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Alcohol Ink Backgrounds – Ink Lift Technique


Jul 17, 2018 Cardmaking, Paper Arts, Tutorials Comments are off

Alcohol Ink Backgrounds using Ranger’s New Alcohol Lift Ink

Just sharing some playing around I did with the new Ranger Alcohol Lift Ink. I watched Tim Holtz’s tutorial video and was inspired to practice his techniques. (Click this link to view Tim’s video… Ranger Alcohol Lift Ink ). Remember to click on the photos below to enlarge them.

I love my alcohol inks and was so excited to have a new technique to apply them. I also bought Ranger’s new Yupo Paper, even though I already had some other brands that I have been using with my alcohol inks. It will be interesting to see the difference between the various brands (maybe that will be a future blog).

First I did a basic lift, by following Tim’s technique, and tapped the Alcohol Lift Ink onto a stamp and then pressed the stamp onto a Yupo paper background coloured with alcohol inks. Now that I have “lifted” the ink, I stamped the image onto glossy card stock. In this case I stamped a butterfly image. Wow – not only was I pleased with the stamped image with so much detail and colour; but also the ghost image left behind on the Yupo background. These backgrounds and images will be a great start to a card.  (NOTE: remember to clean your stamp before and after applying the Alcohol Lift Ink).


For the next sample, I coloured a rainbow effect onto Yupo Paper with alcohol inks. Then I took a large background stamp (Gears) and did the same transfer technique. But this time I stamped the image onto regular card stock. The colours are more muted when stamped onto a more porous card stock. I quite liked the soft, water colour effect the regular card stock gives.

Still following Tim’s techniques, I lifted the alcohol ink through a stencil using a drop of Alcohol Lift Ink onto a foam pad. By buffing off the extra Lift Ink with a paper towel, the faded effect of the stencil pattern really shows through.


Well that was fun! Can’t wait to make some cards. Happy to share!  Val

Metallic Glimmer Cards


Mar 30, 2018 Cardmaking, Paper Arts, Tutorials Comments are off

Handmade Cards using Metallic Polishes & Waxes

Just sharing some cards I  finished making….

I recently purchased a new Sizzix embossing folder and die cut combo (Sizzix – Just a Note Butterflies 662753). Combos are great for quick crafting and I love it when they include butterflies! It makes my crafting a lot easier when there are matching pieces to complete a project. The embossing folder creates a beautiful butterfly background. What makes the set special is that the butterfly thinlit die-cuts match the embossing folder, so the project is instantly coordinated.

Remember, you can click on the images below for a larger view…


Metallic colours in any medium are a favourite of mine. I have to admit that I own too many paints, waxes, powders, rub-ons, and even water colours. But they all seem to have special applications and qualities that make my heart sing. For these cards I used Cosmic Metallic Gilding Polish, Cosmic Glitter Kiss – both new to my stash. I also used  Prima/Finnabair Antique Brilliance Waxes. Of course the metallic shimmer is most apparent when applied to black card stock, but I also used the Cosmic Glitter Kiss on cream card stock.


For the first card, I rubbed on the Gilding Polish onto the embossed background (the base card stock was black). The colours I blended were Rich Red, Red Bronze, and Gold Treasure. You can apply the Polish lightly to hi-light the butterflies only and leave a bit of black contrast, but I chose to colour in the whole background. I think the butterfly embossed images still shows through very well. I then rubbed the Glitter Kiss (Sahara Gold) onto the die-cut butterflies.

Placing the background image onto my black card base, I realised I needed some matting between the two. I wanted the mat to be a coordinated colour, so I took a piece of black card stock slightly larger than the embossed image, and rubbed some the the same Glitter Kiss (Sahara Gold) around the edges. A second mat of black card stock is used between for even more contrast. The Cosmic Gilding Polishes and Glitter Kiss come with great sponges to apply them, but I also used my fingers to smear and blend them. The words are polished with Rich Red, and glued to a label die cut (Hero Arts), and raised with black foam tape to add dimension. Then the butterflies are glued over their matching embossed images. A few rhinestones on the butterflies for bling, and the card is complete.


For the Second card, I used cream card stock to emboss the image and gently rubbed the Cosmic Glitter Kiss over the raised butterflies as I wanted only the butterflies hi-lighted with glitter. The same process is used to colour the matting; rubbing Red Bronze around the edge of a black mat and also using Red Bronze to colour the die-cut butterflies.  The top embossed image is popped up with foam tape over the next black mat underneath to add some depth.



