Saturday, December 16, 2017

A Neat & Tangled Alcohol Ink Card Video

Hello fellow card makers.

Today I am sharing with you a card I made while playing with my new Ranger Alcohol Inks. I scored these during the black Friday sales and I've been loving them. I decided to share my creation with you.

I started with some Yupo paper. I dripped some Willow and Cloudy Blue alcohol inks onto the surface of the Yupo paper and blended it occasionally with the alcohol ink blending solution. You can get variations in color saturation depending on how much ink or blending solution you use. I used my heat tool to quickly dry the inks before adding additional color. 

I did try to use the Gold Mixative as well, but it reacts much differently than both the inks and the blending solution. I found that I liked the look of concentrated mixative more than a mixed or blended mixative solution. As you can see in the photo above, I dropped Gold Mixative in some parts of my background and did not blend it out.

I then took some Ranger Multi medium matte and carefully placed a bead of it along some of the edges of my ink design in the background. I then covered if with Gold Gilding Flakes by Nuvo. I allowed that to dry before brushing off the excess. I cut them down with a stitched rectangle die.

I stamped my sentiment "you are so" from the Neat & Tangled "Awesome" stamp set on one of my cards with white Staz-On ink and on another background with Versamark ink and white heat embossed it. I then cut out both the shadow and the word die from the "Awesome" die set. The shadow was cut from Stampin' Up!'s gold foiled cardstock. The awesome word die was cut multiple times from Neenah Solar White 80 lb cardstock and the layers adhered together with liquid adhesive. I adhered the two parts of the sentiment together also using liquid adhesive and popped them up on the alcohol ink background with Scotch 3M foam tape. Both panels where placed on a Simon Says Stamp Fog card base.

Above is a link to my YouTube video creating these cards and some other alcohol ink creations. I hope you enjoy it.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Your Next Stamp Challenge #79 Card Video

Hello fellow card makers.

Today I am sharing the card I made for Your Next Stamp's challenge #79. Your Next Stamp holds a biweekly challenge on the blog. To have a look, or come play with us (CLICK HERE!). This is a sketch and/or color combination challenge. Here is a look at both the sketch and the color combination.

For my project, I started with a piece of Strathmore Bristol smooth white cardstock. I cut it to fit on the front of my card in a wonky fashion. I stamped and white heat embossed the firework like images from the Your Next Stamp Starburst background set. I used Versamark ink and Hero Arts ultra fine white embossing powder. I then ink-blended Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Ink to highlight the starburst in the background. To add a little more interest, I splattered some Black Soot Distress Oxide paint on the panel. 

To create my sentiment, I used the Your Next Stamp Bold Numbers die set to cut 2018 into the panel.  I then cut the "hello" word from the Scripty Words die set three times from Lawn Fawn Black Licorice cardstock and layered them together using Ranger multi medium in the matte finish.  The card base is cut from Neenah 110 lb. cardstock. I layered some striped patterned paper from Papertrey ink with tape runner adhesive directly to the card base. 

The top panel is popped up with black craft foam and 1/2 inch scor tape. This allows the number 2018 to reveal the striped patterned underneath. I made sure to align the centers of the 0 and the 8 with liquid adhesive to ensure they appear as their intended numbers. I also adhered the "hello" sentiment with liquid adhesive and scattered some additional Your Next Stamp Pretty Peacock Gumdrops to add a bit more pink. 

There is a complete list of supplies as well as photos of my project and a link to my YouTube video making this project on this blog post. I hope that you will have time to stop by and play with us for the Your Next Stamp Challenge #79. (CLICK HERE!) to visit the YNS blog. 

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Your Next Stamp 12 Days of Christmas Designer Showcase

Hello fellow card makers and crafters.

Today is my day, day 10 of the "12 Days of Christmas Designer Showcase" for Your Next Stamp. To visit the Your Next Stamp blog and check out the previous 9 days (CLICK HERE!)  Comment on the Your Next Stamp blog for your chance to win one of three prizes. One grand prize winner will win a $25 gift certificate and two others will win $10 gift certificates. You do not need to comment on every post for the 12 days, but the more you comment, the greater your chances of winning become.

