Clustering & Wendy Vecchi technique

February 16, 2014 at 1:55 pm 4 comments


Hey! Good morning!

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This card is another clustered affair- tying in with WPlus 9’s Birthday celebrations. They’ve a Birthday challenge focussing on adding dimension here. They are celebrating 4 years and you’ve until tonight to get a card in. As it’s a random choice for the winner- you lose nothing by entering. I love the clustered look for adding dimension without clutter. The sets I’ve used are ‘Cupid’s Arrow’ and ‘Fresh Cut Florals’ from WPlus9. I thought the Cupid needed more fancy wings and have used the tiny flowers as the movement creating sequin flower drift. I’ve broken out my Stazon Gold inkpad which is just gorgeous. Rather love the little elements of gold.

I wanted to use the technique demoed by Wendy Vecchi at CHA US 2104 here– which is a brilliant technique using ink refills and alcohol inks. I didn’t use refills- simply smeared my inkpads over a craft mat and mixed them with isopropyl alcohol. Word to wise though- your choice of cardstock is pretty critical. She used the Ranger cardstock which has a coating. I don’t have any of that. I tried out a few cardstocks and none of them worked- until I tried some glossy cardstock which worked a treat. Ignore the dodgy smear at the bottom- the technique needs more practising by me!! Wendy demoed with a few colours whereas I’ve only really stuck with one. It’s well worth having a go- the result is really lovely.



Here’s a closeup -you can see the clustering and background effect. You’re going to see a lot more technique based projects over the coming months as I delve into paint effects and the next one I’m going to be exploring is using alcohol and paint. I’ve some beautiful Paper Artsy acrylic paints to experiment with- so watch this space!

I’d better leave now- apologies again for those of you who get two email notifcations. You’ll forgive me? Right?!


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Isha  |  February 17, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Your card is just AMAZING Keren πŸ™‚ Love it!


  • 2. pinnednpenned  |  February 17, 2014 at 5:26 am

    Adore it! And I have purchased the glossy paper by Ranger for my alcohol inks and the blending solution, but haven’t had a chance to play with it all yet. Your technique turned out light and gorgeous. You’ve inspired me to get the materials out and start experimenting. Love the clustering!! xo


  • 3. Virginia L.  |  February 20, 2014 at 3:31 am

    Stunning cluster! Love your sophisticated card! SUPERB layering and use of elements, Keren! The background is simply beautiful!


  • 4. isisimaginings  |  February 20, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Wow, stunning card!! I still haven’t around to trying Wendy’s technique yet, I really must get a move on.



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