I have several pictures to share with you and a 6- minute video.
To create different alcohol ink backgrounds, I used a melamine foam/sponge (magic eraser) and I also tried a demister pad ( sponge to clean cars’ windscreen).
The results of my first experiment ever to try this exceeded my expectations!
PAPER USED IN THE VIDEO
- To make these cards, I used Tim Holtz Alcohol (C6) cardstock and also A4 sheets of generic photo paper.
- I could move the sponge a little bit better on the large photo paper especially to create plaid backgrounds. However, the alcohol inks blend a lot better on Tim Holtz Cardstock.
- Photo paper worked nicely when applying pure alcohol inks with the sponge to create plaid or checked backgrounds in one go BUT is harder to blend inks over this paper using blending solutions.
- I advise playing with the strengths of the materials you have available. Photo paper is less forgiving but it works! Give it a try especially with my plaid background idea.
- The inks also look different on photo paper ( brighter and intense) if you use a sponge as a stamp as I did in the video and you add a bit of the blending solution on the sponge the photo paper also will perform well but if you want to create playful abstracts, flowers and other super-soft compositions I highly recommend to use Tim Holz or any Yuupo heavyweight paper brand.
- Handmade patterns won’t look perfectly straight so do some stamping over them and embrace the beautiful imperfection.
Blending Solutions Used in the video
- To blend the alcohol inks, I used Surgical Spirit as blending solution. I bought this in a Birtish pharmacy called Boots.
- I found that the British Surgical Spirit works better than Rubbing Alcohol.
- I stamped the stunning large background image from Pretty Peonies background stamp and it makes all the difference.
- It looks amazing and by heat embossing the image on top, it gives an unbelievable 3D effect. The inks look like flashes of light behind the florals! PURE AWESOMENESS.
- The heat embossing works better on the Tim Holtz paper too.
- For the records, I do not have loads of alcohol inks. I only have 10 colours and whit those I made everything ( they are all listed in the supplies list below in case you want to have a look).
- I used pretty much the same ink colours for different cards today ( Flamingo+ Butterscotch + Wild Plum or different shades of blue).
- When you mix all these links together you get “regal colours” so that’s why you see bright colours in some of my cards ( pure colour) and regals ( blended inks ).
- The alcohol ink dries really fast on the sponge so you need to re-ink your sponge as you go.
- To create plaid backgrounds: all you need to do is to add little dots of ink at the edge of the sponge and a bit far apart from each other. The larger the dot the wider the lines so you can play with different lines widths.
- If you want to create a plaid / checked background when re-inking the sponge apply the same colour in the same spot to avoid colour contamination.
- Messy Play: use blending solution to blend inks and create irregular patterns and textures .. Cover up any mess with a super beautiful heat embossed background stamped image such as Pretty Peonies.
- Use inks and coordinating embossing powders. Chose predominant colour in your background and grab an embossing powder in similar colours or a neutral colour.
- If you want to create dry brush strokes effects, use the sponge when is semi-dry.. the results will blow your mind. So so pretty
- These are 5×5 inches cards. Using Photo paper.
- Alcohol inks used for the pink card: Wild Plum, Flamingo, Butterscotch + WOW fine gold embossing Powder
- For the Blue card: Patina , Denim, Snow Cap + Nuvo Black Fine Detail Embossing Powder.
To make this C6 card, I used Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Cardstock, Butterscotch, Coral, Flamingo, Wild Plum, Denim, and Patina Alcohol inks + WoW Embossing Powder Metalline Violet Regular.
I embellish using Dragon Scales Nuvo Dream Drops.
For the card in the centre I used
- Photo paper.
- Alcohol inks used: Butterscotch, Flamingo, Wild Plum, Patina, Denim.
- Wow Primary blue embossing powder ( translucent).
For the card on the right I used
- Tim Holtz Alcohol cardstock.
- Alcohol inks used: Butterscotch, Flamingo, Wild Plum, Patina, Denim, Pistachio.
- Nuvo Cooper Fine Detail Embossing Powder.
These are C6 cards
For the reddish tones cards I used:
- Tim Holz Alcohol Cardstock
- Alcohol inks used: Blend Flamingo, Wild Plum, Coral, Butterscotch, Pistachio.
- WOW Gold embossing powder, WOW Pearl Embossing Powder.
For the Orange-yellow card I used:
- Tim Holz Alcohol Cardstock
- Alcohol inks used: Coral, Butterscotch.
- WOW Rich Gold embossing powder.
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That’s all for today … I hope you like these ideas!
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