Sunday, January 28, 2024

Group of Seven January Alcohol Inks with Gilding Flakes

This link includes all the step by step instructions and
wonderful helpful card ideas by the Group of Seven Cardmakers:-)

  I made 5 Alcohol Ink Backgrounds.  Then had so much fun creating 3 finished cards.
It is impossible to make only 1 or 2 AI Backgrounds!

My 1st card is for Denny's Valentine.💕

I used Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks on Yupo Paper for all my backgrounds.
I used Raspberry and Watermelon Alcohol Inks for this card.

Next I used my puffer tool and Andirondack Blending Solution to move the AI 
around until I was happy with the results.  This Video..Alcohol Inks plus Gilding Flakes
was very helpful:-)  Then let my backgrounds air dry.

I used Connect Glue in my Fine Tip Bottle to apply narrow strips of 
Nuvo Radiant Gold Gilding Flakes.  I used my finger to carefully press down the flakes
and burnish softly with my finger and let dry.  This is a bit messy,  
but my "Surface Sweep Brush" really helped to
clean up all the stray pieces of flakes off my card.
I used Ninnah Solar White Crest Smooth for my cardstock base on all my cards.
The gold heat embossed die cut sentiment is from STAMPlorations Trendy Butterflies.
I heat embossed the sentiment with Ranger Princess Gold EB Powder.

I used a retired SU mini butterfly punch for the sweet butterflies and added rhinestones,
Then popped up the layers with craft foam.

I added a SU Black Cardstock "SSS A2 Thin Frame" to frame the Alcohol ink
layers on the card base and Done!

I was very pleased with the result:-)


My 2nd Card,,,Smile!

 I used the same technique and products on my 2nd card,  just changed the
alcohol ink background colors to: Sailboat Blue and Lemonade.
Then added a STAMPlorations heat embossed SMILE and 
Popped up with craft foam!

My 3rd Card...Hugs!
I used Mermaid and Sunshine Yellow Alcohol Inks and popped up.

Here is a bonus Close Up to show all the Shine from the Gold Gilding Flakes:-)

 This technique was such a fun technique with such beautiful Shine:-)

I hope you get to join us on our Group of Seven Cardmakers Linky:-)

Love and Hugs,

Card Supplies:

Card #1:  
Stamps: STAMPlorations Trendy Butterflies "Love" stamped and heat embossed sentiment.
Paper: Yupo Paper,  Ninnah Solar White Crest Smooth.  SU Black Cardstock 
Inks: Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks: Raspberry and Watermelon.  Clear Versamark for heat EB LOVE.
Accessories: Puffer tool. Nuvo Radiant Gold Gilding Flakes, Gina K Connect Glue, Fine Tip Bottle. 
"Surface Sweep Brush".  SU Ret. Mini heart punch.  "SSS A2 Thin Frame Dies"
Craft foam,  rhinestones from stash.

Card #2: 
Stamps: None.
Paper: Same except no Black Cardstock.
Inks: Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks: Sailboat Blue and Lemonade.  Clear Versamark for heat embossed Smile.
Accessories: Puffer tool. Nuvo Radiant Gold Gilding Flakes, Gina K Connect Glue in 
Fine Tip Bottle. "Surface Sweep Brush". Craft Foam. Ranger Princess Gold EB Powder.  STAMPlorations heat embossed SMILE

Card #3
Same as Card #2...Except used Alcohol Inks Mermaid and Sunshine Yellow...and STAMPlorations

Thank you for your visit and Happy Valentine's Day dear friends.:-)

Have fun trying our January Alcohol Inks with Gilding Flakes Technique.
Note:  You can use Gold Foil if you do not have Gilding Flakes. 

Love and Hugs..

Thursday, December 28, 2023

Group of Seven December Torn Edge Technique

Be sure and check out the Group of Seven Link above for all the awesome
samples by the Group of Seven Cardmakers.

