Thursday, July 18, 2019

CAS Stencil Card Challenge Reminder: Alcohol Inks/ Alcohol Lift

Time for more inspiring CAS Card Samples by our talented DT and our
Very talented Guest Designer Janet (Swanlady Impressions).

Our DT girl Cathy is hosting this creative challenge.
You have until the 24th to play along at CAS Stencil Card Challenge.

My die cut CUTplorations Perched Bird!

I dropped drops of Ranger Alcohol Inks onto Yupo paper starting with light to darker
shades of Alcohol Inks.  I used Lemonade, butterscotch, Rust and Teakwood.  Adding
Blending Solution and tipping the Yupo paper to make the inks run and blend.

I also used blending tool with Blending Solution on sponge on the background.
I did not add any greens inks,  but with all the combos of yellows and browns I got
a really soft shade of green for the center of the background.

When inks dried,  I used a paper towel to burnish the background,  which added
a shine and smoothed out the excess inks.

Then I die cut with CUTplorations "Perched Bird Die".  I loved how placing the die
just right,  I was able to get a brown beak, back and branch:-)

Then die cut White Craft Foam with the bird die and attached to die cut bird with
Gina K Connect Glue.  Next I placed my new to me TCW "Raven Mosaic" 
Stencil over bird and used a mini blending tool with sponge to gently
pounce a small amount of Ranger Alcohol Ink Lift thru the stencil.

Tip: Add a small amount of Alcohol Ink Lift to sponge.  Too much and it can seep under
the stencil.  Your background will dry very slowly too.  You can also use 97% or 99% 
Rubbing Alcohol to lift ink if you do not have the Ink Lift product.

Next I placed my card in MISTI and stamped Penny Black "Special Sentiment"
sentiment several times to get good coverage on the Gemund Woodland 110 # CS.

I was very pleased with the results.

My 2nd card using my Alcohol ink negative background!

I wanted to share what my original Alcohol Ink background looked like.  
I die cut the 1st bird in the area that was the lighter green.

I die cut 2 out of white craft foam and one out of SU Whisper
White 100# CS and stacked with Connect Glue.
Inlaid bird in background and attached at an angle.  Added sentiment and Done!

I did not use a stencil so this card is not for the challenge.  
I think both cards will make fun guy cards:-)

Hope you will be able to play in our CAS Stencil Card Challenge too.  Hugs..


Adding 1st card to STAMPlorations Anything Goes Challenge

Card #1:
Stamps: Penny Black "Special Sentiments".  
Inks: Ranger Alcohol Inks: Lemonade, butterscotch, Rust and Teakwood. Versafine Black ink. Ranger Alcohol Ink Lift.
Paper: Yupo, Gemund Woodland 110# CS. 
Accessories: CUTplorations Perched Bird Die.  White Craft Foam.  Gina K Connect Glue. Mini ink blender with sponge.  MISTI. Blending Solution.

Card #2:
Stamps: STAMPlorations Shirley Bee's Bird's of Paradise Sentiment.
Inks & Accessories: Same as Card #1
Paper: Yupo, SU Whisper White 100# CS.


  1. Two incredibly BEAUTIFUL cards them both!! :0)

  2. These are both beautiful, Nancy! Fantastic that your die-cut AI bird has all the perfect markings with the brown ink ... great job! And I LOVE the lift with the mosiac design stencil --- so very cool! Your second card is beautiful with the brown AI and white bird and background. The contrast is striking! xx

  3. Two really gorgeous cards, Nancy! I love how your technique added so much texture and dimension to the bird on the first card and how your white bird stands out so beautifully on the 2nd card! You did an amazing job with your lift technique, too...I'm so impressed! Barb xx

  4. Love your bird Nancy - both inked and white! Isn't it fun to see what you end up with when you mix and swirl the AI's! Two beautiful cards here! xx

  5. 2 beautiful cards Nancy. Love the cute AI birdie atop his branch - and the white bird looks fab against the lush background! x

  6. That background is really gorgeous. The colored bird is awesome.

  7. wow Nancy, both cards are absolutely gorgeous, I love how your lightened the colours with the stencil on your first card and the browns make the perfect background on the second. Love, Love, Love them :)

    1. Thank you Christine, I was pleased with how they turned out too:-) Hugs..

  8. Both are beautiful and eye-catching. Brilliant to line up the die so that the bird’s beak is brown. After seeing the AI panel on your second card... you did an incredible job with the lifting technique to bring out the other colors on it. xx

  9. The lifting technique has been so much fun this month and filled with artsy privacy:-) Thank you for your sweet comment. Hugs...

  10. Two beautiful cards. Love the effect you got with the first bird.
    Thank you for having me as guest designer - you have all been so kind and welcoming.

  11. Two stunning cards Nancy. Great job on the die cut bird, he looks amazing. I love the textured card you've used, it's the perfect backdrop xx

  12. Brilliant card Nancy, fabulous AI background and perfect for the bird die cut...Love that you made a second card...really like them both

  13. 2 great cards Nancy, the colouring and texture on the 1st bird is fabulous, brilliant job placing the die in just the right spots. Love that you showed the original background, it's amazing how lifting ink with the stencil changes things. Love the pop of the white bird against the gorgeous browns, Cathy x

  14. You couldn't have made a background any more perfect for this bird, Nancy! I love the way you've cut it so the bird looks so natural! Great idea to use the left over piece with the white die cut bird! Two fantastic cards, my friend!

  15. Love that coloring on that first bird! You must be thrilled with the placement of the die on that background. The coloring is perfect! I loved seeing your original background on your second card too. Beautiful!

  16. What fabulous cards, both of them. The initial alcohol inked background looks stunning and wow did you do a great job of die cutting out the bird and branch and getting the beak, back and branch just right. Such creativity and one stand out card for me x Great too that you got the two cards x

  17. I simply love this with the bird on the wood grain paper! It worked out perfectly the way you placed the die to get the coloration in just the right spots. The brown panel behind the white bird is beautiful, too, as I'm a fan of browns and earthy shades. Two absolutely wonderful cards, Nancy!

    1. Thank you Leslie. I was pleased how both cards turned out. I love the woodgrain paper you gave me a couple years ago as a Christmas gift:-) Hugs...

  18. Wow, both cards are CAS perfection and eye-catching, Nancy! I LOVE them! The colors and the lifted stenciled pattern make the bird look so realistic. Fantastic job of placing the bird die in just the right spots. The bright white woodgrain card base is perfect for the bird. And I love the contrast between the white bird die-cut and your gorgeous earthy AI background! So glad to see both positive and negative die-cuts of the AI background.
    Hugs.. Hideko

  19. Thank you Hideko...2 fun cards to make and they turned out just as I had hoped:-) Hugs...

  20. They are amazing Nancy... I'm in awe!

  21. Both cards are wonderful, but I especially love the second one with that thick white bird in front of your wonderful background - just stunning!


Thank you so much for visiting and leaving your much appreciated comments! Hugs....Nancy