Sunday, October 11, 2020

Stamper's Anonymous Christmas 2020 - Alcohol Ink Lift Retro Flakes Cards

Hello everyone! It's an exciting time right now for paper crafters and card makers as Christmas crafting seems to be in full swing everywhere I look. Tim Holtz and Stamper's Anonymous have just released their Christmas stamp sets, and I was so honored to be asked to create samples for the stamps. To say I had fun creating is an understatement...I was positively giddy as I LOVE Christmas!  So I have many projects to show you over the next several weeks that Tim showed on the LIVE yesterday, as well as some not on the LIVE. To start off I have this pair of Alcohol Ink Lift cards using the new Retro Flakes stamp set. Enjoy, and a HUGE thank you for looking and commenting!
On a piece of 5 x 7 regular white Yupo, pounce on Aquamarine, Glacier, Cobalt, and Amethyst Alcohol Inks from a blending tool (I usually do a dime size dot of each color onto the felt). If you blow on the paper while pouncing you will create tiny dots while drying. 

Since I knew I would be stamping snowflakes I decided to make bold circles of color. Let a drop of Amethyst fall to create a circle of color. If there is not much movement use a drop of Blending Solution to help move the color. Add drops of Pool as well as the Amethyst until you achieve the look you want.

Arrange Retro Flakes stamps on a stamping platform, and add Yupo and secure with magnets, to lift the ink. Have a piece of Glossy Cardstock ready to go as well as a paper towel. Apply Lift Ink Pad to stamps being liberal with the ink. Close platform and press firmly onto each stamp area, and lift lid. Remove the Yupo and set aside, then add the piece of Glossy inside the platform. Close and press firmly. Lift and remove Glossy. Add Yupo back in place and put the paper towel on top and then close platform pressing firmly again. Lift and remove paper towel. So pretty huh?!! Use paper towel to light rub Yupo in circles until all Lift Ink is removed. Clean stamps before using again. You can repeat this again if you did not get a good enough lift image. Let the Yupo and Glossy air dry a bit.

Cut white card base to 5.5 x 5.5, purple metallic cardstock to 5 3/8 x 5 3/8 (ink edges in Dusty Concord Archival), light blue cardstock to 5 1/8 x 5 1/8. Use two sided tape to secure purple on white card, and then blue on purple. Set aside. Trim Yupo and Glossy to 5 x 5. Using the Christmastime 3 snowflakes, stamp them on the open areas on the Glossy with Mermaid Lagoon Archival. Ink edges as well. Let dry. I did the same on the Yupo, but found that my embossing powder stuck to the snowflakes, so keep that in mind. Next time I will stamp after the embossing on the Yupo.

Add Yupo or Glossy paper to stamping platform, as well as sentiment and two large snowflakes in lower right corner. Close platform to secure stamps. Pounce an anti static bag over the paper (very liberally on the Yupo), and stamp in Mermaid Lagoon or whatever color ink. Remove paper and pour on Silver Embossing Powder over a scrap paper, and shake off. The Glossy paper does well, but the Yupo might have embossing powder where you don't want it so use a paintbrush to brush the extra powder away. Heat emboss and then repeat with the other. When heat embossing on Yupo make sure the heat tool is plenty hot, and heat the powder very quickly while the Yupo is on a safe flat surface, working quickly so the paper does not warp as it is plastic. Mount onto blue cardstock to finish.


(Glass Mat, Alcohol Ink Blending Tool with Felt, Stamping Platform, Paper Towel, Paper Trimmer, Stamping Block, Heat Tool, Two Sided Tape, Scissors) 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Yupo: White 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink: Aquamarine, Glacier, Cobalt, Amethyst, Pool
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Retro Flakes, Christmastime 3 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Lift Ink Pad 
-Ranger Surfaces: Gloss Cardstock 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Blending Solution 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Archival Ink: Dusty Concord, Mermaid Lagoon 
-Ranger Embossing Powder: Silver 
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Metallic Confections Kraftstock 
-Light Blue Cardstock, White Card Base

Thanks so much for stopping by. I will be back this week with more, but before I go I really want to thank Tim, Mario, and Paula for giving me the kick in the butt to get paper crafting again, especially during this pandemic. Words cannot express enough the gratitude I have. So blessed! I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. Anita these cards are just beautiful. Alcohol lift works great with these stamps. Love 💕 them

  2. Anita these cards are beautiful. Love the Alcohol lift technique. Love them

  3. These are so good, my favorites for this stamp set...

  4. I couldn't manage the Live, and haven't caught up yet, but I already guessed you'd be playing with the retro snowflakes! Fabulous Lifting and icy colours.
    Alison x

  5. Hi Anita, I had a great time last night watching all the artwork on Tim's FB live. It was long, yes, but all worthwhile. These retro snowflakes are on my wish list and love your creations with the alcohol background.

  6. I loved seeing your makes on the live show and it is lovely to see these up close, to be able to see the detail much better. The white is stunning against the blue alcohol ink background and the coloured snowflakes on the white are gorgeous. I look forward to seeing more of your samples! Love these.

    Hugs, Anne xx

  7. Absolutely awesome cards & a fantastic tutorial!

  8. Anita these cards are wonderful. I love how you created two by using the lift ink. Great tutorial too!

  9. Awesome technique! These are beautiful

  10. Oh,my, Anita! These are fantastic! I thought I could live without this set, but my mind has changed seeing these cards and your tutorial. I never look at the lives, but it looks like I may have to 'catch up'.


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