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Alcohol Inks Are ALWAYS Fun!

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

 

 Hi Everyone! I hope you are all having a great weekend.

This is Susan and I’ve got a fun technique to share with you today. I was playing with my alcohol inks and realized I need more colors. I only have 3 right now and I wasn’t getting the results I was looking for which is okay because it gives me an excuse to buy more 🙂 . So I grabbed my alcohol ink markers and played with those and had a ton of fun.

This is the result of my fun.

To do this technique you are going to need Yupo paper – it’s made for alcohol inks. You’ll need some alcohol ink, either in the bottle or if you’re like me and don’t have the colors you need in the liquid form then grab some alcohol markers. And you also need some Alcohol Blending Solution and a straw.

The first step is to lay down some ink. I knew I was using the You Are Here Stamp Set from Concord & 9th so I grabbed a couple shades of pink for the flowers and a couple shades of green for the leaves. I started by positioning the stamp on the paper and getting an idea of where I was going to need color. I lifted up the stamp and scribbled on the ink in the general areas of where I wanted them.

This next part is where all the fun happens. Take your bottle of Alcohol Blending Solution and squirt on a few drops. You’ll see the ink start to separate and move around. If you want it to move more you can use a straw. Just aim it at the ink and blow through it and you can move the color around. You can add more blending solution and continue moving the ink around until you are happy. The one negative thing about using markers is you can’t add more ink to the mix. If you are using liquid alcohol ink and you want more color just squeeze some on, add some more blending solution and move it around until you are happy with the results. I was going for a softer look so markers worked just fine in this situation.

Next is the hard part. At least I find it hard. It’s the waiting until it’s dry before you can turn it into something. It doesn’t actually take that long but I still found the waiting hard so I helped it along a bit with my heat tool. Not sure I would advise that too much as it did warp my paper a bit. To fix that I ran it through my big shot a couple of times and that seemed to help.

To stamp the image I used my MISTI. I wasn’t sure if I would get a crisp, clear image the first time because I don’t have a lot of experience with this technique and I’m glad I used it. I stamped it 3x using Versafine Onyx Black Ink before I was happy.

 

Now to turn it into a card. I used the stamp always from the same set as the flowers and stamped that using my MISTI tool. I stamped that 3x so as to get a deep black impression. I set that aside for a bit to be sure that the ink was dry before I fussy cut it out. Next I reached into my pile of designer paper that I need to use up and pulled out a strip of woodgrain pattern. I cut it to 4″ wide and tore the long edges. Next I cut a piece of white cardstock to 4×5 1/4″ and ran it through my big shot using an embossing folder with a swirly pattern on it and then layered that onto a soft pink card base. I added the strip of woodgrain paper and then added the cut out flower image with some craft foam for dimension. Finally to finish it off I added a few sequins with some liquid glue.

 

I hope you are inspired to give this technique a try.

Happy Stampin’

and thanks so much for visiting!

I’ve linked to a few of the items I used below. Scrap’n Stamp carries a wide variety of colors for alcohol inks – too many to list but if you’re looking for some I’m sure you’ll find it in the store.


Birthday Card featuring Concord & 9th!!

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

Hello crafty friends and welcome back!!  Laurie with you today to share a birthday card!!  I really needed a break from Christmas card making and also wanted to showcase some  Concord & 9th goodies that are new to the shop!!

I used the Happy Day Stamp Set along with its c0-0rdinating dies to make this card. This isn’t a new set from C&9 but it is definitely worth a look if you don’t own it or a revisit if it happens to be in your stash!

I used my alcohol markers in shades of coral, green, tan and turquoise. I tried to go for a subtle look but sometimes have a hard time achieving that with my markers! The cake plate was actually paper pieced on a teal coloured paper.  I added a bit of shading to the edges with my markers and polka dots with my white gel pen.

Once I started with the white details, I couldn’t stop and added them everywhere!  The flowers also got a good coating of Clear Wink of Stella!!  The co-ordinating dies have the words “happy day” which I cut from the same patterned paper as the plate.  I cut the letters as well as the cake die from craft foam and adhered everything onto a white panel that was embossed with a folder from Taylored Expressions (unfortunately, this folder is not available :()

The panel was adhered to a white, top fold card base and I added a few clear sequins from my stash! This card was a little labour intensive, especially with the colouring but I really like how it turned out!

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and I hope you will take a look around the shop at the new release section as it’s full of amazing goodies!

Thank you so much for dropping in today!! Have a great day and I’ll see you soon!

Laurie

Blooms Fill-In with Laurie!!

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Good morning, friends and welcome back!! I’m here to share a thank you card made using the Blooms Fill-In Stamp Set along with its co-ordinating dies.  This set is new to me and all I can say is “I’m in love!!”.

This set is full of possibilities. It is, in one word, genius. And because of the style of florals, it can be used for any season!! Just change up the colours and voila, a spring, summer, fall or winter card!!

I’m not sure  what season my card would fit into as I used a dark colour to stamp the background. I used the Versafine Clair Ink in Morning Mist. Because this is a new and large stamp, I used my Misti and stamped it 3 times to get good coverage.  TIP: I think I actually put too much muscle into the stamping because I lost quite a bit of the foliage detail.

After I stamped the background, I used various inks to fill in the blooms :).  I took the coordinating die and cut each floral cluster out.

I wanted these bold clusters on a white background along with some dimension.  I placed all the images roughly in the same spots that they were on the stamp itself.  The actual stamp is slightly larger than an A2 card so they ended up being closer together. I adhered them all with foam adhesive.

I wanted this bold background to be the star of the show so I kept the sentiment very simple.  I stamped the “thanks” onto a fishtail banner and adhered it to the centre of the card.

To give the banner some dimension, I manipulated the card stock to give it a bit of a bend.  Then used Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive on the ends. This worked great!

For a little bit of a finishing touch, I used Nuvo Crystal Drops in a light shade of pink. This filled in some of the white space without being overly distracting.

I LOVE how this card turned out. Just imagine all the different looks you can get by just changing the colours!!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!! I hope you found a little inspiration here today!!

Until next time…stay crafty!!

Laurie