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Friday 27 March 2020

Creative card Making with Barbara

Hi everyone! It's Barbara ( Yayascrap & more) here and this is my first Creative Cardmaking Post!
In this difficult moment for each of us, I wanted to create a card that will make all united in the same effort, with the hope or better with the certainty of being able to slowly resolve the situation with our own sacrifices.
I chose two quotes to remind us of both our task and why we absolutely have to combine all our efforts!
Stay home because we have just one life!
Here are the close-ups and the tutorial.

Here's the tutorial
When I start a project the first thing I do is choose the colors I want to work with. This time my intention was to create a dark sky but with some gashes of light blue. Alcohol inks are perfect because they can create incredible effects. I chose the colors you can see in the photo and then I used the new product from the Alloy range in the Foundry color.
This is an amazing color. When I tried it I couldn't believe my eyes! The moment the drops come out of the bottle they look golden, then as they move the magic happens, together with the gold there is the silver. It's incredible!
I started with a few drops of various shades of blue together with a few drops of Alcohol Ink Blending solution on the Yupo Translucent paper. You have to move the sheet slowly because if you do it too fast the drops mix and you will no longer have those well-defined color effects but a uniform and a little boring coloring. If you move slowly instead you will be able to direct the drops. When you have obtained the effect you can dry from a distance with Heat Tool. At this point, drop a few drops of Alloy Foundry at random and immediately above them a tiny droplet of Blending solution.
You will see the golden color expanding and dividing creating lines similar to those of marble.
At the same time as these golden lines are created, the silver color appears on the surface. It is truly stunning! I really fell in love with these new Alcohol inks!
The background of the card is ready. The Yupo Paper Translucent is perfect for working with Alcohol Inks but it is a little transparent and if you have to use them on dark cardstock as I did, I recommend you to glue it on a white sheet cut in the same size using the roller to make exit any air bubbles.
At this point with the metal cardstock by Tim Holtz, I cut the urban landscape in two colors and I used an old embossing folder to give dimension.
 With the same metallic cardstocks and the Tim Holtz Alpha Numeric Tiny Type Upper Thinlits die I cut the letters to compose the phrase #Stay Home.
 At the base of the landscape, I inserted a strip cut with the 3D Star Trim die.
To complete the card I used a cutout that I had left from the colored base with the Alcohol Inks and I cut some hearts that I glued on the houses.
As a final detail I used the color Alloy Foundry to highlight the stars and added the "Just One Life" sentiment.
The phrase Just One Life is part of a set of Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamps that will surely become a must-have because it really contains a huge number of sentences!
To stamp it I used Versamark and Platinum embossing powder. I chose the colors of the layers of the card and I finished the job by gluing them.
I hope you enjoyed reading the tutorial and I hope this card will help us understand that at this moment we must have a common goal and that there no exist boundaries like never before. If you want you can find the whole list of materials that I used on my Blog Yayascrap & more!
I also remind you that you still have a whole week to participate in our monthly Challenge: Celebration Time Come On!
Stay home!
Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!


  1. A very thought provoking and beautifully created card Barbara. The alcohol ink background is just stunning. Thank you for sharing such a lovely creative post with us today in such difficult circumstances. Sending you much love and hugs. Jennie x

  2. Oh I need this idea! Thank you for the thought provoking technique -Im gonna sort of do something very similar in my Cornoavirus journal that I am creating at the moment. I promise to send u a photo or video of it!

  3. It's such a fabulous card, Barbara - an amazing background with the alcohol inks and alloys - and such clear directions too, thank you. Love the layered buildings too, and such powerful words. Wonderful!
    Alison x

  4. The silver icy qualities seem so right for the theme/message. You are a true artist.

  5. This is such a fabulous card Barbara! It conveys a very powerful message for these uncertain times. Thank you also for the excellent tutorial. May you stay safe and well ! Xx

  6. I usually read the blog posts in my email, admire them and move on. This time I had to jump over to say how much I love this card. Absolutely stunning background and I love the embossing of the buildings. And of course the message: Stay safe x

  7. Such a great card making post and tutorial Barbara x I love the background details and the embossing on the cityscape, followed by thoughtful words.
    Take care and huge hugs
    Annie xx

  8. what a wonderful design Barbara - and a timely topic! Your AI sky is so beautiful - I need to go back up and read again how you achieved it - and what a great way to cut the city scape in the silver and embossed a gorgeous card! Hope you are continue to be well with everyone home and having to all stay in - Julia xx

  9. This is so amazing Barbara. I love the alcohol background so much. Take care and stay safe.