Thursday, September 20, 2018

Foiled Alcohol Ink Impressionist Collage + Giveaway

I saw Judy Rozema - one of our Splitcoast challenge hosts - post the Technique Lover's challenge a few weeks ago, and she chose SUCH a fun technique - the "serendipity" technique.

This technique is SO much fun, and in the original Splitcoast technique, the technique uses patterned paper, but I twisted it around for use at my retreat with a super fun Gel Press and foiling technique!

So one night as I was falling asleep I came up with an idea for an impressionist look, combining the ethereal look of alcohol inks with acrylic paints. The good news is, all it cost me was sleep!

I may or may not have been influenced in this sleepy inspiration by my recent acquisition of the new refills for the Altenew alcohol markers.

The next day, I woke up and tried it, and I fell in love with the dreamy look. I combined it with the Serendipity technique plus foiling and used it in one of my retreat classes. It was SOOOO much fun, and everyone created such beautiful things! If you are my friend on Facebook - check my retreat album for everyone's projects. If you're not my friend - friend me!

Look how fun this collaged background is for my amorous little foxes! I used these sentiments, and some no shed glitter paper.

But my favorite thing to do with pieces from this technique is to miniaturize them, as Judy did in her challenge. It makes mixed media so clean and pretty. The foil bumps it up a notch too. The sentiment for this card is from this set.

Even though it's hip to be square - circles are fun too. I paired these circle die cut pieces with the hello stamp and die from this bundle. I cut the circles with these dies


















Hug Me Stamp & Die Bundle
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Painted Greetings Stamp Set
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Flower Arrangement Stamp & Die Bundle
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Wildflower Garden Stamp & Die Bundle
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Artist Markers — Altenew
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Gel Press 5 x 7 REUSABLE GEL PRINTING...
[ SSS | BLIC ]
Inovart Pro-Roller Brayer
[ BLIC | BLIC ]
Circle Infinity Dies (H)
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Therm O Web SILVER 25 FOOT ROLL Deco...
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Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White
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Neutrals Glitter Paper Pack - Concord...
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MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | SSS | ELH | MFT | SBC ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
[ AMZUS ]
Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer...
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Hammermill Paper, Color Copy Digital,...
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Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Mudder 10 Pack White Buffer Sanding...
[ AMZUS ]
Xyron ADHESIVE ERASER 23675
[ SSS | ART | AMZUS ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue Two...
[ SSS | ART | BLIC | ELH ]
Ink Off Cloth
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Altenew Originals
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Want to learn how to do all this? Well you're in luck - I have a video! Here you go, or click here to watch on YouTube.



I get to give away a $20 gift certificate to Altenew today! To be eligible to win, click here and tell me which of these are your favorite in a comment! I will announce the winner on 9/26.

AND - the best news is - all their markers are on sale. If you shop here - no code necessary at this link, you will receive 15% off your marker purchase.

This is part of the Altenew release blog hop today! Please stop by sweet Agnieszka's blog here.

But first, leave me your comment with your fave!

Loveyameanitbye.

69 comments:

  1. My fave is number three with the fabulous bubbles of color!

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  2. Oh that's the best!! Did you see the pics on my blog? I had the ugliest monoprint (from my very first retreat with you in Austin) and it added such a cool texture to the card. I love all of your designs! Foiling would be fun. But the Embossing had to suffice! XOXO

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  3. This was my FAVORITE technique at retreat! I love it!!! I still need to go shopping for foil - I need ALLLLLL the foils now. LOL!

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  4. I fell in love with this (and every) technique at your retreat, and I adore all of your samples. And while I’m typically a circle girl, I especially love you square/rectangle “you are in my prayers” card. It’s beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I love this. I have yet to invest in many alcohol markers and these Altenew look great. I love the card with the squares and I feel the same way about small from big.

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  6. What a cool technique! Fantastic card designs. I love the You Are in my Prayers card, the colors contrast so beautifully with the silver foil.

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  7. Paragraph writing is also a fun, if you know afterward you can write if not
    it is complicated to write.

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  8. Loving this technique, such an interesting approach. I do have to try!
    Beautiful designing too xx

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  9. All of these are really cool, but I have to say the foxy one is my favorite. It's adorable and I love the way all the color is on the background, making the foxes pop.

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  10. Fun technique and lovely cards. I love those
    handsome foxes best. So sweet.

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  11. I really like the "You are in my prayers" card, Lydia! I'm off to watch your video! TFS

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  12. You teach me so much! I love all three of your cards and how creative you were with the alcohol markers and using the die cuts and pieces to make these artistic cards!! Amazing!

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  13. Wow--LOVE your technique, and the colors are so soft and creamy! All of your cards are beautul, but my fave is #3! TFS--have a blessed day!

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  14. That is a neat technique! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  15. I love the 'Hello' card where it looks like the bubbles are dancing. Lydia, would regular alcohol inks work for this technique?

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  16. What a great technique! And a great way to use up some of my not so great backgrounds!

