday, July 13, 2018


I can't seem to get enough of alcohol inks at the moment.  This fortnight's technique is once again an alcohol ink one but using silver mirror card as the substrate.  This is definitely something you need to try at home to fully appreciate how awesome the alcohol inks look on the mirror card as the shine comes through the ink colours and gives it a totally amazing look.  Also, you can leave sections of the card with no ink on them so you can see the silver mirror effect of the card, as shown in the final atc below, "Throw Glitter".  The little spots you can see on the first one below (love the caramel and sepia colours in this one) is from the fixative that I've sprayed on.  Fixative can cause the inks to reactivate again so you need to be careful how you use it.  Certain colours of alcohol ink are also prone to staying wet longer so in this instance, less alcohol ink is better and if you find it doesn't move around much, use a little pure alcohol (91% or 99%) and you'll find
 it moves and dilutes more.

(the black detail in the top half is actually part
of a spider web die that I cut in black card, then
rubbed a little metallic gold paint over it, then attached
it with black staples)

"Comfort Zone"...

"What you allow"...

"Wicked Intention"...
(this background went crazy when I added the
fixative so I just dropped on some more pure alcohol,
then moved it around a little and it worked
just fine.  You can see the little dotty sections where
the fixative reacted with the inks in the top right corner)

"Throw Glitter"...
(this one has more of the mirror card showing
through,  I only used pool and sepia for this

Tuesday, June 26, 2018


The Baked Texture Embossing Powders by Seth Apter (made by Emerald Creek) are one of those products we've all been hanging out for, ever since we saw they were being released.  There are 7 colours in Seth's range but I also had to have 3 extra's by Emerald Creek (Fractured Ice, Hammered Metal and Charred Gold) as I knew they would fit right in with Seth's range.  The Baked Texture embossing powders have unique properties in that they are chunky, various colours, little fluffy bits too so they create a varied look compared to a normal smooth embossing powder.  You can apply them in all the normal ways you would use embossing powder but I also like to use them on die-cut shapes that have been coated with clear embossing ink, also emboss with them straight onto a die-cut shape that has been cut out of JAC paper (double-sided adhesive paper).  Stamping of course, pressing an embossing ink pad over a stencil, swiping an embossing pad around the edges or on parts of your background... all these ways create unique backgrounds and really change how a simple background can look.  I have 6 samples today as I wanted to show various ways to use them.

(Die-cut shapes, coloured with Distress oxides then 
the embossing powders used over the top.  Also swiped
some onto the background.)

(Swiped the rusty embossing powder around the edges,
coated the little die-cut JAC paper clouds with
Fractured Ice, stamped the waves down the bottom
and embossed with Deep Sea embossing powder.)

"Find your wings"...
(Barbed Wire & Bird are both JAC paper die-cuts stuck
down to the background then embossed with various colours
of the powders.  Also coated the strip of German Scrap down
the right-hand side with the rust embossing powder too!  I painted
on a little vegetable glycerine and embossed them to create the
splotchy looks on the background.)

(Ok, this one has a bubble wrap stamp with Charred Gold, then
I painted the whole background with a thin layer of vegetable 
glycerine, then embossed the whole thing with clear UTEE - Ultra Thick
Embossing Powder.  Then when that was set, I re-heated sections
of the UTEE and using a small spoon, I dropped small bits of a
few colours onto the hot UTEE and heated again so the new colours
would blend in with the clear UTEE.  Then did a coating of Rocky Road
embossing powder around the edge to darken.... whew!)

"Salty but sweet"...
(Stamped the droplets onto the background, then embossed
the piece of fishing net die with a combo of Deep Sea embossing
powder and Patina Oxide embossing powder.  
Deep Sea is also around the edge.)

"Still here"...
(Stamped and embossed the face using ordinary black
embossing powder then swiped Picked Raspberry Distress
Oxide over a few places on the background and coated 
with Rocky Road embossing powder.)

Tuesday, June 12, 2018


This class is all about alcohol inks on black gloss card.  It's surprising what can happen when you lay down some alcohol ink colours onto black gloss card, then use Snowcap Mixative (the white alcohol ink) over the top.  Even just the Snowcap by itself is awesome, as shown in the first sample atc, Hum of bees.  You do need to dilute the white in a smaller bottle with about 30-40% ratio of Snowcap to alcohol.  That's approx 60% Snowcap, 40% alcohol.  The alcohol is either 91% of 99% alcohol, not rubbing alcohol that comes from the chemist and the supermarket as that is only about 64% alcohol.  The higher grade comes from electronic stores or even Bunnings here in Australia has it!  I do seal these and you have to expect some distortion when you spray a sealer over it, how much depends on which sealer you use.  I use a gloss varnish and do a light coat.  Love alcohol inks and LOVE black gloss card!

"Hum of bees"...


"Horrible idea"...

"Recycled stardust"...