1)  Torn ripped card stock into beautiful cards by Simon Hurley (14:35)
2)  Torn Stenciling Technique by Gina K (5:11)
3)  Ripped Paper Technique by Natasha Foote (12:24)

I used Simon's Video for my "It's Your Day card" and
Natasha's Video for my "Happy Birthday card."

All 3 video's are great and show you numerous techniques with several examples:-)


My 1st Card using Simon Hurley's Video using Torn Ripped Masking Tape 
into Card Technique. 
Video Starts at 10:45 for this card technique.
I used ripped 3M Wide Masking Tape over the 110# Arches Hot Press Paper.
Then used Simon's technique to blend the DOX inks using TH Blending Sponge.
Used DOX inks: Peeled Paint, Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire.
And then removed the torn edges masking tap...Wow!!
Next I stamped SU Retired Sale-a-Bration stamp set: "Flowering Fields" for the 1st time
using VersaFine Clair Nocturno Pigment ink.
The sweet tiny butterflies are part of the set.  I used Derwent Watercolour pencils on 
the butterflies and Wink of Stella for a bit of sparkle, which shows up IRL:-) 

Used MISTI to stamp the sentiment with black pigment ink.
The sentiment is a SU retired Hostess set.."Happiest Birthday Wishes".

Popped up the card front with craft foam and added to Neenah cardbase and
Done!  I really liked the Torn Edge Technique and will use again:-)


My 2nd card using Natasha's Ripped Paper Technique with watercolors and vellum.

The close up!

Here is the close up showing off the Shine from the heat embossed stamped 
sentiment and the pretty shiny Gansai Tambi metallic Gem Colors Pigment Watercolors.

I used #4 watercolor brush and all 6 colors from the set..Red, Pink, Yellow Gold, Green, 
Blue and Violet:-)  When completely dry (I used heat tool) I placed in
MISTI and stamped the Retired Hostess SU "Happiest Birthday Wishes" set using
Clear Versa Mark ink and Heat Embossed with Wow Opaque Bright White Regular
Powder.  Such beautiful shine on the sentiment and watercolored Gem colors:-)

I then added my torn vellum and Arches Hot Press using foam tape to pop them up.
I closely followed Natasha's video and her 1st ripped card technique.

I loved both cards,  but this is my favorite.  
A great way to use different watercolor products, which I have:-)

I hope you join us on our Group of Seven Linky:-)

Merry Christmas and Happy Healthy New Year dear friends.
Love and Hugs..


Card #1
Stamps: Ret. SU Flowering Fields.  Ret SU Happiest Birthday Wishes.
Paper: Neenah Solar White Crest Smooth 110# and Arches Hot Press. SU Vellum.
Inks: Clear Versamark.  DOX inks: Peeled Paint, Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire.
VersaFine Clair Nocturno Pigment ink. Derwent Watercolour pencils.
Accessories: T.H. Blending Sponges.  MISTI. Wow EB Powder. Heat Tool. Wow Opaque Bright White Regular EB Powder., Craft Foam.

Card #2
Stamps: SU Retired Hostess,  "Happiest Birthday Wishes" set again:-)
Paper: Arches Hot Press WC paper.  SU Vellum. Neenah Solar White CS.
Inks:  Gansai Tambi metallic Gem Colors Pigment Watercolors.  Clear Versamark ink.
Accessories:  #4 watercolor brush.  MISTI. Wow Opaque Bright White Regular
Powder. Heat Tool. Foam Tape. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Group of Seven Cardmaker's November Smooshing with Cling Wrap

Click on the link above for the GO7 November Blog Cling Wrap Technique
and the fabulous Cardmakers Cards and Technique descriptions and videos. 

Also we love when you share your cards on our blog Linky:-)

I used Brushos and Magicals Powders to create my Cling Wrap backgrounds.

My Brushos Cling Wrap "Signature" Tree Christmas Card:-)

I lightly spritzed water onto an A2 size piece of Strathmore Mixed Media paper
 and sprinkled with Brushos Blue, Red and Green powders.
Then spritzed again lightly and tipped the MM paper to spread the ink.

