Virginia's Guest Design (Week 2)

Hello dear Altenew friends! It's Virginia's 2nd week here at Altenew blog. Thank you for your wonderful comments for last week's debut. The theme for this week is "Ink Them Up". We are looking into a few different color mediums. There's an old saying: " A Little Goes a Long Way".  Well, it is true when it comes to applying inks!

Let's start with one of my favorite coloring mediums--alcohol inks. It is formulated to create vibrant hues and colors when dabbed with Alcohol Blending Solution on non-porous glossy paper. Alcohol inks are easy and fun to use to create large open images, such as Magnolias for Her. For my first card, I basically created a colorful yet subtle image with alcohol inks.
After the inks (Wild Plum and Pink Sherbet ) dried, I stamped the magnolias and cut them out. The shades and depth of colors truly enhance the stamped designs. I also added Perfect Pearl Liquid for the centers of the Magnolias.

My 2nd card was created in much the same fashion, just in different colors.

Missing You!

With the ink applicator, I used Sail Boat Blue, Cloudy Blue, Butterscotch and Sunset Orange (see here) with Alcohol Blending Solution. This Ori Kami set is perfect for this medium. I also used some tinted blue embossing paste with a stencil to simulate the water droplets.


Another popular yet easy way to color the images is using Distress Inks with water as the color medium. The image from Sketchy Cities is perfect for this.

sending happy thoughts your way

It took very little time and effort to color the entire city scape.I also added some light blue and stamped the sentiment over it.
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Lastly, I am sharing another new favorite color medium of mine---Gelatos. I used the Spotlight Technique and focused on a smaller portion of the city skyline. You can see the process here in my blog.
thinking of you
Here is the close-up of the circle die cut. One thing I did was to emboss the entire circle in clear embossing powder. The image looks sharper and even more shiny!
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I hope you enjoy today's post. These stamps are so versatile that no matter what your inking level is, you can easily find a creative way to ink them up. I look forward to sharing more awesomeness of Altenew stamps here next Wednesday. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Comment on this post (25 comments)

  • Coengkring says...

    Oh man. That’s a remarkable bumemr. I get how you feel. Back when the BF and I started dating we went on a trip to NYC and Boston. It was lovely, but as soon as I stepped into Boston I fell ill. To the point where I had to spend an entire day in bed with chills and all. Then, I had a visit from ehem, mother nature. Imagine how happy and delighted I was. NYC is pretty cool, but that thing about addresses and actual locations of places can bite you. Hope you are doing well now and have recovered from the nasty cold. I was lurking around your flickr pics. They are AWESOME!

    March 15, 2015

  • Angelica says...

    Holy cow, that is fantastic!! You know my faivrote thing— it’s the way it is bound with the rulers and wing nuts and bolts. I love all the texture and details. This is fantastic. What a great opportunity to learn from him in person! That sounds awesome!!

    March 13, 2015

  • Aoi says...

    Hi there, Alexandra! OMG, this is seriously one of the best sterois I’ve heard about apartment hunting. I moved 4 times while I was in the US. Most of the apartments were lovely and clean (since they were owned by big companies), but there was one building that was just demolished as I settled in the city (good thing it scared the crap out of me because the manager looked like a hobo and the tenants were iffy too). I didn’t know that apartments weren’t in viewable condition before you actually move in here in Canada. That took me by surprise.My boyfriend lived in the same retirement community we live now where the buildings aren’t too pretty on the outside, but inside they’re gorgeous. I remember him sending me pics so I could judge and see which one I liked. The carpet was being replaced, the stove was not in place, there was paint everywhere. I was a bit taken aback.We moved twice in the span of a month before I started my postdoc TWICE! From the US to ON, then from his bachelor’s apartment to our own. It was brutal, but I’m somewhat glad I don’t live in the city (Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal) because I’d be screaming for space and I cannot possibly imagine what you are going through.Hope all works well and that you guys find something nice, affordable and clean. Thanks for visiting

    March 13, 2015

  • Mirek says...

    Beautiful, Suzanne! Those flowers pop off the card. I espiceally love the sweet butterfly. You know you can never have too many in my book. :)Hugs~

    March 05, 2015

  • Barb Ghigliotty says...

    Gorgeous cards, Virginia! I really love how you used a different inking technique on each one…really love the last one so much! This was a really great showcase…thanks for sharing all of these awesome creations with us!

    June 13, 2014

  • Tenia Nelson says...

    These AWESOME cards ROCK, Miss Lady!!! :)

    June 13, 2014

  • Sarah G says...

    Your cards are totally gorgeous, Virginia! You have inspired me to get the alcohol inks back out :)

    June 13, 2014

  • Victoria H. says...

    Oh my goodness, Virginia, these are just so beautiful samples; beautifully done!

    June 12, 2014

  • Michelle W says...

    Gorgeous, Virginia! I’m especially in love with those fish! :-)

    June 12, 2014

  • linda baker says...

    These are all gorgeous! Love the cityscape!

    June 12, 2014

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