Thank you for taking time to visit, and I hope I am even a tiny bit helpful as I have been helped and blessed by so many others. I have been doing Calligraphy since teens, and card making for many years as well. In 1990 I delighted in the joys of stamping with ink and embossing after a trip to Cairns, Qld. In 2009 I discovered the brayer, 2010 the Cuttlebug, also have now taking to reading up on crafting blogs and lo! Here I am, on one of my own.

I live on the coast of eastern Australia. I am a Christian. I trusted in the LORD down here at the beach, amazingly it is not far from where I now live. It was over 50 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Wednesday 10 April 2013

Polished Stone Technique with a Twist/ Alcohol, Inks, Photo paper + WOYWW!

{Warning - picture busy post} 

I found this idea on OSA (Oriental Stamp Art) for using inks, so thought I would have play.
Below is the original method - I changed it, using the ideas by Annette and mixed it with the plastic wrap post (back here for full step by step method, sent kindly by from Maggie Silvercrafter).
From Annette of Artneko (A.A.A) stamps:
*You will need:*
 Kodak 4" x 6" glossy cardstock or some glossy cardstock, cut the sheet into quarters.
isopropyl alcohol (ie Rubbing alcohol in Oz, could buy alcohol swabs, or your first aid kit, etc.)
cotton balls (cotton wool)
3 alcohol inks in the same family (shades of blue and purple...pinks, reds,and yellow...any colours will do)
Gold leaf or other metallic marker (optional)
Bull nose clip or punch clothespin (optional)
Latex gloves to avoid staining your hands for a week (optional)
Newspaper or protective covering for your work surface
Glimmer mist if you want sparkle to your finished background
Wipe an alcohol dampened cotton ball across the surface of the glossy paper.
Add 1-2 drops each of 3 alcohol inks.
Dab the cotton ball to fill in areas with color. Leave some areas white if
you wish.
You can also swipe the cotton ball across the glossy cardstock if you
Add a drop or two of metallic marker to the cotton ball and dab areas.
Create several.
Spray with glimmer mist. (optional)
Allow the cardstock to dry; use bull nose clip or peg if desired.
Stamp as desired.
Did not have all the ingredients suggested by Annette so thought would use what I had, and see what happened.Here, in above photo, you see a sheet of photo paper wiped over with a cotton ball and Adirondack blending solution. I do have other alcohol inks but could only find the metal ones and a few re-inkers in dye ink.
Here I am using the DI Rusty Hinge and  Green shutters, with either gold or brass (?) in alcohol inks. 
Used the same plastic wrap {from this post here} as used on earlier piece to spread the ink around without getting inky fingers (which was Pink DI and Blue from SU, with silver), so some silver came on it. The small shot at the top was when it was wet. 
I had to put it in our drying cabinet to dry as it is too humid here even at this time of year, for this sort of paper to dry out otherwise.
On right is card finished as my father's birthday card.
 As with a lot of things I could not bare to cover up the gorgeous colour so left most of it showing.
Embossed the piece of photo paper with Tim Holtz folder, hence the distress look with it. Then mounted on and enlarged scalloped square black card.
Stamped in permanent ink un-named Tiger stamp (from USA, c.1990's bought in Brisbane or Sydney) on cork. It also was bought about 15 years ago, die cut with large labels, stamped "About Art Accents" signature chop to make it Oriental, with Oriental "AAA" happy birthday. Cut in black one of Spellbinder labels, and mounted cork happy birthday with black ribbon. Mounted on hand made paper [kind of cork looking] from the local beach-side markets.

From end of sheet, stamped Artneko Tiger, Oriental stamp + Script embossing folder.

