Saturday 1 August 2015

House of Cards August Challenge

Here's my card. It's my second card as a member of the design team at House of Cards.

It's for the August Word Cue Challenge at House of Cards

I was inspired by this card created by a fellow design team member here at House of Cards, Cornelia


This card can be found at the  STAMPlorations blog

I was mesmerized by her card and she gave step by step instructions. I had never used alcohol inks - yippee something new to try.

I embossed a piece of shiny silver cardstock with this STAMPlorations stencil. I had to add a few shims to get a good impression.

Here's a bit of a close-up of the embossing.

I added a few drops of each colour of alcohol ink from this set. I tried to move the colours around with a piece of fun foam, like Cornelia. It didn't work for me. Instead, I kept adding more drops and moving the paper around to get the inks to blend. The alcohol inks dry quite quickly, so you have to figure things out quickly too. I found that I ended up adding too much ink (there were dark splotches). So, I checked on the internet and found that the application of alcohol blending solution could lighten up those areas and they did. NOTE: do not add the alcohol blending solution into a spritzer. The airborne particles can be quite dangerous to one's respiratory system. Also, the alcohol inks and blending solutions are a bit stinky, so I'd suggest a well-ventilated area. I would also suggest wearing gloves, unless you don't mind having colourful fingers!

I need to figure out how best to photograph "shiny" cards because the card is much shinier in person. I guess you'll have to trust me on that.

I tried taking the picture outside.

The sentiment is this die from Papertrey Ink.

I added a few sequins to complete the card, because everything needs a bit more sparkle - right?

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  1. Sue, this is AMAZING!!! The colors you used, the shine that shows through--this is so gorgeous!!! I'm glad you tried something new--it totally paid off! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  2. What a beautiful colorful card, don't you love the challenge of trying something new? Donna T. HOC

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  4. Something happend with my comment.???
    Ahh I need this set ... this is what I wanted to get... And a tip to takeing photo of shiny cards. Turn off you flash and take pictures in daylight, if you can take them outside.
    Great card by the way :)
    (✿*‿*) Ma
    Teamie HOC

  5. So cool! Will have to try something like this!
    Have a great day!
    Donna HOC Teamie

  6. Wow Sue! Gorgeous card! Great embossing with a stencil and love the colors!
    Judy V HOC Teamie

  7. So cool, Sue! I am so delighted I inspired you! You can probably link this up with the CASEplorations playground or at least here:

    Hugs, Cornelia (HOC teamie)

  8. Hi, Sue! I'm not surprised that you have found good inspirations on Cornelia's blog! She's the Queen of card making!! Almost daily she amazes us with some new designs and fabulous cards! You picked one very beautiful and your first use of alcohol inks turns out very well! Love the sentiment, it fits perfect!
    Rosi x ...HOC-DT

  9. Wow! What a stunning background, and a gorgeous card. I am in awe of this. Such an awesome interpretation of this months challenge!

  10. I am totally going to have to try using alcohol inks on metallic paper. I love the effect on glossy white and yours just takes it up a million notches!

    HOC DT teamie

  11. Sue, these bright metallic colors are amazing! So pretty!
    Take care!
    Michele, HOC teamie

  12. Love your take on Cornelia's card! Same yet so different! Awesome!

  13. Great card, Sue. I love it!
    Em, HOC teamie

  14. What a colorful, shiny, fun CAS card and technique. Thanks for sharing the lovely inspiration card (and alcohol ink tips), too - Heather HOC teamie

  15. hi Sue wohooooo your take on Cornelia card is also stunning
    great way to use that inks and the result is wowzer...
    really love the colorful shiny and simply sentiment
    great DT Card Sue
    hugs and see you soon at my metallics card
    Monika - HOC Teamie

  16. Wow! Amazing card! The colors and metallic are fantastic! jane hoc teamie

  17. Stunning - such vibrant colours! Must try using a stencil to emboss.... Looks fab, Jo x HOC/DT Friend

  18. Love Love Love these cards... they are awesome.... the colors the techniques everything. Great job
    HOC DT

  19. Lovely colors on that silvery background. Hugs, Barbara HOC DT


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