Alcohol Lift Ink Tim Holtz Paper Dolls Mother’s Day Card

Alcohol Lift Ink Tim Holtz Paper Dolls Mother’s Day Card


I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. This past weekend was my birthday and Mother’s Day so it was a double fun weekend for me with my fur babies. My hubby, of course, got me some lovely art supplies and the cats got me an Amazon Echo with Alexa so I have music in my studio while I work now. It made for a very relaxing weekend. I also realized we are already into May, phew where is this year going. Before I know it I will be planning some Holiday treats for you guys. Best get an early start I usually say, but we all know how that goes. Well, I have chattered on enough I’m sure you want to get into what this weeks post is all about. I decided this year I wanted to make my mom her mother’s day card. I also wanted to play with my alcohol inks and alcohol lift-ink because it has been a while since I touched them and I am feeling a bit rusty.

For this project I used:
1. A piece of standard Ranger Ink Yupo Paper trimmed down to fit a standard card front.
2. Alcohol Inks in lemonade, pink sherbert, purple twilight, and Alcohol Ink Blending Solution
3. I use an old baking sheet that is out of service to place my Yupo paper on and then use the inks so if they run off they just stick to the aluminum and don’t get all over my table.
4. I had an old floral silicone Tim Holtz stamp I used with the Alcohol Lift-Ink to lift the ink and make the floral background.
5. I edged the Yupo paper with Black Soot Archival Distress Ink
6. I edged the Tim Holtz paper dolls and the Tim Holtz Flashcard as well with the Black Soot Archival Ink
7. I chose three of Tim Holtz’s paper dolls that I thought best represented me and my sisters for my mom.
8. I chose a Tim Holtz Flash Card that said mother.
9. I used Glossy Accents to attach the flash card and then to attach the paper dolls above the flash card.
10. Lastly, I used double-sided tape to attach the Yupo Paper to the card front.

Voila! A lovely one of a kind Mother’s Day gift your mom will cherish!.

If you want to see the whole process (Including my few out takes due to the thunderstorm!) you can watch the video on my Youtube channel: Tim Holtz Paper Dolls Alcohol Lift-Ink Mother’s Day Card.

Here are photos of the card:


Now once I was done filming it I did go back and add two more items. I cut a small piece of white media paper and double side taped it inside the card for writing on. I also stamped the back of the card with a “handmade with love” stamp to add that extra special touch. If you love the Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks and Alcohol Lift-Ink it is a great way to make some vibrant quick backgrounds and then just add your favorite ephemera or sentiments on top. You can swap out the colors and make it more masculine for a man, or make the colors more primary for a kid card or get well card. The possibilities are endless. Just remember Alcohol Lift-Ink doesn’t work with the metallic and new pearl alcohol inks. It won’t lift.

You can find my affiliate links below to the supplies I used. Please note products purchased thru these links, I do receive a small percent of the sale and that helps me to fund this website and my Youtube channel. Thank you for your continued support.

Tim Holtz Paper Doll Masculine Birthday Card

Tim Holtz Paper Doll Masculine Birthday Card


Today I have an easy card share for you. This card I made for my father for his birthday. I wanted to do something handmade with a cool vintage flair. I used Distress Oxide Spray, a Tim Holtz Paper Doll, letter stamps and an Artfoamie stamp for the background. Here’s how it went:

1. I used a piece of Canson watercolor paper to ensure it was heavy duty enough for the sprays
2. The background of the card was sprayed with Distress Oxide Sprays in Faded Jeans, Walnut Stain, and Vintage photo.
3. I misted the background with my Distress Sprayer to get the oxides moving and then dried it with my heat tool.
4. Once the page was dried I took out my “Rustic” artfoamie stamp by Cat Kerr I sprayed the stamp with water then pressed it on the paper to lift
some of the Distress Oxide Spray. I found the less water I used the better it turned out, less runny. I stamped all across the front and back until I had a uniform pattern.
5. I then dried the whole piece again with my heat tool.
6. I picked out a large “doll” from The Tim Holtz Paper Doll line and I placed it using dimensional foam dots on the right side of the page.
7. I then used my set of Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous “Worn Text” lettering, Tonic Stamp Platform and my Distress Archival Ink in Black Soot and I stamped Happy Birthday along the left side of the card.

That was all it took to create this unique handmade masculine birthday card.

You can see the whole process video on my youtube channel:  How to make a Tim Holtz masculine paper doll birthday card

Here are photos of the finished piece:

I hope this card will give you some ideas of how you can use your Tim Holtz Paper Doll ephemera in new ways. I know for me I easily use the lady dolls but am never quite sure what to do with the men ones. This would also be a great way to make a Father’s Day card an use one of the older gentlemen in the package. Happy Making

Below is my affiliate list of the supplies I used for this project. Affiliate means if you make a purchase through these links I receive a small share of the sale.  This helps support my Youtube Channel and Blog so I can keep sharing my love of creating with you all. Thank you.

For those of you on a mobile device if you can’t see the list of supplies, you can use this link here to get to them: Supplies for Masculine Paper Doll Birthday Card

Frida Kahlo Embossed Gelli Printed Greeting Card

Frida Kahlo Embossed Gelli Printed Greeting Card


I am joining you today after a whirlwind of a weekend. I made it thru the fabulous Back to Back Retreat here in Florida (more to come on that later) and I am fueled up on coffee and ready to share with you a handmade greeting card. I love this card because I love Frida Kahlo and I wanted to incorporate her into some happy mail. I also needed to make a quick card and this one I believe took me less than 10 minutes to make.

