Monday, November 30, 2015

coloring with alcohol ink

hi! after the busy-busy of the holiday last week i'm excited to spend more time creating this week, including starting my december daily! today i made a little card with the same alcohol ink technique i used last monday...i'm smitten with this faux watercoloring.

-i started with a 3-1/2 x 5 desert storm panel and die cut a circle from the front.

-next i die cut the same circle in the matching spot in a 3-1/2 x 5 solar white card.

-on a small piece of crystal clear plastic, i stamped the cute little tree-topped car from the essentials by ellen 'tis the season set in black stazon.

-next i colored my car in on the backside (side with no stazon) using a pen filled with blending solution and alcohol ink dried in a palette (just put 5-10 drops of alcohol ink into a plastic palette and allow to air dry). and between colors i scribbled on my non-stick craft mat to clean my blending pen.

-on my desert storm panel, i stamped snow flurries from the essentials by ellen holly jolly set in white pigment ink. 

-i also stamped my sentiment in white pigment and embossed it with detail white powder on black cardstock.

-to complete my card, i sandwiched my stamped plastic between my solar white card and desert storm panel. i added my sentiment, cut into a strip, and some twine. and finally i added a little stickles beneath the wheels of my car and a few sequins for shine!

thanks for stopping by and happy monday!

xo,
carly

Thursday, November 26, 2015

happy thanksgiving!

i'm over in the classroom at ellen hutson llc today for #throwbackthursdays! if you have time between turkey and pie, stop in to say hi!
xo,
carly

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

november favorites

1. ranger alcohol inks: if you read my blog then you know that i am borderline obsessed with alcohol inks! they are super fun and so versatile! 

2. ranger alcohol ink blending pen: this really goes with number 1...i've just learned how to watercolor/paint with alcohol inks using this pen and i love it!

3. transfer foil: gold still has a special place in my heart, a big place on my craft desk and one of my favorite ways to add gold is with transfer foil.

4. essentials by ellen christmas scribbles: this stamp set is one of my favorites! it is just so fun!

5. mama elephant bella letters: these letters are perfect for creating custom sentiments and they coordinate especially well with the cute sentiments in the essentials by ellen merry & bright set.

6. julie's smooth bristol: my favorite paper! perfect for watercoloring and the BEST for ink blending.

xo,
carly

p.s. it's ellen hutson llc's 9th birthday this weekend plus i think i heard something about black friday maybe...lol! so make sure to check it out this weekend!  

Monday, November 23, 2015

alcohol ink watercolor

i love supplies that can multi-task, they save space in your crafting area and save $ too! and i think i have already mentioned i love alcohol inks because they are super fun but have i mentioned what great multi-taskers they are? you can create so many amazing effects: polished stone & blooming dots, ombre, more ombre and marbling! and now i've learned how to watercolor with them!

-first i started with a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 piece of the crystal clear plastic. i stamped the essentials by ellen mondo poinsettia on the plastic and let dry for a few minutes. the trick to stamping on the plastic is to try to move straight up and down, not let the stamp wiggle and smear. i have found that the larger stamps are actually easier to work with than the smaller stamps.
-next i colored my poinsettia on the back side (the side not stamped with the stazon poinsettia), using an alcohol ink blending pen filled with blending solution. the blending solution will take the stazon ink right off the plastic so it's important to color on the backside. and i colored with alcohol inks that had been dropped into a palette and allowed to air dry a technique i learned from tim holtz's awesome blog here.
-i used wild plum, cranberry and red pepper alcohol inks to color my poinsettia, scribbling on my non-stick craft sheet between colors to clean my blending pen. i colored the berries with botanical alcohol ink. alcohol inks are awesome because you can't really make a mistake, if you don't like something just add more color or use more blending solution to remove it.
-to create my card, i die cut a rectangle "window" from the front of a solar white card. then i die cut a slightly smaller rectangle from a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 piece of solar white, making a frame. 

-i cut my crystal clear plastic down just a bit and sandwiched it between the card and solar white frame.

-i added a few clear sequins to the front.
-and i stamped my message inside my card, positioning it so it would show through the frame.
xo,
carly