Saturday, September 15, 2018

September Leading Lady Maryam Shalaby | Take Three (Video)

Our September Leading Lady, Maryam Shalaby is back for her triumphant third performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or ethereal and enchanting cards from her sensational second performance CLICK HERE.   Today's cards are incredible inky masterpieces!

Without further ado, Maryam...

A little story about how I mad these cards. I was trying for the whole week to make a cards that I would like to share it with you . I was writing a list for the techniques that I would like to share with you in this month but I wasn't in the mood to make any of them . And after few days of trying I realized that I lost my mojo .It’s a Bad timing, for not to be in the crafty mood .I Wondered if I should try my magical description for returning back my mojo. Usually when I loose my mojo I grap some of ranger alcohol ink and play with them there vibrant colors elevate my mood and brighten my mind.


I usually found it's a little tricky to design a cards with alcohol inks with all these vibrant colors and busy backgrounds., I was so happy that I figured out how to over come that in this post . You can watch the video for these cheerful cards here :

Let's start the fun part. For my first card I tried these dark vibrant colors from ranger alcohol inks on a yupo paper . Here is some tips for making this card...


# I wet a yupo paper with alcohol solution ( I don't have an alcohol blending solution so I used isopropyl alcohol instead)
# I applied these alcohol inks ( butterscotch , willow, indigo, patina , amethyst, and purple twilight ) as little strips next to each other then I let them to blend , because the underneath alcohol solution it made this blending is going easy .
# I sprayed more blending solution over the blending ink to get them more blended and move the colors around .


# I wanted to add a texture so I added a little strips of silver metallic mixative ink and more blending solution to get every thing smooth
# I used the scallop heart from winnie and walter True Dotty Heart Cutaway to cut in the center of the inked card, then I mounted it over a white card stock
# I wanted this card to be a window card to brighten these strong colored background . So I die cut the white base card with the smaller dotty heart border from the same True Dotty Heart Cutaway in a place that fit with the upper layer


 # I stamped the love and you from winnie and walter In a Word: Love stamp set with permanent inks over a piece of vellum to preserve the open window effect on this card .

For my second card I wanted to try something different, instead of using these vibrant colors I want a less pigmented colors so I diluted a little of inks with blending solution, then I started the fun...


here is a little tips for who I achieved this background .
# I applied a little amount of the solution for the base before applying the ink over them .
# when I used the diluted ink it was harder to control the blending I think because it was too fluidly.
# It took more time to dry than the concentrated one over a yupo paper.
# I used almost the same technique as the first card by applying stripes on the yupo, blending them with more solution, then adding the silver tone .

# for this card It was a not that vibrant like the others ones so I used the whole paper in making the card , I turned it to shaker I die cut the yupo paper with winnie and walter true dotty heart cutaway fill it with a white sequin to brighten the card.
# for the sentiment I used W&W winnie and walter In Bloom: Ashlee's Rosie Posies with Lydia Evans stamp set.

My 3rd card was almost the same like the second but I used the full strength of the alchol ink to make this vibrant rainbow card.


I die cut the spoty heart from winnie and walter true dotty heart cutaway in a silver glittery sticky foam , I placed it over the larger scallop heart from the same die cut set.


For the u I die cut from winnie and Walter Typecast: Cary Letters Cutaways . with 3 heavy black cardstock the upper one was glittery . Then I white embossed this perfect sentiment for this card from winnie and walter Dotty About You with Lydia Evans stamp set.


Finally my last card, although bright red is not my color at all ,but I like this card so much.


In this card I wanted to share with you who I can get almost the same brighter and vibrant colors even if I didn't use yupo , by using acetate over a white card stock .
# I applied some blending solution at the acetate , then I used different shades of pinkish red ranger alcohol ink over it.
# I placed a white scrape of paper under the acetate to see who they blend . I added some gold metallic mixative inks .


# before the inks were almost dried . I applied foil sheet randomly over some area . Stick on the sticky ink and got the glittery foil accent.
# I designed the white base card . I stamped these heart from winnie and walter Scenery: Seeing Hearts with first full strength ink and second faint generation trying to follow some order by placing the biggest heart in the top then the smaller in the down . I stamped the smallest one at the bottom .
# I stamped randomly some mini love sentiments from winnie and walter In a Word: Love stamp set between the hearts .
# I placed the acetate over it with some dimensions foam tape. Then I die cut this frame from winnie and walter Essentials: Lana Cutaways using heavy stock black cardstock
# I found this card would be extra busy if I added extra sentiment so I left the card without any more main sentiment.


Thank you so much for joining me today ! Don't forget to head over to my blog maryams craft and leave a comment on all of my Leading Lady posts for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate to winnie and walter store , generously provided by Shay!!

Have a great weekend all.



  1. Gorgeous backdrops! I love the movement of the color.

  2. I LOVED watching the video and hearing Maryam narrate her creative process herself. It's so fascinating to watch those inks blend. Gorgeous cards, Maryam. No one would guess your mojo was struggling! These are fabulous.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  3. Gorgeous colour work!!!!! Your cards are so pretty.

  4. Ooh, these alcohol ink backgrounds are so beautiful and I like the way she kept the card design simple so that the backgrounds are really standing out!

  5. Great timing for me as I just finally made one panel with Alcohol Inks & you've inspired me to try again!

  6. These are beautiful! Makes me want to get out my alcohol inks and play!

  7. Gorgeous Card Maryam...Love each & every background which you have created using alcohol inks...Really Awesome.. Hugs xx Deepti

  8. Maryam you definitely got your mojo back, these cards are stunning! I love the vibrancy of alcohol inks and you used them to perfection and made amazing cards with them. Thank you for sharing and for all the inspiration.

  9. Fabulous colouring technique! Great cards!!!

  10. Love your spectacular cards. Thanks for the video and wonderful inspiration.

  11. That’s such a wonderful set of cards !! Love, Marjorie


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