Friday, June 13, 2014

Alcohol Inks...(and what is Dr. John thinking?)

Last week I started to play with alcohol inks again and...they made me really happy. The vibrancy of alcohol inks is simply amazing. Here are the examples that I came up with. Be warned: you might need sunglasses since they are so very bright!

uh...I made them with Botanical Notes (again).
First I made an artsy fartsy type of card,
thank you so much (2)
I think I like it!
The butterfly was a discarded piece from my other projects, but it totally fits in this card.
 I used a piece of felt to apply alcohol inks and the Blending Solution.

While I was at it, I made another one. This time, I took the stamps' butterfly and strategically inked the butterfly only. I adore this butterfly because it is very detailed and easy to fussy cut (except for the antennas)! I purposely kept the butterflies flat as if they are specimens.
 you are amazing
I took these two photos on my deck facing the backyard trees...I love the greens in the background!

I will try to do this more often while the weather here is still amazing! Both cards' sentiments are  from So Kind (Penny Black). edited: I used Glossy card stock by Rangers (see here).

I realized that I have been blogging so much that I should/need to take a mini blog break! It's likely a good idea, that way you won't be tired of visiting my blog! I will be back next week. Hopefully I have something other than Botanical Notes projects to share!
 And here is something for you:
Virginia: Ouch...I had this paper cut from two days ago and it's still hurting.
Dr. John: What paper cut?
Virginia: It's from handling that heavy card stock from Michael's. It's still red and puffy. What should I do?
Dr. John: Stop making cards.

 Have a great weekend! 

49 comments:

Annette Allen said...

these could not be any more fabulous.. you rocked the color and the designs are perfect.. fabulous designing..

Barb said...

Wow! Gorgeous colors, Virginia! Both cards are awesome! Love, love, love your Alcohol Inked butterflies! ♥

Alanna said...

These are both beautiful. I especially love the style of the first one.

Craft-E-Place said...

Beautiful cards, I love them both but the "artsy fartsy" one is amazing!
Hope your paper cut is better!!!
Elaine

Dotty Jo x said...

Two beautiful cards Virginia - such lovely colours! My hubby and Dr John seem to have a very similar take on life as I had a very similar conversation a few weeks ago. Hope the cut gets better soon and don't take Dr John's advice, Jo x

LauraJane:) said...

Oregano oil would be better for your paper cut:)
I ADORE your alcohol inked cards today.The first ARTSY one is my new FAVORITE from your BOTANICAL NOTES stamp card collection. It's the random "inked out of the lines" that makes it so BRILLIANT.

My name is Erika. said...

Those bright cards are gorgeous. They put a smile on my face.

Lynn said...

Enjoy your break my friend. Love how one card is clean and one card has a collage style. Shows your amazing talent.

Nonni said...

So beautiful. I love the colors and your photos are beautiful too! Enjoy your blogging break! xxx

Sheila H said...

I love the vibrancy of the alcohol inks, Virginia. This is one time, I know you won't follow doctor's orders. But enjoy your (brief, I hope) blog break :)

Shelly said...

Two amazing creations!!! Love them both! :) Enjoy your blogging break (I think we all need it, at times)...and Dr. John is just too funny. ;)

Susi Kelly said...

Two more amazing cards using this stamp set! Love the stamped sentiment around the edges of the 2nd card, but both are equally gorgeous!
As for Dr. John, I think you have a budding comedian on your hands LOL

Cindy C. said...

Stunning cards!!! I especially like the first one, the splatter of ink so vibrant and lively!!
Have a great blog break!!

rcwidow (Linda) said...

These are both gorgeous! Did you use the alcohol ink on glossy or regular card stock?

Kristie Goulet said...

Stunning cards, Virginia! You are totally rocking this stamp set. I love seeing all your creations.

Enjoy your blogging break.

Piali Biswas said...

Gorgeous cards!! Now I want to buy this stamp!! Dr. John cracks me up!!!
Enjoy your break!

conil said...

You ARE having a good time with this stamp...I can see why...so versatile. Those alcohol ink butterflies are gorgeous. I like the vibrant colors a lot. Dr. John's statement is so clever & wise, don't you think? (Ha!)

alexandra s.m. said...

You have such a way with these inks!
Your cards are AMAZING Virginia!
Never mind what Dr. John says, I think he's just a little jealous ;))

sandie said...

