Love It or Trash It?

This seems to be a question I’m asking myself a lot lately! Do I love it, or trash it?  Trying something new usually ends up in a lot of ‘trash it’ results. On the other hand, you don’t want to give up too easily. This is one of those cards that I can’t decide if I should’ve given up on! Let me know what you think.


Okay, so you know I’ve been learning & playing a lot with alcohol inks lately. I haven’t used the Alcohol Lift Ink in a while (you can see examples where I used in HERE). Previously, I used it with stencils. This time, I thought I’d try it with a stamp.

To start, I poured & blew 3 colours of alcohol ink onto a panel of Yupo. I chose Ranger Flamingo, Wild Plum and Amethyst, to use with the Botan Peony stamp by Picket Fence Studios. Next, I set up the panel in my MISTI, inked up the stamp with the Alcohol Lift Ink, and stamped several times. Well, I thought it would work, because the lines on the stamp are quite thick. It’s not an intricate detail stamp. But – it just looked like a hot mess. I was ready to trash it.


I liked the colours, so I thought I’d try to cover up the poor lifting. I stamped the Botan Peony image in Nocturne ink onto Vellum, and heat set it. Then, after hand cutting, I laid it over where I tried the ink lift.  *ugh* Nope – definitely do not love it. Again, ready to trash it.  My Scottish heritage didn’t want me to waste a piece of Yupo (I’m ‘thrifty’, not ‘cheap’! LOL).  So….


If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! That’s the saying, right?! Okay – so here it is.

Love It or Trash It?

I set up the panel into the MISTI again, and stamped the peony in StazOn ink. When stamping onto alcohol inks, and a non porous surface like Yupo, you have to use an alcohol based ink. And I only have StazOn in black – so there it is.

Adding more lipstick to this pig, I added some foil in the areas where the ink was still ‘sticky’. Then, the sentiment from MFT Well, Hello stamp set was added onto a strip across the bottom.


Or should I have trashed it? Cut my losses, so to speak! Maybe ‘love’ is too strong of word; “it’s okay” would probably be the strongest sentiment I’d attach to it!

Love It or Trash It?

Well, now you know the truth! Real life disasters happen even in daily blogging life! I promise that I have much more appealing projects to share with you over the rest of this week! Thanks for hanging in there with me, if you’re still reading this!


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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

2 thoughts on “Love It or Trash It?

  1. Hola, Deb! I think we’re on a roll…..I have been receiving your blog posts. I’m afraid to move. ha-ha Hope you are well. USE THE GIFT CARD!! =)

    1. Ha ha!! It’s because I didn’t have this post scheduled either, Marisela! I wrote & posted it in the same day 🙂 I’m glad that you’re getting them though – I hope you’re enjoying the posts 🙂

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