Step 1: Let’s get started. Select several different colors of Alcohol Ink and Alcohol Blending Solution. The colors I used were Dandelion, Limeade, Patina, Aquamarine and Flamingo. Working on a Non-Stick Craft Sheet, drip Alcohol Inks onto Alcohol Ink Yupo White Heavystock sheet. I dripped lightest to darkest in each color family. Add a few drops of Alcohol Blending Solution to felt on Alcohol Ink Blending Tool. Then, tap…tap…tap the felt tool onto the colorized Yupo Heavystock until you achieve the amount of Alcohol Ink color blending you desire.
Step 2: I selected the large floral from the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Glorious Bouquet CMS325 stamp set. Ink stamp with Alcohol Lift Ink and stamp leaf onto Yupo Heavystock. Blot off the image a couple of times on the Yupo Heavystock, then buff off the extra ink with a soft cloth.
Step 3: Then stamp the lifted ink onto smooth side of Distress Watercolor Cardstock. (Side Note) If you have similar stamp placement on both Yupo and Watercolor Cardstock, you can achieve a fun repeat pattern look when assembling card. Clean stamp between stampings with Archival Ink Cleaner, to ensure your Alcohol Lift-Ink Pad stays as clean as possible.
Step 4: Here’s a little trick…if you have portions of your stamped image that are not as prominent as you would like, restamp in light colored Archival Ink. Ink stamp using the lightest Distress Permanent Mixed Media Ink Palette (Hickory Smoke) with a Brayer. Then restamp in same position as before. A stamp positioner would make this step much easier.
Step 5: Swirl a little Pumice Stone Distress Ink onto floral background panel, using an Ink Blending Tool with Foam. To give your card panel a distressed look. Spritz a little water onto the stamped panel. Squeeze the trigger of the Distress Sprayer gently to release larger droplets of water onto panel. Then dry with Heat Tool. Splatter a little Pumice Stone Distress Spray Stain by unscrewing the spray nozzle and flicking color onto panel. Then dry with Heat Tool. Assemble an A2 kraft card base with silver metallic kraft panel and stamped background panel, using Distress Collage Medium. Trim Yupo Heavystock to 1 3/4 x 4 3/4, then cut ^ to create the banner. Then cut a slightly larger banner from Idea-ology Textured Surfaces burlap. Attach with Distress Collage Medium.
Step 6: Tie off bow to banner using Eclectic Elements Craft Thread. Die cut the top layer of the “thanks” shadow script 2 using Idea-ology black Classic Kraft-Stock. Then die cut the shadow portion of “thanks” using the silver from the Idea-ology Paper Stash Metallic Kraft. Sand the layering panel and shadow “thanks” with sanding grip on scrap paper to expose kraft. Attach the top portion of the “thanks” to the shadow portion, along with banner using Distress Collage Medium.
I hope you give this technique a try, it’s really a lot of fun!