Hey, using Neat & Tangled

Hello, thank you for taking the time to pop over, today I’m sharing a card that uses the co-ordinating dies to frame the stamped images. For this card I’m using the Neat & Tangled set Better Together, which is so very very sweet.  

Above: I start off  by selecting the position of each child, stamping the girl in the front first, then masking her off before stamping the children either side. 

Above: next up I decided instead of a traditional one layer card, I wanted to frame the images with the co-ordinating dies. In hindsight, I would have die cut the already stamped images and then simply stamped them through the framed panel.

But no, I went about it in a completely round about way. So what I did was, using a piece of vellum (a sturdy thick piece of vellum) and laid it over the stamped images and lined up the dies as needed. I then put the vellum with the dies secure in place over the top of a piece of Fog Gray cardstock and die cut them together. 

Above: using Copic Sketch Markers I coloured in the images, added finishing touches like white polka dots and stripes, blackened up the eyes and glossy accents to the noses of the critters. 
To finish up, I added dimension to the top Gray panel using fun foam, which creates a seamless view from all angles. I did this by die cutting the fun foam just as I did the Fog Gray cardstock. 

To complete the card, I popped on the sentiment strip and adhered my usual three sequins 😄 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, thanks for stopping by and happy crafting! 


Alcohol Ink for backgrounds. 

Hello, Thank you for joining me on my blog. Today I wanted to share my process for working with Alcohol Inks. Let me begin by saying that I LOVE this medium, it’s so pretty and fun to play with, but I’m by no means any kind of expert, this post is just to show you what works for me. 

I’m still very new to the Alcohol Ink technique, but I’ve enjoyed playing, creating and learning. Below is a step by step in pictures (Im a visual person) of how I’m using the Inks. I encourage you to check out the amazing artists / card makers who use Alcohol Inks to create absolute masterpieces with. 

To begin with, I’ll point out that I use Copic Markers rather than the Copic Refills, this is for a simple reason, I already have Copic Markers on hand and I don’t want to purchase more products, with the exception of the Colourless Blender Refill.

The paper you use is very important, on the examples below I am using the X-Press It High Gloss Ink Jet paper.

The other two items I used are a Copic Colourless Blender Refill and a straw. Yep. A straw. 

There are other Alcohol solutions you can use, but more on that towards the end of the post. 

Above: on a panel of X – Press It Ink Jet high gloss paper, I have scribbled on my chosen colours. I use a plastic board to keep my paper on, so I can maneuver it around without touching the paper, a straw that’s cut in half and my chosen Alcohol solution, which is Copic Colourless Blender Refill.

I drip the Colourless Blender all over my piece, but not so much that every part is saturated, keeping in mind we are about to blow the Alcohol and Copic ink around with a straw. This is not a stage were you can take your time, the alcohol will start evaporating. Using the straw GENTLY blow the ink around, you aren’t so much as moving the ink as you are guiding it around the page. 

It will look wish washy at first, as you blow, the hard lines will start to become more defined and you can manipulate the rest of wet ink into other areas you might like. 

Above: After I had finished up blowing the ink around, I dropped a few drips of ink to pool some colour away. This is definitely a very pretty panel (in my opinion) and you could certainly stop here for an ethereal look. 

Building up your alcohol ink colours is similar to like we would do with a distress ink/watercolor galaxy. Its best to let it dry and then add another layer on top. 

To add another layer without Copic Refills was a bit of a pickle, but I have managed a solution that works for me. 

Above: I simply draw more lines and add a little more Alcohol Solution to those areas and blew it around again. 

Above: second layer.

Next I wanted more depth, and to fill in those white areas at the top. (Even though I only intend to use a small section of this panel, I like to have lots of parts to choose from).

Above: I spritz the panel with Alcohol solution and added in more Copic colour. 

Above: after blowing the ink around I was happy with the look and began to start creating my card. 


– Different Alcohol solutions (brands) produce different results. When I use the Copic Colourless Blender Refill, the results are super vibrant. I’ve tried two other Alcohol Solutions in the past, which have worked well to varying degrees. 

Above: using Isocol, which I know Ink artists use and have great success with. I think this option might be better suited to when you have Copic Refills, I struggled to blur the lines and it created a grainy texture. 

Above: the same colours, two different solutions and two vast results. 

SPONGES: another way to use Alcohol Inks is with sponges, Ive done this in the past, but was never happy with the final results, but I encourage you to check out videos showcasing this technique, it just might be what works for you. 

