Hello everyone. It’s Koren here today, sharing another coffee inspired card with you. I used the Mug Life stamp set. I also used alcohol inks and the new lift ink. This was my first time using the lift ink and I have to say, it’s pretty neat.
I started with a piece of Yupo paper. Yupo paper is a non-porous, plastic-like shiny paper. I’m using Legion Yupo paper but many brands make a Yupo paper. The alcohol inks dry really quickly, so they need to be used on a slick surface. I used alcohol ink in the color Espresso. Just one color of alcohol ink and some alcohol ink blending solution made this entire background. I covered the Yupo paper in the alcohol ink blending solution and then immediately added some of the Espresso Alcohol ink to the paper as well. I constantly move it around using a straw from my kitchen. I just blow air through the straw and direct the ink where to go before it dries. Once the ink starts to dry, you must add blending solution to get it to move around. Doing this also dilutes the ink color. So, you have to find a way to move the color around quickly without diluting too much of your color. This technique can change depending on the type of look you are going for, with your background. I wanted my background to look “coffee-inspired” and I think I achieved that. I set this piece aside to dry for a little while, maybe an hour or so, before I started working with it or die cutting it.
After the background was dry, I loaded the sentiment that reads “I don’t know what I would do without coffee, probably 25 to life” into my MISTI stamping tool. I did this to make sure that my sentiment would go straight up and down without wiggling too much. I loaded the stamp and the alcohol ink background into the MISTI. I wanted to stamp the sentiment with the Alcohol lift ink to see what it would do. I wasn’t sure how accurate the lift ink would actually be. Once the stamp was ready to go, I inked up the sentiment with the Alcohol Lift ink. I closed the door of the MISTI and let the stamp sit on the alcohol inked background longer than I normally would, to give the ink a chance to grab on. Then I lifted the door of the MISTI off my project. It wasn’t much to see at first. I took a small corner of a paper towel and rubbed away any excess lift ink that remained on the surface of my project. Then, thats where the magic happens. It had taken away ALL of the ink from where the sentiment was sitting. It wasn’t the best application of this product, but it worked!! As you can see in the final project photos.
I cut it down using a stitched rectangle die that I have in my stash. It measures 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 and has stitching detail along the outside edge. I added a piece of craft fun foam to the back of the panel with double sided adhesive to pop it up onto a white 110 pound cardstock card base. The card base is size A2 and is cut in a portrait orientation. I usually justify my front panels to the center of the card base, like I did with this card.
I stamped the coffee image from the Mug Life stamp set with Memento Tuxedo black ink onto another piece of white cardstock and colored it with my Copic markers in C0, C1, and C3 to give some depth to the image while also keeping the cup looking white. I also stamped the same image onto a piece of Kraft cardstock and cut out only the cup holder. I’m paper piecing the holder onto the original image. This gives the image some interest.
Before I adhere my paper pieced holder onto the cup, I want to stamp one of the sentiments also from the Mug Life stamp set onto the holder. It’s the perfect sentiment, “I own you”. It really does, coffee really does own me. I stamped the sentiment onto the Kraft paper piece with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Ranger White embossing powder. I popped up the entire coffee cup with foam tape and stuck it just to the right of the lifted sentiment.
To finish off the card I used a “hey” word die from my stash. So, now, when you look at the card it’s clearly a coffee card that says “hey, I own you”. How perfect is that? I love it. So, the “hey” is cut from Tonic Studios Emerald Green Mirror Cardstock. I added four layers of Kraft cardstock to this die cut to give it some dimension. Each layer is adhered with liquid glue. I also used that same liquid glue to adhere it directly to my card panel. I placed it just above the lifted sentiment. This card is a little different than the type of cards I usually create. I like going out of my comfort zone on projects like this because I learn a lot and I have a lot of fun doing it.
I hope you all enjoyed this project as much as I did. The Mug Life stamp set is going to get tons of use in my craft room. The sentiments are fabulous. Such a fun set to create with. Try going out of your comfort zone and see what you create.