Good morning! Today I’m hopping along to celebrate the Diecember release from Simon Says Stamp!! I shared my first Diecember card yesterday and today I’m sharing eight cards along with a video! I know, I know…I never make this many cards at once…but you’ll see how easy it is and you’ll make a ton, too! 😉
You can watch the video below or in HD at my Youtube channel:
Alcohol inks are making a comeback in a BIG way these days and I wanted to try using them as I see alcohol ink artists use them on big canvases on instagram! I’m not a fan of using the felt blending pads…they never really seem to give me the effect I want and all the colors blend together too much for my liking. I follow several alcohol ink artists on instagram and I love the way they put droplets on a canvas, blow them around, and then add more colors. It seems like a very free-flowing organic process and I figured there’s no reason I can’t do something similar for a card, right? So basically I used that concept but on a much smaller surface, a 9×12 piece of yupo paper. I used alcohol inks in indigo, denim, turquoise, amethyst, pool, and sailboat blue. Off camera I used those colors with pitch black alcohol ink on one piece of paper and then on camera I used those colors with silver mixative for a brighter, sparkly look. After the inks dried I splattered the yupo paper with copic opaque white paint to create the look of snow across a wintery night sky. I let that dry as well and then cut up the 9×12 paper to create a variety of cards!
For the first two cards I simply cut 4″ by 5.25″ inch panels of the alcohol ink background and adhered them to a white card base. Then I die-cut the Bliss, Joy, and Felicity snowflakes using the new glitter paper from Simon Says Stamp and adhered them to the panels. Finally I die-cut the sentiments from older SSS releases and adhered them over the snowflakes. I used two layers of white cardstock on the lighter card and a layer of blue glitter over a layer of white cardstock on the darker card.
I mention this in the video but either of these backgrounds could be used for galaxy cards or underwater scenes! Lots of ways to use these fun backgrounds for a variety of cards! 😉
For this card I die-cut the Sensational Snowflakes from white cardstock and reserved the snowflakes. Then I adhered the alcohol inked background behind the white cardstock and adhered two white snowflakes on top. Finally I added a die-cut sentiment using the silver glitter paper!
My next card uses the pretty Picture Book Tree die! Again I die-cut it from a white card panel, adhered the alcohol inked background behind it and finished it with a glittery sentiment!
This card uses the same Sensational Snowflakes Collage die I used on my card yesterday but this time it’s backed by the alcohol inked panel. I stamped the sentiment from Christmas Essentials with versamark, heat-embossed it with silver embossing powder, and then popped it up with foam mounting tape.
The rest of my cards follow a similar layout just using different sections of the alcohol inked background. I love how unique all the cards look even though they’re using the same panel! I hope these cards give you some ideas for how to incorporate alcohol inked backgrounds into your card designs. And if you don’t have alcohol inks…you could easily create a similar look with a watercolored background, color burst sprinkled background, or a distress ink blended background…or even by using patterned paper or glitter paper! I used only a small portion of the amazing dies that Simon Says Stamp just released for Diecember so make sure to head over and check out the full release! What’s your favorite one?
And what’s a hop without a giveaway, right? Simon Says Stamp has generously offered a $25 gift card to EVERY stop on the hop!! All you need to do is visit and leave a comment on each blog. The winners will be randomly selected from each blog and announced on the Simon Says Stamp blog! There’s also a second blog hop tomorrow with even more inspiration and giveaways so don’t forget to check that out! In case you encounter a broken link here is the full hop list for today:
- Simon Says Stamp Blog
- Jennifer McGuire
- Kristina Werner
- Debby Hughes
- Amanda Korotkova
- Jessica Frost-Ballas —> You are here!
- Kathy Racoosin
- Bibi Cameron
- Heather Hoffman
- Barb Engler
- Sarah Moerman
- Anna Kossakovskaya
Good luck! If this is your first time visiting my blog I hope you’ll come back again! You can subscribe to my blog via the sidebar on the right or find me on Instagram and Youtube. Thanks for visiting and have a fabulous day! Happy Hopping!
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Kristie Goulet says
Gorgeous, Jess! Loving the use of alcohol inks!
Erica B says
Love the backgrounds. Just beautiful
ruby n says
Wow these are gorgeous!
Barbara Chmura says
Love that blue and white combination!
Deb Shoemaker says
I love love love what you did with alcohol inks. Your inspiration has made me want to dive into them thank you.
Cindy Thick says
I love that background. your cards are gorgeous.
Eve Nelson says
Love how you used the new dies to make a lot of white space on the card, allowing the vibrant alcohol ink backgrounds to really shine.
Patt H. says
Jess, your backgrounds are magical! Love how you used small pieces to back those gorgeous die cuts & got so much use out of just 2 inked pieces! No waste here!! My wish list is super full now. Hope I get a lot of craft cash for Christmas!
Michele F says
Really gorgeous, Jess! Thanks for the bonus concert during the video! ;]
Stephanie Wexler says
I love the night sky as a background. Really draws out the intricate elements of the snow themed dies.
Love that technique! The tree die w/ ‘believe’ is my favorite 🙂
Amy Cooley says
Beautiful! I enjoyed watching your technique in creating this card.
These are beautiful creative colors.
Carrie Erickson says
Hi Jess! Love your cards. So different. I love the one where you die cut out the snowflakes from the alcohol inked paper. So great! Thanks for sharing!
So mesmerizing! Now I just have to find my alcohol inks!
Jo Aubrey says
Beautiful backgrounds! Love the alcohol inks technique!
Linda Mc says
Diecember is so much fun and I’m still working my way through the Kindness Video Online Classes so it’s double the fun. That you for the inspiration these dies and alcohol inks!
Karen B says
The alcohol ink backbrounds were fantastic with your choice of dies. Love the look.
Rikka Dick says
Lovely! I need to use my alcohol inks more!
stacey lovespaper says
Love your background!! It is gorgeous!! Perfect with the tress and snowflake dies!
Marsha Guskey says
Lovely cards with beautiful backgrounds! Thanks!
Mary W says
Attention grabbing – they steal the show – look at me, cards! Thanks for the video and this wonderful assortment of gorgeous cards!
joy meadows says
Love the alcohol ink background, Jessica! It brings so much magic to the new dies and in a very easy way, too. Thanks for the video.
Linnea Sundstrom says
wow! the extra dark pieces are perfect the way you used them!
SANDYA DASAI says
Those backgrounds are breathtaking. Rich and vibrant colors just make you take notice! I love how you created a similar background for all your cards and just put the die cut snowflakes and scene in front. I think it’s a great way to mass produce in a quick and efficient way!
Wow love the vibrant background peeking through the die cut foreground
Vicki Briggs says