– PAPER: As cardmakers we know how much cardstock / watercolour paper choice can make or break the result you hope to achieve. There are several papers on the market designed for Alcohol Ink work, Ive tried a Yupo in the past, I even tried photograph printer paper (which barely moved the ink, leaving me with watery lines). Currently I’m loving and using the X – Press It High Gloss Ink Jet paper

– HEAT TOOL: You can certainly use your heat tool or hair drier to move the ink around. Ive found, for such a small panel and the look that I’m trying to achieve the heat tool spread my colours around and I couldn’t control the ink as much as I can with a straw. 

– MOPPING UP COLOUR: If your colour pools to much in areas and gets really dark, instead of  trying to blow it around you can always just mop it up with a very gentle jab with some paper towel. I always have a piece of paper towel torn and on the side of were I’m working, there’s no time to muck around with Alcohol Inks. 

So thank you if you’ve made it down this far, I hope this has helped or are least satisfied your curiousity regarding Alcohol Inks. As I mentioned earlier, I’m no expert, this is just what works for me, lots of trial and error and cost associated with lots of waste… err practice pieces 😉 

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting! 


Krumspring First Birthday

Welcome! I hope you are enjoying hopping along and celebrating Krumspring Stamps first birthday! Happiest birthday and much success to you Maria! Thank You for having me share this wonderful day celebrating with you. 

Don’t forget at the end of my blog post there is a give away, be sure to check it out. 

Have you came over from Tina’s? How incredible is Tina’s beautiful card for her Mama? I really love her style. 

For my card, I used the watermelon wedge and sentiment from the I love your melons set. 

 I started out by penciling in a criss cross, stamping and fussy cutting out some masks on to a sticky post it note. 

I stamped and masked the watermelon wedge using the mask to line up where to stamp next. This kept them some what uniformed. 

After everything was stamped, I grabbed my Copics and worked out 3 different colour combinations for both the flesh and the skin of the watermelon. Certainly this step could have been skipped, but I didn’t want each watermelon to be identical to one another, and as it ended up, the difference is minimal, but I really enjoyed playing around and learning more blending combos. 

I stamped the sentiment and die cut a neutral background to add some colour and interest. I found a love heart floating around in my spare die cuts box, adhered it to the center and added glossy accents to make it shine. 

As always I finished up with both clear sequins and clear nuvo drops. 

I hope you enjoyed the making of this card and enjoy hoping along and celebrating Krumspring Stamps. There are 8 new stamp sets in this release that are available for purchase on August 20th. I’ve already made several cards with them, looking forward to sharing them soon!

Win a $10 gift certificate to www.krumspringshop.com 

Leave a comment on each step on the way of the hop for 16 chances to win a $10 gift certificate OR the grand prize – which is a Prize Packet containing lots of Krumspring Stamps!

Giveaway ends August 23 at 12 pm Central European Time. Winners will be announced on Krumspring Blog on August 23

Next on the blog hop is the brilliantly creative Jessica Frost-Ballas, enjoy! 


Krumspring Blog (Maria)

Vera Rhuhay

Michelle Short

Amy Yang

Tina Krauer

Niki Bee

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Anna Kossakovskaya  

Kathy Racoosin

Amy Lee

Natalie Elphinstone

Mayline Jung

Keeway Tsao

Amy Kolling

Birka Reinitz

Dana Gong

Ninja Birthday Boy

Since I started card making, making my son’s birthday card has become my most favorite card to create. This year he is turning 6 and since he always loves the cards I create with the Mama Elephant Ninjas, I figured that would be a good place to start. 
I started out by creating a fan of colour, reminiscent of a sunset. This was created by using making tape and distress ink. Full disclosure here: I made and binned about 4 attempts. Silly little mistakes like forgetting to mask off behind the making tape and dabbling colour in the wrong spot or uneven ‘fans’ that simply detracted from the esthetics. 

What I ended up doing is blending the distress ink first and then die cutting the circle (by Lil Inkers Designs) , I found this lead to a much smoother result. And because it’s distress ink I couldn’t resist a light spritz of shimmer water, carefully as I was using neehna 110lb card stock.

My favorite way to add dimension is to use fun foam, I cannot remember the last time I reached for pieces of foam tape. Fun foam allows me to die cut the exact shape of the piece I want to pop up. 

Above, you can see the card stock with fun foam underneath. The cardstock has been already die cut both with a rectangle stitched frame (by Lawn Fawn) and the stitched clouds (by Mama Elephant). 

The fun foam is already cut to a similar size as the card stock. I press the cloud die back into the card stock, feeling for the stitched grooves, once secure, I run this through my sizzix machine. Now my fun foam matches the card stock and will not warp/sag through the post.

Next up I stamp, coloured, die cut and cut my elements ready for the panel. The panel is my favorite Simon Says Stamp fog cardstock. 

