Monday, 12 March 2018


Hello there my crafty friends!  Today's card was shown on Hochanda a couple of weeks ago and you can probably still catch it on Rewind if you would like to see this card demonstrated.  I started with a piece of white Yupo paper and added Ranger Sunshine Yellow and Raspberry Alcohol inks with a Ranger felt applicator tool.  You cover the card by tapping the applicator all over the card, then add a few drops of Blending solution to your applicator and go back over it and watch the inks dance across the page.  They will change the more you play with them but they do't really seem to ever mix completely so you get some really interesting looks from it.  I cut the "Hi" mini expression die out of the very centre of the background before assembling the card.  Next, I cut the Poppy die out of coconut white card and backed it in vellum.  I cut the centre die twice and nipped away a couple of flowers, then glued them to each other in opposite directions.  I added a solid backing to it then mounted in the the middle of the card, adding the decorative Hi sentiment.  I used the inside die a couple more times, cutting it out of vellum so I could use the main flower form it.  I nipped it away and added it to the top of the card over the main flowers on either side.  White on white mats and layers finished this simple card off nicely.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/4" x  7 3/4" in size.  All for now. Sue x

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scrAPpamondo said...

Wow!! Just amazing card and so elegant! Love very much the use of vellum on the alcohol ink background and the poppies, wonderful transparencies! The frame is a delight!

Jan on the Fosse said...

Good Morning Sue,
Love the way this background looks.It is such a bright pretty card.
Jan x

hollyberry said...

Beautiful card,love the way the alcohol inks look on the yupo.

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Lovely card Sue.

Muriel Kelly said...

Hello Sue and all
Aren’t those alcohol inks fabulous!! Great card Sue, saw demonstration on Hochanda and added alcohol inks to the wish list lol !!
Hugs to everyone and missing friends, hope all is well
Muriel x

Jan.moogie said...

So I have the inks the card but have put the blending solution somewhere safe, now if I can only find it I can play. Stunning car Sue, thanks for sharing. have a great day, hugs xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Steph Cotterill said...

Hiya Sue. Oh yes I remember this demo really well, how much fun did you and Hayley have with the blending fluid and how brilliant was the camera man that showed us the reason for the excitement and laughter you shared, it looked really amazing to see how it all changed with the blending fluid and I get your 'addiction' lol real magic was happening right in front of our eye's. And this was the beautiful outcome, it's really pretty with the background and its shows even more just how delicate and gorgeous the Poppy die is, a really lovely start to our week. I'd forgotten the comment game rules, and it's so sad to see that for the first time in years Tuesday's blog didn't reach the 100 mark or over so no comment game winners, so I'm pleading with all those long standing followers that for whatever reason you started to dwindle away over the years, please don't just drop by to view the days card, maybe you will consider leaving your comments again, I've gone back a good few years and so many of the regular blog buddies names are missing and it's so sad, so please will you consider joining us again, since 2016 the numbers have slowly dwindled, now is the time to return to this beautiful blog please don't stay in the background anymore you've been missed over the years.
Have a wonderful day Sue wherever you are whatever you do have fun xxx

Marion Scott said...

Good morning Sue.
Fabulous card, saw the demonstration on Hochanda and thought at the time I must get my few alcohol inks out and play - must get some yupo paper first (I have some white gloss card but the yupo looks fantastic)
Marion S x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, beautiful card. Love the background.

Barbara V

Maria Illsley said...

A lovely sue. I need to catch up on all my crafty recordings xx

DeCor said...

A pretty card. Love the softness the vellum brings.

BridgetCG said...

Hello Sue, a very lovely card today, the alcohol ink background is fab and really offsets the vellum. Have a great day everyone. Bx

Kitty Davies said...

Morning Sue.
Thank you a beautiful card.
I have this die set so I shall have a little play.
Sue I got your Octogen die set for mother's day.
Sue could you please give us thirty hours in a day lol.
Take care and have fun kitty.

Chris Curry said...

I love this card, and once again you remind us of different techniques. Alcohol inks are versatile, especially with the blending solution. Thank you Sue, have a good day. Xxx

Pussycats said...

Good Morning Sue and all
Such a beautiful card this morning and I do love the colours created in back ground. I enjoyed watching your shows on Hochnada when you was last on. I still need to get some alcohol inks and have a go.
Crafty hugs and well wishes to all. Wendy

Clare W said...

