Wednesday, August 6, 2014

By the Seashore Mixed Media

When DH gave me some play money for my birthday,
I bought some alcohol inks.
I'd been admiring this background technique since I started stamping.

Then I kept seeing Laurie's beautiful cards using this technique on

So I went shopping for alcohol inks.


I got the inks out and had a play with them.

They are so much fun!

And I love the mottled background.

I used Lettuce and Pool on this one with
Snow Cap Mixative.

Edited to add that Vicki suggested that I enter this in the Muse Challenge so here I go.
Thanks, Vicki.

The current Mixed Media Challenge theme is


I had the By the Seashore stamp set in my NBUS box
and thought it was a good opportunity to ink it up.

I stamped the shells with Sahara Sand ink
then fussy cut them and edged with a Sahara Sand marker.

And used a White Gel Pen on the sand dollar
one of the Skin Tone Blendabilities on the shell and starfish,
and also a Creamy Caramel marker on the starfish.
I put the shells on some burlap ribbon with lots of hot glue
and added a pearl.

For a little added texture, I distressed the Crumb Cake mat.

Maybe you'd like to try some mixed media?

So glad you stopped by.

Enjoy!
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Card Recipe
Stamps:  By the Seashore
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Alcohol Ink (Pool, Lettuce, Snow Cap Mixative, Blending Solution; Adirondack), SU Marker (Sahara Sand, Creamy Caramel)
Paper:  110# Solar White (Neena), Crumb Cake, Glossy Paper, Whisper White
Other:  Distressing Tool, Stitched Mat Rectangles (Lil' Inker), Burlap Ribbon, Large Basic Pearl (retired)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted




37 comments:

Cynthia said...

OK. NEW FAVORITE CARD. I love this!!! The layers are so fun--love the alcohol ink colors too. So beachy! Love love love!!!

Benzi said...

Wow! I love this beauty, Bonnie. I just tried alcohol inks for the first time recently. My card won't show up for quite sometime, though. It was really fun. I love your shells and burlap. Just fantastic!

Julia Aston said...

W wonderful summer card with your text shells Bonnie - love the background and you even got the burlap in! thanks for playing with this month's Mixed Media Card challenge!

jimlynn said...

Bonnie, it looks like an underwater scene! WOW! I love the look the alcohol inks give this background and also think the sea shells and burlap are so beautiful. A truly gorgeous card.
Lynn

Deepti said...

I am in love the BG :) so perfect for the sea theme u picked and Love the burlap on this creation, along with distressed edges. Thank you for sharing with MMCC!

Bonnie McLain said...

Hi Bonnie... I am a bonnie too... your card is very nice... Love the sea going critters... Great card... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

MaryH said...

This card almost makes me homesick for Fla. (not quite though!). It's lovely, and you did this alcohol technique brilliantly. Love the sandy shells, and that burlap...what a perfectly wonderful beach scene you have created with the little details. Good use of money well spent, I'd say! TFS & Hugs

Bobby said...

I love all your sea creatures on that fabulous background, Bonnie. Wonderful card.

laurie said...

Wow! Way better than I have ever done! Great idea...makes me think about the technique in a different way. I mostly use the backgrounds with Memory Box dies, I'll have to branch out and try some other things now after seeing this!

Karren said...

This is fabulous, Bonnie! I love alcohol inks and have a few around here somewhere. You've inspired me to dig them out!

Greta said...

Wow, Bonnie! Your card is fantastic! I have yet to make anything I can use with my alcohol inks--don't know what my trouble is, but you make me want to keep trying!

Loll Thompson said...

LOVE! The alcohol ink blended background is GORGEOUS! Love the distressing on your Crumb Cake layer and the burlap is perfect paired with your "sea" embellies. The pearl is perfect! :) Thanks for joining in, my friend! :) Loll xx

Far North said...

Your beautiful alcohol inked background gives a fresh look to you entire card! Beautiful! Thx for playing at MMCC!...Jan

SARN said...

You've made good use of your birthday pressie there Bonnie. xxx

Faith A said...

Beautiful card Bonnie, love your inks background, seems you take to whatever new thing you get with aplomb!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Hey Bonnie - this is fabulous! It also qualifies for the Muse Challenge - http://musecardclub.blogspot.com/2014/08/muse-challenge-79.html

I sure hope you enter it - beautiful card!

Susan said...

Love your alcohol ink background! Perfect setting for your lovely shells!

Brenda said...

Wow Bonnie, I would say that that was money well spend!! You are a natural at using the alcohol inks. I love the beautiful back ground your created-beautiful colors you used too. I also love your crumb cake mat distressed, looks so great with the burlap. Love the sea shells, they look like they are laying on the sand under a beautiful blue sky. Hugs, Brenda

Vicki Dutcher said...

Thanks for joing in over at Muse Bonnie. My card is really bombing :( - I had so much fun making it too!~

Sue said...

This is gorgeous sorry I've been a bad blogger but pooch has been really ill and I've also got family staying so I'm playing catch up huggles Sue xxxxxxxxxxxx

Marybeth said...

You make the best backgrounds,no need to buy papers! Love this beautiful seaside card,Bonnie!

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Hi Bonnie. Thanks for your kind comment on my card. Your seashell creation is fantastic. So many wonderful textures!! Love the background, and the burlap and the pearl add such interest. The shells are beautifully done,a nd the subject matter of your creation is my favorite! Beautifully done!

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Gorgeous background - I love the beachy theme! So glad you joined us at Muse this week, Bonnie!

Jules said...

Hi Bonnie

A beautiful card .. .. fabby background and gorgeous colours.

Loving your embellishments too.

Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Love Jules xx

Marisa said...

Looky at you going all mixed media! Love the BG you created and fabulous touch with the burlap! Great card :)

kreativekymona.com said...

Hey Bonnie!! I love your watercolor blues and greens. It totally reminds me of the ocean. Your seashells and starfish look so real. They are the added touch to your card. Nicely done.

Hettie said...

This is gorgeous Bonnie. Well done on trying out alcohol inks. I love them. You have done a great job here and I love the whole card.
Hugs
xx

Darnell J Knauss said...

I love your card, Bonnie! It is totally organic and your background inking is sensational!! Laurie has turned me on to that technique, too, bless her! It's like magic, isn't it?! Hugs, Darnell

JD/ Jill said...

Beautiful job using this technique!
Perfect summer card! (makes me want to go to the beach! Oh how I wish...)

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Fabulous inking Bonnie - love the colours. The burlap and the pearl gem are perfect with the sea-shells!
Sylvia xx

Tracey Wilson said...

very pretty card! i love the seashells!
~tracey

wienerhoneymooners said...

LOVE the distress aqua blue water color, so GORGEOUS!!!!! WOW, I love anything beachy, this is FABULOUS!!!!

Jacquie Southas said...

Love the textures on your card, Bonnie!

maria f. said...

Congrats on a job very well done, Bonnie! That water is amazing! Thank you for joining us at MMCC #2 with your beautiful creation.

Sanna said...

yet another lovely card! the shells with the burlap and the water look gorgeous! thanks for joining in with us at MMCC <3

Shery said...

Gorgeous textures, Bonnie! I love the alcohol ink background - it looks awesome!

Elina Strömberg said...

Beautiful card! The background colors look amazing, and match so nicely with the sea themed images.
Thanks for playing with us at MMCC. Hope to see you with us again in September!