It’s release day at Stampers Delights and we an adorable digi to play with from this new kawaii release. You can see the new release images further down this post, plus lots of information and inspiration in the release post here. I used the Marker Pals set to create this cute card.
I started by printing the images onto some alcohol marker friendly paper and die cutting them with a heart die. I later coloured the images with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers. It ended up a bit messier than I would prefer due to my wrist.
For the background I started with a piece of vellum cut to 4 and 1/4 by 5 1/2 inches. This is the same size as my card base. I then chose a number of alcohol inks. I wanted a rainbows selection of colours so I made sure I had a red, an orange, a yellow, a green, and a blue. I don’t have a purple ink, so I thought I would try mixing the red and blue to make a purple. The colours I used were Coral, Sunset Orange, Sunshine Yellow, Pistachio, and Stream. I also used the Alcohol Blending Solution. I did later bring in an Alcohol Pearl in the colour Intrigue which is a kind of pink colour which I used to enhance the purple I made, although it mostly ended up hidden anyway.
I created the background working one colour at a time. I started with the Coral for my red colour and placed one drop where I wanted it to go. I added a drop of the Alcohol Blending Solution on top of the Coral and used an air puffer to move the ink around. I repeated this with each of the colours working around in rainbow order, although I did stop using the Alcohol Blending Solution as it didn’t seem to be necessary. After I had added the Stream for my blue, I needed to create a purple. To do this I put a drop of the Stream and a drop of the Coral on top of each other, then again blew with my air puffer. This actually seemed to make a darker blue rather than a purple which I hadn’t expected so this is when I bought in the Intrigue to try and make it more of a purple colour. It did somewhat work but I decided I didn’t want too much of the shimmer as none of the other colours have any shimmer, so I ended up not adding very much of that. I continued working through adding the colours until I was happy with how the background looked. I then set it aside to dry.
Once the ink background was dry, which didn’t take very long, I turned it into a sticker of sorts by putting a large piece of double sided tape to completely cover the back of the vellum. As the vellum is completely covered the adhesive won’t show through at all. And then adhered the vellum panel to my card base making sure I had it perfectly lined up. I opened the card up and used my bone folder on the back of the front flap of the card to make sure that the panel was pressed fully into place. Doing it on the inside rather than directly on the panel meant that the bone folder wouldn’t smudge any alcohol ink if it wasn’t quite dry.
With the background in place all I needed to do was add my focal element and sentiment. I used Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue to adhere the heart down. I also used it for my sentiment, which I had white heat embossed onto black card and fussy cut around.
And that’s my card! Despite the difficulties with the colouring because of my hand, I do really like how this card turned out. I think the alcohol ink background is really fun and works well with the images. What do you think?
I hope you found this inspiring as a way to use some of the new release images. There’s more inspiration from the team in the release blog post or on their own pages at the links below.
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Dragonfly Dreams – Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes
Spectrum Noir Challenge – Anything Goes
The House That Stamps Built – Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
Kawaii Release Team:
Charlotte <- that’s me! –