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!