Next placed a piece of Cling Wrap a little bit larger than the A2 paper and
tucking extra wrap under the sides.  Then used my fingers to scrunch up the wrap.
Be sure and check out the videos on our GO7 blog home page too.

Set the piece aside to dry overnight.
Removed wrap and let background completely air dry.
I got line marks, but no cells.

Then die cut with Pinkfresh Studio "Braided Oval" Die.
Used my new to me Simon Says Stamp "Place and Score Embellishmdient Wand"
to poke out the paper that were left in Many of the big and tiny die holes.
I have several similar tools,  but I am already liking this the best:-)

Then die cut the larger Braided Oval die for a white frame.
Added the SSS Clean Lines Christmas Dies star that I die cut from 
silver glitter paper from my stash.

Used Misti to stamp the  SSS Clean Line Christmas Stamps sentiments (out of stock)
 with Versafine Clair Nocturne pigment ink and heat emboss with SU Clear EB powder.
I arranged the star and sentiment to give a faux Christmas Tree look:-)
Attached layer to white frame with Connect Glue using Fine Tip Bottle.
Then popped up white frame with SU dimensionals to Neenah Bright White
card base and Done!  I was pleased with the result😊


My Lindy's Magical's Powder Cling Wrap Christmas Card.
If only you could see the Magical Shine in the Background.
So much prettier IRL!

My 2nd card using the same Cling Wrap techniques as my 1st card,  but this time
 I used Lindy's Magicals Powders.  I used red, teal and green powders. They are more
 pastel Christmas colors,  which I never use,  but thought heck...why not!

My Magicals Smooshing Cling Wrap Technique background had even lighter markings
 than the Brushos background,  but I think it was because of using Magical's Powders.

I die cut the piece with Spellbinders Rectangle Hemstitch Die and again used
my SSS Place and Score Embellishment Wand to poke out all the holes on the border.

I used the SSS Clean Line Christmas Stamps for the stamped and 
heat embossed trees,  but stamped the trees with SSS white pigment ink
 and heat embossed with Wow white EB powder.

Next stamped and heat embossed the sentiments and attached with Connect Glue.
I added light blue and light green shiny rhinestones from my stash.
Popped up main image with SU dimensionals and Done!


My 2nd Magical's powder Peace, Love, Joy Cling Wrap Christmas Card.

I used  the same Red and Blue shades of Lindy's Magicals colors as the above card,  
but my camera saw darker!

I used the same oval Spellbinder die as the card above to die cut the background.
Then used the same SSS Clean Line Christmas Stamps for the heat
embossed trees.

Added the light blue rhinestones and die cut glittery stars.
 then stamped the STAMPlorations "Homespun Christmas" sentiments
with black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear EB powder and
attached with Connect Glue.

Popped up main image using craft foam and Done!


I am now looking forward to trying the Smooshing Cling Wrap Technique
with Alcohol Ink on Yupo paper:-)
I am determined to get some of the cool cells:-)

Be sure and check out all the GO7 Cardmakers really cool card samples.

Happy Holidays,  dear friends and Thank you for visiting:-)
Love and Hugs..💕
Supplies all listed in descriptions:-)

Again...if you play along we would LOVE to see your cards on our Blog Linky:-)

Sunday, November 12, 2023

More Group of Seven Stenciling over Heat EB:-)

Click on link above to see all the Group of Seven Cardmakers Card Samples:-)

This video by Gina K Stenciling over Heat Embossing is very helpful.
This is a fun and easy technique.

