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):


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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
DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial, Video

Taco Tuesday – Feliz Dia De Mama

Hello crafty friends!

Mother’s day is just around the corner and I wanted to be sure to create a few Spanish cards for the occasion.

I have never been very “girly” and wanted to create simple,  modern, minimal frills cards.

For these cards I also used older patterned paper I had and I tried to use as much of the paper I cut as I could.

I sometimes sketch card layouts to have premade templates to create from but with these cards I just played around with the paper and composition until I felt happy with the results.



  • Precut and folded pattern blank A2 size card – Recollections
  • Black cardstock – Recollections (Top fold 4 1/4 x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″)
  • Coral cardstock – Recollections (Top fold 4 1/4 x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″)
  • Kraft cardstock – Recollections (4  x 5 1/4″, Strip for fishtail banner, any size would do)
  • Cream cardstock – my stash (4 x 5 1/4″, 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ strip)
  • Hand painted paper – my stash (4 x 5 1/4″, 2 pieces)
  • Floral diecuts – my stash
  • Beige texture paper – my stash
  • Screenprint pattern paper – Recollections (3 3/4″ x 5″)


  • Versafine Onyx black archival ink pad
  • Micron Marker – #02
  • Clear letter stamps – my stash
  • Foam tape
  • ScorTape
  • Tombow glue
  • Glue dots
  • Darice Dream sequins
  • Fiskars paper trimmer
  • Westcott nonstick KleenEarth scissors
  • EK Success precision scissors
  • Heart hole punch – my stash

I like that the cards are not over the top or too frilly and girly. I hope this post sparked creative inspiration. And may all the beautiful moms out there enjoy an amazing and well deserved day!

Until next time XoXo!


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