I finally got a chance to play with my card kit from Simon Says Stamp (SSS) and it is adorable. I will be posting more cards on my Instagram page of some other cards that I made from the kit…But I really wanted to write up a post on this one. I know how hard it is to make masculine cards and I think this can qualify as one, especially as we are getting closer to Valentine’s day.
I’ve actually had this alcohol inked panel for some time now. I originally intended it for another project but I didn’t really like how it turned out. I started with an A2 size of SSS Yupo paper and used alcohol ink. I did the techniques I knew (using a straw to move the ink around etc). I then tried some regular alcohol to try something different but it didn’t work… I didn’t have a high enough concentration. So then I played around with hand sanitizer. And you know what… it works. You can do some techniques with it. For this panel, I used it by dipping the end of a straw in the sanitizer and applying to the background. That is how I achieved the “bubble/circles”.
Now, I decided to give the Alcohol lift ink a try. In the past when I have tried it, I got very discouraged because I couldn’t get the results that everyone else got. After stamping the snowflakes on the background and achieving great results, I think it may have to do with how long the inked background sits for. So for me… the longer the background sat, the better the result.
I embossed the sentiment by first using my antistatic powder tool onto the panel. I then stamped using Versamark ink and added White embossing powder. The key to not warping the yupo paper is to get your heat gun very hot before bringing it to the panel.
For the penguin, I stamped twice using black detail ink and my stamp platform. I colored his beak using Copic markers in E19 and YR04. I also used C1 and 0 on his body to produce a little dimension. I used a white gelly roll pen to and details to the eyes. And for some extra shine, I used some glossy accents for his beak. I fussy cut the image and applied blue fun foam to the back of the penguin for some added dimension. For an extra touch, I added some Doodlebug Shape Sprinkles Tiny Hearts in similar blue colors around the sentiment.
I applied tape runner to the panel and adhered it to an A2 size card base in Surf Blue cardstock by SSS. I did also finish the inside with the sentiment “There’s snow one like you” (not pictured) along with some snowflakes and a heart.
I hope this helps to inspire you to make some masculine cards. My son actually asked me to have this one…I just might have to give it to him. He’s 4 and asks me about every other day if I will be his Valentine. How cute is that?!