Card Making

Snarky, Alcohol Inked Background Birthday Card

Hi Everyone,

I’m back today with another card making post. This Birthday card used one of the backgrounds I created with the Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks and Alloys, and the Tim Holtz Snarky Cats stamp set.

Since I had already completed the background, this card came together quickly. If you’d like to see how I pulled the card together, keep reading 🙂

As I mentioned above I started with a, previously created, background made by blending Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink in Indigo, Cobalt and Foundry Alloy with Alcohol Blending Solution on Yupo Paper. I used both an alcohol blending felt and the new Alcohol Ink Air Blower tool to blend the inks.

Alcohol and Alloy inked background

The front panel of the card was made by cutting the alcohol inked background to 4.75 x 3.5 inches and layering it to a piece of 5 x 3.75 inch silver metallic cardstock. This was then layered on top of a piece of bright green cardstock, from my stash, cut to 5.25 x 4 inches. Finally, all of these layers were adhered to a notecard made from heavy-weight, navy cardstock cut to 5.5 x 8.5 inches and scored at 4.5 inches.

To add a bit of texture, and make the focal point of the card front stand out, I used the Hero Arts Nesting Wood Frame Infinity dies to cut a frame from Tonic Chrome Mirrored cardstock and centered it on the front panel.

Layered panel with frame on A2 sized notecard

I stamped one of the images and a sentiment from the Tim Holtz Snarky Cats stamp set with Distress Twisted Citron Ink. I decided that my snarky cat needed a party hat, so using the same ink I stamped an image from the Tim Holtz Crazy Things stamp set. All the images were stamped on Neenah Crest Solar White 80lb. cardstock, and fussy cut. To give the stamped images a finished look I inked the edges with Distress Blueprint Sketch ink.

Images stamped using the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform (no longer available for purchase).
Inking the edges of stamped images with Distress Blueprint Sketch

I added a bit of glitz to my images with a Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pen, and added them to the card front using foam squares to provide a some dimension.

Adding a bit of glitz with the Tonic Shimmer Pen.
Foam squares provide some dimension to the images.
The card is looking pretty “snarky” at this point. LOL

For the inside of the card, I cut a piece of the same green cardstock, used on the front panel, to 5.25 x 4 inches and combined sentiments from the Tim Holtz Crazy Talk and Clearly Besotted’s Simply the Best stamp sets. I stamped them in Distress Blueprint Sketch ink, and then glued this panel to the inside of my notecard.

Trimming the inside panel.
Tim Holtz Tip: Use a piece of Sticky Grid on the base of stamp platform. This allows you to keep the cardstock, to be stamped, in place while you stamp your image. This is useful when you want to stamp off the edges of cardstock.
Lining up the sentiments to stamp on inside panel.
Stamped, inside panel.
Gluing the inside panel to notecard.

I thought the card finished at this point, but after looking at it I decided the Snarky Cat needed a little personality. I pulled out my stash of googly eyes, glued them to my image and voila my card was completed!

Adding some personality to the Snarky Cat with googly eyes 🙂
Completed card.

I hope you liked this card! If you’re interested in any of the products and supplies I used to make this card, please see the lists below. The products are listed in order of use, and I’ve included links to the items from two of my favorite online stores, Simon Says Stamp and

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Happy Crafting 🙂

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