EASY ECLIPSE CARD TECHNIQUE
Welcome to Wednesday, my stamping friend! Normally, I’d be here with a new card for the Paper Craft Crew Design Team challenge. However, last week’s sketch is a 2 week challenge – so you still have time to play along! If you missed that post, you can see it HERE, along with the sketch, and links to join. Today I’d like to share an easy Eclipse Card technique with you.
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Today’s card features alcohol inks and blending solution, Yupo paper, and some die cutting.
I had such fun with the alcohol ink and silver mixative! I was going for a marbled look – I think it turned out pretty well!
CREATE YOUR BACKGROUND
First, cut a panel of Yupo paper to 4″ x 5 1/4″. If you haven’t used it before, Yupo is actually a man-made synthetic ‘paper’ that does not absorb the alcohol ink. This makes it perfect for creating these backgrounds. Choose your alcohol ink colour or colours. I chose to use just one colour, called Patina, and add the Silver Mixative. First, add some drops of the Patina alcohol ink onto the Yupo paper, and move it around. You can do this by tilting your panel, blowing with a straw, or using an air puffer that photographers use (that’s what I use, so I don’t get dizzy!). To keep the ink flowing, add some Alcohol Blending Solution. Just keep in mind that the blending solution also lightens the intensity of the ink colour. Now, add drops of the Silver Mixative between the Patina ink, adding more blending solution to move it about. Keep doing this until you’re happy with your panel. Then, set it aside to completely dry. This won’t take long, as the alcohol ink dries very quickly. To speed up the process, you can use a heat tool.
DIE CUT YOUR LETTERS
Once your panel is dry, die cut the letters from the panel. Place the dies on top of the panel, and hold them in place with some Thermo Web Purple Tape, if necessary. Next, die cut the letters twice more from white cardstock, and layer them together with liquid glue, attaching the inked letters on the very top. Attach a panel of white cardstock to the back of your die cut alcohol ink panel. While I was debating on which foam tape to use to attach the die cut letters, I remembered about these adhesive foam sheets I recently bought! So, I die cut the letters again from the white adhesive sheet, and used them to attach the letters into the die cut openings. These worked perfectly; they gave a bit of extra height to the letters, and since they’re die cut to the same shape, you don’t see any extra ugly adhesive sticking out!
FINISH OFF YOUR CARD FRONT
Stamp the sentiment from the Blah,Blah, Blah stamp set from Honeybee Stamps onto a strip of white cardstock. Layer it on top of a slimmer strip of silver cardstock, and attach them both above the die cut word on the panel, with foam tape. Next, finish off your card front by adding a few sequins or other small embellishments; I used some silver metallic hearts from my stash.
This card looks like a lot of time was spent creating it – but the secret is ours! Alcohol ink dries very quickly, and die cutting is also quick & easy. I think the part that takes the longest is choosing which colours to use. If you’d like to give this easy eclipse card technique and need some supplies, I’ve included some links below for your shopping ease.
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