Rainbow & Analogous Color Backgrounds with Alcohol and Distress Ink

Hello friends! Today I'm sharing a set of 6 cards that focus on creating rainbow and analogous color backgrounds using Alcohol Ink and Distress Ink. I was originally inspired by the Iron Off Resist technique shared by Jennifer McGuire. However, in my laziness of not wanting to deal with getting out the iron and ironing board, I went a different route and ended up with the set of cards I'm sharing today. It just goes to show how inspiration is everywhere and how it can be a jumping off point for your own creative process.

Ok. so now back to these rainbow and analogous color backgrounds. We all know what rainbow color is, but... you might be asking yourself what analogous colors are? Analogous colors are groups of three colors that are next to each other on the colour wheel. For example: red, orange and yellow. Working with analogous colors makes for easy blending as you never have to worry about the colors getting muddy or brown.

Alcohol Ink Rainbow and Analogous Color Backgrounds

This first set of cards uses Alcohol Inks on Yupo paper to create the backgrounds. I made one card with a rainbow color palette and the other two with analogous colors.

Alcohol Ink Rainbow Backgrounds Card by Juliana Michaels

The stamped image on all three of these cards is from the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Baroque Stamp Set. For the focal point, I die cut a butterfly from gold Metallic Kraft Stock using the Sizzix Scribbly Butterflies Thinlits Die. The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Tiny Text Stamp Set. It is stamped on black cardstock with embossing ink and heat set with gold embossing powder. I used this same focal point on each of the Alcohol Ink cards, but switched up the sentiment on each one.

Alcohol Ink Rainbow Backgrounds Card by Juliana Michaels

For the rainbow pattern, I applied the colors in rainbow order from top to bottom and used the Ranger Alcohol Ink Air Blower to move the inks around. I also used a tiny bit of Alcohol Ink Blending Solution.
I used the following Alcohol Inks for this card: Gumball, Sunset Orange, Sunshine Yellow, Mojito, Glacier and Purple Twilight.

Once the Alcohol Ink was dry, I rubbed the entire panel with a Ranger Anti-Static Pouch just to make sure no stray embossing powder would stick to it. I then stamped the Baroque image with embossing ink and heat set it with white embossing powder.


This next card uses the analogous colors of red, orange and yellow. I used the following Alcohol Inks: Gumball, Sunset Orange and Sunshine Yellow.

I used the same stamp image, but this time I stamped it with Alcohol Lift Ink. After stamping the image, I used a paper towel to dab and lift off the ink to reveal the image. It creates a subtle effect, but adds a nice bit of interest to the background.

Alcohol Ink Analogous Rainbow Backgrounds Card by Juliana Michaels

On this final alcohol ink card, I used the analogous colors of blue, indigo and violet. The Alcohol Inks I used are: Glacier, Purple Twilight and Monsoon. The stamped image is the same one I used previously and again I used it with Alcohol Lift Ink.

Another analogous color combination that I didn't do, but that would be a great option is yellow, green and blue. Wouldn't that be gorgeous?

Alcohol Ink Analogous Rainbow Backgrounds Card by Juliana Michaels

Distress Ink Rainbow and Analogous Color Backgrounds

Now onto the second set of cards. This time I used Distress Ink with watercolor paper, but continued with the rainbow and analogous color combinations.

Distress Ink Analogous Rainbow Background Cards by Juliana Michaels

On these cards, I used the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Baroque Stamp Set and the Glorious Garden Stamp Set. I stamped the image with embossing ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I found that Super Fine White Embossing Powder worked better in keeping the details of the Glorious Garden image as compared to regular embossing powder. With all of these, I made sure the inked background was completely dry and ran an Anti-Static Pouch over the surface before stamping and heat embossing.

For the focal point, I again die cut butterflies from gold Metallic Kraft Stock using the Sizzix Scribbly Butterflies Thinlits Die. The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Tiny Text Stamp Set. This time I stamped it onto white cardstock with embossing ink and heat set with white embossing powder. I then inked the white paper with Distress Ink to coordinate it with the card.

