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April 20, 2022

Alcoholink Floaters

Hello Stamplings!

How are you? I hope you've had a great week, a great holiday weekend, and a wonderful spring break! I'm doing fine now and we enjoyed having the family and dear friends for Easter dinner. It was very nice to be together again after a two-year Covidelay. 

Even though I haven't been blogging much, I have been happily making cards over the past few weeks when I felt well enough. I made several dozen designs using my BOB (box of bits), which is always enjoyable and productive. It's amazing how panels and die-cuts and partial images will accrue in a short amount of time ~ rather like NBUS!

This past week I've been making cards from panels that I made during a craft Zoom session where we floated in an alcoholic ink bath. You can imagine the beautiful colors of my tub now! I'm joking, but it is tempting ...

Onefer
If floating paper in a bath of alcohol inks is new to you, here is a video link: Andy Skinner. I made the two above designs using Yupo paper which gives the colorful panels a lovely sheen.

Twofer

It's been a while since I made these AI panels, but if I remember right, we next tried creating patterns in the ink as soon as the panels were pulled from the bath. Here are two examples using bubble wrap:
And then, because there was ink on the bubble wrap, I grabbed some vellum and smooched a coupla panels which I made into QACAS cards like this:
I noticed that the pattern left by the patterned bubble wrap was in the pattern of a partial heart, so I added a simple love die-cut sediment. The vellum was folded over and attached to the tent card at the top and then left to hang free over the front. 

I do seem to have a penchant for blue, green, and gold, don't I? Just to surprise you, I also bathed in some yellows and reds, but I'll share those cards another day. It's an easy and fun technique and before you know it you'll find yourself with 20-30 panels which can be turned into pretty cards.

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I'll leave you with a terrific family photo from Easter:
Wait. What? Did we forget to take photos AGAIN?! I hope you did better!

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Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!*

Oh, just out of curiosity, are you playing Wordle? As you can imagine, Hammy and I are obsessed and it's now become a part of the daily morning routine. Some days it's just pure luck because the winning word could be one of many similar words! There are knock-off games out there now, but the original official game can be found at nytimes.com/games/wordle. You don't need to download anything or have an app!

As always, thank you for coming by to visit the Playhouse and letting me know you did. Mwah!

*Life is too short!

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55 comments:

Aquarius said...

Bathing in alcohol sounds like great fun and the cards you've made are beautiful - loving the colour choices. Pleased to hear you are recovering well and making cards with your BOB 😀

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

What a wonderful collection of gorgeous cards Darnell. Thank you for the link to Andy's video, I think I'll be giving this a try soon.

Sue xx

Julie B said...

Those alcohol panels look fab Darnell, especially the top 2, the white die cuts look stunning.
Glad you're feeling more like your old self and had a fab Easter break. We went to our son's to see our new granddaughter born on the first, makes me all gooey inside. She did sleep for all of our visit, managed a long cuddle before we left though. :)

Ros Crawford said...

Hi Darnell! I'm sorry `i haven't been around, typing is a bit awkward but I backtracked to see your lovely creations and to catch up on your news. So glad the operation went well and you are doing fine. I wish you a speedy recovery and just know you will be dancing as well as walking (miles) soon. sending love and hugs from both of us.xxx

Tina Z. said...

Such beautiful cards, I really have to make more cards with alcohol inks. Yours are stunning.
I am glad you have great Easter holidays and yes, we didn't make any photos as well, again ....

Cathy said...

Love the look of those AI backgrounds Darnell, will check out the video too so TFS. Glad you had a lovely Easter, time sure flies these days, Cathy x

Jeanne said...

Hi Darnell! Happy to see you posting and to hear that all is going well nowadays. How lovely you were able to get together for the holiday after a long separation. Your cards are beautiful. I haven't watched the video yet, but I'm interested in doing so. I really like the colors you used in all your cards. They work very well together. And, nope, I've not jumped on the Wordle Wagon. One of my daughters has, but I don't think I'd be very good at it. I hope you have a great week!

oldpunca said...

I do play Wordle too. Is translated to the slovenian language. It is daily routine to me too. Morning coffee and Wordle to bring my brain to the working temperature. :-)
Thank you for the link. I have to try this out. All your backgrounds are awesome and you've created wonderful cards using those background. The most I like the love card. Vellum gives the softness. It looks fantastic.
It is wonderful to celebrate Easter and spring with the family again. I was so happy to have one half of children at home during the holidays.
Don't forget to take photos next time. :-)
Hugs, Sonja

Carole said...

Oh Darnell you have made me chuckle today..the photo thing!...lol LOVE all your cards and backgrounds and of course the colours too! FAB_U_LOUS !! So pleased you had a good family Easter and are making good progress. xx

designbydonna said...

These are all quite lovely. Especially like the bubble wrap on vellum card.

Lynette said...

