Hero Arts Merry Christmas Cover Plate

And surprise another Christmas card.

Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink

To start the card I took a panel that I made quite awhile back after a Tim Holtz demo. You put some alcohol ink on a Yupo panel and then stand the panel upright and douse it with alcohol and let it run down.

The next step.. easy. I die cut the cover plate and glued it to the alcohol ink panel. Done!


  • Hero Arts Merry Christmas Cover Plate
  • Tim Holtz alcohol ink

Picket Fence Need More Caffeine

Here is another card for the Coffee Loving Cardmakers hop.

I created the background using alcohol ink on glossy alcohol ink paper. It is a couple of browns and the Alloy Gilded. I was very pleased how this came out and it looks better in person. I may add another photo…

I stamped and heat embossed the coffee cups.

The sentiment was die cut.

Here are some better photos of that nice alcohol ink. These are much more like the real colors in person.


  • Picket Fence Studios Need More Caffeine stamp set
  • Black embossing powder
  • Karen Burniston Word Set 1 – Greetings die set


Sizzix Tim Holtz Mini Paper Snowflakes

Today I have a couple snowflake cards I created.

Since I created these about a month ago and did not take good notes I may not remember all the details.

For the backgrounds I used Distress and Distress Oxide Inks. I did smooshing and a bit of splattering.

For one set of snowflakes and sentiment I used the Tim Holtz foil sheets and it looks like Alcohol ink. The other set of snowflakes and sentiment I am not sure what I did. Possibly I used the metallic paper.

The snowflakes are die cut using the Sizzix die set Mini Paper Snowflakes.

The sentiments are die cut using the Sizzix die set Script Holiday Words.

Distress Oxide Ink


  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Script Holiday Words die set
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Mini Paper Snowflakes die set
  • Distress Ink
  • Distress Oxide Ink
  • Alcohol Ink

Die Cutting with Simon Says Stamp Thank You Die

Howdy! I have a little sparkle for you today! Maybe a lot of sparkle.

Impression Obsession Batik Pattern

This card started with a pretty alcohol ink background. I love copper and blue together so I heat embossed with sparkly copper embossing powder over the alcohol ink.

For the sentiment I used a die to cut out the shadow and the words. I used Tim Holtz metallic paper for the thank you.

Entered in the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #155.

Entered in the Love Handmade Cards August challenge in Flickr.


  • Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink
  • Simon Says Stamp Thank You die
  • Impression Obsession Batik Pattern background stamp
  • Judikins Metallic Copper embossing powder
  • Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft-Stock in copper

Hero Arts Dragonfly Die Card Series

Hello! I have a card today that I created for the Hero Arts Stay Crafty with Hero Challenge. The theme this time is friendship.

Hero Arts Many Everyday Messages

To  make this card I selected a few panel pieces that I made some time ago. The background and the dragonfly are from these panels.

The background is ink smooshing on watercolor paper. I’m not sure what inks I used.

The dragonfly shadow is die cut from black paper. The details of the butterfly is die cut from a Yupo alcohol ink panel where I used a couple Pearl Alcohol inks.

The sentiment is stamped using a Hero Arts set called Everyday Messages.

After I made the first card I kept rolling. I saved all the little bits from the dragonfly that were die cut. I decided to use those for an inlaid look.

Hero Arts Honeycomb Stencil

I entered this one over at the August Challenge at Love Handmade Cards in Flickr.

The background panel was one that I had laying around.  I inked thru a stencil for this.

Like I mentioned I saved all the pieces and cut out a black dragonfly to put all the pieces back into. Of course I lost a couple of pieces but I still had the alcohol ink paper so I cut those out again.

The sentiment is die cut.

And here is one more. I usually don’t really work this way but I got the ideas and went with it. I got a lot of mileage out of that one alcohol ink panel.

This background I also did some time ago. It looks like what I did is have some ink on the stencil and spritzed it and then printed with the stencil.

This time for the dragonfly I cut the shadow from that alcohol ink panel and as you can see the detailed part from black paper.

The sentiment is die cut.


  • Hero Arts Dragonfly Fancy Die
  • Hero Arts Many Everyday Messages
  • Hero Arts INTENS-ified Black ink
  • Ranger Pearl Alcohol Ink
  • Hero Arts Honeycomb Stencil
  • Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday die
  • Heidi Swapp Doily Flower Stencil
  • Hero Arts Hello Stamp & Cut set


Die Cut Cas-ual Fridays Rose Gold Funky Flakes

Here is some funky snowflakes and some alcohol ink for you today. And I think I will be caught up posting. Whew!

I made this alcohol ink background a bit ago. While making the card I added more alcohol ink and kind of smeared it around with my finger. Kind of different..

The lower right is how the panel looked when I started the card but I wanted it more solid. I have to say it is a nice panel as it was.

Then I just cut out the snowflakes and sentiment out of rose gold Tim Holtz Metallic paper. I layered the snowflakes.


  • Cas-ual Fridays Stamps – Funky Flakes
  • Alcohol Ink
  • Tim Holtz Metallic Paper – Rose Gold
  • Tim Holtz Script Holiday Words die set

Bo Bunny Christmas Card Die with Alcohol Ink

Here I am today with a shiny Christmas card. I have made a couple Christmas cards so far this year but I need to make some more per month to avoid the last minute rush. Been there done that.