I adore these vibrant colours Virginia and love the specimen card x

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Gorgeous!!! I don't own any alcohol inks but you make me want some! These are amazing... And no way to dr. John!

Diane Jaquay said...

Hee hee, oh that Dr. John, what a HOOT! LOVE your cards, Virginia, you are amazingly talented and I love looking at your work!!

Miriam Prantner said...

More gorgeous, gorgeous cards! You know I love your alcohol creations! Enjoy your weekend, hope your paper cut heals!!! ;)

donna mikasa said...

Oooh, these are my favorite, Virginia! The lined up butterflies are gorgeous! You totally deserve a break. Take care of that paper cut (Neosporin helps!) and don't ever stop crafting!

Bellule said...

C'est un délice de venir voir tes cartes, elles sont superbes !
Tu as vraiment beaucoup de talent !!
Bises.

Harriet said...

Good advise Dr. John....but I would miss Virginia's lovely examples way too much.

Tracey McNeely said...

Gorgeous cards V, I love the bold colours and your backyard photos are gorgeous! Laughing so hard at your conversation with Dr. J, at least he didn't say cut it off!

Sarah Gray said...

Super cool cards - loving the alcohol inks!

Petti said...

Love both cards!

Lalo said...

First - WOW! Wow wow wow I love those cards. The artistry is amazing...The flower one just stole my heart!

Second - um NO Dr. John :)

Laura B. said...

My, my, my! Virginia, these are some of the most beautiful cards that I've ever seen you make.....just absolutely stunning! No wonder I saw them plastered a all over Pinterest! I'm off to pin myself! Gorgeous work...enjoy your break. Hope you finger heals up!

Donna B. said...

Gorgeous cards! You really get your moneys worth out of a set. I'm happy if I end up using my sets more than once.

Tasnim said...

Oh my gorgeousness!! These cards simply WOW! love reading your conversations with Dr. John :) paper cuts are such a bother! Hope it heals soon.

keren said...

Ha ha. Dr John is priceless!! Just too funny. As if you're going to stock. Love them both- but that first one is jaw droppingly stunning. Amazing. Bravo!

~amy~ said...

gorgeous...LOVE the vibrant colors!
Have a wonderful bloggie break. You deserve it, you've been a card making machine!

renee said...

magnificent. thanks for sharing your art.. love this technique.

Brenda & Ian said...

I love to hear Dr John's comments. They make me giggle. My husband loves to read them as well, as he is understanding of the fact one needs support if one is married to a card maker. HeeHee!

Niki G said...

Dr. John is just too funny! I hope your paper cut is better! Love what you've done with the same stamp. It's so refreshing to see how much use you can get vs. always purchasing the latest and greatest. Enjoy your break!

Susan said...

Love, love, love these cards!

Joni nina Andaya said...

Super love all the vibrant colors Virginia!!! Love this so much :)

Cris G said...

Oh wow, Virginia. This one is my favorite by far ... I love what you do with alcohol inks. Just fabulous.
Have a wonderful time on your blog break.

Karen said...

Just stunning! I just love the alcohol ink background in the first one.

Karen D. said...

2 words....YOU ROCK!

Diane said...

Gorgeous colors and card designs.

Hugs Diane

Clare said...

These are just GORGEOUS, Virginia! Both are fantastic, but I LOVE your "artsy fartsy" card - just stunning!

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, these are gorgeous, Virginia!

Joyce said...

I am blown away by all those gorgeous cards--and all from the same stamp. Your creativity and ingenuity astound me. I think you should not obey Dr. John's suggestion.

Ingrid Kristina V said...

Hello Virginia! Firstly, congratulations on your position on the SSS design team! Totally deserved!
Secondly, thank you for your sweet comment on my blog, I'm so glad you like my Moroccan card :)
And last, but not least, oh my goodness... such a gorgeous stamp... I need to look it up. All of these cards are masterpieces! Just stunning!
Ingrid x

Chark said...

wow! You're rocking the alcohol inks. I usually don't cut out the antenna when I do this butterfly but sometimes I draw them in later if they are flat. Also, bad Dr. John! Not the solution we support! :)

wienerhoneymooners said...

Thanks for your warm encouragement Virginia, a pleasure as always!!

I think Passionate is making 18 cards with the same stamp set and they all are quite beautiful and unique!!!! That is passion!! LOL!!!