All The Joy Of Christmas

Thought I would play with some alcohol inkiness for today’s Make The Day Special DT project.

The stamp is the Unity Itty Bitty Silhouette song bird. I love the Itty Bittys, they are such a buy Propecia 5 mg online good price and as they are foam mounted rubber they are so very versatile too.

I used a combination of ZIG Kurecolor Twin Blood Red colour from the ‘Dull’ kit and the May Green ZIG Kuracolor Ink and layered it on card covered with the Painty Twin Gold.

Have a fabulously creative Tuesday.


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How To Make Acrylic Paint And ZIG Alcohol Blender Ink Backgrounds.

I promised you all a tutorial for my La-La Land Crafts DT make for this week’s Inspiration Monday. Well here as promised is how I made the spooky background for the little Skeleton Luka Tag.

I adapted the technique from Nancy Reyner’s book Acrylic Revolution and is really easy to do if you have a little bit of time and want to play with some acrylic paint and alcohol blender ink. I just love the texture it adds to a make!

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You will need:

Corrugated Card

Old Book Page

A Liquid Glue (like PVA or Elmer’s)

Acrylic Paint

Alcohol Blending Ink (like ZIG Kurecolor Blender refill/alcohol ink; Adirondack Alcohol Blending solution or Rubbing Alcohol solution)

Golden Polymer Medium (Gloss)

Non-Absorbent surface (like an Acrylic block)

Non-Absorbent dip stick (like a palette knife)

Plus – Your favourite La-La Land Crafts Halloween Image (mine was Skeleton Luka and you can get him as rubber stamp or as a digi-stamp), colouring materials, button, needle, sewing machine, thread, eyelet and eyelet puncher, button, black ink pad, Alpha stamps.

Step One – Prepare The Background

Cut a piece of corrugated card to bigger than you want your final tag to be and if you need to, take the top layer of paper off to expose the corrugations.

Tear out a page from an old (unwanted!) book and use the glue to stick the page to the corrugated card and let it dry fully.

Once dry tear off the book page to reveal the corrugated card again, you can leave on or take off as much as you want!

Step Two – Seal The Surface

You need to coat the support with a layer of medium to seal it, so try a gloss medium like the Golden Polymer Medium. Before you coat the book page/corrugated card it is quite absorbent and will just soak up the acrylic paint and alcohol blender solution and you wont get the
same effect.

Allow this layer to dry before moving on to the next step.

Step Three – Paint The Tag

Cut out the tag shape from the prepared corrugated card. Make up an acrylic paint solution with your chosen colour and some water, I used approximately 1:1 water to paint for my glaze but it really is down to personal preference and the acrylic paint you are using.

Now you will have to start working a bit quickly at this point as you do not want the paint to dry before you add the alcohol blender ink.

Paint the tag and move directly onto the next step.

Step Four – Add The Blender And Watch The Magic!

Add a couple of drops of the alcohol blender ink to a non-porous surface (I used an acrylic block) and dip your non-porous dip stick (e.g. a palette knife) into the drops and then touch it to the still wet acrylic paint on the tag.

The alcohol blender ink spreads in a circle pushing the acrylic paint away from the area leaving a really interesting look. The more alcohol blender ink you add the bigger the circle will be so try adding different amounts to get different looks, but be careful not to use too much as it will wash the paint away completely.

Repeat this process as many times as you want to get the look you want. When you have finished let the tag dry.

Step Five – Add A Bit Of Stitchery

Free-stitch, machine stitch or hand stitch (whichever you are most comfortable with) a spider’s web at the top of your tag.

Step Six – And Finish!

Sew on a little spider button and stitch it some legs – creepy! Edge the tag with the black ink pad and add the eyelet. Colour your La-La Land Crafts image and stick to the tag. Finish with the little sentiment. 

Have fun with this one! As always if you use this one I would love to see what you make and if you leave a comment with a link I’ll be sure to pop by.

Catch you later alligator.


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Go With Your Heart

Hope you all had a good long weekend, did lots of fun relaxing and art making. I have my Make The Day Special project for this week and I went with a grungy, shabby chic tag using the Unity Itty Bitty and Authentique Co-branded stamp Go With Your Heart.

Such a pretty stamp. I’ve used the ZIG Black Sparkle Embossing Powder to emboss the stamp on top of an acetate panel treated with Eco-Green acrylic paint and ZIG Alcohol Inks which are also known as their Kurecolor Refill Inks.

The papers are from the Prima 6x6inch Printery paper pack (which I am totally in love with!) and then added some pearls to finish the piece.

Have you checked out some of the new stamps in the Make The Day Special shop? Here are some of them:


Simply Betty

Paper Smooches

PICTURES OF THESE STAMPS HAVE BEEN REMOVED – people have been pinning these pictures into their ‘Digital-stamps and Printable’ boards on Pinterest BUT THEY ARE NOT digi-stamps they are copyright protected images.

Please respect people’s copyright – not respecting copyright is stealing.

Which are your favourites?

Have a great day.




My goodness I am finding this a very hard post to write. Some of you will know that I am a Londoner through and through and some of you will have been following the riots and looting that have been occurring across my city, that I love, and is even spreading through other major cities in England. I am just gutted, I don’t understand how people can be so disconnected to the society that they live in that they feel they can do this to themselves and others just so that they can take their fill of pointless merchandise. What a piece of art the human is.

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This is not a political blog, it is a blog about art and craft and making things so I shall show today’s make in a hope of lightening hearts and to carry on.

It is Tuesday so it is my Make The Day Special DT make. I’ve used stamps from the Unity Bold Insight and the sentiment is from Unity Adventures In Happiness.

The background has been coloured with ZIG Kurecolor Refill Ink from Kuretake.

Hope you have a day full of Friendship.


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Shhh! Don’t Feed The Monster!

Got a bit of a monster for you all today but he is a friendly monster, well, sort of friendly.

Perhaps you better tiptoe around here today and just avoid making any sudden movements.

That’s right just scroll down carefully!

See he is quite harmless really – whose coughing? Shhhh! Quick leave the room…

It’s Ok, he is still smiling!


This little monster is from the My Cute Stamp Kit Eeek! A Monster! Available over at Make The Day Special.

The tag is one of my collage backgrounds (tutorial coming soon!) and I coloured him with ZIG Kurecolor Inks which can be used like alcohol ink. 

The fibres and screw top brads are also from Kuretake.

Ok, so I’m going to sneak off quietly now…

Catch you later!