GM Sue. Great card. Fab background.

Netty The Runner said...

Fabulous Sue. I used this die to make a Mother’s Day card, it’s so pretty.
Annette x

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue,
A beautiful card to start the week with! I love the vibrant colours you've used, so bright and pretty. X

Heather Rogers said...

Hi Sue
Beautiful card. Love the use the vellum.

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

catherine lyons said...

Morning Sue
A very pretty card today love the background.
Catherine V94 xx

Debra K. said...

Not sure about today's card although the vellum looks lovely. Debra x

Clai01 said...

Lovely die looks very pretty. x

CraftyCoffey said...

Great card, love the background.


TDQ Karen said...

The bright colours are beautiful. My attempts at Yupu paper never look like this so will try your dabbing technique. Great card xx

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
A lovely card. The colours are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.
Have a great day everyone.

CraftySuetoo said...

Good morning Sue. I remember you demonstrating this card and loved the technique, beautiful card. Sue xxx

Judith Tucker said...

Another lovely card. The use of velum makes it look so delicate

sharon casey said...

Morning Sue and all the Wilsonettes
What a gorgeous card I love the colours and i will have to get some of these inks to try out as I love the background its gorgeous.

Sending love and healing hugs to all that need them xx

Have a good day and stay safe all

Hunnymummy54 from MK

Barbara Gosden said...

Hi Sue
A lovely card, I remember the demo of this.
B xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - I remember seeing you use alcohol inks and thinking I must get mine out! Not done so yet, but am inspired again by the effect and love the colours and the use of the velum. I don't have the Yupo paper but I remember the alcohol inks worked well on a shiny card. Thank you for showing us this beautiful card again. Sending best wishes

Izzy said...

Hi Sue,

Another fantastic background, love the way the colours glow on the Yupo paper and that Poppy die set is really paying for itself isn't it!


June Smith said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, your card today certainly brightens up a very wet and miserable day here in Kent, love the rich colours in the background and also the very beautiful white vellum flowers to finish off, amazing.

Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

Ann said...

Good Morning Sue. I didn't see you demo this card Sue but I wish I had. I would like to have a go with this background technique. It looks amazing and teamed up with the dies you have used how could anyone not like it.
I am sorry I missed yesterday post Sue. I had a silly fall in the house... tripped over our rug. Nothing broken but I was badly shaken up. Feeling much better now though .... thank the Lord. Sending best wishes to everyone on this very wet morning. Kind regards Ann Toppcards Leeds.

BenteS said...

Beautiful card!
The background is awesome, and I love the way you have used the vellum to showcase the lovely die frame, makes it look very delicate and elegant :))

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Beautiful card, love the background.

karenlotty said...

Terrific card That background is gorgeous and I love how you’ve mounted the focal element onto vellum so that you can still see the background
I’m going to have a try with Pixie Powders

Suemac said...

Lovely card.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue

I don't own any alcohol ink but this background tells me I really should. Your card is beautiful and the vellum works a treat.


Heather R Oxfordshire

Yvonne H said...

Good morning Sue,
I loved seeing you demo this on tv & absolutely love this card.Yvonne xx

June Horrocks said...

I remember the demo sue love this card the vibrant backgrounds and the beautiful flowers love it
Thank you sue
Love always June Horrocks xxxxxxxx

Anne said...

I must get my alcohol inks out - will have to blow the dust off them! I need some of the new brighter colours I think. Something to look for at the NEC on Thursday.

Anne (Northampton)

rolfi said...

Hi Sue,

what a beautiful card with a stunning background...
Colours are great.

Rolf xxx

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Love the card . love Jean Z xxx

Pauline Austen said...

Morning Sue, I do like the effect that using vellum gives to this card. It not only tones the colours down, but in my case would cover any messy mistakes which I could make. I can see me having to get those alcohol inks after all, but need to decide upon the coloursvto buy initially. Thank you for such a pretty card today.
Like you Steph, I was just noticing a fall in the number of blog members. Such a shame when Sue works so hard for us and is most helpful if you need any advice. Hugs xx Pauline in S.A.

hazel young said...

Gorgeous card Sue xx hazel

Tressa said...

A lovely, bright and cheerful card for a dismal morning.

I like the background and enjoyed watching you use the alcohol inks on Hochanda. Makes me want to go out and buy some Yupo paper and alcohol inks!!


Deb E Isle of Wight said...

Saw the background demo'd on Hochanda and love the effect...Beautiful post...

Lynne L said...

Good morning Sue beautiful card the alcohol inks produce an amazing effect I must try this technique it looked fun when you did it on your Hochanda show
Stephanie I agree with your comments about the blog numbers it's such a shame to see the numbers drop I do wish our missing friends would return
Ann Toppcards so glad you didn't break any bones when you fell hope you're feeling better today
Sending good wishes to all

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeous and fab background Sue
Gr Karin

Kate's Cards said...

Very bold! xxx

Evis M said...

Hi Sue,
A pretty card today.
Love the background.
Evis M.

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
How I love it when you snip into your dies giving us another idea how to get the most use out of our dies! I think the card and background are gorgeous!
Hugs x
Heather T

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Pretty card interesting background.


Annx without an "e"

Rosemary Stickland said...

Beautiful card.
Rosemary xx

Donita Naylor said...

What a great idea, using the Poppy part of the oval twice and cutting the flower several more times in vellum to make a 3D vellum flower. The result is a soft, romantic card.

I really like it.

Here's hoping everyone's week gets off to a good start.


Anonymous said...

Hello Sue
A really striking background, love the dies and your use of vellum
Beautiful card
Lesley S x

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Love the background with the alcohol inks and yupo paper and the vellum behind the Die cut gives a softness to the card

Ann- glad to hear no bones broken, hope you're feeling ok today

Love and hugs to everyone

Sue MacFall said...

Thank you Sue, the background to this card is beautiful - love the bright colours.

Lynn Dalby said...

Hello Sue.

This is lovely, I love the background and the delicate topper. Thanks for sharing.

Best wishes

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a gorgeous card. Very pretty card with the delicate 'Poppy' die with the vellum and the beautiful inked background.

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Sue this is a stunning card I love it. That Hi die suits me down to the ground it is my favourite online greeting along with Hugs. Have a great week. Take care. Hugs Jackie

redfox said...

This is a lovely card Sue. I really like how the vellum softens the colour. Must Try cutting my dies out in different mediums, I tend to just stick to card but you've inspired me to try something else. Think I'd like to try pixie powders too. Thanks Sue. Love and hugs to everyone, Sarah

ursula said...

Have not tried Yupo paper, interesting, does this technique work on any other type of paper Sue ??? A most beautiful card...luv Ursula xx

Crewe Trish said...

Hello Sue
I haven't tried vellum yet but I will because I love the look.
Anne I bet you are feeling battered and bruised this morning take care.

dmj said...

A lovely bright and cheerful card, don't do
messy, but love the idea.

Glad no bones were broken, Ann, hope you keep

Doreen x

Sam Smithard said...