Alcohol Ink

For the background I was trying a few things that Tim Holtz showed on his product release video recently. I used alcohol inks, blending solution and some 91 percent alcohol. I bought a blower thing that you use with cameras awhile back. I cut more of the tip off trying to make a bigger hole so I wanted to try using it. I made a couple of panels that are this pretty blue. As we know taking photos of shiny stuff is difficult so I will just say this looks much prettier in person.

All the silver parts were cut out with a die set and I used the Tim Holtz metallic paper.


  • Ranger Alcohol Ink – a couple blue colors
  • Bo Bunny Christmas Card Dies set
  • Tim Holtz Metallic Paper

Sizzix Tim Holtz Wild Flower Stems 2 with Alcohol Ink

A little alcohol ink, a little heat embossing and a little die cutting.

Altenew Watercolor Stripes Cover Die

For the background on my card I die cut the panel from Neenah Desert Storm paper. I then glued it to the base of the card that, as you can see, is the same color.

The flowers are made from die cutting these nice flowers stems from an alcohol ink panel I made awhile back. I used some Yupo paper to make the panel.

The sentiment is heat embossed using copper embossing powder.

Entered over at Die Cut Divas for the February Challenge.


  • Altenew Watercolor Stripes Cover Die
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Wildflower Stems 2 die set
  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero January 2020 kit
  • Ranger Alcohol Inks
  • Judikins Metallic Copper Embossing Powder
  • Yupo Paper

Die Cutting and Alcohol Ink With Wild Flower Stems 2

Hello again.. I am here today with some alcohol ink fun. After seeing Tim Holtz demo them recently I got them out and played.

Wild Flower Stems 2 Die Set

For this background I started with Yupo paper and purple, pink, and gold mixative alcohol inks. I also used 91% alcohol, blending solution, and an air blowing thing to move the ink around.

The flower stems are die cut.

The sentiment is heat embossed on vellum and the strip die cut.


  • Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Wild Flower Stems 2
  • Hero Arts It’s Your Day stamp set
  • Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
  • Vellum
  • Yupo Paper

Thanksgiving Cards

Howdy! Today I have several Thanksgiving cards. Not tons like Halloween…

Hero Arts Autumn

For my first card I did the alcohol lift technique. This one came out very nice. I made the panel some time ago. If I remember right the lift technique works better with regular alcohol ink than it does with the pearl alcohol ink. I used clear stamps. For the sentiment I heat embossed it with maybe rose gold embossing powder.

Supplies – Alcohol ink, Alcohol lift ink, Hero Arts Autumn stamp set (leaves), Hero Arts Happy Thanksgiving (sentiment), embossing powder, corner rounder

Cheery Lynn Designs Small Leaves

This is the card that got me going on the Thanksgiving cards. I had stamped the pumpkin on the canvas some time ago and then colored it with Copics. I picked two patterned papers from the same pad. Then glued the pumpkin on those. I heat embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder. I die cut the leaves and then inked them with Oxide Distress ink and a bit of the Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic ink (love them). I am just going to say it this is not my favorite card.

Supplies – Hero Arts Happy Thanksgiving stamp set, gold embossing powder, Gold Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic ink, Oxide Distress ink, Cheery Lynn Designs Small Leaves die set, Copic pens

Cheery Lynn Designs Small Leaves Die Set

Here’s another one where I had the background done awhile ago. I stamped the leaves and acorns using Versamark ink on kraft paper. I highlighted them using a gold pen. I die cut several leaves and added Oxide Distress ink and some gold Glimmer Metallic ink with an ink blending tool. The sentiment is heat embossed.

Supplies – Hero Arts Holiday Petals & Leaves stamp set, Lawn Fawn Thankful Mice stamp set (sentiment), Cheery Lynn Designs Small Leaves die set, Jelly Roll Gold Metallic pen, gold embossing powder, Oxide Distress ink, Hero Arts Gold Glimmer Metallic ink

Hero Arts Autumn Stamp Set

I think I also had this background/panel done awhile back. These are such pretty leaves to heat emboss which is done on kraft paper. The label is die cut and the sentiment is heat embossed. Throw on a couple sequins and you are done.

Supplies – Hero Arts Autumn stamp set, embossing powder, Hero Arts Happy Thanksgiving stamp set (sentiment), sequins, Spellbinders Labels Four die set

Cheery Lynn Designs Small Leaves

Here we are with the last one. A note about the photo location… My hub made me a little shelf and attached it to the fence so I could take photos there of my cards. Super nice of him.

Now about the card. I picked some more patterned papers from the same paper pad for the background. The sentiment is heat embossed in gold. I die cut several leaves and added Oxide Distress ink and some gold Glimmer Metallic ink with an ink blending tool. I did a little inking around the edge of the card.

Supplies – Lawn Fawn Thankful Mice stamp set (sentiment), Cheery Lynn Designs Small Leaves die set, gold embossing powder, Oxide Distress ink, Hero Arts Gold Glimmer Metallic ink

Entered in the Die Cut Divas November Challenge.



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