Distress Ink Analogous Rainbow Background Cards by Juliana Michaels

On each of these cards, I used Distress Ink to create the background. For the rainbow effect, I used an Ink Blending tool to apply ink in stripes at a diagonal along a piece of watercolor paper. I then used the blending tool to blend the colors next to each other together. Next, I spritzed the paper using the Distress Sprayer, making sure to apply enough water to get the inks to create the distressed look. I did a combination of spritzing and drying with a heat tool and spritzing and dabbing dry with a paper towel to get the inks to blend and move. The Distress Ink colors I used on the rainbow background are: Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean and Wilted Violet.

Distress Ink Rainbow Background Card by Juliana Michaels

This next card uses an analogous color scheme. This time I used the following Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries and Wild Honey. When applying the ink, I again used a foam blending tool, but I applied the various inks to the card in different areas, blended the colors next to each other and then used the spritz and dry methods I used on the previous card. As I mentioned earlier, I used Super Fine White Embossing Powder when I stamped and embossed the Glorious Garden Stamp.

Distress Ink Analogous Background Card by Juliana Michaels

On my final card, I used Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink with the same technique as mentioned on the previous card.

Distress Ink Analogous Background Card by Juliana Michaels

That's it friends! I sure hope you enjoyed learning how to create these Rainbow and Analogous Color Backgrounds using Alcohol Ink and Distress Ink. Thanks so much for stopping by and as always, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

Supplies

You can find a supply list of the products I used to create this project below. This post contains compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com and Simon Says Stamp at no cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here.

Santa Tag | Tim Holtz Sizzix Christmas

Santa Claus is coming to town! This time of year has me doing all the holiday crafting and today I'm sharing a Santa Tag I created for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 Release. This project features the brand new Santa's Wish Colorize Thinlits. I am a huge lover of all things Santa, so when I saw this die I knew I wanted to create something with it.

Santa Tag by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Santa's Wish Colorize Thinlits

I began by die cutting the Santa from Bristol Smooth Cardstock. I then inked each piece with Distress Ink to make it the color I wanted. I used the darker of the two colors listed below to add shadows and usually applied this to the edges of the pieces or some of the layers.
Hat: Festive Berries and Aged Mahogany
Holly Leaves: Crushed Olive and Forest Moss
Holly Berries: Festive Berries and Aged Mahogany
Face: Antique Linen
Cheeks and Nose: Spun Sugar
Beard and Hat Trim: I only inked the edges very lightly with Vintage Photo
Eyes: Black Soot


On the back of each die it gives you a suggestion of what color to die cut each piece (based on the sample on the package) and I used this as a guide to help me decide what colors to use for my Santa. Once all of the coloring was finished, I began assembling the image. I used package image as a guide for putting it all together. However, if you would love a more detailed guide you can check out this step-by-step video by Sizzix on how to use this Colorize die.

          

During the assembly process, I decided Santa needed gold rimmed glasses, so I ended up die cutting that piece from gold Metallic Kraft Stock.

Santa Tag by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Santa's Wish Colorize Thinlits

To assemble the rest of the project, I took a Etcetera #8 Thickboard Tag and covered it with patterned paper from a previous Christmas Paper Stash. I used Collage Medium to adhere a piece of paper to both sides of the tag. I find that covering both sides helps to keep the tag from warping...especially if you plan to add lots of layers to one side.

Next, I layered on a Idea-ology Baseboard Frame and then added Santa to the middle of the frame. To give added stability behind the die cut, I layered some scrap chipboard and adhered it in place with Collage Medium.  I then added the "Merry & Bright" from an older pack of Christmas Quote Chips.

Santa Tag by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Santa's Wish Colorize Thinlits

The vintage looking crinkled ribbon is Hug Snug Seam Binding die with Distress Spray. I used this same ribbon on the Merry Embroidery Hoop I shared recently and you can check out more details on that post.

Santa Tag by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Santa's Wish Colorize Thinlits

Santa Tag by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Santa's Wish Colorize Thinlits

I hope you enjoyed learning how this Santa Tag came to life. I can't wait to see what you create and share using the Santa's Wish Colorize and all of the other new products from Tim Holtz's Sizzix Chapter 3 Release.

Supplies

You can find a supply list of the products I used to create this project below. This post contains compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com and Simon Says Stamp at no cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here. The products I used to create this project are a mix of products I purchased myself and products I received as compensation for creating for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 Release.

