CASE a Team Member Around the World on Wednesday

CASE a Team Member Around the World on Wednesday


Case a Team Member AWOW. C.A.S.E … used to mean “Copy and Share Everything” … but a more updated version is “Copy and Selectively Edit”.

Welcome once again to Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop, travelling around the world through every time zone. You may be starting here or you may have come from the fabulous Cazz Boylan’s blog.
This month we are CASE’ing the team member who follows us on this hop. Hence “Case a Team Member AWOW”. We get to choose a project created by that team member, and then create our own interpretation of that project. I am CASE’ing Danielle Kassing in the Nederlands and Cazz Boylan will be casing me (and I am curious to see which project Cazz chooses to CASE).

Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop is the brainchild of Angie McKenzie, a wonderful friend and amazing paper artist. My name is Cheryll Miller, and I am so delighted to be a part of this varied and talented group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators.

Which of Danielle’s projects did I CASE?

Hooo boy! This was such a hard choice. Danielle’s blog is chock full of amazing projects. In the end, I saw that Danielle had recently created to projects using the Faux Alcohol Ink on Vellum technique and I have been keen to try this …. so this is the card I chose to case.

Click on the image to go to Danielle’s blog post on this project.

Quiet Meadow Bundle to CASE a Team Member …

Here is my version of Danielle’s card …. I am nowhere near as accomplished as Danielle at this technique … her colour mix is just divine. I did change up the orientation, but I used ribbon and a die cut sentiment over the faux alcohol ink background. I have used the wildflower dies from the Meadow die set as my focal point.

CASE a team member AWOW

I used Cinnamon Cider, Poppy Parade and Melon Mambo Stampin’ Blends for my background, and I ended up only colouring a portion of my vellum sheet. The colours were intense, even with vellum sheet flipped over so the colours were on the back. So I chose to use black cardstock for my dies, to create a silhouette look.

CASE a team member AWOW

  • Definitely use Stampin’ Up!® Vellum …. it is nice and thick and takes the Stampin’ Blends and Isopropyl well (when you use the correct strength Isopropyl).
  • Scroll down for what NOT to do, and then how to get a better result for a faux alcohol ink background.
  • I used Polished Pink Open Weave Ribbon around the card, with Black Baker’s Twine wrapped around it a couple of times and tied in a bow over the wildflowers. I deliberately frayed the ends of the Baker’s Twine.
  • The sentiment and die cut sentiment holder are from the Quiet Meadow bundle.
  • Black Matt Adhesive Dots add a final touch of drama.
  • I apologise for the slightly blurred look, I was trying to focus on the faux alcohol ink background and could not for the life of me get both the background and the black die cuts to both be in focus!

Sneaky short cut ….

I will also say that I had some massive failures today when I was trying to create this faux alcohol ink background. I started to panic about actually having a card to put up for the blog hop. So I pulled out my Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper. There are some gorgeous alcohol ink designs in this paper and so I quickly created a “back up” card project just in case I couldn’t work out what I was doing incorrectly.

Expressions in Ink project

It’s a softer look, and so instead of using black for my silhouettes, I used Blackberry Bliss for a slightly less harsh contrast. The ribbon is Fresh Freesia and I used White Baker’s Twine this time.

Personally I like my handmade faux alcohol ink background, and I am keen to try some different colours and maybe, just maybe, get as stunning a result as Danielle has!

My first attempts at this technique were a huge failure.

After a few attempts, I read Danielle’s blog post more carefully and twigged that she was using a 97% Isopropyl/Alcohol mixture …. my Isocol was only 640ml per litre, definitely not 97% … could my Isopropyl be the issue?

I had Isocol on hand (the green crocodile rubbing alcohol we get at the pharmacy here in Australia … with it’s distinctive crocodile odour). It is an isopropyl alcohol, we use it in our spritzers with ink refills to create an ink spritz. I could get the colours to move okay (mostly), but as the vellum started to dry, it started to curl … and curl … and curl!!!

I tried taping it down … as soon as I released the tape, it curled! I think I need to use this stuff on my hair … I would have Shirley Temple locks! Well maybe not, the smell would drive me insane. It just wasn’t going to work.

How to create Isopropyl Scrolls …

So what did I use?

Feeling like an advertising site right now, but in Australia this brand of Isopropyl Alcohol is 99%. It is a tad expensive (compared to the good old Isocol), it is flammable and it is a solvent, so be careful with it!

Creating the Faux Alcohol Background.

The steps to create the Vellum Alcohol Ink panel are quite easy, if a little bit messy. Now I had left creating my card until today, so I didn’t have any of the 99% Isopropyl here at home. But in my long ago stash, I remembered that I had some blending fluid used with real alcohol inks, so I figured it would have the correct amount of Isopropyl. I dug it out of the cupboard and it worked. The vellum stayed flat and the colours blended beautifully.
I have hubby on the job to get some of the full strength Isopropyl from our hardware shop on the weekend, and I will look forward to trying this again.

I am so excited to see which projects my fellow AWOW Team Members choose to CASE this month.

Danielle, I hope you like my CASE of your Faux Alcohol Ink Card, and the cheat’s version as well! 😉

Next Blog

Around the World on Wednesday Next Blog

Next up, you are heading across the ocean to Danielle Kassing’s blog in the Nederlands in Western Australia, a long way in distance, but just a click away in our AWOW hop …. Danielle will be CASing Satomi Wellard.

The full blog hop list is below. How exciting to check out which projects from our team members inspired the participants this month, all around the world!

Around the World on Wednesday Designers
The AWOW Design Team

Jan Clothier – NZ
Leonie Stuart – AU
Rochelle Laird-Smith – AU
Cazz Boylan – AU
Cheryll Miller – AU
Danielle Kassing – NL
Satomi Wellard
Pia Gephardt – DE
Ximena Morales – DE
Aurélie Fabre – FR
Emma Goddard – UK
Mikaela Titheridge – UK
Annette Ball – CA
Angie McKenzie – US
Wendy Lee – US
Shel Anderson – CA
Chris Smith – US
Anne Marie Hile – US
Brenda Nelson – CA
Tricia Butts – US
Elaine de Montmorency – CA
Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – US
Teri West – US
Cheryl Hamilton – US


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