Sunday, 8 July 2018


I haven't posted much lately as I've had my sister visiting from Toronto.  We had a lovely time and I was sad to see her go home.  I made today's card to send to her.  It says "Just to say" on the front and inside it says "I'm glad we're sisters".

This month's Flower Challenge inspired me.

I went with blues of course since they are my favourite colour (and my sister loves blue too).

My background used a technique inspired by this post by Magouille.  She also includes a video.  In a nutshell, here's what you do: 

Create an alcohol ink background on Yupo and let dry.  Place stencil over top and using a small sponge dauber, dip into blending solution.  Blot off excess blending solution and then pounce dauber over stencil to remove colour.  Make sure all areas are done before removing stencil.  You can dry off the stencil and move to another location and repeat.

I then stamped "Just to say" in blue Staz-On on the bottom corner that hadn't been completely covered by the alcohol inks, mounted it on a very narrow white border and then on fun foam, used a blue card base, and topped off with a white die cut.

Here's a close-up:

I love this technique and also the way the Tim Holtz wildflower stencil and dies go together so well.

Stamps - Chocolate Baroque sentiment
Ink - StazOn Midnight Blue
Paper - blue and white cs, Yupo
Size - A2
Accessories - various blue alcohol inks, alcohol ink blending solution, Tim Holtz Wildflower stencil and die, fun foam


  1. so glad you had a good visit with your sister :). Love your Yupo background and the delicate flower images from the stencil. I still need to master this technique and find the right stencils.

  2. So special to have the time with your sister. I LOVE this technique. So cool with the alcohol inks removed from the stencil. Your sister will love this card! xx

  3. Ooooohhh... GORGEOUS, Susan! What a fab colour! 💙 And a fab technique! Love it! xx
    Sweet card for your sister. She will love this!

  4. Awesome background using the alcohol inks Susan. A real beauty.

  5. Beautiful Alcohol Ink background with your taking ink off technique using blending solution and a stencil. Your sister is going to love your card and your sentiments. TFS my friend. BTW..Denny and I LOVED your grandma's scones recipe:-) Hugs..

  6. The effect on this is fabulous, Susan and love that gorgeous shade of blue. Before I read your post I sat here and wondered how you did that. Not sure I had heard of this before but it certainly looks fun to try. Thanks again for the inspiration!

  7. So eye eye catching, love the vibrant colours of blue and that technique looks amazing. The crisp white die cut looks great too. Glad you had such a lovely time with your Sister x.

  8. This is beautiful, Susan! It looks like the flowers are reflected in a pool! I've never been able to remove that much alcohol ink. You've inspired me to try again!

  9. Sounds like an interesting technique, Susan! The effect is gorgeous! Love the shades of blue and the crisp white die-cut wildflowers & the narrow border! I'm glad you had a great time with your sister. She will love this card and appreciate your love for her. Hideko xx

  10. Love the blues in your card. Such a pretty background and fun technique! Thanks for playing along with us at The Flower Challenge.

  11. This is a vision in blue! It turned out beautifully, Susan! I have to give this technique another go. I'm so glad you and your sister were able to add another chapter of happy memories! She will cherish your card!! Hugs, Darnell

  12. your card looks amazing it done in the blue of course! Glad you had a wonderful time together.
    xx Karen


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