Alcohol Ink Coffee Filter Cards




Alcohol Ink Coffee Filter Cards
Created by Sophia Vida

I found this wonderful little book at the craft store “Creative Colors for Paper Arts with Markers & Alcohol Inks” by Barbara Buechley, Jen Del Muro, Donna Goss, Paula Phillips. It’s a 27 page book filled with beautiful inspirational ideas.

One of my favorites was the coffee filter cards by Barbara Beuchley. Since I love working with watercolors, Barbara’s technique gave me the same look. I had fun experimenting with color combinations and using Ranger liquid alcohol inks as well as alcohol ink markers. The results were bold, vibrant colors that really popped!

The blending solution for alcohol ink can get pricey, especially when you use a lot. So to blend the colors, I used rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and it worked beautifully. To accent the inks I used puff paints and Angel Glimmer Mist. I printed different birthday fonts on my computer which I punched with a tag punch. Last, I distressed the edges of the 4″ x 8″ card and tag with Ranger Tea Dye Ink and that was it!

Below are a few images of other designs I created. These cards are great for birthdays or pretty much any occasion. Hope you enjoy!!


Pink Aquafleur Rose

Pink Rose“Pink Aquafleur Rose”
Created by Sophia Vida

I wanted to share with you a wonderful blog I’ve been following called “A little lime” by a very talented artist, Helen Williams. In her August 12th post she e-mailed detailed instructions to all her followers on how to draw this beautiful Aquafleur Rose. I pinned it to my Pinterest – Drawing How To’s Board. Her instructions were very easy to follow and so much fun.

I started drawing the rose in pencil and then switched to the Copic Multiliner Pen. After my drawing was done, I colored the image with the Spectrum Noir Markers which blend beautifully.

The only problem was since I wasn’t sure how I was going to color this rose at first, if at all, I used the Strathmore Mixed Media paper. This paper sometimes causes the alcohol ink markers to run a little as you see. It doesn’t look too bad but I definitely recommend using the Crafters Companion paper with the Alcohol Ink Markers. It works much better with the alcohol inks.

To finish it off with a little bling, I highlighted the rose with Stardust Stickles and Voila! I had a one of a kind rose to use on a card or other mixed media project.



Supplies Used:
– Crafter’s Companion Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
– Copic Multiliner – Black .03
– Spectrum Noir Pink Markers: PP1, PP3, PP4, PP5

Simply Groovy

SimplyGroovyMain“Simply Groovy”
Created by Sophia Vida

I saw a design on Pinterest and pinned it on my Art Journaling Board. I remembered making one of these designs when I was a kid in school. I also remembered how unhappy I was when it didn’t work the way it was supposed to.

The idea is to draw free form lines starting from one side to another. Then color in your spaces with different colors but you can’t have two of the same color touching. When I was a kid I used 1 color and randomly hopped around the page and then moved on to the next color and so on. This was okay for the most part but when it came down to the last few spaces I ended up with the same color touching in two of the spaces.

To avoid that same mishap again I started with one space and continued moving along. This worked beautifully and I had a lot of fun and one big smile since I overcame my childhood blunder 🙂

Looking at the design it reminded me of something out of the 70’s. I thought I it would make a fun background for a card or some other art project. But I haven’t made up my mind as of yet. For now I’m just going to enjoy the bright fun colors.

So get out your markers, colored pencils or crayons and have a little fun!!


Supplies Used:
– Crafter’s Companion Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
– Copic Multiliner – Black .03
– Spectrum Noir Markers: GB4 (yellow), DR4 (red), BP2 (pink), BT8 (blue), LV3 (purple), CG4 (green), CR7 (orange)

Simply Elegant Birthday Card


Simply Elegant Birthday Card
(Created by Sophia Vida)

Sometimes I get so caught up in the creative process that I burn a fuse trying  to decide where to start. So I referred to one of my favorite books “Card Sketches for Paper Crafters” by Leisure Arts. This is such a fantastic book filled with over 145 card sketches and over 500 projects to fuel your creativity.

