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Tuesday with Tara {take 93}

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
  • Happy Tuesday friends!

Today I wanted to share with you a bit of fun I’ve been having decorating Easter 🐣 Eggs with Alcohol Inks!

I saw a video online with a cute idea for tie dye egg decorating and decided to give it a bit of a twist, tweaking pretty much all the suggested ingredients and making it my own… here’s how it all came together!

I found some plastic eggs that looked and felt very similar to real eggs and decided to use them for this experiment. Alcohol Ink is not food safe and I figured these would be more forgiving than real eggs if I wasn’t 100% gentle with them.  The tie dye technique starts with wrapping the eggs- I used coffee filters that don’t fit my current coffee maker (they are great for crafting!) and tied them with a bit of twine.  The unbleached filters will hide some of the colors while the eggs are wrapped… but won’t affect the final result!

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Next, I dropped Alcohol Ink in several spots around the egg, allowing colors to overlap and blend. I then lightly squeezed the egg so the wrapper (and the still wet ink) made contact with the egg, then I set it aside to dry!

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This first egg has a mix of green, blue & yellow inks.  The next features almost primary colors from the Alcohol Ink Starter Kit– an awesome set if you’re new to these products, as it includes everything you need to start creating! (It doesn’t hurt that it’s on SALE right now, too!)

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I decided to take the same color combos and drop inks directly onto eggs as well, just to see how the results vary using the same color and different techniques. For these I dropped the colors around the egg and rolled them around in a coffee filter and my very inky hands… I then crumpled the filter around it to give some extra texture to the egg. Here’s a look at how the two techniques came out:

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Here’s a couple more tie dyed eggs with different color combos- these ones did not have quite so much ink on them, so were unwrapped after only an hour or so drying time.  Each had one or two paler shades in the mix as well, so the overall effect is less vibrant.
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My verdict… tie dye eggs are fun & easy! I plan to play around with more color combinations, and I plan to use my fabulous tie dyed coffee filter wrappers on a card or art journal page!

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Have a happy, blessed & creative Easter!
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Inky hugs,

Tara

Colors I used:

Kits are designed with colors that look fabulous together, any of them would be awesome for this technique but here’s a couple I would love to try…

Spring break & Beach Deco

 

Tuesday with Tara {take 92}

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

In just a couple weeks we will be celebrating Easter… and spring is in the air (the green grass behind my card is my actual lawn!!!) so I wanted to ink up some stamps that had never been inked.  Even though I love these Tim Holtz blueprints designs, I usually forget I have them until after Easter!

This year I decided to combine the bunny & egg images with seasonal chit chat stickers and some book pages that I prepared with white gesso… I also wanted to play some more with my Distress Oxide inks 💛

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My card base is 5.5″ square, and I started with a stenciled background featuring Distress Oxide. I absolutely love how crisp & vibrant these inks are on kraft… especially after they are misted with water. Here’s a look of the background before I layered my stamped images over it. You can see little splatter marks if you look closely:

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I added a bit extra over a doily mask in the top left corner afterwards to balance things out.  As I mentioned, I stamped the images on gesso primed bookprint and it was interesting seeing how soft the Distress Oxide came across on it (applied with an inking tool).

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With the egg, I also painted some blue shadow using water mixed with the Distress Oxide ink. I learned that you can lift/remove color with water as well by dabbing a rag over wet spots. Pretty cool technique I will try again!  I splattered the same blue in the background as well, and added some raised sparkle details with Nuvo drops.

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I inked around the bunny image, leaving him to be white chocolate 🙂   A few details finish off the card- a chiffon flower by Prima, a fun metal clip with some distress dyed Crinkle ribbon. Hope you like it!

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inky hugs,

Tara

materials used:

Kraft cardstock (5.5″ square card)

Archival Ink, jet black

Distress Oxide Ink: Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio & Spiced Marmalade

Mister bottle

Tim Holtz blueprints stamps

Be Creative Tape

Nuvo Glitter drops: white blizzard (photos picked up the iridescent glitter as aqua!)

Tim Holtz Scribbles & Chevron stencils

Dyan Reavely modern script stencil

Doily mask

white gesso