Welcome! WOW, another technique. I’m calling it the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Technique. I chose Bermuda Bay and Granny Apple Green to create an ocean inspired background.

Stampin' Blends Alcohol Technique, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Can you guess what you start with? I’ll give you a hint. It’s a nonporous paper that has a translucent look. Did you guess vellum? If so, you’re right.

Stampin' Blends Alcohol Technique, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

To create the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Technique you begin by scribbling color onto the surface of your vellum. Then brush on rubbing alcohol. Be sure to use alcohol as close to 100% as possible. The lower concentrations don’t work. Trust me, I tried. Once your vellum is dry, adhere it to a piece of Basic White card stock. Then emboss it with the fabulous Seashells 3D Embossing Folder.

Stampin' Blends Alcohol Technique, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Can you imagine all the different color combinations? My head sure is spinning. 

Stampin' Blends Alcohol Technique, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Each one will be a little different, but I love that. It all depends how much of each color you scribble on the vellum.

Stampin' Blends Alcohol Technique, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

I didn’t want to take away from the beautiful background, so I kept the focal image on the simpler side.

Stampin' Blends Alcohol Technique, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

But, I must admit, I did hit that pretty seashell with some of my Frost White Shimmer Paint. By adding a bit of the cording from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack, it tied everything together.

Stampin' Blends Alcohol Technique, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

And I couldn’t bring myself to discard any of the vellum, so I added two small strips to the inside of the card. Watch how you can create this dramatic background.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Basic White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, score @ 5 1/2″
  • Mats – Bermuda Bay CS – one @ 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ and one @ 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Mats – Basic White CS – one @ 3 3/4″ x 5″ and one @ 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Background Technique – Vellum CS – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Sentiment – Basic White CS – 2″ x 3″ and Granny Apple Green CS – 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, cut with the dies from the Stitched So Sweetly die set. The sentiment is stamped in Bermuda Bay.
  • Shell – Basic White CS – 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, stamped in second generation Bermuda Bay, cut with the die from the Seaside Seashells set.
  • Envelope – Basic White
  • Pearls – 3 medium
  • Cording – Forever Greenery Combo Pack – 14″

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Are you ready to try your hand at this technique? I would love to hear from you. What color combination did you try? Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations