Today's card is for the Hot Mess = Success card challenge
where we make a
big mess card!
It's no secret - I don't like messes
and today's card was the. messiest. one. yet!
But it was WILDLY fun and would I do it again?
I'll have a video up soon on my channel because you REALLY
need to see this in action to get the full effect :)
Here's how it all got started ....
and you can also see what Barb, Carol, Darlene, Jeanette & Terry made
as we are the 6 Hot Messes :)
K .. First, here's my card
and then a VERY HEAVY PICTURE post if you want to see
some of the hows and whats and whys!
I used the new Avery Elle Look For Rainbows stamp ~
I adore images with umbrellas!
Just love love LOVE them!
I set them aside to work on the messiest background.
And when I saw this gave me ANXIETY, it did.
Juuuuuuuust watch :)
I used a technique I may have invented during Winter Camp
where we were to use glue on our projects.
I saw the entire plate of glue and felt bad - I really did!
I didn't want to throw it out and I said to myself
"Self? What would happen if .... I added alcohol inks to this glue!"
And I answered (myself) "Let's do it!"
But let's continue!
I decided "no time like the present! Add the alcohol!" (as in inks ...)
It was amazing!
I loved it and recreated it again for this card.
I've never seen it, never heard of anyone doing it, therefore,
I'm calling it my glue alcohol inks scraper thingie technique!
Step 1: Have these handy - and a trash can. They're your BFFs!
(this roll was brand new when I started)
Don't press it too hard and jiggle it ever-so-slighty in the mixture.
Step 6: Ta-da! This is ooey gooey but loads of fun!
It looks scary messy (it is, not gonna fib!) but WORTH IT.
The glue and inks give it an amazing design!
Except, I was trying to hold this mess, hold my phone, take pictures ..
it was a whole mess!
not work as a bone folder for me so it became a squeegie!
An old plastic card does the same but if you can go across in
one sweep rather than several, much betta!
from top to bottom removing all the glue/ink mixture QUICKLY
before it has the chance to set. That's another reason why
diluting it with water works wonders (nice alliteration!) ~
it usually comes off in one swipe!
Set the panel aside to dry - takes maybe 20 minutes.
Don't touch it when wet - it's very unforgiving
and you'll leave your prints of the crime for all to see!
Once it's dry, it's ready to use!
I used a rounded corner stitched die from MFT Stamps
and let the 'busy-ness' of the background be the star.
I added the sweet mouse and rain puddle from the stamp set
and one of the sentiments and done!
*Tip 1: Remember step 1! When you 'squeegie' the panel,
glue oozes e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e!
I went through nearly an entire paper towel roll and glue gets sticky fast.
Just spray and wipe and you're good!
*Tip 2: The plate of glue is best when fresh.
It's hard to get a GOOD background when it's already been dunked.
Just add a few more droplets of alcohol and make a couple more!
I ended up with 6 before I called it quits and none are alike!
Have you seen the cost of Yupo paper!
It's wonderful ... I love it, I have it here, I bought it and I use it!
But it's 'spensive!
This is a WONDERFUL alternative and glue costs like 60 cents at WM
not to mention cardstock is pretty inexpensive there, too.
This can resemble the shaving cream technique which is equally fun
but since I've already done that a million and one times,
I wanted to just get messy, have fun, be distracted and PLAY!
So ... that's the glue alcohol inks scraper thingie technique!
This month's Hot Mess = A Success!
One last look at my card again:
Thanks so much for stopping by!