Monday, November 28, 2011

Mimic Monday - Joyeux Noel

Today's Mimic Monday is featuring  You can see's Flickr Stream, check out her work, I'm sure you'll all agree it's fab!

Here's the card I picked for today's Mimic Monday:

Here's how she did it:

1. On glossy cardstock, ink Alcohol Inks by Ranger in Cranberry and Ginger.
2. Using Versamark Ink, stamp the ornament image on top of the alcohol inks. This ornament image is a Hero Arts stamp "Decorative Ornament", CG226.
3. Emboss half the page in white and the rest in silver. Jacqueline has used Aladine embossing powder (a French make).
4. Punch out 9 squares, 3 white and 6 silver.
5. Adhere squares to gray cardstock.
6. Stamp and emboss sentiment in silver (another French make), and adhere on top of squares.
7. Add pink gems.
8. Adhere gray cardstock to white card base.
Here's my version:

1. I don't have glossy cardstock per se, I typically use photo paper. I don't have Ginger Alcohol Ink, so I used Cranberry, Watermelon, and Butterscotch (which of course resulted in an overall darker card).
2. I don't have the ornament stamp, so I chose a stamp of similar size - a large snowflake from an Inkadinkado set.
3. I don't have her brand of embossing powder, but I do have Zing! Embossing Powder. I also don't have silver (not sure why not), so I used Pewter Metallic Finish (kind of like a gunmetal gray).
4. I used my Marvy Uchida square punch, the squares are almost 1.5 inches. (Note: You can fit 8 squares tightly on a 4x6 photo. The square above the sentiment on mine is actually half a square, hidden by the sentiment. This way I didn't need to waste photo paper which is expen$ive).
5. I used AC Neutrals gray textured cardstock.
6. I don't have this sentiment - although I'd love to have one, very chic, no? So I used "Season's Greetings" from Hero Arts set CL459.
7. I have a ton of gems I got from Hobby Lobby (using a 50% off coupon woot!) I usually adhere my gems with Glossy Accents - I have found thus far this adhesive to work best, as the gems will not fall off.
8. I used AC Neutrals white textured cardstock.

Here's some close-ups; the left showcases the embossing, and on the right features the Alcohol Ink.


So what do you think? I simply adore Jacqueline's card - and though it's a simple concept, there are several tricky elements. Using a grid-style layout can often prove maddening as the grid must be near perfect or it won't look right. Also, many are not familiar with Alcohol Inks - but don't worry! Check out my tutorial on Alcohol Inks; they are fun to play with! Lastly, embossing on glossy/photo paper is a more delicate art than embossing on regular paper. The glossy/photo paper can easily bubble and crack if heated too long, so just be a bit more attentive when trying this technique. Another note: if you plan on embossing on glossy cardstock with Alcohol Inks, do NOT use a mixative (such as silver, gold, pearl, or copper). This will affect your embossing ability and not give the powder something to grab on to.
Hope you enjoyed, let me know if you try some Alcohol Inks!