Saturday, 23 April 2022

Testing papers for alcohol inks

Hello and welcome. Today I wanted to have a little chat about playing with alcohol inks. I am new to this so am by no means an expert. I only have Tim Holtz YUPO by Ranger paper to use for my alcohol inks, but I had read that you could use alcohol inks with glossy card stock. I have a ream of glossy white card stock so thought I would have a play. It worked to an extent, but I noticed that it dried a lot quicker than on the YUPO paper. This is the card I turned it into.








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Cheers,
Narelle



Friday, 22 April 2022

Foiling using normal dies

Hello and welcome.  When I had a play with my foiling machine recently, I had a play foiling with normal dies. There are special foiling dies you can use, but you can also foil with the normal dies you already have in your stash. So I decided to have a play to see what I could create. I played it safe and used a large sentiment. I was very pleased with how it came out, and this is the card I used it on.







I created an alcohol ink background, added some circles using a stencil and gold paint, then just added the large hello on foam. Such a quick and easy card that definitely packs a punch.

If you want to see how I made the foiled elements, be sure to watch the video below.



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Cheers,
Narelle



Thursday, 21 April 2022

Foiled Background


Hello and welcome. Today I have the third card in my series on foiling. I recently had a play with my foiling machine and created a few elements, and now I have made them into cards. Today's card uses the foiled background I created. I think this is my favourite. It's so so pretty.





Isn't that just stunning? I am so glad that I have some foils on the way to add to my store. I can see a lot of them in my future creations.

If you want to see how I made the foiled elements, be sure to watch the video below.



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Cheers,
Narelle



Wednesday, 20 April 2022

Foiled Frame


Hello and welcome. Following on from yesterdays post where I shared a card using some foiled butterflies, today I have another card in my foiled series. This time I used the frame that I foiled in my first play with the Gemini Foil Press.





If you want to see how I made the foiled elements, be sure to watch the video below.



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Cheers,
Narelle



Tuesday, 19 April 2022

Foiled Butterflies

Hello and welcome. Today I have a card to share with you using foiled butterflies. Recently I had a play for the first time with my Gemini Foil Press machine that I have had for some time. The machine came with some butterfly dies and a few others. I used them when I had my first play and have made them into a card.




I kept the card quite simple as I wanted the foiling to be the hero. I just used an old Heidi Swapp butterfly mask to add the pink butterflies.

If you want to see how I made the foiled elements, be sure to watch the video below.



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Cheers,
Narelle




Sunday, 17 April 2022

Creating a Giant Page Kit


Hello and welcome. A little while ago I started a scrapbooking series using the Country Fair Collection by Mintay Papers. Mintay Papers are very detailed and a lot of people struggle using them. So I wanted to create a series showing people that they are easier to use than they think.  I have just filmed the third video in the series.

This video talks about thinking of the Mintay papers like any other papers you might start a page kit with. Page kits are normally built around one detailed or pretty piece of paper. Other coordinating papers are then added in the colours that are present in that one icon piece of paper. So I decided to make one giant page kit using all the Country Fair papers I had left.

To see me explain in detail and show you what I mean, watch this video below.



I made this double layout using one of the Mintay Papers and others from the page kit.


Here are some larger pictures of the each page and some close ups.






I still have some of the Country Fair Collection by Mintay Papers in store if you are inspired to create with them.




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Cheers,
Narelle



Thursday, 14 April 2022

First play with the Gemini Foil Press


Hello and welcome. Some things you just can't rush. I have had the Gemini Foil Press machine for 4 years and decided it was high time I had a play with it. I learnt so much by just playing. 

Watch the video below and learn with me.


I know a few people have told me that they too have this machine and haven't used it. I hope I have taken away some of the trepidation of using it. I am sure the more we use it, the easier it will get.

Look for some hot foils in my store soon. I am also sourcing a similar machine but a more affordable one for those who want to play with foils.




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Cheers,
Narelle



Tuesday, 12 April 2022

How to save a ruined background.


Hello and welcome. Recently I had my first play with Alcohol Inks. During that session I created a background that I can only describe as ugly. I think I tried to "fix it" too many times and ruined it.

But I was determined to still use that piece, even if only for die cutting and punching. Instead I ended up playing with it more and turning it into a card.

You can see how I did that in the video below.


Here is the final card and another I made in the video too.








I hope this has inspired you to have a play with alcohol inks, and you picked up some tips and tricks along the way.




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Cheers,
Narelle



Sunday, 10 April 2022

Alcohol Inks Play


Hello and welcome. Some times we can get so distracted by one thing that we fail to see what else is going on. That was me while I was with Stampin' Up!. I had such tunnel vision that I really lost track of what else was happening in the crafting world. One such thing I missed was the rise of the alcohol ink scene. I vaguely knew they were a thing, and I even bought a few, but I didn't play with them. I feel like I missed the boat somewhat. So when I came across the inks I did buy, like 4 years ago...lol...I thought I would have a play with them.

Watch this video to see what I did.


I don't have any alcohol inks in store at the moment, but if you keep checking back, they won't be too far away.




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Cheers,
Narelle



Thursday, 7 April 2022

Country Fair By Mintay - Page Two


Hello and welcome. Today I have the second page in my series using the Country Fair Collection by Mintay Papers.

With this layout I give you a few ideas on how to use those really elaborate pages. Make sure you watch the video below to get all the tips and tricks.

Here is the page I created.


Here are some close ups.





And here is the video.


I hope I have inspired you to use those fancy papers.

You can purchase the Country Fair Collection in my store below.



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Have a great day.
Cheers,
Narelle