Baroque | Alcohol Ink Lift Techniques

Hello friends! Today, I'm sharing two cards I created using the Tim Holtz Baroque Stamp Set and there were on display in the Stamper's Anonymous Booth at Creativation. Both of these cards are the result of a happy accident involving Alcohol Ink. Don't you just love when that happens?

So this happy accident business all started with me trying to use the Alcohol Lift Ink. I was playing with Alcohol Inks and had created this beautiful blue background and I thought it would be fun to use the Alcohol Lift Ink with the beautiful flourish from the Baroque Stamp Set and create a dramatic lifted stamp image. Well, when I tried this, the fine detail of the design didn't give me anything even remotely dramatic. In fact, I could barely see that I had even stamped the image. I could see the ink on the stamp though, so I stamped it onto a piece of white cardstock and thought "now that looks kind of pretty", so I set it to the side for later, thinking it might make a nice background for another card, as you will see in my second card below.

Hope Is Never Lost Card | Tim Holtz Baroque Stamp Set

I then went back to my failed Alcohol Lift piece and saw that the ink was still quite shiny and wet so....I thought let's sprinkle some gold embossing powder on there and see if it sticks. Well, guess what? It did stick, so I grabbed my heat gun and heat embossed the powder. I immediately fell in love with the contrast of the gold on the dark blue Alcohol Ink background and knew it was perfect for a card!

To finish it off, I added a sentiment from the Tiny Text Stamp Set and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. I then mounted the panel onto a piece of gold metallic paper from the 8x8 Kraft Stock Metallic Paper Pad.

So now back to that pretty Alcohol Lift Ink image from earlier. As I mentioned, I had stamped it onto a piece of white cardstock. For more color, I blended some Distress Oxide Ink around the outside edges, spritzed it with water and them dabbed it dry.

It still needed something, so I pulled out the Urban Elements Stamp Set. I stamped a couple of the images with embossing ink and them heat embossed them with gold embossing powder. To further embellish the frame in the center I added a butterfly (from the Scribbly Butterflies Thinlits Dies) die cut from Bristol Paper and inked with Distress Oxide Ink.

The sentiment is from the amazing Tiny Text Stamp Set and is just stamped with embossing ink onto black cardstock and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I then mounted the front panel onto a piece of gold metallic kraft stock and then onto a piece of watercolor paper inked with Distress Oxide Inks and splattered with water.

Well, what do you think of this Alcohol Lift Ink Technique using the Tim Holtz Baroque Stamp Set? I hope you enjoyed learning how this grand idea went from craft fail to happy accident!


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  1. Extraordinarily elegant, completely beautiful cards. There is such a mighty sense of soothing serenity to both designs.

    Autumn Zenith 🎃 Witchcrafted Life

  2. Both of these cards are so beautiful. That baroque stamp always gets to me and, wow, the card with the gold embossing and, yet, it is still just as gorgeous as a light background. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Lemons to lemonade! Love both of these cards!


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