Merry Embroidery Hoop | Tim Holtz Sizzix Christmas

Today I'm continuing the Christmas theme and sharing a home decor piece I made using an embroidery hoop. I created this Merry Embroidery Hoop for the recent Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 release. You may have seen this featured during Tim's Facebook live, but if you happened to miss it you can still check it out either on Facebook or Tim's Blog.

Merry Embroidery Hoop by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Merry and Bright Thinlits and Festivities Bigz Dies

This Merry Embroidery Hoop features the Festivities Bigz Die and Merry and Bright Thinlits Dies.


To begin, I took an 8 inch wood embroidery hoop and gave a good distressing! I used my finger to paint the wood parts of the embroidery hoop with Walnut Stain Distress Paint. Once the paint was dry, I again used my finger to paint on some Crackle Texture Paste. This I applied in random areas on the wood parts of the hoop but with the hoop pieces together. After all the crackly goodness was complete, I added some Vintage Photo Distress Crayon to bring them out. I recommend working in small sections before the crayon has time to dry and you can use either your finger or even a small stencil brush to work the crayon into the cracks.


You would normally have some sort of cloth inside of an embroidery hoop, but I decided to go with Christmas themed patterned paper instead. I used the outside of the hoop as a template to trace and then cut out a piece of chipboard. I then adhered a piece of paper from a past Christmas Paper Stash to the chipboard using Distress Collage Medium. I then trimmed off the excess and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I then adhered this to the back side of the embroidery hoop using Collage Medium.


Merry Embroidery Hoop by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Merry and Bright Thinlits and Festivities Bigz Dies

Merry Embroidery Hoop by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Merry and Bright Thinlits and Festivities Bigz Dies

Now for the die cutting! To create the beautiful poinsettia, I used the new Festivities Bigz Die. I cut the flower two times from red felt and layered it together to give it more dimension. I then stitched three Idea-ology Tiny Bells to the center. The felt I used to create this was inexpensive felt from my local craft store. Most of this type of felt is rather thin and flimsy, so to make it more stiff, I adhered the felt to a sheet of double sided adhesive. I then peeled off the liner and adhered this to a piece of 110 pound cardstock and then die cut the various shapes. This is the wonderful thing about Bigz dies...they can cut through all different kinds of materials and thicker items. The leaves are also cut from two different colors of green felt using the same technique I used for the poinsettia. If you do happen to have real wool felt, you could probably skip this step as that sort of felt is usually thicker and holds its shape better.

Merry Embroidery Hoop by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Merry and Bright Thinlits and Festivities Bigz Dies

Merry is die cut from the gold paper in the Metallic Kraftstock using the Merry and Bright Thinlits Die. I cut it out several times and glued the layers together to give it more dimension.

Merry Embroidery Hoop by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Merry and Bright Thinlits and Festivities Bigz Dies

The final touch for this Merry Embroidery Hoop was the vintage crinkled bow. I took Hug Snug Seam Binding Ribbon and dyed it using Aged Mahogany, Vintage photo and Festive Berries Distress Stain. I sprayed the different colors of ink onto the ribbon, spritzed it with just a bit of water, wrinkled it up into a ball and then used my heat gun to dry it. Viola...beautiful vintage looking crinkled ribbon!


Merry Embroidery Hoop by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Merry and Bright Thinlits and Festivities Bigz Dies

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed learning how I created this Merry Embroidery Hoop to add to your upcoming Christmas home decor.

Supplies

You can find a supply list of the products I used to create this project below. This post contains compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com and Simon Says Stamp at no cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here. The products I used to create this project are a mix of products I purchased myself and products I received as compensation for creating for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 Release.

Joy Shaker Card | Tim Holtz Sizzix Christmas

Joy to the world and Happy Monday my crafty friends! Today I'm sharing this Joy Shaker Card I created for the recent Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 release. You may have seen this featured during Tim's Facebook live, but if you happened to miss it you can still check it out either on Facebook or Tim's Blog.

Joy Shaker Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Stunning Snowflake Thinlits and Alphanumeric Shadow Upper Thinlits


Joy Shaker Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Stunning Snowflake Thinlits and Alphanumeric Shadow Upper Thinlits

To get started, I cut a piece of cardstock to a square shape and die cut the center of it with the largest die from the Stunning Snowflake Thinlits. This left me with a large negative opening, perfect for a shaker card and I saved the actual die cut shapes for another project. I then added some machine stitching and inked the edges.