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  17. My favorite is the first, pink and blue one with the kitties, but they are all so unique! Thanks for the video. Now I need(want) a gelli plate!

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  18. Lovely cards. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Awesome technique, I think I have lived under a rock, because I have never heard of the Serendipity technique before😳😂 I love the second card the most (I think is because of the color combo) but this trio is amazing, thanks for the video and inspiration Lydia!

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  20. Gorgeous cards. Great technique.
    Thanks for sharing...

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  21. Glad to see it in a video. It's so hard to capture the shiny goodness of foil in a picture! I like the 2nd one with the mini squares!

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  22. wonderful cards, Lydia - love the foiling with the alcohol inks.

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  23. Wow Lydia - love the technique - my heart skipped a bit when you started tearing the paper but I am OK :)

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  24. I like the Hello Card ... the circles are so pretty.

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  25. Very cool technique(s)! My favorite here is the "hello" circles. My "impression" of it is the colors and round shape remind me of looking at earth from space, I love it! Thanks for sharing and the video for instructions. I can't wait to try this :)

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  26. OH WOW! What a cool technique! Looks like stained glass!

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  27. Gorgeous cards Lydia! I absolutely love that gel press look that this technique gives to your backgrounds!

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  28. Card number 3 really caught my eye, however I really like card 2!

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  29. I like the prayers card... not sure why but the pieces are very appealing!

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  30. Card two is the one that makes me sigh... Love this technique and will try it as I love the soft look it gives..

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  31. I have always favored rectangles and squares over circles. Plus I love the summery colors of the "you are in my prayers" card!!

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  32. Fabulous cards and loved watching your technique video..thanks for sharing

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  33. Fun tutorial. In your blog post you said, "To be eligible to win, click here and tell me which of these are your favorite in a comment!", but there was nothing to click so I will tell you which card I liked. The second is my favorite.

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  34. I love the “You Are In My Prayers’. The colors you use are so soft and light. It was perfect!!

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  35. Some amazing techniques and ideas Lydia. I would never thought to use alcohol refills with white paint on the gell press.

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  36. great cards...so enjoyed watching the videos and all the tips you gave, thanks so much mf.
    xx Karen

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  37. Love this technique! So easy and so beautiful. thanks for the video, Lydia!

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  38. stunning cards - thanks for the ideas:)

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  39. I like your technique using the refills, and thanks for the video.

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  40. What a fun technique! Cool cards, I appreciate the video, can't wait to try it!

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  41. The backgrounds look like colorful cobblestone. Great tips thanks!

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  42. I TOTALLY love this technique! Watched on the YouTube, it’s how I get my fix on your voice, scratchy or not! �� The Hello has to be my FAVORITE I’m a TOTAL SUCKAH for large scripty words! The font is SO addictive to stare at! I miss you SO MUCH! Spring retreat is TOO far away!

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  43. The card with the squares, is my favorite, but they are all pretty darned awesome!

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  44. super cool technique and cards!!!

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  45. Such beautiful results from this technique! My favorite is a bit of a toss up between the second and third cards. I'll go with the third card for the nice color scheme on the circles. Thanks for sharing the technique and your inspiring cards! ~ Lenice

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  46. An awesome technique & wonderful creations! My fave is the gorgeous Hello card with the colorful circles.

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  47. Adorable cards with
    the ink and foil!
    Great ways to use
    them.
    Carla from Utah

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  48. I love them all! Great idea for the background. The Hello card would probably be my most favorite :)

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  49. The first card is my favorite. The Hug Me set is my favorite stamp set from Altenew. :)

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  50. I LOVE your pretty foil mosaic cards! My favorite is "You are in my Prayers" because I love the color combination and the symmetry of the squares. This is a cool technique I'd love to try!

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  51. Such unique, abstract cards - thanks for sharing!

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  52. You always crack me up with your comments.....I loved the video.....both of the backgrounds were beautiful....thank you so much for the video......I liked them so much, I probaby would have just die cut a sentiment in Black and placed it on the piece and called it done.....so pretty....Therapy time....love it....hugs

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  53. I had no idea you could use alcohol markers like this! I would never wish it on anyone, but please continue to share any sleep-deprived art sessions with us, because this is opening up so many interesting ideas for me. As for which one is my favorite? I think it's the second one. I love how the very stark squares highlight the abstract softness of what's inside. Because I'm often crafting for small children, I don't ever think of going abstract or impressionistic. That might need to change, because these are lovely. Thank you so much for sharing with us!

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  54. Love the design elements - the
    squares and circles really
    highlight the colors.
    Great cards.
    thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  55. Very cute cards! Love the effects you created with the markers.

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  56. so fun! this reminds me of "serendipity squares" from my scrapbooking days!

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  57. These are so lovely! The technique is great. My favourite is the last card. Adore those circles!

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  58. I love your clean and simple cards with their muted color palettes! Way to go Lydia :) Thanks for sharing!

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