I found a sketch designed by Stephanie Halinski on page 46 and just loved it. There are several variations shown in the book using this design. I used one of the alternate layouts for this card because of the writing on the birthday cardstock. The possibilities for a single sketch are endless. This is one of the many reasons I refer to this book again and again. Plus this is a great card you can make with minimal supplies. Enjoy!!

For this card you will need:

– Cardstock: Blue Bell by Core’dinations, Happy Birthday Cream Green by DCWV
– Light Lavender Ribbon by Berwick Offray
– 1 Silver buckle by Favorite Findings (a pendant or button will also work)
– Glue Dots
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue

  1. Cut a 5″ x 10″ rectangle from Blue Bell cardstock. Fold in half. This will be your card base.
  2. Cut a 5″ circle from the Happy Birthday cardstock. Then cut the circle in half.
  3. Adhere half of the circle to the top and bottom edges of the card base.
  4. Cut 5″ of ribbon. Adhere to center of card in between the two semi-circles.
  5. Cut 4″ of ribbon and attach the buckle through the center. Trim edges as desired. Adhere to center of ribbon in step 4. Voila! You have a beautiful, elegant card that was a cinch to make.

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this Simply Elegant Birthday Card!!

For those interested, this is the book “Card Sketches for Paper Crafters” by Leisure Arts that was the inspiration for this card:


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Martha Stewart Stamp Around Page Butterfly Card


Martha Stewart Stamp Around the Page Butterfly Card
(Created by Sophia Vida)

I purchased a Martha Stewart Stamp Around the Page Starter Kit at my craft store. The kit includes a stamp base, clear mounting block, butterflies, fern and floral branch design templates, 6 stamps consisting of 3 corner and 3 border stamps for each design.

I wasn’t sure how this would work and I wanted to make a quick card so I copied Martha’s example on the cover of the box.  Once the card was done, I added a few embellishments and that was it! It was super easy and quick.

What makes this so fantastic is there are so many things you can create using the 3 designs included in this kit (additional designs are sold separately). Plus not only can you make gorgeous cards but you can create fabulous scrapbook pages too!

For this card you will need:

– Cardstock: White and Pink
– Color Box Pigment Ink: Pink and Lime Green
– Stardust Stickles
– 10 Small Pearls
– Scissors
– Foam Squares
– Glue Stick
– Martha Stewart Stamp Around the Page Starter Kit

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  1. Cut a 8″ x 6″ rectangle from the white cardstock. Fold in half (This will be the base of your card). Note: you can use different sized cards but you must keep the dimensions in 2″ increments. For example 6″ x 6″, 4″ x 8″ or 10″ x 12.”
  2. Follow package instructions and stamp corners with flowers using the lime ink on the base of your card from step 1. Continue to by stamping the borders.
  3. Following package instructions stamp corners with butterflies using the pink ink on the base of your card from step 1. Continue to stamp borders. Your butterflies should line up perfectly in the empty spaces left by the flower stamps.
  4. On a scrap piece of white cardstock stamp the butterfly border with the pink ink. Cut out 2 of the butterflies.
  5. Cut a 1.25″ x 2.5″ rectangle from the pink cardstock.
  6. Cut a 1″ x 2.25″ rectangle from the white cardstock. Glue the white rectangle onto pink rectangle from step 5. Use foam squares to adhere the 2 butterflies in the center of layered rectangle. Next, glue this to the center of the card.
  7. Adhere 5 small pearls to the top left and bottom right corners of the rectangle. Accent the butterflies on the border with Stardust Stickles. Let dry. Voila! You have a beautiful handmade card.

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this Martha Steward Stamp Around the Page Butterfly Card!


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Clean & Simple Tulip Card


Clean and Simple Tulip Card
(created by Sophia Vida)

I made this for the Clean and Simple Card challenge over at Addicted to Stamps & More but unfortunately I missed the deadline. In any case, this was a really quick and easy card to do with minimal supplies.