I then cut a piece of acetate just slightly smaller than the cardstock square and adhered it to the back side of the paper.


To create the shaker box I adhered strips of foam adhesive to the backside making sure there were no spaces or openings where the strips met. This ensures that the shaker filler won't be able to escape from the shaker box.


For the shaker filler, I used Distress Mica Flakes. These are perfect for adding a little shimmer and shine. Other options to use could be sequins, tiny jewels or seed beads.  To create the backside of the shaker, I stamped the word stamp from the Stripes and Holiday stamp set onto black cardstock with embossing ink and then heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I then adhered this to the shaker box filled with the mica flakes.


After completing the shaker box portion of the card, I layered it onto two pieces of patterned paper from the 2019 Christmas 8x8 Paper Stash.

Joy Shaker Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Stunning Snowflake Thinlits and Alphanumeric Shadow Upper Thinlits

To create the sentiment, I used the Alphanumeric Shadow Upper Thinlits and die cut each of the letters three times from the gold metallic paper in the Metallic Kraft Stock. I then adhered the letters using double sided foam adhesive to give it a little dimension. Using the Stripes and Holiday Stamp Set I stamped and fussy cut "joy to the world" and layered it onto of the die cut letters.

Joy Shaker Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Stunning Snowflake Thinlits and Alphanumeric Shadow Upper Thinlits

I hope you enjoyed learning how to create this Joy Shaker Card featuring the Tim Holtz Sizzix Alphanumeric Shadow Upper Thinlits and the Tim Holtz Sizzix Stunning Snowflake Thinlits. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Joy Shaker Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Stunning Snowflake Thinlits and Alphanumeric Shadow Upper Thinlits

Supplies

You can find a supply list of the products I used to create this project below. This post contains compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com at no cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here. The products I used to create this project are a mix of products I purchased myself and products I received as compensation for creating for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 Release.

Pink & Main Ergonomic Blender Brush Review


Hello friends! Today I'm sharing something a little different...a product review! Pink & Main recently sent me their Ergonomic Blending Brush and their brand new Mini Ergonomic Blending Brush which was just released.

As a retired Physical Therapist, I've worked with many patients over the years who had a variety of impairments that limited their hand function, such as strokes and spinal cord injuries. So needless to say, I was immediately intrigued by the idea of an ergonomic crafting tool. What does ergonomic mean? The definition of ergonomic is as follows: relating to or designed for efficiency and comfort in the working environment. 

Pink & Main Ergonomic Blending Brush Review

Upon receiving the brushes (and a beautiful stencil to try them out with!) I sat down to test them out. At first glance, I was impressed with the pretty pink packaging. I also love that each brush has its own little case that you can sit on your desk.

When I first picked up the brushes I immediately loved all of the options you have for holding either brush size. If you happen to have difficulty with gripping small items the larger brush is 2 inches in diameter and I found it very comfortable to hold with a loose grip and still get wonderful ink blending. The mini brush has a 1 inch diameter and gives you the ability to do more detail blending while still being easy to hold in the hand.

Both brushes have super soft bristles. This helps the brush to glide easily over your stencil and paper with minimal pressure and effort. They are also super easy to clean. I used a slightly damp microfiber cloth to wipe them off and was able to easily move on to my next color.

They are a bit on the expensive side when you compare them to other ink blending brushes, however if you are in need of something that won't hurt your hand and will give you effortless ink blending, then this tool is the one for you. I could certainly see myself having one for each color family if I didn't want to have to clean them in between color changes. However, since they are easy to clean you could certainly make do with just one brush.

PROS: 
Ergonomic design with multiple holding options
Storage case for easy storage
Easy to clean
Effortless ink blending

CONS:
Just one - Price - However, with just about anything you get what you pay for. So personally, I think the price is worth it.

Pink & Main Mini Ergonomic Blending Brush Review

All in all, I would highly recommend the Pink & Main Ergonomic Blending Brush and Mini Ergonomic Blending Brush if you are looking for a new blending brush option. I hope you enjoyed my review of the Pink & Main Ergonomic Blending Brush and Mini Ergonomic Blending Brush. Have you tried them yet? I'd love to hear what you think of them.

