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Featuring Aladine Izink Pigment inks distributed by Clearsnap and Quietfire Design stamps

Hello, Connie here impatiently waiting for the snow to melt, the mud to dry and the garden to grow. This layout was totally inspired by my stash of fake flowers.  I was trying to declutter my basement and gathered up all the artificial flowers that I have collected over the years.  Most of these were purchased from Dollarama or from the clearance aisle at Michaels and Walmart stores, but have largely turned into dust collectors since I rarely use flowers on layouts these days.


Before I passed these posies on to their next home, I thought I would do one more layout with them for old time’s sake.  I started with a piece of Canadian Scrapbooker Superstock and made my own really simple customized paper by adding a rainbow of colour with Izink inks.   The Izinks are manufactured by Aladine and distributed by Clearsnap.  They are an acrylic based pigment ink and are acid free, UV resistant and opaque (and a lot of fun to play with).  Aren’t these colours pretty?  Shimmery, too.


I just squirted some ink on the edge of the cardstock and used a piece of make up sponge to draw the colour part of the way across the page.  Simple and easy, and the ink dries quickly.

izinks 2


I just kept going and adding colour as I moved down the page.  Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect.  It’s ‘art’ and you will be covering most of it up with photographs and embellishments anyway.


Once your ink has dried, add your photo and pull a variety of artificial flowers right off of their plastic stems.  Pull out the plastic centre bit and separate the petals.  Add them to your layout and move them around until it looks nice.  I like to adhere my flowers with Beacon 3 in 1 adhesive because it holds them on really well and it doesn’t soak through the ‘silk’ of the flower.  I used Robin’s Nest dewdrops as flower centers, but you could also use a bit of glitter glue, beads, buttons, whatever catches your fancy.

After gluing on the flowers, I started adding other stuff – a gorgeous stamped sentiment by Quietfire Designs, a title, a bit of May Arts leaf ribbon, and a bit of punched cardstock border in a dark colour.  Quick and done and I am a little bit closer to summer.  Have a great Tuesday!

midsummer garden

Supplies:  Canadian Scrapbooker Superstock, Izink ink (distributed by Clearsnap) and ColorBox Fluid chalk ink, Quietfire Design stamp, Spellbinders die, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L tape runner and foam adhesive, Beacon 3 in 1 adhesive, Xyron Create a Sticker machine, May Arts ribbon, Robin’s Nest DewDrops, American Crafts thickers, Martha Stewart border punch.





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  1. Michelle Marks Reply

    Ooooooooo gorgeous Connie…such a pleasant sight to my snow blind eyes!

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