Closing with floral bouquet from Oz , growing on the side fence is a less common variety called Jamaican Sunset of the Allamanda vine - this one creeping over from my neighbour's.
The fragrant frangipani are finishing now autumn is here in Oz.
For all WOYWW-ers please pop over to Julia's blog hop here to see all these great inspiring desks. I am sorry in advance as commenting is limited too for next few weeks or so.
Presently flat out with jobs, getting ready for other cataract surgery on 22.4.13.
I would just like to close with a special thoughts and prayer for a dear WOYWW-er who lost her wonderful husband suddenly on Sunday. Sending you many thoughts and prayer dear Maggie Silvercrafter. She is a follower of many of your blogs; her name is one I see many times over when joining them. Her heart is a very kind heart - God bless you especially at this time, my dear Maggie.
 Thanks so much everyone for popping over for a peek and chat, and may God bless your day wherever you may be,
Shaz in Oz.x


Twiglet said...

As always a lovely post Shaz. Good luck with your eye op. Thanks for posting those kind thoughts for Maggie - we will all send her special WOYWW thoughts and prayers. x Jo

Andrea said...

love the inking technique although to much of a neat freak to give anything as adventurous a go yet ! the finished cards look ace, I'm sure e your dad will love his. Hope all goes well with the operation if i dont get the opppurtunity to say before then have good week dont work to hard Andrea x#89

Zue said...

Alchol inks always behave so magnificently don't they!
Wishing you well!!!

Lindsay Weirich said...

great backgrounds Shaz! I love the texture you added too! I have found you can get cheap think glossy lazer printer paper and do the technique on it too, much less than glossy card or photo paper and it does not wrinkle with the alcohol ink;) Happy WOYWW! Lindsay #93

Donna Hanley said...

This technique comes out beautiful. It looks exceptionally nice embossed. Great job,Shaz. Enjoy the day.

Sarn said...

Your backgrounds look amazing Shaz.

Happy WOYWW xxx

Cardarian said...

Amazing backgrounds, I will try this technique too! The flowers you have shown are just so beautiful!
Thank you so much for sharing!
Lots of hugs,

Unknown said...

Great post and love the card you have done for your father! Your cards are always beautifully done. Have a great week Shaz and Happy WOYWW.
Janene #77

Claire said...

wow! what wonderful effects on the cards! and frangipani's are my dad's favourite flower - remind him of singapore (where i was born).
happy WOYWW and have a great week :)
no. 4

Anna Karlsson Widmark said...

That background is just awesome! Perfect for artsy cards! I might have to try it out... :)

Happy Wednesday!
Zildara #113

Betsy said...

Beautiful as always. I am always amazed at what you do with your lovely cards. I will be keeping your friend in my prayers. Such a difficult time for her.

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Shaz, lovely technique. I've tried it with glossy photo paper before, it does work well, doesn't it? I also tried brayering on it, which does not work so well, :) I also tried heat embossing on it, bad idea! The surface burns & bubbles up. I do use the Isopropyl alcohol myself, I got it online via ebay. I find the 'real' blending solution horribly expensive, and if you read the label, it is just Isopropyl alcohol. I shall try the embossing with a folder, I love that look. Have a lovely week, Shaz xx. By the way, Have you heard from Maggie?(silvercrafter).

Winnie said...

Your dad will love his card, it is so cool. I haven't done that technique in awhile, I have to give it a whirl. All the best to you and wishes for a speedy recovery from your surgery. Sorry to hear of Maggie's loss, I will be praying for her and her family.

Lunch Lady Jan said...

You must have wondered what I was going on about, rabbiting on about BOGOFs!! They're a well known fact of life over here, I just assumed they'd be widely known around the world!
Thank you for letting us know about Maggie...I wondered why she wasn't around today...poor thing, what an awful thing to happen, so suddenly too. I shall drop her an email to let her know how much we are thinking of her......
Hugs, LLJ 35 xxxx

Nikki said...

Beautiful Technique love the warm tones in the cards and I can understand why you'd want them to peek thru hugs Nikki #2

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

So lovely post and gorgeous your work,
hugs Tamara

sara j said...