To My Wonderful Dear Friend Sue, 🥇Today’s Card Is One Of The Many Reasons Why Your Blog Is The Very Best
Ever, There Is No Other Blog Better Than Yours. Also Blog Winner for 2016
Sue, My Dear Friend Your Blog Is Superb Everday You Do Grunge/Gentlemen Cards/Possibly A Baby Card
Lots Of Wonderful Ladies Cards, But What I Love Most Of All Is The Fantastic Techniques You Share With Us
Magical Backgrounds Like The Stupendous One You’ve Created Today.
Your Still Photographs Show Your Exceptional Card At It's Very Best Just So Very Impressive.
Famous Products Used In Today’s Card ✨
“Creative Expression Coconut White Foundation Card”
“Creative Expression Foundation Vellum”
“White Yupo Paper”
“Creative Expression Mounting Foam”
“Creative Expression Cosmic Shimmer Specialists Dries Clear Acrylic Glue”
“Creative Expression Self Adhesive Flat Backed White Pearls 3mm/5mm”
“Rangers Blending Solution”
“Rangers Felt Applicator Tool”
“Rangers Alcohol Inks Sunshine Yellow/Raspberry”
Famous Cutting Dies Used In Today’s Card ✨🥇Award Winning Cutting Dies 2017
“Sue Wilson’s Hi Die Set” (From The Mini Expression Collection 1 Cutting Die I Presume)
“Sue Wilson’s Poppy Die Set” (From The Frames/Tags Collection) Sadly I Don’t Have Either Of These Dies
So I Can’t Say How Many Dies Are In Each Set!!!!
Sue, You Started Today’s Card By Taking A Piece Of Yupo Paper (Must Purchase This) As Your Background Is
Just So Extravagant, You Added Rangers Sunshine Yellow/Raspberry Alcohol Inks To A Rangers Felt Applicator
Tool, You Covered Your Paper By Tapping The Applicator All Over Your Background Paper, Then You Added
A Few Drops Of Blending Solution To Your Felt Applicator, To Go Back Over Your Background Paper Then Watch
The Magic Happen The Inks Dance Across the Paper, Sue, As You Mentioned They Will Change The More You
Play With Them, As You Said They Don’t Really Mix Completely So You Get Some Really Magical Looks From It.
I Bet It Looks Astonishing In Blue...
Sue, You Cut Out The “Hi” Mini Expression Die Out Of The Centre Of Your Background Paper You Had Created
Moving On You Then Cut Out The Phenomenal Poppy Die Set (Love This Die It Seems To Be Out Of Stock
Everywhere I’ve Had To Special Order Mine With Other Dies From Your January Collection)
You Cut The Poppy Die From Coconut White Foundation Card Then You Backed In The Superb Foundation Vellum
This Creates Such A Phenomenal Look, You Cut The Centre Die From The Poppy Die Set Twice Then You Nipped
Away A Couple Of The Flowers Then Glued Them To Each Other In Opposite Directions.
Sue, You Then Added A Solid Backing To This Using Coconut White Foundation Card Then Applied Mounting Foam
To The Back Then You Placed In The Centre Of Your Background, You Added You “Hi” Sentiment Using Spare Paper
From The Background.
You Used The Poppy Die Set A Couple More Times Using The Inside Die Using Foundation Vellum, So You Could
Use The Main Flower From It, You Nipped It Away Then Placed The Beautiful Flowers You’ve Created Over The Main
Flower on Either Side Of Your Poppy Die Set, Placing 3mm White Pearls In The Centre Of Each Flower, You Added
3mm/5mm Here/There To Your Exceptionally Beautiful Poppy Die, You Attached Mounting Foam To The Back Of Your
Background To Go Onto Your Coconut White Foundation Card Which Also Has Your Famous/Signature/Piercing.
Then You Added Mounting Foam To The Back Once Again Then Attached This To Your Coconut White Base Card
Card Size 6 1/4 x 7 3/4
Sue, Today’s Card Is Sensational/Luxurious/Magnificent/A First Class Masterpiece Thank You For Sharing.........
Take Great Care My Wonderful Dear Friend Sue,
Extremely Wonderful Warm Fond Wishes To Colin Also Heather
Sue, Lots Of Love Also Huge Hugs 🤗
Love From Sam xxx

Yorks butterfly said...

Hi Sue, another lovely card, Have not tried this technique, but think I will have to .

Barbara (C) said...

Alcohol inks are a great medium to work with and todays card shows how beautiful the results can be. A lovely card on todays Blog.

Suzzette Yandle said...

Beautiful card design. I always adore the ethereal look one achieves went vellum is used in a design. The extra flowers on top look great.

CraftyJo said...

Lovely card Sue, like the colours.

Yorkie girl said...

Hi Sue and Everyone
Sorry not been around for a week or so just life and of course the retreat I attended in Tunbridge Wells just about recovered now lol
I have been popping by but not commented so I appoligse for that
Your card is lovely I have some Yupo paper somewhere must have a look for it as I live the background you have created
Again sorry for my absence
Take care folks I send you all my good wishes and hugs
Theresa G xx

Fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, I love this card and I do remember the fun you had when demonstrating this technique. The background is gorgeous and I really like the softness achieved by backing the Poppy die with vellum.

Ann - Ouch! Hope you are not too battered and bruised today.
Donita - I meant to say yesterday how much fun your stamping group sounds, you are lucky to have like-minded friends to share with.


Susan Battensby said...