Your backgrounds (and completed cards!) are beautiful, Darnell. Can't wait to see the other colors. Yes, I play Wordle. It's a great way to connect with the family every morning. :-)

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Wow Darnell, you have been extremely busy!! Gorgeous cards with the AIs, especially love the ones with the bubble texture! Glad you're feeling better and, no, I did no better than you with Easter photos... Yes to Wordle - love it! We call those puzzles with the million (I exagerate) possible words "cater" puzzles (one where I tried all those other words & cater wasn't one of them). And if you haven't tried Quordle (4 words in 9 tries), you will love it too - just pray a cater word isn't any of them!!

Karen said...

Your alcohol ink backgrounds are beautiful, and I love the colors! You inspire me to pull out my alcohol inks (with which I've only had moderate success) and try again. My fave from above is the last one with the vellum--so soft and lovely! Yep, I have ZERO photos from our family Easter celebration!

Cat Craig said...

I will have to check out that technique after seeing all your lovely cards, Darnell. Glad you had a good Easter and its nice to be getting back to more normalcy. Hugs.

Sandy said...

AI float is one of my favorite techniques. Love the colorful panels you made, and I think using the inky bubble wrap was a super idea and a great bonus to your float activities.

Donna said...

Wow, these are stunning cards, off to check out this new to me technique, thanks for the link Darnell!!

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Your plays with alcohol inks has been so useful Darnell, how many wonderful cards you made with them!! Love the palette and everyone has a fabulous design! I have never tried the float technique, thanks for sharing the link
Hugs

Sue - said...

So glad you’re feeling much better and we’re able to have a family Easter. An interesting technique on your cards, another one to try. I’m accumulating “things to try” as much as NBUS! Yes I play Wordle as well, much like the rest of the world I think. If you’re finding it too easy there’s another version called Quordle - 4 grids to fill in at the same time! hugs Sue xx

Loll said...

Gorgeous cards using your Floating AI panels Dolly. Happy that you've been feeling well enough to play in the Playhouse - yay! Hope the recovery is going well. Sorry I've been out of touch for a while. Haven't been well. Love, Lolly

Cheryl W. said...

The backgrounds on the first two cWards are my favorite. Love those bright and cheery colors! You've truly been busy, and I'm so happy to read that you've been crafting away. When we're good to our bodies, they really do heal in an amazing way, don't they? Stay well, keep crafting, and blog when you can.

Lisa Elton said...

Your happy playtime cards are all fabulous, Darnell! The colors are lovely. I think the last card is my favorite, but it IS hard to pick just one!

LesleyG said...

So glad you are feeling better, and had a nice weekend with family and friends. What an awesome array of artwork you have created! Yes another wordless addict here :). Xxx

Robyn Oliver said...

Four fabulous creations Darnell... I do understand about the BOBs, and have quite a stash myself, so it's so nice to dabble and then find time to put the bits together as cards.. I tend to watercolour lots of stamped images and then they sit.. but I have been having fun today be creative. Love the AI backgrounds and the simple die cut overlays, glad to read you're on the mend, hugs Robyn

Sandra H said...

Well you certainly made good with your time your cards are absolutely beautiful and who doesn’t like a panel so effective lovely designs as always .... no not been playing it must do though l can image it being a good game and it does get lots of interest enjoy your day xx

Kath said...

Fabulous cards Darnell and a great technique. Yes, we also do Wordle - usually when having a cup of tea after breakfast!

Kath x

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Fab cards. I love the colours.

Hope you have a nice weekend. Sue

Mac Mable said...

Fun and fabulous technique with wonderful and unique cards Darnell x. Love the colours and love the striking designs too x. No I don't play Wordle Darnell x.

Pat said...

Some wonderful results using the floating AI technique Darnell, and I love the die cut frames and leaves you have added on the first two,and then the interesting looks using bubble wrap whilst the inks are still wet on the next two...such pretty bright colours too, and the remaining ink smooshed on the vellum has also turned out brilliantly and does look like an over the edge heart, and the die cut sentiment cut from some of the same goes perfectly. Glad you were able to catch up with friends and family over the Easter weekend too and great that you are now on the up! x

Leslie Miller said...

Sheesh, I was not familiar with Wordle, but I went over there and played it and actually got it right on the 6th arrangement. Love words games but rarely play any kind of game on the computer. This was fun. Thanks! Onto your cards... I am an admirer of AI backgrounds and marvel over the results. Favorite colors are the blues/greens/yellows. Too bad for me that I have never bought all the stuff and gotten full-blown into it. Really pretty cards, and the bubble wrap made an interesting effect. It's good to know you're doing so well. Modern medicine is amazing!

Jeanne H said...

Greetings, Darnell. Happy to see you creating and love the AI cards, the colors are among my favorites. Hope to see the family and your dog next time! Many hugs.

Bonnie said...

You got beautiful results from your alcohol ink bath, Dolly! Love these colors and can't wait to see the yellows and reds! Great use of the panels and I love the results of using bubble wrap. I must have missed that part. Shucks. I'm still trying you use up those panels!

I Card Everyone said...

She's BAAAACK and better than ever! D these are the prettiest cards! So happy to hear you're doing better!
=]

Trina P. said...

