Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Happy Birthday with Seashells and Blended Alcohol Ink

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 I'm not ready to stop making seashell and coastal themed cards! It is summer after all and this is my favourite theme! This time I wanted to explore more with Alcohol Ink blending techniques on vellum so I made this wonderful background design with it, then promptly covered it up with my seaweed and seashells and lighthouse. Oh, well, it was so much fun, I know I'll be doing some more of them.

I used the Friends are Like Seashells and the Sailing Home stamp set and their coordinating die sets to create all the wonderful seaside accessories added to the card front.


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  • On the Bermuda Bay card base I added a piece of DSP from the Bloom Where You're Planted series, which has a rough, sand-like look to it.
  • On a piece of vellum, 3 3/4" x 5", I added some Dark Bermuda Bay Stampin' Blends Marker Ink and with a paint brush, lightly added some 99% isopropyl alcohol to it. I let it work then dried it with the lowest setting on the heat tool. When dry I added more ink, beside it or over it, added more alcohol, usually less and dried it again. 
  • I also added some Dark Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends Marker Ink beside it and gave it the same alcohol and drying treatment until I had a background shape and texture I liked.
  • I masked the bottom line of the two lined Happy Birthday sentiment from the Friends are like Seashells stamp set and inked it up with a permanent black ink. I prefer using our old Basic Black Archival, which I still have refills for, but StazOn ink will also work as long as you wipe it off right away from your photopolymer stamps. If it remains on any length of time it will stain your stamp and you can't use the StazOn remover to take it off because it will damage the photopolymer material.
  • I stamped the seashells and the lighthouse on Sahara Sand cardstock in Soft Suede ink and coloured them when needed with Stampin' Blends.
  • The seaweed was die cut with Just Jade and Granny Apple Green cardstock.

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