For the Last card, I blended Prima/Finnabair Antique Brilliance waxes over the embossed image (Mystic Turquoise, Lucky Emerald). As before, I coloured the edges of my black mat, using Amethyst Magic wax for a purple contrast. I also used Amethyst Magic to colour the butterflies, and then rubbed a little Glitter Kiss Frosty Sparkle on them for some added bling. This time I raised the butterflies with some dimensional tape before placing them over their matching embossed butterflies. Again, some sparkly rhinestones are added to the butterflies, and we are done!



Hope you enjoyed!       Val

Industrial Themed Cards


Sep 8, 2017 Brush, Cardmaking, Industrial, Paper Arts Comments are off

Industrial Themed Cards

During this long, hot, dry summer, its been a respite to stay cool inside and keep creating. I have been working on a few projects this summer. Mainly making lots of hand made cards. Here are a few of my newest creations with our signature industrial look.

I know I am suppose to be de-cluttering and organizing my studio space, but every time I try, I find a project that needs to be finished (and boy do I have a lot of projects to finish). There is no excuse this time though, because these cards are made from the brand new Kaisercraft paper just released. The line of paper is called Factory 42 and I couldn’t resist the industrial theme to make these cards.



Hope you enjoyed!       Val

Stay tuned for more organizational inspiration from me. LOL

Vintage Handmade Tobacco Cards


Oct 13, 2016 Cardmaking, Paper Arts, Tutorials, Vintage Comments are off

Handmade Cards using Vintage Tobacco Cards

Just sharing some cards I  finished making….

I always go through my stash of ephemera looking for paper to incorporate in my art.  I came across a stack of 1912 Tobacco Cards that I collected long ago. They were a collection of beautiful flowers and butterflies (my favs). I didn’t want them to sit in a box any longer so I knew I had to transform them into an art project. Tobacco cards are miniature works of art and needed to be enjoyed by others.  Incorporating them into a card was my game plan. Mindful not to alter the original tobacco card, I presented them in a small vellum envelope (Sizziz Die).

Tobacco card 1 tobacco card 2 Tobacco card 3

I also came across a stash of Song Cards from the 1950’s. So I knew I had the basics for the cards I had in mind to make.  I also have sheet music from 1909 Etude Music Magazine that I love to use. The Song cards became the background for the Tobacco cards on the front of the card. The sheet music was used on the inside of the card, as a background for a place to write a personal sentiment.

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I choose cardstock in colors to compliment the Tobacco card and all of the paper and ephemera was aged with Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Vintage Photo & Gathered Twig). The front just needed a few embellishments to highlight the Tobacco card so I added some metal key paper clips (Prima) and various metal and wood trinkets (Prima & Tim Holtz). I added some inspirational words using Tim Holtz Ideology Small Talk. These are great because they look like they have been typed on an old typewriter (I have a 1910 Underwood that I use to type words to use in my art, but these are much easier). A few pearl beads in the corners, and I was done.

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I loved the authenticity of the ephemera, making the card truly vintage. These one of a kind cards could also be framed to be on display for all to enjoy.

Hope you enjoyed!       Val

Vintage Butterfly Cards


Mar 12, 2016 Cardmaking Comments are off

Hi There – Happy Spring…

I love these vintage styled cards with butterfly designs –  remind us of spring, right!  I recently went to a card class at a local Scrapbook store and made some awesome cards using Hunkydory – Flight of the Butterfly card kits. The class was fast paced and fantastic – we made 29 cards in a few hours. With the “left overs” (from our generous store owner), I made another 31 cards!! I usually use more “handmade” techniques when I make cards.  But these were so beautiful and vintage looking that I couldn’t resist. Here are a few of the cards I made at home with the remainder of my kit…

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Butterfly Card 2  Butterfly Card 10

I have to say that butterflies are one of my favourite designs. I have a lot of butterflies in my studio – card stock, dies, stamps, art work, you name it. So I could not resist taking this butterfly card class.  The background paper in this kit is to die for – check it out on The cut-out sheets of sentiments and butterfly designs were easy to “make” the card.  I loved the layering, using the copper glitter and gold foil card stock, it gave the cards lots of bling with a vintage tone.  And to add dimension, I used foam tape – a lot of it!  I hope the close ups help you see the dimension and depth of the cards – although much more dramatic in person I have to say.

Butterfly Card 9   Butterfly Card 4

Butterfly Card 7   Butterfly Card 8

Butterfly Card 5   Butterfly Card 6

If you are like me and make a lot of cards, it becomes expected from friends and family that they receive a hand made card (with love of course). But sometimes, life rushes along and you need a card like – now! So these quick cards will be perfect for those times when birthdays and holidays creep into my creative time.

