Tuesday, August 14, 2018

MFT & Friends August 2018

Hello everyone.

I am so excited to be taking part in this month's MFT & Friends post. To see the entire post on the MFT blog (CLICK HERE!) I have loved My Favorite Things Products for years and I'm so excited to be showing off their latest release. This morning I am sharing a card project, using some of that release and I also have a video coming up this weekend sharing even more of MFT's August release, so be sure to check back with me this weekend.

I am playing with the NEW Captivating Mandala Background Stamp, the Captivating Mandala Die-namic, and the Simply Hello & I love you Die-namics. As well as the Miss You die-namics. I just love the brush script of that Miss You die-namics word die. It is beautiful, much like the rest of the new release.

I am also playing with some Ranger Alcohol inks and the NEW alcohol lift-ink. This was my first time trying the Alcohol Lift-Ink and I have to say, it makes playing with alcohol inks even more enjoyable, and I didn't even think that could even happen!

I started with a piece of Legion Yupo paper and a collection of alcohol inks in various rainbow colors.  I used Red Pepper, Valencia, Lemonade, Citrus, Denim, and Amethyst. I absolutely love this color combo. It's just fabulous. I added alcohol ink-blending solution to the Yupo paper and added drops of each color. I blew the ink around the paper using a straw until the ink seemed to dry and stop moving. I did this with each of the colors listed above. I made two backgrounds with these colors for my projects today. I also recommend giving your project significant time to dry before trying to lift them with the alcohol lift ink. At least, thats what I learned from my first experience with it.

After my backgrounds where dry. I cut them down to 3 1/2 by 4 3/4 inch pieces. I like to make my card fronts this size. I loaded the Captivating Mandala Background stamp into the my regular sized MISTI and then one of the background pieces that I had just cut down.

I loaded my background stamp with the Alcohol Lift-Ink and then closed the door of the MISTI. I used my Spellbinders Tool In One, with the brayer tool attached, to press the outside door of the MISTI with even pressure. I often do this with background stamps.

I then opened the door of the MISTI and carefully removed the stamped background piece from the MISTI and replaced it with Neenah 110 lb cardstock cut to the same dimensions. I then closed the door of the MISTI with the Captivating Mandala Background Stamp still loaded with ink I just lifted off of the alcohol ink background. I closed the door of the MISTI stamping the image down onto the Neenah 110 lb cardstock and giving the door of the MISTI even pressure with my brayer. As I opened the door of the MISTI it revealed a colorful Mandala background left on the Neenah paper by the lifted ink from the previous piece. It was super cool.

This was not perfect, by any means, but it looks so cool and you can't just do one, fair warning... So, at this point I already have three beautiful backgrounds for cards.

So, for the Miss You card, I cut the Captivating Mandala Die-namics die from Neenah 110 lb cardstock four times. I layered them together using Elmers spray adhesive. I learned this from Laura Bassen. You can find her work here. (CLICK HERE!) It made it super easy to adhere the layers of the mandala together in it's delicate nature. I also sprayed the back of the first layer so that I could easily adhere the mandala to my card front. This got stuck on the piece that I did not lift with any ink. I also cut the Miss You Die-namics die out of Navy Blue cardstock and stuck it together the same way as the Mandala. I placed it nicely in the center of the mandala also using the spray adhesive.

After popping this card front up on some craft foam with double sided adhesive. I used a Fog card base in the A2 size portrait orientation to finish this one off.

I used that same Navy Blue cardstock to cut out the NEW Simply Hello & I Love You Die-namics. I also layered them together with spray adhesive. One was placed onto the alcohol lifted ink background and the other onto the alcohol lifted ink inked background... that is confusing. You can see what I mean in the pictures.

I used one Doodlebug Shaped heart to accent the Love You card. I popped both of those card fronts up onto craft foam and fog card bases too!

I hope you all will continue to enjoy the MFT & Friends blog post and have enjoyed this stop on my blog. Thank you for visiting me today. A list of the MFT products I used on this card are linked below for your convenience.


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