Hello, I’m back on the Seven Hills Crafts blog today with a bit of an experimental card using just two dies, some foil and some alcohol inks. It’s the first time I’ve actually used alcohol inks and they make really simple backgrounds. Add a little bit of foiling to them and it gives a beautiful marbling effect.

I started off by inking up three panels with some Distress Oxide Inks, one with Candied Apple, one with Peeled Paint and one with Broken China/Faded Jeans. I flicked clean water on the red panel to get some texture and then used the MFT Stitched Collage Frame Die to create a border panel. I also cut a few more border panels from white card stock, stacking them together to create some dimension.

I ran the blue and green panels through with the same frame die to get the background pieces. For the green background bits, I then ran each of these through with a Lawn Fawn Grassy Borders die so I could ground my characters. I used liquid glue to adhere all the pieces to an A2 top folding white card base.


After leaving the panel aside to dry completely, I cut it out with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle that was just slightly smaller than A2 size and adhered it to a white top-folding card base.

The background is obviously the star of the show in this card so I kept the sentiment really simple. Using the Neat & Tangled Journalling Alpha dies, I cut the letters to spell out ‘CELEBRATE’ from some gold foiled cardstock that matched the foiling in the background. I find these letters the perfect size for large sentiments like this because they are tall and skinny. I used my T-Ruler to make sure I adhered them aligned straight, starting with the ‘B’ and working outwards.

Definitely a fun technique to make simple but impactful cards. The colour combinations of inks and foils are endless!