Saturday, September 5, 2020

~ Friends of Unity September 2020 Blog Hop ~

 Hello there crafty friend!

Welcome to the September 2020 Friends of Unity Blog Hop!! We have a fun cue for this month...




Friendship!! Such a fitting cue for the Friends of Unity!
I love my crafty friends and the gals in the Friends of Unity are some of my dearest friends!
I created my cards with you all in mind!




I was inspired by the gorgeous fall card shared by Dana Gebhard Johnson in the Unity Show & Tell Facebook group. She used a beautiful combination of alcohol inks to create a stunning background for her beautiful card. I didn't have quite the same colors but I sure had fun playing!! It's been along time since I pulled out the alcohol inks and got inky... literally, my finger tips were a mess! lol




I used Willow, Sunset Orange, Turquoise, Espresso, Copper Mixative, and lots of Alcohol Blending Solution on Alcohol Ink Yupo White Heavystock. I used Early Espresso and Tranquil Tide card stock for this card.




Some of the texture in this background is the fuzzies from the mini applicator felt... lol... I picked most of it off but left it on this one. I actually like the added texture. I used Early Espresso (again) and Tangerine Tango for this card.




I really love how this background turned out, but it's not my favorite...




This one is my favorite!! My husband said we should have framed them and hung them in the house. I almost said yes... but I wanted to share them.




There's a bit of that fuzzy texture in this one too, but the Copper Mixative really adds to the beauty in this one. The pictures don't quite show it, sadly. I used Early Espresso (yes, again) and Copper Kraft stock from Tim Holtz for this one.




For my last piece of yupo I also played with the Alcohol Lift Ink along with the gorgeous Thankful and Grateful Fall September 2018 sentiment kit. Actually, I used the sentiment kit for all of the cards... but I only used the leaves for this last card. I stamped the leaves on a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2" card front of kraft with Wow Clear Embossing ink. I set it aside to dry because I just wanted the watermark effect. 




I then stamped the leaves with Alcohol Lift Ink on my last alcohol ink panel... I love how it didn't lift the Copper Mixative on the card so there's drips and drops over the lightened leaves. Since this background was lighter, I went with a kraft card front rather than the darker Early Espresso and mat the background panel with the Copper Kraft stock. The sentiments were all stamped with Wow Clear Embossing ink and then I heat embossed Brutus Monroe Alabaster White embossing powder.

I'm really happy with how these all turned out! I hope you're inspired too!

Be sure to hop along and comment on each of the blogs for your chance to win one of the giveaways!


Let's get to the hopping...

Crystal <--- you're here

up next ---> Eileen








Thanks so much for supporting our little hop! We appreciate you so much!

See ya next time.

Inky Hugs,
Crystal





26 comments:

  1. THese are all just stunning! I can't pick a favorite. ;-)

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  2. Just beautiful. So much "wow" factor.

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  3. I just love all the alcohol ink backgrounds. Adding the sediment in white and then some of it on vellum finished the off nicely. Thank you for sharing them.

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  4. These are all so beautiful, love the backgrounds you created.

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  5. Stunning cards Crystal, such a lovely result

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  6. Oh my...the backgrounds are beautiful!

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  7. I dont do this ink thing, but really love these. Tee hee some of the fuzzies look like a script to me. Beautiful!! I believe your hubby was right! They do need to be framed and displayed,... but your sweet heart just has to share their beauty! I know the recipients will display them! What an amazing boxed card gift they would be.

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  8. Stunning backgrounds on your cards Crystal!
    Hugs Shell

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  9. Gorgeous cards! And yes, they would be awesome framed! Thanks for your friendship and always being an inspiration!

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  10. Wow! Those alcohol ink backgrounds are just gorgeous. I recently pulled out my alcohol inks and made some backgrounds too, but these look even better than mine. The copper mixative adds wonderful highlights to the backgrounds.

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  11. Your cards are beautiful!

    Linda Abel

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  12. These are so awesome Crystal! It's been awhile since I've pulled out my alcohol inks! They always look especially wonderful in fall colors!!

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  13. Beautiful - I love the free flow of alcohol inks. If I had to pick a favorite, it would probably be that 3rd one - love the deep, rich, warm colours!

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  14. Wow, lovely backgrounds
    and they look neat!
    Carla from Utah

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  15. These are all beautiful! Love the added texture to your panels! It’s gorgeous! The last with the leaves is gorgeous!

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  16. These are beautiful!!!!! I love the texture and the last with the leaves is gorgeous!

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  17. Wowsers! What a stunning affect! I need to figure out how you did these. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Love the alcohol inks! Fantastic card design too!

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  19. Such beautiful backgrounds! You've inspired me to play with my alcohol inks this afternoon. 🙂

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  20. Love your cards! It has inspired me to play with my alcohol inks again.

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  21. I love it when I pull out my alcohol inks. Great cards this month.

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  22. Love the backgrounds for these friendship cards.

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  23. Wow and WOW! Your backgrounds are an absolute vision! I love the beautiful hues you've created with letting the art work and marry so beautifully! These colors and swirls remind me of the pecious earth's gemstones! The friendship sentiments are the perfect addition :) TFS!

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