I am back to playing along with the CASE Study Challenge #137 for this week after a few busy weeks, and I was inspired by the rainbow of colours in the inspiration card. JJ’s interactive card is very cool and well worth checking out at the CASE Study blog. For my card though I have gone with a different look but still with the bright colours. I have stuck some foil tape sheet onto a piece of white card and die cut the ornamental die by Sizzix. I embossed it using one of the Tim Holtx Texture Fades – Riveted Metal and then applied drops of different colours of alcohol inks. I dabbed the inks a little but didn’t end up using any blending solution to blend the colours as I just wanted to see what would happen but I was still really happy with the results. I wanted the edge of the die cut to stand out a bit more against my black card base so applied some white paint using my finger. I also added a little white paint to the metal flower. When the paint was dry I created the sentiment with some foam thickers and alpha stickers, and assembled the card. I had fun making this one which is always good!
If you have any questions just leave me a comment and I will get back to you 🙂
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Supplies: Tim Holtz Foil Tape sheet, assorted adirondack alcohol inks, Ornamental die, black card, Prima metal flower, washi tape, paperclip, American Crafts Foam Thickers, Alpha Stickers, Tim Holtz Texture Fades Embossing Folder – Riveted Metal, Adirondack Paint Dabber – Snow Cap.
I know it is only August but I thought I would show a Christmas card in this little series of alcohol ink cards. Once I had made the background I then used the pocket watches embossing folder to give it texture. I added a little bit of distress inks to the edges but you could just ink all of the raised areas to give it a different look. I die cut the pine tree out of cardboard and then sprayed with Cut Grass Dylusions Spray Ink. When it had dried I rubbed a little bit of gold Perfect Pearls over the tree. The fence was die cut using the Memory Box Die – Estate Fence and the stickers are from one of last years Christmas collections by Kaisercraft. If you want to see more of my alcohol ink cards, just click on the category on the sidebar. There is another Christmas card here and a flower card that features alcohol ink on sticky back canvas here.
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Supplies: Bazzill – Java and Kraft, Kasisercraft Sticker Sheet – December 25th, Tim Holtz PineTree Die, Dylusions Spray Ink – Cut Grass, Kaisercraft pearl strip, Memory Box Die – Estate Fence, Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades – Pocket Watches Embossing Folder, Foam Adhesive, Alcohol inks, Glossy Cardstock, Gold mixative, Blending solution, Distress ink – Brushed Corduroy and Walnut Stain.
Happy Friday – I love Fridays still, even though I am currently a stay at home – it means it is almost the weekend. Here is another card using a background I made with alcohol inks. I cut up the background to make the tab and the background of the birdcage. I modified the chipboard birdcage by colouring the cage part with my black distress marker and then put some platinum liquid pearls over the top, smearing it around with my finger. It gives it a kind of metallic look. The beak and legs of the bird were also coloured with a wild honey distress marker, but I painted the bird with Twinkling H20s which gives it a nice shimmer. I made the tab by using a circle punch to cut the corners. The black die cut is another one from Memory Box called Delicate Vine (I am loving these dies) and the patterned papers are from Glitz Designs. I got out my sewing machine to stitch on this card and it reminded me that whenever I make the effort to sew on my cards or layouts I am always pleased that I did.
I’ll be back on Monday with another new project to share – Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.
Supplies: Bazzill card, Kaisercraft letter stickers, pearls, patterned papers – Glitz Designs, Twinkling H20s, Distress markers – Black and Wild Honey, Memory Maze Chipboard, ribbon, Tim Holtz tiny paper clip, Alcohol inks – Stream, Aqua, Silver Mixative, Memory Box Die – Delicate Vine.
I have been playing with my alcohol inks again as I got a couple of new colours (and also learnt a few more things to do with them when I went to Technique Overload with Tim Holtz – scroll down to the bottom of this post for a list of some of the tips to get the best results when using alcohol inks) so I am planning to show a few cards over the next couple of weeks. I made these two backgrounds using pinks and purples and a similar design but the vibrancy of the colours is different and so the cards end up looking quite different. I wanted to show that if you want to, you can incorporate alcohol inks no matter what your style is.
First up is the brighter of the two cards but I still kept it fairly clean looking with the bright white cardstock and just a little black ink. The alcohol ink background was made by using 3 colours and the snowcap mixative and then using blending solution and then twisting and dabbing over the glossy card. I did a couple of layers of ink and then just dropped some blending solution directly onto the card. That is what has given the white drops on the background. The die cut is the Catalina Wreath by Memory Box and the flower is a white prima flower that was sprayed with Dylusions ink spray – Crushed Grape (I love these sprays! and Stef has just restocked so I now have all 12 so look out for some more projects with these). The glitter is Star Dust Stickles. To draw the black stitching lines I used a marker that is for writing on cds – a waterbased marker will not work on the glossy surface and you need to be careful with other markers so it is worth doing a test before you draw on your background.
The second card is a much softer look and is a baby card (I have had a few friends lately have babies so needed a baby card or 3!). This card uses some lovely pale purples and pinks. I made the stripey background using the alcohol ink and just swiped them along the glossy card stock (It is better to use glossy cardstock than photo paper, they have a different coating) and then just made a fairly clean and simple looking card. Alcohol inks are a lot of fun to play with and you can make some gorgeous background really quickly (great for Christmas card time!).
Some Tips that Tim Holtz gave Technique Overload:
- NEVER SPRAY ALCOHOL INKS – they are toxic if inhaled!
- When using alcohol inks, don’t add the same colour twice on the same felt pad (You actually just end up doubling the amount of that colour on the pad and therefore on your project).
- One drop of the metallic mixatives is enough for a 12×12 sheet of card, so basically just be careful and only add a little of the metallic mixatives otherwise your metallic ‘overtakes’ the rest of the colours. If you use too much of the metallic mixatives even if you stamp over it you will still see the metallic colour.
- You can add new colours over your first layer of colours , just make sure to use some blending solution too to make sure the colours blend together.
- If you stamp Stazon on alcohol ink it will react.
- When making a new background you need to use a new felt pad.
Remember you can check out Tim’s website, his blog, or the Ranger website (see the sidebar for the links) for further information.
If you have questions just leave me a comment. I’ll be back tommorrow with another alcohol ink card.
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Here is a Christmas Card made using alcohol ink. This one uses the stamp ‘Christmas Tree Blueprint’ by Stamp It. I like this image because it is a little different to the normal kind of Christmas images. I can imagine it working really well with the emboss resist technique and different distress inks. If you want to find out more about Adirondack Alcohol Inks, check out the Ranger websitehere or a video showing Tim Holtz demonstrating how to use alcohol inks here.
Supplies: Glossy Cardstock, Paper trimmer, scissors, Black Stazon ink, Stamp – Christmas Tree Blue Print by Stamp It, Ribbon, Black cardstock, White cardstock, Silver Paper, Gems, Alcohol Inks by Ranger – Cranberry, Red Pepper, Pearl mixative, blending solution, alcohol blending tool and felt pads, foam adhesive, double sided tape, Sizzix Big Shot and Stars and swirls embossing folder.
Method: I put drops of alcohol ink randomly on the felt pad, then a few drops of mixative and then some blending solution over the top and then randomly dabbed the paper til I got the coverage I wanted. Then I stamped the image with stazon ink twice. I trimmed the silver and black papers to size and adhered together. I cut the Christmas tree and the circle out and mounted onto the main image with foam adhesive. I cut the white cardstock to size and put it through the Big shot with the stars and swirls embossing folder. I finished assembling the card as shown in the photograph and tied some black dotted ribbon in a bow.
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