Here is what I did.
1. I pulled out my Gelli plate (12″ x 14″ but smaller is fine)
2. I applied some Dina Wakley Media paint in Peacock and Gilt
3. I used my brayer to roll it on the plate evenly.
4. I cut down a piece of watercolor 140lb paper to the size of a card (5″ x 6 1/2″)
5. I applied the card face opened so it was one page to the Gelli plate and did a lift.
6. I dried the surface of the card well.
7. Next, I took my Versamark ink pad and dabbed it thru my Frida Kahlo Stencil then removed the stencil.
8. I help the card over a coffee filter and poured Ranger Ink Gold Tinsel embossing powder over the area I had embossed.
9. I then used my heat gun to heat and set the embossing powder.
10. To finish the piece I added a Tim Holtz Small Talk quote and outlined it with a gold marker.

In ten minutes and only ten steps, I had a glittery handmade greeting card to send with my happy mail.

You can see the process video on my youtube channel here: Frida Kahlo Embossed Greeting Card

Below are some close-ups and stills of the card:


So this post is just showing you another fun way you can use those Gelli plates. You can use them to make an abstract background for a simple greeting or add some shimmer with embossing. A quick sentiment and you are all set. With ten minutes you can put a smile on the face of someone you care about.

For a full list of supplies used please see the below thumbnails (please note these are affiliate links so if you buy something thru a link I receive a small percentage that helps me keep my Youtube and blog running so I can share my love of creating with you)

Thank you for joining me and Happy Crafting!

Distress Oxide Carabelle Studio Stamp Floral Spring Notecards

Distress Oxide Carabelle Studio Stamp Floral Spring Notecards


With February drawing closer to an end, I know up North folks are still dealing with snow, so I thought I would add a little sunshine to my release this week. Today’s post & video are Distress Oxide mini notecards with some bright spring colors and flowers. To pep up those cold days and get us ready for spring. I made these cards for an upcoming happy mail swap. They are my favorite type of cards to make because all you need are a few Distress Oxide colors and one stamp.

For this project I used:
A set of premade 3 1/2″ x 5″ notecards
Distress Oxides in; Hickory Smoke, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Broken China, Antique Linen, and Old Paper.
Black Archival Ink
Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform
Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Matt
Carabelle Studio stamp “Roadside Weeds”

You can see my process video here: Distress Oxide Print Notecards

Here are some stills of the finished cards:

I just really loved how the colors came together and how the black stamp looked on the bright colors. Even the areas that didn’t stamp as well gave it a nice distressed look. I hope these simple mini cards will inspire you to start breaking out some of those spring stamps and get ready for the warmer season and some happy mail swaps!

Here are the supplies used to make these cards:

Distress Oxide Cat Themed Valentine’s Day Card

Distress Oxide Cat Themed Valentine’s Day Card


I am back with day two of my Valentine’s Day card share. To change things up from the “quirky” card yesterday I decided to go with cute and cuddly for today’s theme. This card revolves around a cat stamp I picked up at my local craft store and I love when I have a chance to use it.

To make this card I used:

1 stock Kraft card 5″ x 7″
2 pieces of watercolor paper 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″
Various Distress Oxide colors
Stone stencil
Cat Stamp
Gold Paint Pen
and some double-sided tape

You can see how I made the card step by step over on my Youtube Channel: Distress Oxide Cat Themed Valentine’s Day Card

Here are some photos of the finished card:

This whole card was inspired by one stamp. The background just grew from what I pictured based on the cat stamp. If you are stuck and trying to figure out something to make, dig out your old stamps and put them in a pile. Close your eyes, reach in and grab one and see where it takes you!


You can find the supplies I used below:

“I only have eyes for you” Valentine’s Day Card

“I only have eyes for you” Valentine’s Day Card


This week I am back with a few card shares. Just some quick cards I whipped up in the Valentine’s Day spirit. This first card is for those of you who like perhaps a darker or quirkier side to Valentine’s Day. The card was inspired by a “Freaky Eyes” stencil I purchased on Etsy from the Wonderstrumpet stencil shop. Her unique and quirky stencils always inspire me and I just couldn’t resist this card.

To make the card I used:

1 sheet of black cardstock cut down to make a 6 1/2″ x 5″ card back, once folded
2 pieces of heavy stock watercolor paper cut to 6″ x 4 1/2″
1 “freaky eyes” stencil
Distress Spray Stain in Victorian Velvet
Black Archival Ink
Versamark mini embossing pad
Label maker for sentiment
and a little imagination.

I sprayed the watercolor paper with the Victorian Velvet Distress Spray Stain. I did one coat, let it dry then did a second.
Then I used the stencil and black archival ink to get my background of eyeballs.
The tricky part came when I tried to emboss some black glitter on a few of the eyes. Apparently, my paper wasn’t quite dry and the powder stuck everywhere!
So note, make sure it is very very dry.
I used double sided tape to adhere my stained watercolor paper to the black cardstock.
I then added a small black strip of cardstock remnant across the front to be the background for my label maker sentiment “I only have eyes for you”
On the inside, I placed with double sided tape a plain sheet of white watercolor paper (4 1/2″ x 6″) for writing and Voila! My quirky Valentines Day card.

You can see the process video here: I only have eyes for you
Here are some photos of the finished project:

I hope this card will inspire you and that those creative juices are going. It’s fun to think outside the box sometimes and add some quirk to our daily lives.

You can find the supplies I used below: