DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial, Video

Taco Tuesday – Puerto Rican Taino Symbols and Alcohol ink

Hello crafty friends!

It seems this week started with a sprint. And we are already on our third feature for the Taco Tuesday series posts.

Today’s cards were motivated by my upcoming trip to the island of Puerto Rico, where my family is from. Our ancestors, the native Taínos used hieroglyphics to depict life. Using two recognized symbols as inspiration, Coqui (a frog native to the island) and Sol (the sun) I created these 2 special cards.

For the background I used alcohol inks with alcohol blending solution to create a soft look that did not take anything away from the presence of the symbols.

Once the backgrounds and images were complete, I adhered them to the card bases over a piece of foam sheet to give it dimension. As a final touch I embellished each card with sequins and a bit of Wink of Stella.

A full video for how these cards were made can be found on YouTube (https://youtu.be/quEHMx5gI2w)

SUPPLIES

Paper:

  • Glossy cardstock – Stampland (5 1/4 x 4″, 2 pcs)
  • Burgandy and light blue cardstock (5 1/2 x 8″ scored and folded at 4 1/4″)
  • Foam sheet – Oriental Trading Company (a bit smaller than the glossy cardstock)

Color:

  • Alcohol ink by Ranger Tim Holtz series in Clover and Pink Sherbet
  • Universal permanent ink marker – fine

Tools:

  • Darice dream sequins
  • Tim Holtz blending tool
  • Gluedots
  • Xyron Megarunner ATG
  • Fiskars paper trimmer
  • Bone folder
  • Micron marker #0.3

These cards are very special to me and I am sure I will use them for a special someone. I did not include a sentiment so they can apply to any occasion and any gender. I hope this post sparked some creative inspiration.

Until next time XoXo

DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial, Video

Throwback Thursday – Vintage cards and Alcohol Inks

Hello crafty friends!

It’s TBT AKA Li’l Friday!

For this throwback Thursday post I decided to go vintage. I also really wanted to use my alcohol inks which I have not shown love to in a while!

In the video for today I go through a few techniques I like to use with alcohol inks. I am by no means an expert! I have played around with these inks and learned from other crafters to better understand the dynamics of this medium. There are also many more techniques that can be applied to the use of alcohol inks other than what I have done here.

I have seen the use of gelli plates for transferring alcohol inks. I don’t have a gelli plate so I created my own transferrable palette using a piece of cardboard covered with cling wrap and coated with antibacterial gel.

For the blending tool I have felt pads. However, any felt will do. The best paper for alcohol inks is Yupo paper which I also do not have so I used glossy cardstock and that works just fine.

After playing with several techniques I use two of my backgrounds to create vintage cards with a Mother’s Day theme.

SUPPLIES (for the cards only):

Paper:

  • Glossy cardstock – Stampland
  • Precut patterned blank A2 card – Recollections
  • Sand color cardstock – Recollections
  • doilies – my stash
  • tags – my stash
  • Pattern scrap paper
  • Vintage image ATCs – Memories in the Making: ATC Collection Quotes by mom

Color:

  • Adirondack Alcohol ink by Tim Holtz in Caramel and Stream
  • Adirondack Alcohol blending solution by Tim Holtz
  • Distress Ink by Tim Holtz in Old Paper

Tools:

  • Cardboard
  • Cling wrap
  • Scotch tape
  • Westcott nonstick KleenEarth Scissors
  • Fiskars paper trimmer
  • EK Success precision scissors
  • Antibacterial gel
  • Brayer – Speedball
  • Blending tool  – Tim Holtz
  • Scalloped Edging scissors – my stash
  • Corner rounder – my stash
  • Scrap twine
  • Bone folder
  • ScorTape
  • Foam Tape
  • TomBow glue
  • Glue dots
  • Enamel dots – Recollections