The NEW 2021-2022 Annual Stampin’ Up! catalog is absolutely fabulous. So many great bundles and the Designer Series Papers are without equal in beauty. I grabbed the Hand-Penned Petals bundle for today’s adventure in painting with Stampin’ Blends. The images are open and have just enough detail to make this easy.

HAND-PENNED PETALS PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET

The catalog cover inspired me to try the alcohol ink technique. I am no expert but I am certainly having fun watching the ink move and the images come alive as they dry.

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Here are my cards using the Hand-Penned Petals image as a starting point.

Alcohol Ink painted image on textured background
alcohol ink painted image on strip with heart and special delivery ephemera

Let’s get started creating.

Painting with Stampin’ Blends and Alcohol

Grab you favorite combination of Stampin’ Blends. These are the combinations that I chose.

You will also need:

  • 91% isopropyl alcohol (2). TIP: Use a small container like a 1-ounce portion cup. Keep one clean and use the other like water in watercolor painting.
  • Paper towel or lint-free cloth. HINT: Use an old cut-up 100% cotton t-shirt folded into a nice square. This will be used to wipe the brush.
  • Cotton Swabs. Use these to pick up any overzealous alcohol drips or runs.
  • 2 watercolor brushes. Alcohol is tough on brushes. You do not need expensive brushes. TIP: I prefer to have a pointy tip brush for control.
  • Vellum – TIP: Cut 8-12″ x 11″ sheets in quarters (4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″) to make it easier to use.
  • Neutral ink pad. I used Basic Gray because I think it blends well with pinks and purples. If you are using yellows or oranges, try Gray Granite.
  • Craft Mat. It will be easier to pick up the painted vellum. If you prefer a non-flexible surface, use a clipboard or the cardboard backing from your Paper Pumpkin kit. (Nothing goes to waste!)

Let’s begin the technique

Stamp the image onto the vellum. Let dry. Lay down a little scribble of color on the petals and leaves of your image as shown. TIP: Use the side of the brush end of the Stampin’ Blend to preserve the tip.

STEP 2 - alcohol ink painting

Working around the image in non-adjacent areas, add little drops of alcohol. The color will move to the edges of the drip. Use the brush to push the color if desired. Let each area dry before working on the adjacent area. It takes less than a minute to dry depending on how much alcohol you use.

STEP 3 - alcohol ink painting

Not particularly pretty here. I definitely need to add more layers of color. That is easy to do. Repeat the process of scribbling on some color and moving it with the alcohol.

STEP 4 - alcohol ink painting

I used a fine tip brush to flick some alcohol ink over the entire image to get the dew drop effect.

Add a layer of Basic White cardstock to the back of the painted vellum to really make the colors pop.

Just like in nature, no two will ever be the same. That is the beauty of alcohol ink painting. I hope you give this a try. If you need any Stampin’ Up! supplies, just head over to my shop by clicking on any of the product links or HERE.

Assembling the Cards

Card #1

Alcohol Ink painted image on textured background
  • Thick Basic White cardstock (card base): 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″
  • Basic White cardstock: 2-3/4″ x 4″ embossed with Painted Texture embossing folder
  • Mossy Meadow cardstock: 3″ x 4-1/4″ plus scrap for leaf and sentiment
  • Rough up edges of the card panels with the edge of the Paper Snips
  • Stamp the sentiment with white ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder
  • Die-cut the painted image (backed by the Basic White cardstock) using the Penned Petal dies
  • Layer with Dimensionals
  • Add a bow using the white 1/4″ crinkle ribbon and a Bumblebee trinket (adhere with glue dots)

Card #2

alcohol ink painted image on strip with heart and special delivery ephemera
  • Thick Basic White cardstock (card base): 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″
  • Basic White cardstock: 3-3/4″ x 5″
  • Mossy Meadow cardstock: 3/8″ larger than Basic White panel plus scrap for sentiment
  • Fresh Freesia cardstock: 2″ x 5″ embossed with Dainty Diamond embossing folder (retired)
  • Stamp the sentiment with white ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder
  • Die-cut the painted image (backed by the Basic White cardstock) using the Penned Petal dies
  • Layer with Dimensionals
  • Die-cut foliage from Forever Flourishing dies. Snip apart and tuck behind the painted image.
  • Add silver metallic thread, heart trinket and Artistry Blooms adhesive sequins to complete the look

I hope you enjoyed this project and will try your hand at painting with Stampin’ Blends and alcohol.

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