The Love Tree with MISTI and JOY CLAIR STAMPS

Hi there friends!  I’m here today using Misti and Joy Clair to show you something I made using alcohol inks.  Alcohol ink has really been around awhile.  I’ve used it for years, and while it was not used much in recent years, it is back and very trendy!


Let’s talk about how I made this card.  The first thing is I used glossy cardstock (not YUPO paper).  Alcohol ink on glossy cardstock does not move as much, and since I wanted a bit more control over where the ink went, I used glossy cardstock that I had in my stash. (for many, many years I might add!)

I stamped the beautiful Love Tree outline from Joy Clairstamps in versamark using my MISTI stamping tool.  You don’t have to have a MISTI, but it really helps as you do not want to smear the ink on this glossy card.  I heat embossed the tree in gold embossing powder.

I put some alcohol ink on a plate (just a few drops) and then I used an older fine paint brush (nothing fancy or special, just an older, cheap one) to “paint” my tree with Teakwood alcohol ink.  I needed to add some dimension so, I dropped a little blending solution on the plate, and added it a little at a time.  I used watermelon ink to fill in the heart sections on the tree.

For the background, I used a totally different technique.  I dropped a few colors of blue (Sky, Turquoise, Stream) onto a felt pad and then dabbed it on with an ink blending tool.  I didn’t like how it looked at first, so then I added some blending solution to my felt pad, and moved the ink around until I got the look I wanted.  I also created a line of grass along the bottom, using Limeade alcohol ink.

I used my heat gun to dry the ink.  I am very careful to use the heat sparingly, as this stuff is flammable, and I also don’t want to warp my paper.

I stamped the greeting in versamark (again using the MISTI for precision) and heat embossed it in gold.

The Love tree set from Joy Clair includes these bunches of hearts that make adorable leaves.  So, I stamped those with red pigment ink, and clear embossed those, and the birds were stamped in black pigment ink and embossed in black.

That's it for today!  I plan on using more alcohol ink in the near future!  Please leave me a comment and follow me so you don't miss anything!


Rainbow Hello card using Joy Clair and MISTI

Hi again!  I'm back again with another fun card from Joy Clair stamps using my fabulous MISTI tool.

To make this card, I used my MISTI to stamp the floral from Joy Clair Hearts and Smiles set with Versamark ink, and then I white heat embossed the image.  I loosely water colored the card panel using some Distress inks and a water brush.  I stamped the Hello Sunshine from Joy Clair Hello Sentiments set in Versafine black, and then added a few jewels (in rainbow order of course) to my card.

That's it for today, it is a LOVELY day here where I am, so I am going to go out and enjoy it!


Cute birthday card using Spellbinders dies

Hi there Crafty friends!  I'm here today to show you something a little different from me....a fun card made with dies from Spellbinders.

I started by making a background from some distress oxide inks.  I die cut the adorable Die Delights Robots and the Nuts and Bolts from Spellbinders out of cardstock.  I colored them all quickly with Copic markers and added details using my gel pens.  I adhered them all to my colored background.  I embossed the greeting  with white embossing powder.

That's it for this card.  It really came together quite quickly.
Have a great day!


Altenew Layered Floral dies

Hi there friends!  I have a trio of cards today that were so fun to make!  I recently got these Rose Flurries layered dies from Altenew and could not wait to try them out. 

The first thing I did was cut out a bunch of them and color them all with Copics.  Any markers will work for this.  I was not careful about coloring, I did not shade anything, I just colored each layer a different color from that color family.  I assembled all of them and was left with this pile of pretty flowers! 

I used the Altenew Wood pallet background to make the simple rustic backdrop that would show off these flowers.    On the blue and pink card, I just used the palette as one piece, but on the red one, I cut off each board, and used the line and nail head stamps to give it a more realistic look.  I mounted each "Plank" separately on another piece of cardstock.
I arranged them on each card, glued them down, and added a pretty sentiment to each of them.  I just love how they turned out.


Which one is your favorite?

Here is a list of supplies – the link will take you to a store, but these are NOT affiliate links. (just fyi) 
And that’s it for today.  Thank you so much for looking and please leave me a comment!



Sending Hugs with Joy Clair and MISTI

Hello crafty friends!  Today I'm sharing a quick card featuring two stamp sets from Joy Clair stamps.

To make this card I used my MISTI stamping tool to ink up the Hugs and Smiles set from Joy Clair stamps with Memento Ink.  I colored the flowers with my Copic markers.  I left my stamp in the MISTI and re-stamped my image over my coloring so I had a beautiful dark image.  I fussy cut around the edge of this whimsical floral design.

For the background, I used the Wood Background from Joy Clair stamps.  I inked this with a very soft grey ink and then I re stamped, using my MISTI, adding touches of a very light pink ink here and there.  I love the look of the distressed wood background with multiple colors.

I trimmed down the background and then mounted on coordinating card stock to compliment my coloring.  I added simple white twine and the greeting.  Finally, I embellished the card using Tonic Nuvo clear drops and a white gel pen.

That's it for now...until next time!