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Slimline Alcohol Ink Gel Prints

Sunday, October 24th, 2021

Happy Sunday Funday!

Chala here and I am sharing some fun slimline cards using the Alcohol Ink Gel Print technique.

Today I pulled out several products to play around with including the Lavinia Boblong Printing Press, which is perfect for slimline gel prints, the Lavinia Leaf Mask, Mandala stencil, various Alcohol Inks, Pink Fresh Studio Heartfelt Thanks Stamp Set and various sentiment dies, acrylic white paint and brayers.

This technique is easier to watch than explain, so I have created a video of today’s cards.  Go ahead and click HERE to watch and see how I created 6 fun cards!

If you are not into watching the video, I will do my best to explain.  You want to drip some alcohol inks onto the gel print and use the brayer to move the ink along the surface.  Be mindful of what colours you choose as you do not want to create mud.  The important thing to remember is to let the alcohol inks dry between the layers.

Once the ink has dried you can now use a stencil and lay it on top of the gel plate.  I like to use my brayer to help lay the stencil flat on the plate.  Next add a few more drops of alcohol ink and again, you can use your brayer to help blend the colours.  The more ink you use the longer you will have to wait for it to dry before proceeding with the next step.  After the ink has dried again, you can now remove the stencil.  To clean my stencils I use hand sanitizer, you can also use isopropyl alcohol or ink blending solution.

The next step is to use a small amount of white paint (although you can use other colours and eve add in perfect pearls to add shimmer) and brayer a thin layer overtop of the alcohol inks.  Then lay your carstock on top.  I like to use an old gift card to smooth over the back of the cardstock to ensure I am lifting as much of the image as possible.  Then slowly pull the cardstock back to reveal your masterpiece.

I continued this process with several backgrounds and even used Alcohol Ink Pearls to add a beautiful shimmer to the background.

I trimmed the backgrounds down to fit onto a 4″ x 8.5″ slimline card base and adhered with some Art Glitter Glue.

You can finish the backgrounds off by adding stamping or simple die cut sentiments or even fun Tim Holtz Paper dolls. The possibilities are endless!  For my die cut sentiments I heat embossed with either gold or clear embossing powder to help the sentiments stand out.

Here is a look at the finished cards.

I hope you enjoyed todays slimline cards and technique and that it has inspired you to give this technique a try!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

~Chala

Tuesday with Tara {take 308} Hold On Art Journal Spread

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!

Today I had the best intentions of sharing a new card featuring a new-to-my-stash product… but I’ve been sick with a super fun bug (ha) during the time I would have had to create!  So, I’m sharing a throw back post!  My challenge word for today is “lift” and I came across this fun art journal spread that’s a bit interactive, so I thought it was a good one to share!  I hope you like it- it’s from way back in 2017!

Hope you enjoy the throwback!

I hope you’ve had a great week and that you enjoyed our Freaky Friday Blog Hop (if you missed it, it’s not to late to check it out and comment for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the online store!  We’ll announce the winners on Friday!).

While the hop was happening, I was making a hot mess in an all day Art Journaling class with Dina Wakley!  We had such a fun time, and I tried some new things and stepped out of my comfort zone… it was fabulous!  Today I want to share with you the ‘big’ project we did in her new Mixed Media journal– a six ‘page’ spread with one continuous theme.  Wow!  Since this was a class, I’m not going to be giving you any step-by-step details, though I will encourage you to take a class with Dina if you ever get a chance, she’s a really great teacher!  If she doesn’t teach in an area near you, she’s got classes available online and some great youtube videos to check out as well!

As I said, we worked in the new journal and our spread started with a page of watercolor paper, then burlap (2 sides) then a large tag (2 sides-inserted with her Printed Paper Tape) and finally another page of watercolor paper.  I used images from the ‘Words in Faces‘ stamp set as my focal point.  My color scheme was primarily Lapis, Fuchsia and Cheddar paints from her collection.  I also used a variety of other stamps & stencils from her collection… lots of fun stuff to work with!

Space doesn’t allow for me to share a ton of close up photos… but I hope you can get a taste of the creative fun I had!  So many things about this stretched me out of my comfort zone, and I loved it!  Hopefully it inspires you to move out of yours this week… and make a hot mess 🙂

Inky hugs,

Tara

Paper Bag Scrap Journal

Saturday, February 20th, 2021

Hey friends!  Chala here and I am back to share a fun idea to use up your scraps!  Today we will create a Scrap Paper Bag Journal.  All you will need is glue, scraps, ephemera and a paper bag.

I don’t know about you guys but I save all my paper bags…..and now I have a fun way to use them up.  I get mine from Sobey’s which are perfect because they are all brown with little to no writing on them.

The set up of this journal is a bit confusing to describe, so I will just include the video below for you to watch.

https://youtu.be/me4y452DkuQ

 

 

I hope you liked this video and it inspired you to use your scraps and unused craft supplies in a different way!  Here is a look at each of my page layouts:

Wishing you a crafty day!

~Chala

Featured Stamp Sets:

My Favorite Things:  Friends at First Sip, Warm and Feathered Hugs

Lawn Fawn:  Wild for You, Critters in the Jungle

Hello Bluebird:  Wild about You Die

Postage Stamps

Stencils