Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day crafty people!  I hope you are having a good day whatever you are up to.  I am sharing this card today because it’s been handed over so the cat is out the bag!

I bought myself a few alcohol inks at the start of the year and I had an initial play with a few pieces of yupo paper that came with the inks and then I ran out of paper and I felt a bit stuck (because Yupo is pretty pricey!)  Then it occurred to me that maybe I could try them on other non porous materials that I has around my craft room.  I have a stash of acetate from craft material packaging so I cut a few pieces and got messy!  I felt a little defeated as I just seemed to make a mess!  This being an example.  I used three inks (sunshine yellow, red pepper and flamingo) and some blending solution and I tried making spots and blowing the ink around with the straw.  I had seen someone apply some foils to the ink when wet and I remembered that I had some foils that I hadn’t used yet so I applied some with the brayer to sticky patches and got a few copper patches.  I also did some blotting with a piece of old paper bag.

I wasn’t in love with the finished item (might just have been listening to too many true crime podcasts but I think it’s a bit like a murder scene!).  So I put it aside to dry off fully and then I had an idea!


I thought I could use the sheet as a colourful background for stamping on so I pulled out some poppy stamps from For the Love of Stamps by Hunkdory.  I used StayzOn ink and stamped on the back (i.e. not the side I put the inks on) and then fussy cut the flowers.

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I liked these (phew!) and then thought I could make them into a Mother’s Day Card as my Mum likes poppies and has some beautiful big orange poppies in her garden.


After a bit of playing about I arranged the poppies on some white card with a few leaves from the same stamp set stamped in green as a base.  I layered it up with some black and white mats and then added some red and green pearls.  The sentiment is from a Lawn Fawn set.  I had some left over flowers so I used one on a little doily to make a gift tag.


Does anyone have any tips for alcohol inks?  I think someone before mentioned using shaving foam to do some marbelling and I’ve had a nice play with that (coming to a blog post near you soon!) All suggestions welcome!

I would like to enter this project into the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge- Anything goes

My Time to Craft – Mother’s Day

Crafty Cardmaker’s – That Someone Special

Aud Sentiments Challenge 223 – any sentiment except Happy Birthday

Thanks for visiting Ginger Ninja Crafts, I hope you will come again soon.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


20 thoughts on “Happy Mother’s Day!

  1. Oh, Jenny, I love those finished flowers! I have some yupo paper, and a small bottle of blending solution (and a few Copic refills, but not colors that I would want together!), but no alcohol inks (why can’t I win a lottery to afford these play things?? 😉 ). I have a similar reaction as you when trying to make arty backgrounds…ummm, not so sure about that whole piece of paper.

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    1. Thanks Kathy, I think us crafters do need a lottery win for all the goodies, at least I could make use of some left over packaging that was heading for landfill! Hehe I know what you mean about the whole….. this one was definitely more blood bath than work of art! 😉

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  2. You are getting very adventurous Jenny. Its often best to put the things we don’t like to one side as the next time we look we usually see something that can be altered or a way of using them we didn’t see before. The poppies are really good. How long did they take to dry? I tried this some years ago and ended up throwing the acetate as it showed no sign of drying and when I tried to wipe it off I just got in an awful mess lol. It took days to get the dye out my hands.

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    1. Very true, it’s worth looking again with fresh eyes. I think I didn’t go back to it for another day or two but it was just kind of sticky when I put it aside. I think the key to getting it off your hands is to use the blending solution or I guess maybe a little alcohol!


  3. Your pieces turned out great. I’ve found on some things the alcohol ink just never wants to dry, but if you have a finishing spray (for paint), it does work. Another way is to use a bit of heat (a heat gun). If you use hand sanitizer, the alcohol in it cleans off your hands and surfaces, like the acetate, wonderfully. I generally wash my hands after using the hand sanitizer. Another way to clean them is to wash dishes with bare hands, not great for the skin, but it does get them clean pretty quickly.

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