Thursday, July 5, 2012

A winner and a new challenge

I hope everyone had a wonderful time BBQing and watching fireworks yesterday.  Before we begin with this month's challenge,  congratulations go out to Stacey Rumsby, the winner of June's double glitter challenge.  You can see her card here.  

Are you ready for some summer fun?  That's the theme for July's challenge and there are so many stencils to complement that theme.  One of my favorites is the Beach Chair and umbrella (LL329) because there are so many backgrounds you can use with it.   I love going to the beach (the closest  is 30 minutes away and one of the most beautiful, Pebble Beach, is an easy 90 minute drive) so this was an easy one for me.  I applied Color Solutions Alcohol Inks in Darkest Brown and Creme Brulee for the sand and Iceberg for the water/sky

on to gloss paper.  (I used a little thinner to help "smush" the colors around).  The beach chair was paste embossed on to acetate.  I masked off the umbrella pole and added the glossy blue paste and then the matte yellow.   I set the image aside to dry while I washed and dried the stencil.   To add the umbrella pole,  reposition the stencil on the image and, using a black fine-tip pen, add the line.   To assemble, position the acetate on the background and adhere the corners.  From card stock, cut a frame and attach to the front of the card to hide the glue marks on the acetate. 

Won't you come and play with us this month?  Here's a sneak peek at the prize . . .

. . . it's a new stencil that will be released this month at Summer CHA.  

For more inspiration, see what's going on at the Dream it Up! blog, as well as the rest of the Dream Team

Happy Crafting,


  1. Liz, great job with the alcohol inks! It makes me want to go whip up a tropical drink, grab a book and head outside!

  2. I love how you made a liquid (alc inks)look like sand! Totally awesome!

  3. Liz...this is gorgeous! Love how you did the AI's for your background... I'm always inspired how the team interprets designs and materials in such different ways. Thanks!

  4. This is one of my favorite summertime stencils too! You did a wonderful job creating your beach scene!

  5. Love this card! Makes we want to go to the! Great tips on your technique, too!

  6. Liz, I just LOVE what you did with the Alcohol inks here! FANTASTIC smushing on the background. I really felt the "beachy" feeling.

  7. great summer card! the background inks look so soft and i like the idea of the acetate. i'm sure it would look "floaty" irl. makes me want to be sitting in the chair :)