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".

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Holly over Alcohol Inks

52 Christmas Card Countdown has a Sketch Challenge right now, not usually a kind of challenge I enjoy, but I saw the sketch and immediately had an idea.

I thought of one of my new-ish dies and decided it would work perfectly with an interesting staggering of the three top panels.

I dropped several different colours of green alcohol inks along with a bit of dark yellow and gold mixative onto Yupo until I had a background I was happy with.  I layered my holly die cut over it and put fun foam on the back.

I stamped the sentiment on an A2 card base and added a strip of gold Starform Outline sticker between it and the panel.  I then looked at it and decided the proportions were all off - I'd set everything too high on the card base and it looked top heavy in a bad way.  So I chopped the bottom off and ended up with a strange-sized card - 4.25" across and 4.6" high.  I like it so much better!  I'll hopefully be able to make an envelope using my envelope punch board (and use it as a card that I'll hand deliver).

Thanks for taking a look!

Stamps - Paper Smooches sentiment
Ink - ColorBox Evergreen, various alcohol inks
Paper - white cs, Yupo
Size - 5.6x4.25"
Accessories - Simon Says Stamp Holly Triptych die, clear embossing powder, gold mixative, gold Starform Outline sticker, fun foam


  1. A beautiful piece of alcohol ink, Susan! So perfect for the holly die cut! I love the narrow gold sticker that divides the panel!

  2. Your gorgeous alcohol ink panels stole the whole show on this card! Wow, those are gorgeous. Love the white die cut over them and absolutely love this design.

  3. Gorgeous card Susan. Love the beautiful AI with white holly branch. The gold stripe dividing the panel from your sentiment is a great design. xx

  4. Fantastic, I love this interpretation. The white against the rich colours is beautiful. Thanks for being inspired and joining in at 52CCT

  5. gorgeous colours for your AI panel and love that die it allows the colours to pop :)

  6. What a stunning effect...great colours of alcohol inks and that die is gorgeous x

  7. Congratulations, we have chosen you as our winner at 52CCT this week. We'd like to invite you to be our guest designer so please contact me if you would like to take part. Alison x

  8. Beautiful AI background, Susan! Love it with the added gold. Great design. Had you not mentioned the adjusted size, would have never known. xx

  9. Gorgeous Alcohol Ink rectangles for your die cut holly. Your design is perfect for the sketch challenge.
    P.S. Congratulations on your win, my friend. Hugs..


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