Friday, July 9, 2021

Alcohol Ink Blending with Friends are Like Seashells for As You See It Sketch Challenge #254

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 Fridays seem to come around with frightening frequency these days! Seems like just yesterday I was writing my last post for As You See It Challenges two weeks ago, but here we are again. Could be because I've been taking some trips to camp and to see my grandkids and that seems to both make time fly and to put me behind in my work. 

Whatever the situation, here we are again with another awesome As You See It Sketch Challenge:

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This challenge is called Focal Point and was designed by fellow Design Team member Amy! I think you can see that she's done you a real favour with her sketch, because having a focal point in your project is a real design bonus!

I wanted to incorporate the Expressions in Ink Designer Series Paper in my project, now that we can get it again, and use some alcohol ink blending on vellum to go along with the paper. And because it's summer, I went back to an old favourite stamp set - Friends are Like Seashells and it's bundled die set, Seaside Seashells dies.

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  • I started by layering a Mint Macaron card base, a Sahara Sand 4" x 5 1/4" cardstock piece and a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of Expressions in Ink Specialty DSP as shown above.
  • I took a piece of vellum and coloured it with patches of dark Pale Papaya, Calypso Coral, Cinnamon Cider and Soft Succulent Stampin' Blends, which are alcohol based inks. Using a paint brush, I dabbed all these patches of ink with 99%+ isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol). *Note: it needs to be at least 90% or more or the vellum will warp and curl because of too much water content.
  • The inks will blend together and can be dried well with the heat tool.
  • I then heat embossed the big moonsnail shell, the sand dollar and the starfish using Gold embossing powder from the Metallics collection on the blended vellum sheet.
  • I die cut all these using the Seaside Seashell dies.
  • Using the seaweed die from Smooth Sailing dies, I die cut some seaweed from the vellum and also from some Gold Foil Sheet backed with an Adhesive Sheet so it could be easily mounted on the project like a sticker.
  • I cut a strip from the gold stripes design of the Expressions in Ink Specialty DSP that was 3/4" x 4 3/4".
  • The sentiment is from the Friends are like Seashells stamp set and I embossed it in gold on Basic White cardstock and die cut it with the Tasteful Labels flag die.
  • All the elements were arranged on the card front and adhered as shown.
  • Some knotted Linen Thread was arranged an added at the end.
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  1. This is GORGEOUS!! I love how you stamped the shells on the vellum. The use of the stripes and that cool background paper just draws the eye through this card. Lovely design.


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