Sunday, July 7, 2013

Alcohol Ink Postcard

I love Unruly PaperArts and I promised myself I would enter as many challenges as they’d let me.  Well, this month’s challenge is “Postcards off the Edge” – I still have a whole bunch of ideas with that in mind, but one stuck out so far I had to make it today.

This is what I used:

  • 1 piece of Priority Mail box cut to 4 x 6
  • Dylusions by Dyan Reaveley Stamp Set “Say What You Mean”, #DYR34551
  • A whole bunch of alcohol ink background papers – all different colors (I used inks from many different companies to make these backgrounds)
  • The little pad you swipe on the stuff you are gonna emboss so the powder doesn’t stick where it isn’t supposed to
  • Extra Fine Detail Embossing Powder, Black, from Stampin’ Up!
  • Top Boss Embossing Pad

The computer cannot due these justice - they are beautiful if I must say so myself :)

First, I cut 2 x 2 squares out of the background papers.  I tried to look for lighter colors because I wanted to be able to see embossed sayings.  I finally ended up with six squares that I liked.

I then went to my “Say What You Mean” stamp set and chose sentiments that would fit on the squares. I didn’t even look at what they said, if they fit, they were in.

Then I swiped my squares with that anti-embossing powder pad thingie, stamped each square with a sentiment with the embossing ink, sprinkled on the embossing powder and embossed with my kick ass Weller Heat Gun.  I have had this heat gun for 10 years and I LOVE it – It cost a lot of money, but it was SO worth it!

After a slight mishap where my quote literally chipped off my square, I cut a new one and all was good again.  This time the embossing held up fine.

I put them on my 4 x 6 postcard and there! I love this because it is so colorful – and if I am going to do color, you are gonna see it – no mamby pamby color here! OK, I think it’s time for bed. . . 

If I can't decide between pictures, you get them all

I dunno, maybe this one is the best pic so far

 I am entering this fabulous postcard in Unruly PaperArts: RAQ 1 - Postcards from the Edge Challenge and I have a feeling there will be more. . . ;)


  1. I love them Christi! I do love bright colors so these are right up my alley!!
    hugs Karen

  2. Stunning piece! Love all the fabulous visual depth of your background! Thanks for questing with us at UPA!

  3. Love the colours Christi, wonderful job!

    1. Thank you Deb - means so much to me that you like it :)

  4. Hi Christi,
    Wonderful post card!! Love all the colors. I too have the same embossing gun and wouldn't trade it for anything! Unruly Paper Art is one of my favorites and I try to get something in for each challenge too, it's on my monthly bucket list....LOL Now that I've seen yours I'm inspired to get mine made.
    Thanks for sharing and for the visit

    1. Thanks for the blog love :) Can't wait to see what you make ~

  5. awesome! I love them they are wonderful and colorful. Brilliant job.
    susan s

    1. Thank you Susan - I appreciate you taking time to comment :)

  6. so colorful ! and so funny. I love " I don't think I want anymore adventures "
    I'll have to look for those stamps.

  7. Wow! Your background colors are fab! Love the depth you've achieved. My fave has to be "fascinating myself"! Working on my entry and hope to post tonight. Hugs

    1. Thanks Nan - I'll be looking for your entry :)

  8. this is a very cool postcard! very creative with the quotes. i love it. xo


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