Thursday, March 5, 2015

OWH and Unity...

Hello my wonderful friends!


It's time for another Unity hop!
(and sale!)

We are super happy to be supporting Operation Write Home with a BRAND NEW stamp kit.... Ragged Ol' Flag!

Isn't this kit AWESOME?!?!
And so is this organization that helps keep our Armed Forces and their families in touch with a touch of handmade love! Make sure to check them out!

Of course I HAD to get the rubber all inky this week! I've had so much fun! (more a little later on the fun technique I used here!)

So I JUST got my NEW(remade) island table for my studio!!!! EKKKKKS! Totally excited! It's BIG, and it's GORGEOUS... It does, however, mean things in the studio have been a bit chaotic... Rearranging... reorganizing.... going slightly crazy.... Yeah. Good stuff!

(sorry, no picts yet... I'm writing this super late at night... gotta wait for some sunlight... and a little more organization.)

In the midst of the chaos, I still had work to do... like say, a birthday card for my SWEET little sis!

I LOVE this swirl stamp from January's LOL kit 'Time to be Happy Again'! I think this may be one of my FAVORITE LOL kits to date.... however, that changes frequently cuz Unity keeps putting out AWESOME new ones! 

(you can check out and become a member of the Layers of Life club HERE!)

I also wanted to make a 'thank you' for my DEAR mother who has been doing all the hard work transforming my old studio furniture into FANTABULOUS new things! She has skills that I don't! I l
ove her so much! (and she has to put up with all my OCD freak outs....) She is AMAZING!


The fabulous rose is from the SOTW 'Here's to New Beginnings'. Love this one! "Merci" is from 'Heartfelt Sentiments'. A perfect kit to add just the right sentiment.
(and thank's to Pinterest, the starburst background was a cinch! Here's the link!)

If you want to get a new stamp in your mailbox EACH WEEK, click HERE to sign up.


 Ok.. so remember my first card? Well, here's the scoop...

Step 1: use a felt blending pad on an ink blending tool to apply Alcohol Ink to a piece of acetate. (the darker the color, the more dramatic the end result.) I applied the ink with a pouncing motion... that is what gives it the mottled look... if you want a more solid look, you can swipe the blending tool across the acetate instead

Step 2: Stamp your background image with Ranger's ARCHIVAL INK. 
I used the quote from the new Ragged Ol' Flag kit.

Step 3: Let the ink sit for a little bit, but not long enough for the ink to dry... then wipe it off with a paper towel. This not only removes the black ink, it takes off the Alcohol ink leaving a ghost image. It isn't super crisp, but it is awesome for a little bit of extra texture!

Step 4: Stamp your main image, again with Archival Ink (because it is formulated to dry on non porous surfaces)... this time, let it dry for a permanent image. 

ALRIGHTY... need to go break in that table!


Don't forget---
 Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win.  The winner will be announced Monday on the Unity blog.

Enjoy!


47 comments:

Miwa said...

Wow, love how you did the background for the first card - thanks for the tutorial!

Kathy morgan said...

Love the technique for the OWH card!! Thanks for the inspiration and supporting OWH!

Diane Loughrey said...

Thanks for the technique. I like how it looks like crackle paint.

Becca said...

Beautiful! I love the look of that technique. Can't wait to give it a try.

Lori Kobular said...

I love your cards and of course my favorite is the Patriotic one! What a great stamp set! Thanks for supporting OWH and our Military!

Sandy Allnock said...

Hi Kassi! Thanks so much for showing how you made that fun background!!

designbydonna said...

Awesome card. Thanks for sharing your technique

Sarah said...

Oh wow! This is fabulous--thank you so much for sharing how you did this!!

Ruby said...

Amazing projects. Thanks for the inspiration.

Donna Dacy said...

I love how you did the background and the sentiment. Need to try this. Great job! TFS

Sandra Schroeder said...

Love that stamping technique used on the OWH card. Thank you for sharing. I have never seen that technique before. Enjoy your new table.

Marsha said...

You really did get inky. TFS and thank you, Unity, for supporting OWH.

Shelley C said...

Cool technique - thanks for sharing!!

Debbie Caldwell said...

your technique really makes that heart pop...beautiful card. Thank you for supporting OWH

cal8007 said...

Oh, Kassi, what a fabulous tutorial!! I'll have to get my alcohol inks out and see if I can replicate the background!

Carmen L

Linda said...

Thanks for sharing you pretty work.

Brandi R said...

Love these! Thank you for sharing ♥

Immi said...

Excellent technique - I tried this for the first time earlier this week and loved it!

Angie Hudson said...

Great technique on your first card! Thank you for supporting OWH!

Katie Bolinger said...

What a cool technique. Must try this one.

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Great cards. Fun technique I will have to try.

Kristie said...

The alcohol ink background is so cool! Thanks for sharing how to make it.

ionabunny said...

That background is gorgeous. Thanks for the tips. Hugz

Sweet April said...

Wow,wow,wow,your projects were stunning.Thanks for your marvelous technique.

Paula S. said...

This really is a perfect stamp set to get 'inky' with....great background! Thanks for supporting OWH on the hop today.

Sybrina K said...

Wow! What an amazing patriotic card! Thanks for sharing the details behind the technique you used to create that background. And, thanks so much for Unity's support of OWH. :)

jcobb said...

Great cards! Thanks for demonstrating the technique on the first card.

Teresa Doyle said...

Hey Kassi, a cool card and a very cool technique. TFS!

Toni K said...

Gorgeous!

Patsy Hattori said...

love the cards and techniques

jules said...

Beautiful. Thx for showing this technique.

Samantha Klaebe said...

Thanks so much for sharing this technique!
Love the background and will have to try it out myself!

Thanks

BobbisTreasure said...

Really cool technique - thanks for sharing!

Joan K said...

Thanks for sharing such a beautiful card and the tutorial for creating the awesome background. Looks like its time for me to get inky too!

Sue D said...

Wonderful variety of cards and thanks for sharing your technique for the patriotic card.

Stephanie said...

What a fun technique! I need to try it!

Lisa Rodriguez said...

Gorgeous work

Scrapper Myra said...

Nice technique. And go go go and enjoy your table. Hace fun.

Kathy S said...

Great Alcohol Ink technique.

Tasha Freeman said...

Super clever inky trick!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your technique, love this idea!

Linda Patti. tpatti@windstream.net

Stampy Sister said...

Thanks for reminding me of that technique. I love it.

Sherry Butcher said...

Love the technique for the OWH card!! TFS.

airbornewife said...

what a beautiful background you created for your card. thanks for sharing the "how to".

Pam

Kris B said...

Wonderful card! Love how you created the background! Thanks for the tutorial!

jennifer mitten said...

Fantastic! Love your techniques!

Ann said...

Wow! I love your cards! Thank you for the tutorial on the first background!