Gina's Steps!
  • Ink up a background stamp with Versamark ink, clear ink or white pigment ink
  • Sprinkle with white embossing powder and heat set
  • Place stencil over top and secure with tape
  • Sponge inks over stencil
  • Use paper towel to wipe off any inks that are sitting on top of your heat embossing (resist).  Remove tape and stencil.
2 More Christmas cards...I am Loving this technique:-)

I was inspired by Lolly and Bonnie's Tim Holtz Poinsettia Layering Stencil cards.
Be sure and check them out and thanks girls for reminding me that I got this stencil 
last Christmas season,  but did not use it.....
This was my 1st time to use the Poinsettia Layering Stencil and the 
SSS Clean Line Christmas Stamp Set and matching Dies Set.

I followed Gina K's steps exactly.  
I also have 2 more recent posts using the technique.
My 2nd Post with my 1st Christmas Card using the technique.

I am going to share just my supplies for my new Christmas cards:-)

Stamps: SU Distressed Plaid BG stamp (ret) SSS Clean Line Christmas Sentiments.
Paper: Neenah Solar White and SU Basic Black.
Inks: SSS White Pigment Ink,  DI Barn Door, Mowed Lawn and Scattered Straw. VersaFine Clair Nocturne Pigment Ink.
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Poinsettia Layering Stencil.  The Rabbit Hole Designs Powder Tool for Heat EB. Brutus Monroe Stick and Stamp Mat. 3M Masking Tape. Wow White EB Powder,  SSS Slimline Christmas Dies Set.
SU Dimensionals to pop up sentiment. Altenew Mini Blending Brushes.

My 2nd Card plus Close Up of the Gold embossed shine!

Close Up

Stamps:  Same.
Paper: Neenah and Tonic Gold Foil for framing.
Inks:DI Barn Door,  VersaFine Clair Nocturne Pigment Ink.  
Accessories: Same except used Ranger Princess Gold EB Powder.


Enjoy and thank you for visiting.
Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday Season,  dear friends!

Love and Hugs...


Sending over to NBUS #56 I used Tim Holtz Poinsettia Layering Stencil and SSS Slimline Christmas Dies Set for the 1st time:-)


Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Group of Seven Cardmakers October Technique Christmas Card

Be sure and click on the link above for all the Groups sample cards
and wonderful detailed descriptions for this awesome easy technique.

There is a Linky too so you can join in our Blog fun!  We are not a Challenge!

You will soon discover that you cannot make just one card using the technique:-)
The technique is Great for Christmas Cards too:-)

This video by Gina K is very helpful too..

My Stenciling over Heat Embossing Christmas Card.

I began by adding The Rabbit Hole Designs white powder to an A2 size
 cut piece of a Neenah white 110# cardstock.

Then used MISTI to stamp my SU En Francais Background (ret) using SSS White 
Premium Pigment Ink.  Removed from MISTI and sprinkled with
Wow White EB Powder and heat set and then set aside card front.
Next I attached my Brutus Monroe "Stick & Stamp Mat"
onto my glass mat using 3M double stick tape on the back of it,  
which I can use over and over again.

Next used wide 3M white masking tape to secure the cardstock over S&S Mat.
I always use my masking tape multiple times too.

I sponged Memento London Fog Dye Ink through my stencil using T.H.
Blending Sponge with handle.
Wiped off heat embossed En Francais with paper towel
to make sure no London Fog ink was left on script.

Then placed in MISTI and stamped with VersaFine Clair Nocturne black
pigment ink and heat embossed the Pinkfresh Poinsettia Stamp
sentiment with clear SU EB Powder.

I attached with Connect Glue the card front to Neenah 110# White Cardbase 
and embellished with 2 stacked layers of the Pinkfresh Poinsettia Washi Tape
wreath and center image and Done!
I was very pleased with the results:-)
The technique worked great for a Christmas card design.

Hope you join us and add your cards to our Linky:-)

The holiday season preparations have started in earnest...Enjoy💖
Time to bundle up too...we are now into our SW Oregon Rainy Season:-)

Love and Hugs and Thank you for visiting💕



Stamps: SU En Francais Background wooden stamp (ret).  Pinkfresh "Poinsettia Stamp Set" sentiment was the 1st time for me to use:-)  

Inks: Memento London Fog Dye Ink. SSS White Premium Pigment Ink. VersaFine Clair Nocturne Pigment Ink.

