Bamboo Beauty – Caring Thoughts

I decided to play with the Blended Alcohol Technique for this card.

Over at Sunday Stamps (#259), the current challenge is Color and you must pick at least three colors.  As a “Green” girl, I opted for what I determined to be White, Soft Sea Foam, Just Jade and Pool Party.

To create the background paper design, I filled a Stampin’ Spritzer with Isopropyl Alcohol.  I used a (½) sheet of Vellum cardstock (8½” x 5½”).  I started by securing the corners of the Vellum with some washi tape to curb as much curling of the Vellum as possible.  Then I liberally sprayed the Vellum with Alcohol and added a few drops of the Soft Sea Foam, Pool Party and Just Jade ink from the Classic Ink Re-Fills directly to the Vellum and Alcohol wet surface.  Added more Alcohol Spray and moved the ink around by blowing through a Sipping Straw.  More Alcohol, more blowing etc. until I was happy with the overall look and left it to dry.  The Background turned out a little darker than intended as the Just Jade color came out deeper and stronger.  Note: I have both 70% and 91% in Spritzers, so I am not sure which one I used.

I was influenced to create this background as I wanted to cut it up and use it to make the sketch presented by Freshly Made Sketches (#491).

Here is what I created once the Background paper was completed:



  • Background Panel: (4” x 5¼”) Basic White cardstock.
  • Rectangle Panels: (1”), (1⅛”), (1¼”) and (1¼”) The colored Vellum paper cut in to strips (5½”) long.  The panels were secured with washi tape to the Grid Paper straddling the 4” top / bottom line, in the placement that suited me.  Once secured, I chose the Bamboo Stalks and Leaves, from the Bamboo Beauty stamp set and stamped them on to the Vellum panels with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and let it completely dry.  I went with the Bamboo Beauty images because the Vellum turned out to be darker in color than intended and more suited to a singular black image.
  • Once dry, the colored panel strips were folded and wrapped around the Basic White Background Panel and secured with Scotch Tape with (⅛”) White space showing.
  • Sentiment Label: (1⅛”) Soft Sea Foam cardstock scrap.  The sentiment, Sending CARING thoughts, from the same stamp set was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and die-cut with the small circle die from the Tasteful Labels Dies set.
  • Label Accent Mat: (1⅝”) Basic Black cardstock scrap die-cut with the other circle die from the same die set.

The Vellum and Basic White background panel was adhered to a Soft Sea Foam Card Base: (8½” x 5½” scored at 4¼”) and the Sentiment Label was popped up with Dimensionals so that it would float.

This treatment reminds me of Stained Glass art pieces hanging in front of a lighted window. Quite pretty and I really like how this card turned out.

Entering this card into the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge (#318). Letting someone know that you care about them is always an occasion to send a card.

Thanks for spending some of your time with me today.  Cheers,  Jolanda!

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Published by Jolanda Johnstone

Owner of THE INQUE SPOT STUDIO - Creative Space for Stamping & Paper Crafting and Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in South Carolina.

2 thoughts on “Bamboo Beauty – Caring Thoughts

  1. Gorgeous, Jolanda – I’ve been wrestling with whether to get this set, and I think you just tipped the balance! How very cool to do an alcohol technique on vellum! Thanks so much for playing at Sunday Stamps!


  2. The alcohol background you created is just gorgeous and using the bamboo stamps on top was a perfect choice. Love your gorgeous card Jolanda! Thanks so much for joining us at Sunday Stamps!


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