Hi everyone, Tara here! I will admit it right now - my niche is not in paper-crafting. Normally, when I play with my Sizzix Big Shot machine, I am dreaming up home decor, jewelry, or more recently - quilting projects.
When I opened up my package of Lori Whitlock's new gorgeous Thinlits designs - Hello Doily and For the Birds - I fell in love with the sweet little bird who perched atop a branch. Despite my fear of them in the air or on the ground, I am a sucker for all-things-bird.
I grabbed some white cardstock and started cranking out some cuts.
This Hello Doily die is easily my favourite. The possibilities for it are endless. I wanted to cut out a dozen of them, and then sit mini cupcakes atop them. I know, somehow I always circle back to a tea party, don't I?
I wasn't exactly sure what I was going to do with my die cuts, but then I remembered my small stash of alcohol inks.
I started playing with different ink combinations and blended them atop the cardstock. I tried a blending pad and also various pieces of felt - they both worked really well at transferring the ink to the paper.
I grabbed a small piece of gold adhesive vinyl and cut out a feather and a "joy" die cut.
And here is where I did some learning about card making: it's all about editing.
I am most definitely a "less is more" person. I prefer simple designs and clean lines.
The feathers were overkill. I immediately regretted them.
Thankfully, adhesive vinyl peels off most surfaces, and so in an instant....
... they were gone.
This card is a simple one: just a little blue bird singing out his joy. But it is a project that has given me an appetite for alcohol inks. I'm already imagining what my next piece will be.
Other Materials Used:
- White Cardstock
- An assortment of alcohol inks (I used Ranger and Adirondack)
- Blending tool or pieces of felt
- Glue dots
- Gold Adhesive Vinyl