"Wish it"...

Tuesday, May 29, 2018


Black Ice is the name of a technique where you use mirror card as your base, images are stamped, then clear embossing powder is applied over the top using your embossing pad to gently drag the embossing pad down the card to apply the very lightest of applications of the ink.  You will need to google the technique on YouTube to see how lightly you press (or rather, don't press) the ink pad to get this effect.  Too much and you will just simply emboss over the whole card which defeats the purpose of a gritty, textured finish on it.  For my samples, I used Rose Gold, Silver, Gold and Copper mirror card.  You can get other colours of mirror card but they need to be light enough to have the stamping show up.  In this case, a stamp positioner tool is invaluable as you will need to do multiple stampings to get a dark image.  Check out YouTube and try it!

(On rose gold mirror card.) 

"Hocus Pocus"
(On silver mirror card.  The little ghost is one of those
plastic ones from the cheapie Halloween
packs.  It was a bit shiny plastic looking so I gave
him a coat of black sharpie, rubbed that off and then
added a coat of Pearl Mixative.  I raised him on a
piece of foam tape so he looks like he's floating.)

"Weed it and reap"
(On gold mirror card)

(On silver mirror card.  The skull beads have
a hole top to bottom, so I threaded them onto
black waxed linen thread then stapled to the card.) 

"Stay creepy"...
(On copper mirror card)

 This last one is from the previous Fired Alcohol Ink class where we set alcohol inks on fire on microscope slides.  As you can see, you can also emboss on the top of the slide after you've completed the alcohol step.  

Tuesday, May 15, 2018


This class we will be setting alcohol inks on fire!  For obvious reasons, you can't do this on paper so we will be working on glass microscope slides as they fit so perfectly on atc's.  Simply a matter of adding alcohol ink directly to the slide, 2 or 3 colours including metallics if you like (I prefer the Pinata Gold & Silver to the Ranger metallic mixatives), then a light spritz of rubbing alcohol, blow around with a rubber puffer then set it alight.  I placed mine on my Teflon craft sheet as it's always on my desk anyway and I didn't want to set any paper on fire!  Make sure all your other stuff is well away.  The fire generally burns itself out (all it's doing is burning away the alcohol) within about 5-10 seconds.  You will be left with a cool design on your slide.   If you want, you can add more drops of ink, light it up again and let it go out.  To attach, I added double-sided tape to the back of my slides and then attached to plain white paper so the colours will show up brightly against whatever background you put them on.   Another technique you have absolutely no control over.   Simple but effective!



"Miraculous life"...

"People will stare"...

Below are the glass slides before attaching to the backgrounds.  
The last two I haven't made into atc's yet.

Finally, a Galaxy Background from last week.  My favourite!

Friday, May 4, 2018


There are many different ways of making Galaxy Backgrounds, watercolour paints, Distress Oxide Inks, acrylic paints etc.  For my backgrounds, I chose to use the Ranger Distress Paints with the dauber top and created them on gloss card stock.  Check out the many Youtube video's to get an idea which style you like, as this is also as varied as what products you can use to make them!  The planets were made using plain cardstock, coloured with Distress Oxides, then stamped with a woodgrain stamp, then punched out using different circle punches.  They were then mounted on different heights of foam tape.  I used Titanium White acrylic paint to flick the little stars all over as I found the Distress Paint tended to fade into the background.

"Spaced out"...

"Look to the stars"...

"Round Planet"...
(The moon was stamped with a Stampotique stamp on vellum and
embossed with white powder.  I attached it with staples.)


Below are the backgrounds for the above atc's.  From each
 of these below, I cut two atc's so they are 13cm x 9cm in size.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018


For this fortnight's technique, I wanted to use the Ken Oliver Liquid Metals as some of the girls had just recently used them in a previous class and purchased some.  I wanted to show that you could do more than one thing with them, which is always an important factor when you buy new goodies.... make sure it has more than one use!  This time I brayered them onto gloss card and when dry, ran them through my Big Shot with various embossing folders.  To make the embossing stand out, I swiped over carefully with a coordinating colour of Distress Oxide Inks.  

The rest is simply adding your focal image/piece and then add the extra embellishments to finish telling the story.  I always try to include elements of the image or focal piece in the rest of the atc so it all relates.  In a couple of these examples (Sparkle and Take Your Shoes Off), I have repeated the elements from the image on the background of the atc.  I also dripped some of the Liquid Metals down the image in A Fine Line and you should be able to see some of the shimmer in those drips.   The liquid metals are a shimmery liquid and so once again, they have to be seen in the flesh to appreciate the shimmer that comes up.  Try them out, you'll love them!


"Dig it"...


"Take Your Shoes Off"...

"A fine line"...

Finally, this one is from last fortnight's class, Leafing Flakes & Die Cuts.  This is a multi-coloured leafing flake and is really gorgeous in the flesh.