Happy Satur-YAY, friends! Simon Says Stamp is throwing a party and you’re invited! The Simon Says Stamp blog is the Master of Ceremonies… click through to linked artists to be inspired by what they are creating and who they are creating with!
As for us, we’re on a late and lazy pajama day, California time. Check out my stories later on Instagram to see what we are up to!
I have been itching to just lose myself in crafting with all of the chaos of life these days. Tim Holtz Alcohol inks were the perfect playground. I pulled out 5-6 inks and several more sheets of synthetic and recyclable Yupo paper. I popped in a headphone, put my audiobook on and just got lost for an hour or so. It was just what I needed to regain a bit of my sanity – I won’t say it’s all there, but it was a pretty good start.
As I pulled the project together I went through my stash and picked a few dies that have yet to create with, but had to have. I’m featuring Simon’s Decorative Hamsa today, but I’ve made plenty others from this inky session that I’ll be sharing soon. The Hamsa Hand is an ancient Middle Eastern amulet symbolizing the Hand of God. It is a protective sign in all faiths and is thought to bring its owner happiness, luck, health, and good fortune. I’m thinking we could each use a bit of that right now.
Create a version of this project by wetting 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Yupo paper (or trim a larger sheet down later) with rubbing alcohol or Alcohol Blending Solution. Add a few drops of Boysenberry, Laguna and Gilded Alloy alcohol inks and blow the color to disperse with what was traditionally a camera lens puffer, but now has been commandeered by many a crafter. Add more color, lift color with a paper towel, add more alcohol or blending solution. Just play. The ink will continue to shift as it dries.
Once satisfied, set aside to dry. Alcohol itself will dry a bit more quickly than Blending Solution, but Blending Solution leaves a slightly shinier finish as it contains a resin – which is necessary for metallics and pearls to protect the finish and prevent rub-off.
Die cut Decorative Hamsa from center of the inked Yupo paper without cutting completely through. I add a sheet of scratch paper between the die and the Yupo so that the die will not cut quite as deep. Die cut and then trim around the outer edge if necessary to completely release. Die cut Hamsa again in white cardstock. Weed design and then adhere the outer border and the intricate center design with Precision Glue onto the imprinted alcohol inked Hamsa.
Trim the perfect “Things may seem hard now, but it will get easier” Sentiment Strip and solidly color with Copic marker in BG53. The preprinted strips do not bleed with Copic coloring.
Pop Hamsa and Sentiment in place with foam tape onto 4″ x 5 1/4″ white cardstock. Adhere flat to alcohol inked panel that Hamsa was die cut from to create a border. Adhere finished panel to folded card base.
Thank you for spending a few minutes with me today. I wish you warmth, happiness, and health. Please remember to take a moment to mail the cards you create, check in with neighbors, friends, and especially our older generation or those who are alone. They many need to hear a friendly voice.
I’ll always do my best to link you to shops with products in stock. As you know, inventory levels are always fluctuating and therefore may not be available. Please use the retailer notification buttons to let them know you want more!