Where Creativity Meets C9 #23: Mixed Media

Good morning friends! It’s time for a new challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9. This month the theme is Mixed Media! Head over to the challenge blog to learn more and see more inspiration from my talented teammates! Challenge23

My take on this theme involves mixing heat embossing, stamping, and alcohol inks. Have you jumped onto the alcohol ink train yet? I love that you never get the same image twice. And it looks so fluid!

I started off by creating the alcohol ink background. I used Mermaid, Pool, and Stream inks – mostly Mermaid, I think. I added a bit of gold mixative for some added color interest and also to play up the “gem” theme from my chosen sentiment. If you’ve never used alcohol inks before, you add drops of ink to yupo paper (which is actually plastic – I used translucent yupo paper for this card, but any yupo paper will work). Then you add some blending solution and apply some air to create movement. You can blow on the paper – I used a straw, super high tech 😉 Add more blending solution to thin out color or fill in gaps. If you want to get fancy, you can use 90% rubbing alcohol and a stylus of some sort and selectively remove color – I used this technique to create the bubbles you see.


I set the paper aside to dry and wcorked on the sentiments. I used the Triple Step Thank You stamp and die from the July Concord & 9th release to create a bold graphical sentiment to stand out against the background. I used Gina K inks in Blue Lagoon and Coral Reef for two of the steps and then VersaMark with gold embossing powder for the third step. A tip to help align each step if you plan on using the coordinating die: I traced the outline of the die (outer edge) onto my cardstock with a pencil before stamping. That way I could place each step with even spacing in relation to that outline. And of course, using a MISTI or similar positioning tool helps a ton!

To assemble the card, I trimmed the yupo paper to 4×5.25″. Then I used the coordinating die to cut out the large sentiment and adhered it to the yupo paper with foam tape. Finally, I stamped the “you’re a gem” sentiment onto some scrap cardstock using VersaFine ink in Onyx Black, trimmed it to size, and adhered it to the yupo paper.


Thanks so much for stopping by. Be sure to visit the challenge blog and enter your creation for a chance to win a $25 gift card from Concord & 9th or the opportunity to be a guest designer in a future challenge! I can’t wait to see how you all interpret this challenge!



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