Welcome back, stamping friend! Today I’ve got a couple of cards to show you. Honestly, I had such fun making the first one, I just had to make a few more. There are no stamps required for these cards! Just alcohol inks, a straw, and some Yupo or photo paper.
NO STAMPS REQUIRED
Earlier this month, as I was watching the videos on the Save the Crafty YouTuber hop, I saw this fun technique for creating flowers. Without any stamps, you just use alcohol inks on Yupo paper, and blow on them with a straw. Oh – if you haven’t heard of the Save the Crafty YouTuber hop, check out the details on Justine Hovey’s blog. She organizes these amazing hops every year, and they are FULL of amazing projects by creative crafters!
Making these flowers is such fun – I can’t believe I haven’t done this before! First, cut your panel of Yupo paper. The reason I recommend Yupo over glossy cardstock is that the ink just tends to flow a bit more easily, and the colours remain very vibrant. For my cards, I didn’t use any Alcohol Blending Solution, which you may have to use on glossy cardstock. While the Blending Solution helps get the ink moving, it also dilutes the ink, and the colour.
Okay – so now you have your panel in front of you. Line up the alcohol ink colours you want to use, with the caps off. Have your straw and/or puffer ready. You get different effects using a straw vs. an air puffer. I found that the straw, because you can control the intensity of your breath (blow hard to get the ink to travel!), you get more of a longer, feathered effect. So, I used a combination of the two.
Start with making a circle with the yellow ink for the flower center. Gently puff on the ink, if you want it to remain a smaller circle, so it dries more quickly. Next, add a drop of ink in the petal colour, making a small sort of semi-circle (follow the shape of the flower center). Quickly blow on the ink with your straw, forcing the ink outward. Remember – your petals and circles won’t be perfect – and they’re not meant to be. This is art! This is fun! Continue to do this until you’re happy with your flowers.
Since the alcohol ink dries quickly, you can go back and add layers of ink on top, to give your flower more depth. You can also add more yellow to the middle, if it has gotten kind of ‘lost’ under the petals (that happened with mine!).
ALCOHOL INK COLOURS & SENTIMENTS
You can choose any colours you want – and they don’t have to be representative of nature! I worked with some of my favourites. Turquoise, Amethyst and Valencia, with Sunshine Yellow for the middle. The other card uses Flamingo and Pink Sherbet, with the same Sunshine Yellow in the middle.
For the sentiments, use the Concord & 9th Fabulous Phrases dies. Die cut each one three times, and stack them on top of each other, for more dimension. Next, glue them directly onto the image panel.
I chose coordinating colours for the card bases for each card. The little hearts are also from the Fabulous Phrases dies; the rhinestones are from my stash of embellishments.
HAVE FUN WITH INKS – AND NO STAMPS REQUIRED!
I would love to see you give this technique a try! And if you come up with different things you can make with this technique, I’d love it if you sent me a picture! How about a sun? Trees? Water would be awesome! Anyway, I hope you’ve been inspired to get inky without your stamps, and have fun. I’d love to hear what you think about this technique – leave me a comment!
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