Paper: Neenah 110# white CS.  Pinkfresh "Poinsettia Washi Tape" My 1st time to use!  The poinsettia Stamp Set, Washi Tape and Dies have been discontinued:-(....I did pick up an extra roll of Washi Tape,  but discovered 1 was will be seeing more Christmas cards in the future with the 2 products..and I also shared with friends all from my 1st roll:-)

Accessories: Pinkfresh Poinsettia Dies Set,  which I  used for the 1st time:-) T.H Blending Brush, Brutus Monroe Stick and Stamp Mat...LOVE using with stencils and watercoloring images with paint WC on this card. Connect Glue. MISTI.  Heat Tool.  3M Masking Tape.  Rabbit Hole Designs powder.  Wow White EB Powder.  


I am sending over to NBUS #56   Used Pinkfresh Poinsettia Stamp Set, Die Set and Washi Tape for the 1st time:-)

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Group of Seven Stenciling over Heat Embossing

Click on link above to see all the Group of Seven Cardmakers Card Samples:-)

This video by Gina K Stenciling over Heat Embossing is very helpful.
This is a fun and easy technique.

Gina's Steps!
  • Ink up a background stamp with Versamark ink, clear ink or white pigment ink
  • Sprinkle with white embossing powder and heat set
  • Place stencil over top and secure with tape
  • Sponge inks over stencil
  • Use paper towel to wipe off any inks that are sitting on top of your heat embossing (resist).  Remove tape and stencil.

I am sharing 3 cards using this wonderful technique.

I used the stencils (gift from a dear friend) in the 1st and 2nd cards for the 1st time.
Sharing them with our dear GO7 Cardmaker Darnell's NBUS Blog:-)

My 1st card!

I followed Gina's steps exactly for all 3 cards.
               Supplies Card #1
               Stamps: SU En Francais  wooden block background (2000) Ret.
               Paper:  SU Cucumber Crush, Neenah White 110# CS. SU Black Basic for 
               Inks: Versamark Clear.   Distress Oxides: Lucky Clover 
               Accessories: SSS Summer Bouquet Stencil. WOW Opaque Bright White EB
               Powder. Heat Tool.  STAMPlorations Everyday Sentiments Dies. Connect Glue.
               Altenew mini brush blenders.   
2nd Card

               Supplies Card #2
                Stamps: SU Distressed Dots Background Wood Stamp.
                Paper: same as Card #1 
                Inks: Versamark Clear.  Distress Oxides: 
                Accessories: Stamperia CM20x25 Stencil.  WOW Opaque Bright White EB 
                powder. Heat Tool. SSS Large Hello Die.  Altenew mini brush blenders.  
                Connect Glue.
3rd Card

             Supplies Card #3
             Stamps: SU En Francais wooden block background (2000) Ret.
             Paper: Same as card #1 and #2.
             Inks: Versamark Clear.  Distress Oxides..... 
             Accessories: Magenta Sunflowers Stencil.   WOW Opaque Bright White Powder.
             Heat Tool. SSS Large Hello Die.  Altenew mini brush blenders.  Connect Glue.


I just could not stop making these fun and easy Stenciling over Heat Embossing fact..I actually made a 4th card,  which I will be sharing in our Linky in a 
couple of weeks:-)  It is a very different design.

I was so happy to add cards to my different occasions Stash!!!
We would love to have you join our October Group of Seven Cardmakers Blog
by adding your cards via our Linky!!! 

We are a Blog of friends who Love trying new or old Techniques:-)
Thank you for visiting and wishing you all a wonderful Fall season with more
time to play with your paper crafting toys:-)

 Love and Hugs, 

I am sharing my 1st Two cards over at NBUS #55    I used the stencils for the 1st time on the 1st two  cards:-)