For this card you will need:

– Premade 4.5″ x 6.25″ Olive Green Card & Envelope
– Cardstock: Red and White
– Hero Arts Watercolor Tulip Stamp H3834
– Fiskars Home Sweet Home Stamp Set 136840-1001
– Stardust Stickles
– Colored Markers: Red, Grass Green
– Color Box Black Pigment Ink
– Ranger Clear Embossing Powder
– Glue Stick
– Scissors
– Heat Gun

  1. Cut a 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ rectangle from the red cardstock and glue to the center of the premade olive green card.
  2. Cut a 3-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ rectangle from the white cardstock.
  3. Color the stem on the tulip stamp with the green marker. Color the flower part of the stamp with the red marker. Blow moist breath over the stamp to activate the markers and stamp your image on the center of the white card stock.
  4. Ink your “Best Wishes” stamp with the pigment ink. Stamp the sentiment on the bottom left corner of the white cardstock. Sprinkle with embossing powder. Tap off any excess and use the heat gun to set.
  5. Glue the white cardstock to the center of the red cardstock. Highlight the stem and flower with the Stardust Stickles. Let dry.  Voila! You have a beautiful handmade card.

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this Clean and Simple Tulip Card!

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Cupcake Birthday Card



Cupcake Birthday Card
(created by Sophia Vida)

For this Quick & Easy Card you will need:

– Cardstock: White, Fuchsia, Purple, Yellow and Patchwork Quilt by Urban Prairie
– Hero Arts Large Cupcake Stamp CG157
– Rubber Soul Vertical Happy Birthday Stamp S120-K
– Sizzix Sizzlits Die – Candles #2 (#654853)
– Stardust Stickles and Lavender Stickles
– 2 Silver Brads
– 2 Small Purple Paper Flowers
– Colored Markers: Fuchsia, Yellow, Purple
– Jelly Roll Pen: Purple Star
– Orange Colored Pencil
– Staz On Black Ink
– Clear Pigment Ink
– Glitterex DD Multi Ultra Fine  Glitter  GX-123 (White Iridescent Glitter)
– Small Heart Stickers
– Glue Stick
– Foam Squares
– Deckle Scissors
– Scissors
– Heat Gun

  1. Cut a 6″ x 12″ rectangle from the Fuchsia cardstock. Fold in half. This will be the base of your card.
  2. Cut a 5.5″ x 5.5 square from the yellow patchwork quilt cardstock. Adhere to the front of your base card.
  3. Using the Sizzix Sizzlits, cut the base of the candles from the Purple Cardstock. Color in the diagonal stripes with the Purple Jelly Roll Pen.
  4. Using the Sizzix Sizzlits, cut the candles again but from the Yellow Cardstock. Color in the center of the flame with the orange pencil. Cut the flame off. Glue the flame to the base of the candle from step 3. Set aside.
  5. Cut two 4″ x 4″ squares from the white cardstock. Ink your cupcake stamp with the black Staz On ink and stamp your image on to each 4″ square.
  6. Using the fuchsia colored marker, color in the thick stripes on the bottom of the cupcake. Using the yellow colored marker, color in the thin stripes on the bottom of the cupcake. Carefully cut out your image with scissors. Glue the candles from step 4 to the top of the cupcake. Let dry.
  7. Using the fuchsia colored marker color in the small pink hearts on the top of the second stamped cupcake. Also color in the outline of the large heart. Color in the sprinkles on the top of the cupcake with the purple and yellow colored markers.
  8. Ink the top of the cupcake with the clear pigment ink. Sprinkle with the ultra fine glitter. Tap off any excess. Use your heat gun to set. Once cool, carefully cut out the top part of the cupcake and adhere to the base cupcake in step 6 with foam squares. Highlight the round swirls on the top of the cupcake with the purple stickles let dry.
  9. Cut a 2″ x 5″ rectangle from the white cardstock. Ink your Happy Birthday stamp with the fuchsia marker. Breathe moist air onto it and stamp your image. Trim the edges with deckle scissors. Leave enough of a border to add your embellishments.
  10. Insert the silver brad through the center of the flowers and fasten to the top left and bottom right of your stamped image. Adhere the small heart stickers randomly to your sentiment. Use the stardust stickles to highlight the small hearts. Let dry.
  11. Outline the Happy Birthday letters with the lavender stickles. Let dry.
  12. Adhere the Birthday sentiment to the left side of the front of your card. Adhere the cupcake to the right side of your card. Voila! You have a beautiful handmade Cupcake Birthday Card.

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this quick and easy Cupcake Birthday Card!

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