Your floating AI backgrounds are beautiful! Love the colours… can’t wait to give this technique a try.

I almost had the same family photo 😂, but one of my siblings remembered at the very last moment.
Glad you are feeling better… sending you continued hugs. 💕

frommycraftroom said...

So glad to hear you are on the mend.

What gorgeous backgrounds! Such beautiful cards. Haven't gone done the alcohol reinkers path yet - they do give such pretty results.

Nan G said...

Such good news to hear your recovery is going well. So glad you had a family Easter. But ooh-o forgot to put batteries in the camera. :) Great cards too. I do not play with A.I. because of the smell. Warm hugs, Nan and the Girls

Christine Alexander said...

OMG Darnell, so many beautiful cards. Your floaters are exquisite :) and the bubble wrap just made me pop with joy xxx

Susan said...

Great use of your floating AI pieces we made on our zoom call. Love the colours you used. Great leaves and framing on them. And the ones with the bubble wrap look fabulous.

Gerrina said...

Oh sh... now I read about your Easter photos I remember we didn't take any either! But we kept it small; just our fam and my parents and the most important was that we were together having a good time...
Love that technique; one you can get totally Zen with! And so many beautiful results! You made great cards with them! Love the green and blues! Hope you have a good and fun weekend planned! Hugs, Gerrina

sandie said...

So pleased you got to have a lovely Easter. And pleased to see you creating and I like the fresh green and yellow….very Spring! Love how the white die works with these and how cool the bubble wrap works and sending hugs xx

Donna said...

Those backgrounders are just beautiful! Thank you for the link I am going to check it out. Glad that you are feeling better! :)

HilaryJane said...

I do love alcohol ink and you have made me want to get mine out again. What a wonderful selection of cards and so wonderful to showcase those lovely backgrounds. I am so glad to hear you are making good progress now. We had a family get together just before Easter and, just for a change, we did manage to get a photo. I am so pleased about that as I am usually terrible at such things and always regret it. Looking forward to seeing more of your makes soon xx

Jean said...

Such gorgeous cards! I want to try that floating ink! My son was here for Easter and we have the same photo you do!

Marilyn said...

Beautiful cards Darnell! I haven't been blogging much either. I think the link was broken because I was not able to get on for a while. But I have been making a few cards
Have a great day!
Marilyn❤️

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

Gorgeous creations Darnell, I guess it's the same sort of technique as shaving foam? Love the colour mixes. As for the photo, I'm usually like that, but I'm trying to take a leaf out of my niece's book, she takes EVERYTHING, a pain in the proverbial sometimes, but at least she has a record of everything she has done in the last 50 years. Now all she needs is a few albums! Good to hear you are feeling better and enjoyed your family get together at last. Wordle, yep! it's my obsession too, just as well I can only play it once a day. So far just one failure whoop whoop.
Keep safe and well.
Faith x

Celeste Goff said...

Such beautiful pastel backgrounds Darnell!

Linda said...

Darnell, these are just beautiful. And wow, you have been busy. BTW, thank you for the lovely Easter card you sent to me. It was so nice to receive.
Glad to hear things are going well. Hugs!!!

Em Louise Fairley said...

All the cards are beautiful, Darnell xoxo

Glittered Paws said...

Alcohol floating - sounds like fun - I have made alcohol backgrounds but never floated it. Off to watch the video when I get done with comments. These are beautiful - and then to use the bubbles from the bubble wrap. Genius. Glad you are feeling better - at least well enough to create.

Bonnie Lynn said...

Fabulous cards Darnell! I've never worked with alcohol inks. Just might have to try sometime. Oh..my family didn't take any Easter pics either.

Bobby said...

Since I love any word games, I'm obsessed with Wordle, Darnell. Sometimes words come easy and sometimes, like when they rhyme, it can take all six tries.
I love your alcohol baths. I saw Therese do a video on this not long ago and said I was going to try it. I've been busy finishing up some quilts that I need ready when we get back to Michigan but as soon as they're done I'm diving in. Pun intended. lol

Fikreta said...

Gorgeous cards!

kiwimeskreations said...

What beautiful cards Darnell - so glad Hammy did not jump in the colourful bath, or you may have had techni-colour footprints meandering drunkenly across your cards :)
Blessings
Maxine

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Wow, Darnell love these missed them before so made a note in my technique to try folder hahaha okay hopefully one day.
Love them
Shaz, xxx

Linby said...

I've never tried AIs in a bath but I have done it with nail varnish. I just love how bright and colourful your cards are as mine tend to be so dark. I have to give it a go!

Linda said...

Hi hun, just catching up with blog visits ..... hadn't realised how long its been since I visited the playhouse!
Glad to hear you're feeling a little better, and it sounds as though you've enjoyed some lovely family time.
Gorgeous cards as always, I love your colour combination, and those alcohol ink backgrounds look amazing.
I must admit I'm addicted to Wordle too ...... and since we've been away in the van this last week, hubby is at it now too! xx