I finish up by adhering the little Ninja, his throwing stars, sentiment strip, clear sequins (from my favorite Simon Says Stamp Moonshine pack) and Morning Dew Crystal Tonic Nuvo drops.

I hope you enjoyed a sneak peak into the creating of this card, I really enjoyed making it and I cannot wait to give it to one very sweet 6 year old 

Happy crafting! 


Love Rocks with Krumspring Stamps

I love making cards. I love sitting amongst all the things I “must have” and feeling happy. If its a good day, I feel creative too. Today I was rushed with ideas and I’m thrilled with the end result. This card has all the elements which appeal to me the most, a pop of washy colour,  subtle dimension, crisp white against light grey cardstock, sparkle and lots of white space.

 I started out with stamping, heat embossing and trimming out the heart from the YOU ROCK! set by Krumspring Stamps. Using Distress ink I smooshed ink onto the heart. I did this several times to build up the colour till I was happy with the result. 

Next up I took white cardstock and fun foam and die cut them to the size of a regular card. I die cut a circle opening into the card stock, then to line it up perfectly with the fun foam, I slipped the die back onto the white cardstock and placed the fun foam behind it and ran it through my die cutting machine. I could certainly have just used foam tape, but I love the feel and look of using a single piece of fun foam. 

I adhered the dried heart onto some scrap fun foam and cut it out. This will ensure the heart and the card panel are the same height. 

I love gray cardstock. It’s my go-to. So I took a scrap piece that was a little larger than the die cut circle and adhered it to the back of the panel. I stamped the You Rock sentiment from the YOU ROCK! set and die cut it so the edges match the stitched detail matches the main panel. 

The card was complete once I added in some sparkling sequins and clear dots. 

Hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it 

Jeweled congratulations with Krumspring Stamps 

Hello, being a crafty who only ever creates cards with the recipient in mind, card designs can either come super easy or depending on the person, can never feel perfect enough. For this card I wanted to celebrate my friend who just accomplished her fund raising goals. I had jewel tones in mind and the One triangle at a time  set from Krumspring Stamps was perfect. 

I started out by stamping and heat embossing the One triangle at a time stamp onto watercolor card stock. I had envisioned a purple to gray ombre colour scheme. I used my Gansai Tambi’s to watercolor. I did two layers and allowed them to both dry completely before moving on. As my panel had warped a tad, I placed it under some heavy books for the night to straighten out. 

Next up I chose a dark gray panel that was just a little larger than my stamped panel. I thought this would off set the light gray watercolor in the embossed piece. I had initially thought to use the large “congratulations” from The necessary one set, but I felt I needed the sentiment to be popped up, to add dimension to a very flat card thus far.

 So I changed my sentiment to the smaller “congratulations” in The Necessary One set and stamped it out on lighter gray cardstock. I was happy with the simplicity of the sentiment strip compared to the fussy background. 

I finished up the piece with several sequins and clear dots and of course stamped my envelope to match. 

Hope you enjoyed the making of this card, happy crafting! 


Mother’s Day cards using Krumspring Stamps 

I must admit, I was beyond chuffed when the owner of Krumspring Stamps asked me to do a Guest Design spot. Maria has grown a business that is so authentically her. Those triangles, geometry and clean lines are quintessentially what she was creating herself with a pen. I’m so honored to be able to create with her stamps. 

First up as its Mothers Days, I instantly knew I wanted to use the Adventures Ahead stamp set with a bold background. 

So I started off by creating two backgrounds, one a sun set scene and one a day time blue sky. 

I masked two panels off and started ink blending. For the Blue background I used three blues inks to create an ombre effect, I masked this one off at three equal spaces and softly pounced the ink onto the cardstock. 

After I ink blended the sunset panel, I took a stencil, spritz some water onto the rays and used a paper towel to dry off the excess followed by glossy texture paste to create sun rays. 

Next I stamped out the hot air balloons from the Adventures Ahead set with my MISTI using versamark and heat embossed some platinum embossing powder.

Using the Distress Oxides I blended two to three colours on each Balloon. This is a super quick way to colour and its one of my most favorite. I spritz both with a shimmery mist. Once they were dry I fussy cut them out. 

Once cut, I put them to the side while I stamped out the sentiment from The Necessary One set (brillant name!) on to both panels. 

I used foam tape to mount the Hot air balloons to the background and finished up with a sprinkling of clear sequins and drops. 

I loved creating these cards, these balloons will certainly be getting a work out in my craft stash as they are super versatile. Oh and of course I had to stamp a matching envelope! 

I hope you enjoyed the making of these cards and happy crafting to you!
Cheers, Niki