Hi Sue
Your background looks gorgeous. I did a similar one recently but I fussy cut out goldfish that I stamped on mine, looked very realistic even though I say so myself! x

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
I saw you demo this and the amazingly different effects you achieve with this yupo paper. Unfortunately it's a tad too expensive for me, I prefer to save my pennies for your dies etc..
I absolutely love this card, especially the Poppy die backed with vellum. Gorgeous!

Brenda Lello said...

Hello Sue,

I love today’s card, adding Vellum gives a very subtle and interesting change to the background.
This was a fun demo to watch, brilliantly inspiring. Thank you.

I love the effects Alcohol inks creat, the finished results are always different. I have used them on acetate, the result was lovely.

Love and hugs, Brenda xxx

CCM said...

Hi Sue,

Very bright and cheerful card .. just what I needed on a dark cloudy Monday!This card reminds me of a lovely summer day, the season I love the most. Love the use of vellum to soften the background and pop the focal point and also to make this card elegant! I agree with Donita, those 3D vellum flowers add the romantic vibe.

Hugs from Toronto to you all and special hugs to all missing friends.
Still a newbie to Craft / not longer the newest, or the only across the pond Wilsonette

Welsh Dors said...

Fabulous card. Love the way the vellum softens the alcohol ink background.
Best wishes, Dorianne

Dawn Holben said...

WOW sue this is totally stunning, the background is just so gorgeous and i
love the poppy die too.

Pawprintx4 said...

This was one of my favorite technique/cards you showed on Hochanda. A beautiful card and also fun to make. I have not tried it yet but I will soon. I am working on a bunch of special birthdays , along with Mother's Day and a baby card...all SW dies used on them, of course.
Everyone be careful. I saw the worst wreck taking my Mom to the eye doctor this morning.
Stephanie K

Jackie Meechan said...

Gorgeous card, love the background and the vellum in front makes it amazing as you can still see a muted version.

Barbara said...

Beautiful card Sue!
I love the background, the colours are amazing.

Di said...

Hi Sue,
A lovely bright and cheery card. Beautiful, love the background.
Di B. x

Alison D said...

Hi Sue, stunning card today. The background is really pretty and using vellum to back the focal element is perfect. Love and hugs,
Alison D x

Littlelamb said...

Lovely card Sue. Have the Yupio and the inks. Just need to try it. Thank you for showing this lovely card. No crafty things for Mothers Day but that’s ok as I didn’t expect any. Would have been a big surprise if I had. Glad you didn’t break anything Ann.

sued99 said...

A gorgeous card. Such a fabulous bright background.-

Berina RGA said...

Such a beautiful card Sue! I love the cheerful background.

Lisbeth said...

Hi Sue. I am so pleased that you posted this card today. Is it just coincidence or did you post it following my comment a couple of days ago? Either way, thank you very much!


Jan Sayer said...

Love the colours you’ve used for the background, Sue. Pretty card.

Eunice said...

Love the looks of the Yudo paper and the colors that you chose were great. When I am making cards and need a small accent I often cut out of the special paper that I am using where no one can see what I have done. Neat trick to utilize every scrap of special paper!

Betty McAlister said...

Evening Sue. Gorgeous card using the alcohol inks. Love the background and the Poppy die. Xx

Lynda's craft's said...

Wow beautiful card Sue Love your background it's stunning
Love & Hug's Lynda Brock xx

SHARICA said...


Latenight SandyH said...

Pretty card. Don't have the alcohol inks to try this (or the yupo) but love how you've created this background.
Ann Toppcards, glad there's no lasting damage. It does shake you up, though.
Take care everyone.

theresa w said...

Hi Sue and lovely wilsonettes x
Fantastic card Sue x I had not seen yupo paper until you demonstrated it and what amazing results you have achieved x thankyou Sue x
Theresa w in Berks xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Stunning card! I have the beautiful Poppy die.
Thank you for the inspiration.
Véronique L

Marie P from Longridge said...

Absolutely brilliant card Sue. I wish I could afford to buy everything you demonstrate but as that is not possible I am about to create a 'wish list' that will be placed in a strategic position where my family will be able to see it every time they visit. I may also put a pad and pen next to it lol.
Ann I hope you are OK after your fall.
Thank you so much Sue for giving so much pleasure.
Hugs to all.
Marie P.

Margaret Rogers said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card
Margaret x