Hello there! I am so excited and honoured to be back as guest designer for CAS Mix Up August 2017 challenge. This month it’s all about alcohol inks (AI). To be honest, I was hoping it wouldn’t be AIs because I am not familiar with them and have only tried them twice. But then I was given the green light for alcohol markers, which is something I do know, own and is my favourite colouring medium. 😊
I wanted to make a birthday card for my teammate Sarah P. whose birthday is tomorrow. I’m not sure if she has received it yet. I was going to colour up some floral images, but what I ended up making was a happy accident. Back in May, I was fortunate to join Loll, Christine, Susan and Nancy for an afternoon at their retreat. We did AI drops on yupo and my samples did not turn out as you can see 😉
Loll had mentioned that these can be sprayed with alcohol for a different look. So that’s what I did, but I was doing too many things at once and had tilted the yupo piece causing the colours to streak down. Since it was already looking better than my original 😂, I went with it and spritz some more and let it continue to run down until I was happy..
This gave a cool watercolour effect. The top piece is what resulted from the before picture above. The bottom one was the happy accident, so I never took the before pic of that one. When I turned the bottom piece a quarter turn, I saw water, which inspired me to create this.
I wanted to do a sort of aquarium scene, so a stitched circle was die cut on a white stitched rectangle. The yupo piece was trimmed down and adhered behind. The images were stamped with Intense Black ink, coloured with Copics then die cut out with the matching dies. I also die cut a few more of the mermaid from white cardstock to stack for dimension.
The sentiment (a birthday & hello) was stamped with Archival black ink. Whatever you do, do not heat emboss on yupo (did I mention I am a rookie with this 😂). Lastly, clear shimmer was added to her top and tail to finish.
Hope you will join us this month. Thank you for stopping by. Have a great day!