• Jenni

Magic Fairy Forest

Hello! Today's card is Halloween themed, but more on the mysterious, magical side instead of spooky. The idea came about from an experiment with diy alcohol inks. Alcohol inks are fairly new to my crafty arsenal and before I took the plunge, I decided to try the permanent marker and 99% isopropyl alcohol method.

I purchased the 24 Artist Loft markers from Michael's, some alcohol from Walgreens, and some Art C dropper bottles. And in place of yupo paper, I used some HP photo paper I already had. I also made a metallic gold color using acrylic paint and alcohol.

I watched a lot of YouTube videos to get the hang of it and was mostly disappointed by my results. However, I kept trying after I found Myriam's Nature on YouTube. I was inspired by her gorgeous ethereal alcohol ink pieces and she made it look so easy.

So I got my inks and tried again and ended up with this...

I really didn't like it, especially the splotchy gold chunks left behind by the acrylic paint mixture. I was about to toss it but I decided to leave it alone and came back to it later. The next day, my first thought was that it looked more like a forest with magical golden orbs, a big tree in the middle, and a stream. From there, I knew the perfect stamp set to complete my idea was Lawn Fawn's Fairy Friends.

Once I decided on the stamp set, I stamped them with Versafine black ink onto some Strathmore watercolor paper.

Since my last card, I have found it really fun to alter my stamped images, so I used some Micron pens to add some extra details to the fairies to give them a more mischievous look. I thought they fit in better with the darker forest scene.

I changed the wing shape, gave them all pixie ears, and made their clothes out of flowers, bark, and leaves.

Then I pulled out my Marvy Le Plume II markers to watercolor the images.

At first I made them green, but thought they blended in too much with the background, On my second attempt I tried to stay away from blues and greens completely, to make sure they would really stand out.

After they were all colored, I fussy cut them out and lined the edges using a Memento Tuxedo Black marker. I also used a Signo Uniball gel pen to add some gold accents.

I stamped out a bunch of the swirls from the stamp set onto some bristol card stock and cut them out with my Scan 'N Cut. I used the same Memento marker to completely cover the white spaces. Then I added them to the corners of the card.

I messed with the sentiment for quite awhile, using a bunch of different stamps, banners, and die cuts before finally deciding on The Greeting Farm's Magic Class stamp set. I stamped "believe in Magic" onto some 110 lb. black card stock and heat embossed it with gold detail embossing powder. I fussy cut around it with detail scissors, leaving a slight border and attached it to the card.

Lastly, for the card base, I used a textured olive green piece of cardstock, and attached the main panel using an ATG gun.

In the end, I'd say my diy alcohol inks are pretty nice and I will definitely use them along with my growing Ranger collection. 😅

Thank you so much for stopping by!

I hope you have a magical day!

-Jenni :)

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