A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Friday 9 September 2016

Acetate Star with Alcohol Ink

I've really been enjoying experimenting with alcohol inks in the last few months.  For today's card, I took a die cut acetate star and dripped a couple of shades of red alcohol ink onto it.  Then I added a couple of drops of gold mixative.  Love the end result!!

To turn it into a card, I made a background with a stencil and gilding flakes, die cut it into a circle, then die cut a slightly larger gold circle to border it.

I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment that I love to use with star-themed cards.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps - Great Impressions sentiment
Ink - ColorBox Gold, red alcohol inks
Paper - white and gold cs
Size - 4.25" square
Accessories - star die cut, scrap of acetate packaging, circle dies, gold mixative, gold embossing powder, TCW stencil, gilding flakes


  1. Nice one! The star looks great along with the background.

  2. Nice one! The star looks great along with the background.

  3. This is so amazing!! I LOVE the acetate star with alcohol inks. Such a fantastic technique Susan. And the star looks gorgeous with the gilding flake stenciled background. So much inspiration!! xx

  4. Wow loving this card. The star looks amazing and loving all the gold...fabulous x

  5. I'm blown away by this one, that star is amazing, can't wait to see it IRL.

  6. OMG Susan, every golden detail is just amazing my friend! I can just imagine how even more gorgeous your Alcohol Ink and mixative on your star, gilded flakes stenciling and gold cs frame are in real life! Wow!!! Loved your sentiment too. TFS Hugs, nancy

  7. This star is GORGEOUS! The colors have blended so beautifully and it has such rich colors! Love how you've done the background and the gold circle frame! And that sentiment is so perfect!

  8. I also love the end result of your experiment. This card is very beautiful. Wonderful inspiration.

  9. Susan, what a lovely card. The gold gilding flakes are amazing - how do you adhere them to the cardstock - is it with the gold fixative? I have not heard of that before. The alcohol inks on the acetate are so vibrant too. I can see I need to buy some alcohol inks now...
    Angela R

    1. Angela, to adhere the gilding flakes, I use IndigoBlu FlitterGlue (specially made for gilding flakes). Squirt glue out onto a piece of wax paper, and then pick it up with a sponge or a piece of Tim Holtz Cut-n-dry foam and dab over the stencil. Don't add too thick a coat of glue. If the glue is thick, you need to wait for it to dry until it is just tacky, not wet. Then add the gilding flakes. Make sure to wash the stencil right away after removing it from your card stock.

  10. Hi Susan, popped over from Loll's blog and am aso glad I did. This card is amazing! Love what you've done with the alcohol inks and the golden background looks perfect with it, Cathy x


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