Supplies

You can find a supply list of the products I used to create this project below. This post contains compensated affiliate links to Pink & Main, Scrapbook.com and Simon Says Stamp - all at no cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here. The products I used to create this project are a mix of products I purchased myself and products I received with no expectations from Pink & Main.

Merry & Bright Card | Tim Holtz Sizzix Christmas

Hello friends and welcome! It's Christmas in July here at 17 Turtles! Today, I'm sharing one of the projects I made for the recent Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 release that includes all of his new Halloween and Christmas dies. You may have seen this during Tim's Facebook live, but if you happened to miss it you can still check it out either on Facebook or Tim's Blog.

Merry & Bright Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Merry Bright Thinlits and Holly Pieces Thinlits Dies

The dies I used to create this Merry & Bright inlaid die card include the Holly Pieces Thinlits Dies and Merry and Bright Thinlits Dies.



Now let me walk you through how this inlaid design came together.  When I was originally creating this card, I seriously took the long and difficult road. I don't want you to have to struggle like I did, so I'll be sharing what I think might be a slightly easier option as well as how I actually created it. Either way you choose will end up with this final result and you may actually prefer one method over the other if you attempt something like this.

Merry & Bright Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Merry Bright Thinlits and Holly Pieces Thinlits Dies

To get started, I cut a piece of Bristol Smooth Paper to 4.25 x 5.5 inches. I then placed the larger die from the Holly Pieces Thinlits into the right corner. I used Therm O Web Purple Tape to hold it in place and ran it through my die cutting machine. I then flipped the die around, placed it in the opposite corner, taped it in place and ran it through my die cutting machine a second time. As you can see, I placed it so there would be a small border around the outside edge of the cut areas. Feel free to die cut some sections using the tiny berries that are included as well.

Merry & Bright Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Merry Bright Thinlits and Holly Pieces Thinlits Dies

This next step is where I would now change things quite a bit.  Begin with a 4.25 x 5.5 inch piece of Bristol Paper and ink blend it with your choice of red Distress Ink. Repeat this process with your choice of green Distress Inks. For my card I used Candied Apple, Fried Brick, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss. I then took each of these papers and die cut each of them with the Holly Pieces Thinlits, making sure to keep all the little pieces. You will also need 2 of each image to fill in all of the openings.

Next, take the original panel you die cut with the holly pieces in each corner and back it with a sheet of double sided adhesive cut to size. Then start popping in the pieces from the ink blended paper to fill in the die cut design. Once all of the pieces are in place, ink the edges with a bit of Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Ink. And there you have your inlaid design!

Originally, I cut the initial panel and kept all the pieces intact and adhered a double sided adhesive sheet to the back side of the panel. I then die cut an extra Holly Pieces from a scrap of cardstock and used it as a mask to ink the red and green areas. Because the areas are so close together, I had to tape off the areas to prevent the red and green ink from covering up each other too much. 

Either option takes a bit of time to complete, but now that you know the different ways to achieve this look, you are certainly free to take your pick! You may prefer one over the other!

Merry & Bright Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Merry Bright Thinlits and Holly Pieces Thinlits Dies

To create the sentiment for the card, I die cut Merry from black cardstock several times using the Merry & Bright Thinlits Dies. I then adhered them together using a little Collage Medium. I then finished it off by stamping "merry & bright" from the Stripes & Holiday Stamp Set. This is a background stamp, so I stamped it onto black cardstock with embossing ink and heat set it with white embossing powder. I then trimmed off the words I wanted to use for this card and saved the others for future projects.

Merry & Bright Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Merry Bright Thinlits and Holly Pieces Thinlits Dies

I then finished off the card by mounting it onto a piece of patterned paper from the Christmas 2019 Paper Stash and then again onto another piece of cardstock inked with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Merry & Bright Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Merry Bright Thinlits and Holly Pieces Thinlits Dies

I hope you enjoyed learning how to create this Merry & Bright inlaid die cut card featuring the Tim Holtz Sizzix Holly Pieces and Merry & Bright Thinlits Dies.

Supplies

You can find a supply list of the products I used to create this project below. This post contains compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com at no cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here. The products I used to create this project are a mix of products I purchased myself and products I received as compensation for creating for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 Release.