Top of the AM (or is it PM?) to you!
This technique is really beautiful. It's coming back to me in bits and pieces, but I don't believe I've ever heard about using all these ideas at the same time. The plastic wrap is really the frosting on the cake. I shall have to try this soon! So sorry to hear about Maggie's husband. I lost my husband 13 years ago to suicide; hardest thing I've ever had to deal with. Becoming a widow is definetly survivable, but no fun what so ever. Thanks as always, for a bit of summer....
Sara j#41

fairy thoughts said...

love those alcohol ink backgrounds, the colours are so vibrant. Thanks for your kind thoughts about Maggie I'm sure I was only on her blog at the end of last week
janet #25

The Scrapbook Lady UK said...

Very clever techniques! I have now had a glass of wine and I am still trying to visit everyone so my message may be incoherent lol! jenx 129

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Shaz,

Oh, poor dear Maggie. This brought tears to my eyes. Bless her and her family.

Your technique looks quite interesting. Love the cards that you made using the paper.

The blooms are really making me jealous - we are getting snow....

Kay (12)

Darnell said...

You are a teacher by nature, Shaz, and a blessing to us with your generous posts and tutorials!

Thank you so much for sharing the news about sweet Maggie's husband. I would like to send her a card if you know her address and feel free to pass it on to me. You can email me directly at darnell dot knauss at gmail dot com.

Thanks, again, and thanks for coming by to see me. Good luck with the cataract surgery! Darnell #47

Queenie Jeannie said...

What a gorgeous technique! Yours turned out so well too - Bravo!!! Best wishes on your upcoming surgery!

Jeannie #32

Sandy said...

I love the technique you shared looks like so much fun to do. Love the cards you created they are just wonderful.
Sandy :) #30

Di said...

Love those backgrounds Shaz!

I think we're all reeling about Maggie's husband - so very sad.

Belated Happy WOYWW, hugs, Di xx

MaryH said...

Sharon, lovely cards,& examples...I enjoyed reading this. I used the TH alcohol inks, but now will set off to try MaggieC's technique (well, she's the one who sent ME the technique instructions!)using the DI reinkers. Duh, never thought about that. Good luck with the catarract surgery. I still have to schedule my 2nd one, but trying to get the DH back on track. Loved your flowers too. Your autumn is coming, and we're still looking for Spring to finally arrive and stay. Think we changed from Winter to summer all in one day! TFS & Hugs

kathi17 said...

This is the first time I have done WOYWW, only I ran out of time yesterday,so I'm visiting more blogs today. You have some really interesting techniques!

I visited you a few times about a year ago, but forgot about your blog until now. I'm so glad I found you again!

Kathi #109

RosA said...

Hi Shaz, Thanks for stopping by. I don't get as much time as I would like to visit all the lovely blogs, including yours. I love what you have done with the alcohol inks. They make some lovely and interesting results. But I also love what you have done with the coke can through the cuttlebug! Fabulous effect!
Hope the cataract surgery goes well. I'm sure it will,
RosA # 84

Unknown said...

Such a cool technique. I will have to try it. I did finally use more alcohol ink colors, but I have not taken pictures yet. Thanks for your inspiration. Hope all goes well with your cataract surgery. May God bless Maggie at this time of loss.

sandra de said...

Thanks for sharing such a great technique. Actually all your techniques are always great.
Sandra @27

glitterandglue said...

Lovely cards made with that exciting looking technique.
Trust you will know the peace of Father God as you go for your op.
Margaret (glitterandglue #143)

Cathy said...

Hi Shaz, your backgrounds look fantastic. (I want to try alcohol inks, still on my wish list). Thankyou for your visits:) Hope all goes well for your procedures too.Cathy x


G'day Shaz
I've resigned myself to the fact that I shall ever be running late to get to others blogs due to my work but here I am. I haven't played with the polished stone technique for ages. Yours came up beautifully Shaz. Your cards are gorgeous too. So sad to hear about Maggie's hubby.
Annette In Oz #109

Ginny Maxam said...

Great Post Shaz!! I love the cards and your tutorial was great! Waht kind of paper is the tiger card background?? Very nice!

Neet said...

What a wonderful post - ad I missed it last week. Didn't know about Maggie - will have to visit her blog.
Take care
Hugs, Neet xx

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