Today is super special. Not only do I have a paper-crafting project for you, but also, I am sharing my semi-homemade recipe for Egg Nog.  Don't run away, it's more like a milk shake than homemade Egg Nog. This is a tried and true recipe and you can make it with or without alcohol. Adults and kids alike will love this around the holidays. So, we are going to make some, package it up and put a pretty tag on it using some Your Next Stamp products. Lets get started!

First, lets make some semi homemade Egg Nog. Here is a list of the ingredients you will need and brief explanation of how to mix them together. It isn't hard. You can also watch me make this recipe in the video I created to go along with this post. Check for the link to it down below.

Semi-Homemade "Adult" or kid friendly Egg Nog... remember to omit all of the alcohol to ensure that the egg nog is kid friendly. I have made this recipe both ways. It tastes like a special holiday milkshake when you leave out the alcohol. Also, I love to use Turkey Hill brand products for my family. You may or may not have those available in your area. 

Turkey Hill Vanilla Bean Ice-cream 1 - 1 1/2 quart container (my grandmother used to use the Egg Nog flavored Ice-cream, which is also seasonal, but my family prefers Vanilla Bean) 
Turkey Hill Egg Nog (seasonal) 1 - 1 quart 
Sugar - 1 cup (granulated) 
Cinnamon (to taste) - about 1 tbsp 
Nutmeg (to taste) - about 1 tbsp

3/4 cup Bourbon 
3/4 cup Brandy 
3/4 cup Rye 

Tips before we get started-
Do not whip or over mix your ingredients. The egg nog will begin to froth, and you don't want that. Slowly stir only.
1. Start with your ice-cream closer to room temp. This well help mix all the ingredients well. 
2. add your egg nog. 
3. add sugar
4. add alcohol if making "adult" egg nog. 
5. add cinnamon and nutmeg
6. enjoy!  

- the more expensive the alcohol the better the taste, but it is not needed. The cheap stuff will do. This recipe can be frozen. Also, some of my family members like to add an additional shot of Grand Marnier to increase the alcohol content. Be careful, it tastes good, but it will kick your butt! -consider yourself warned! 

As for the tag, I started with Altenew Moonrock cardstock. This is an off white almost light gray in color cardstock with natural fibers and a vellum coating. I cut the nested tag die that best fit with the Your Next Stamp Mini Circle Die. I stamped the sentiment from the Holiday Buddies stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I cut a piece of acetate with the same tag die and adhered them together with Ranger Multi Medium Matte. I trimmed both the back and the front of the tag down by about 2 inches to be more of a square tag than a rectangle.

To create my shaker I adhered some Stampin' Up! foam adhesive strips in a square along the outside of the inlaid Mini Circle die on the front of my tag. I added some large pieces of sugar from the Wilton isle at the craft store (sorry I ripped off the label, so I have no clue what it's called). I cut a square 3 inches by 3 inches which creates the perfect backing to my shaker bits. I used Distress Oxide inks in Wilted Violet, Cracked Pistachio, and Picked Raspberry to ink-blend an ombre of color and I also sprinkled it with a light dusting of water to create that distressed look we all know and love. That piece was attached to become the backing of my shaker bits.  I adhered the back of the tag with tape runner adhesive.

 My images were pre stamped with Your Next Stamp Black Olive ink and colored with my Copic markers. I popped them up on the bottom right corner with 3M foam adhesive. Ribbon and twine were added to the tag to attach it to my Ball jars filled with Egg Nog. For more and an in depth information and a video of me and my family making the egg nog, click the video link above.

These Ball jars full of Egg Nog will be given out to my friends and family during the holiday season. I deliver them to coworkers and hand them out to people that come to visit for various reasons throughout the month of December. I usually make a double batch before Thanksgiving and another before Christmas. My husband demands that I set him aside some for his birthday on Dec. 27th. It is usually gone by the New Year.

I hope you all have a happy and healthy holiday season and a fantastic new year! Don't forget to comment on the Your Next Stamp Blog for your chance to win!

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