Hope you enjoyed!       Happy Spring!     Val

Materials Used…

  • Hunkydory – Flight of the Butterfly card kits
  • Memory Box – Cascadia Butterfly Trio
  • Tonic Studio Butterly sets – Juliet, Felicity, Laura
  • Mark Richards – Nailhead & Gold brad stickers
  • Bazzill Walnut Cream card stock
  • Bazzill Gold Foil card stock
  • Copper Glitter card stock

Springtime Cards


Apr 5, 2017 Brush, Cardmaking 0 Comments

Spring All Occasion Cards

These handmade cards will make a lovely gift for a spring time birthday, mother’s day, or Easter. Layers of cardstock, stickers, flowers, and rhinestone embellishments are added on top of the postcard image. I love the versatility of the cards which have a feminine and vintage look. They are blank inside so you can add your own sentiment. The assemblage of embellishments is raised with foam tape creating depth and dimension.

Materials Used:

  • Post Card Cardstock – Spring Designs
  • Spring Flowers & Easter Stickers
  • Spring Cardstock Embellishment Designs
  • White & Red  5×7 Cardstock Base & Envelope
  • Foam Dots & Dimensional Tape
  • Assorted Patterned and Plain Coloured Card Stock
  • Paper Flowers & Assorted Rhinstones & Twine

Steampunk Cards


Apr 4, 2017 Brush, Cardmaking, Steampunk 0 Comments

Steampunk Themed Cards

These handmade cards have a real steampunk and industrial look. I love the blue coloured highlights. The gear embellishments are die cuts from Memory Box. I cut them from Boutique So Silk 130 lb. black card stock. The paper is actually plastic and creates a nice crisp glossy metal look and feel. For the background I embossed the edges with Stampendous Aged Aqua Embossing Enamel. It creates a distressed edge with a tough of gold glimmer. The main focal point is layers of the image from Hot Off the Press die cuts, supported with foam tape creating depth.

Materials Used:

  • Hot Off the Press Steampunk Paper & Stickers
  • Hot Off the Press Steampunk Layered Die Cuts
  • Memory Box Gears Dies
  • Stampendous Embossing Enamel
  • Foam Dots & Dimensional Tape
  • Black 5×7 Card Base & Envelope
  • Assorted Colours of Card Stock

Vintage Tobacco Cards


Oct 13, 2016 Altered, Brush, Cardmaking, Paper Arts 0 Comments

Handmade Vintage Cards using Tobacco Cards

I made these handmade vintage cards using 1912 Tobacco Collector Cards featuring flowers and butterflies. The Song Card Sheets add a sentimental touch while the inside sentiment features sheet music from 1910.  A few embellishments makes the card one of a kind with a little bling.

  • 1912 Tobacco Collector Cards
  • Vintage Song Card Sheets from the 1950’s
  • Sheet music from 1910 on inside of card
  • Inspiration message – Tim Holtz Ideology
  • Metal paper clip – Prima Marketing
  • Vellum envelope – Sizzix Die Cut
  • Various metal & wooden embellishments


Vintage Style Christmas Cards


Nov 10, 2016 Altered, Brush, Cardmaking, Paper Arts 0 Comments

Handmade Vintage Style Christmas Cards

I made these handmade Christmas cards featuring vintage style scenes. The burlap poinsettia and wood grain paper is juxtaposed by the glittery background card stock. The images are raised to give a 3D effect, with foliage and a silver bell as embellishments.

  • Cream Coloured Card & Envelope
  • Wood Grain Cardstock
  • Red & Green Glitter Cardstock
  • 3D Vintage Picture –  Petaloo
  • Foliage embellishments – Petaloo
  • Burlap, Silver Bells


Butterfly Cards


Mar 12, 2016 Cardmaking 0 Comments

Butterfly Cards

I loved making these Butterfly Cards. The card stock (Hunkydory – Flight of the Butterfly) had a beautiful vintage tone to them. I also used Memory Box and Tonic Studio butterfly dies along with copper glitter card stock and gold metallic card stock for extra bling.

Materials Used

  • Hunkydory – Flight of the Butterfly
  • Memory Box Cascadia Butterfly Trio
  • Tonic Studio Butterly sets – Juliet, Felicity, Laura
  • Mark Richards – Nailhead & Gold brad stickers
  • Bazzill Walnut Cream card stock
  • Bazzill Gold Foil card stock
  • Copper Glitter card stock


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