Handmade with Love

26 January 2021

I wish I could be there.


Hello and welcome back!  There are many places I am missing right now, as I am sure many other people as well, but Paris is definitely one of them.  It is one of my favourite places and we are only 3.5 hours away by train....so close and yet so far.  Today's card features not only one of my favourite places but also my absolute favourite medium to use - alcohol inks!

I was looking through my dies the other day while making alcohol ink backgrounds and I saw this Paris skyline die (that I have not even used yet) and thought to myself...hey, that would be so cool with alcohol inks.  So I had a piece laying around that I wasn't crazy about and cut that, however it wasn't the one I used here....I had to cut another one as I had cut it too close to the bottom for my liking.  
Anyways, I paired that with more of a dreamy looking cloudy sky, because isn't it always kind of dreamy in Paris. For my background I added some ink and alcohol to my Yupo paper and used my hand puffer to move the inks around and then just left it to dry on its own, rather than drying it completely with that.  If you leave it dry on its own, the inks will still move and blend a bit more, which lends a bit of softness to it.

I cut out a second skyline from some black cardstock, as I wanted it to kind of give a shadow to it and it was perfect!  The sentiment is from Wishing You from Wplus9 and and I white heat embossed it.  It is perfect and doesn't take over too much of the background.  

I wasn't too sure of pairing the 2 pieces together when my husband suggested it, but you know what...I kind of like it!  The bit of black peeking out from behind the skyline kind of grounds it a bit and gives some separation to it as well.

And that's it for my card today.  It is more of a simple card although it may not seem like it, as not much was involved in making it.  And I know I always say this, but always always always hold on to your pieces you don't like that may be destined for the trash, as you never know how they can be used.  This background piece I had reworked abit and I love it so much more now. 


I am also entering this card into the following card challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Make your own background

Time Out Challenges  #179 - Be You  

Thank you so much for stopping by and spending some time with me.  I hope you enjoy my card for today.  I'd love to know what you think down in the comments and I'd love for you to become a subscriber, that way you won't miss out on any future posts.

Thank you again and until next time,  Michelle  💖


Supplies used: 

  • Variety of Ranger/Tim Holtz alcohol inks
  • Legion Yupo paper
  • Jacquard Pinata Brass 
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • alcohol ink hand puffer
  • MFT Paris Skyline die
  • Wplus9 Wishing You stamp set
  • Big Shot manual die cutter
  • Stampendous white detail embossing powder
  • Versamark watermark stamp pad
  • Misti staming tool
  • Stampin' Up heat tool
  • 3M foam tape
  • Tombow Multi Mono liquid glue
  • misc white card base
  • black cardstock

12 comments on "I wish I could be there."
  1. This is so beautiful. Love your background and using it to cut a Paris skyline is a brilliant idea. I am so lucky that I got to go to Paris 2 months before Covid shut down our world, and I hope to get back there again soon. I'll be thinking of this card until then. Thanks so much for playing along at Time Out.

  2. Thank you very much Joyce! It's one of my favourite places and being so close, we go as often as we can. I hope you get to go back as well. Hope to play again!

  3. I'm infatuated with your alcohol ink work. Even ordered some Nara paper after hearing you rave about it. Now to just use it...
    This design is so brave. And it works - the bold and the delicate.
    Hang in there. I bet Paris is missing you too ;)

    1. Thank you very much Maria! Nara paper is fantastic...you will love it! I know...I wasn't quite sure about putting it on the pink,blue and purple background but it definitely works! Thank you again :)

  4. Wow this is a stunner Michelle. I also love Paris and got engaged there! It is so dreamy and you have really captured this with your outstanding card. I love how you got the shadow effect. And I really like how there are so many swirls and touches of gold and that pink...oh just love it. Thanks for joining Time Out x

    1. Thank you Sandie for your wonderful comments! Paris is a magical city!

  5. That looks so great in alcoholinks! Think you like to go to Paris? Thank you for joining us at TIME OUT!

    1. Thank you Gerrina! I would love to go back there but for now I will have to be a dreamer :)

  6. Wowza - that is absolutely amazing! I hope you don't mind being CASEd. ;-)

    1. Thank you very much Cathy 🙏 No I don't mind at all.....CASE away!

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    1. Thank you so much Daria! I was really pleased with how this turned out!


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