Hello Friend | by Tracey McNeely

Hi there it’s Tracey here today with a fun take on using a mandala with a trendy alcohol ink background.

I created this background using one colour of alcohol ink! The colour is Eggplant and with using alcohol blending solution and an air puffer with some Yupo paper I was able to get all these fabulous purples, pinks and cranberry colours!

I simply started with a sheet of Yupo Paper and I added some drops of alcohol ink, followed by alcohol blending solution and then I moved the ink around quickly with an air puffer. These are the supplies I used for my card.

Once the panel was dry I cut Layer A of the Grace mandala craft die set from white cardstock which cut the panel in three pieces. I used just the centre cut mandala to create a frame for my two layer sentiment which will be the focal point of the card design. I cut the Big Hello Sugar Script die using white cardstock for the detail hello and heavyweight vellum for the shadow. I glued the two pieces together to form the main sentiment.

The second line of the sentiment was created from the Best Friend clear stamp set. I needed to do a bit of stamp surgery to create my custom sentiment to say exactly what I wanted it to say. Three stamps were cut and I pieced together for the perfect phrase to go with hello. The sentiment was embossed with white embossing powder on to an eggplant coloured cardstock and then trimmed down to a thin strip.

The mandala was adhered to the alcohol inked background directly with liquid glue. Then the two line sentiment was added on top with foam adhesive tape to add a bit of dimension.

The alcohol inked background in these vibrant colours is the perfect backdrop to really make the white mandala and sentiment pop!

A really fun technique and seeing it all come together at the end made
the effort of creating the background so worth it. I hope you give a technique like this a try, it is a wonderful way to really showcase the Birch Press Design craft dies!

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