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Monday, September 20, 2010

A Simple Card Using Alcohol Inks - by Sue Smith

This week I have made a card using a very simple alcohol ink technique to make the coloured square in the centre of the card here...

Here is a list of everything I've used to make this card...

* Bo Bunny Double Dot cardstock

* Chromatics cardstock in black and white

* Clear acetate sheet

* Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks (I have used the colours Raspberry and Caramel)

* Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink - Alcohol Blending Solution

* StazOn Ink Pad in black

* Tim Holtz stamps

* Kaisercraft Rhinestones (Black Square Border)

* Basic Grey Lasercut Doilies

The technique I want to show you this week is for making the centre square of this card...it is a very easy and and very quick way to make your own original creation as a centrepiece for a card (or it could easily be incorporated into a layout as well).

1. Take you piece of acetate and cut to the approximate finished size you want for your project (I had a few off-cuts lying around, so I used those).

2. Next tear off a sheet of clingwrap that is larger than your project size and scrunch it up.

3. Then open it up again but leave some crinkles still in it, laying it on your work surface.

4. Next, select your coloured inks. Bright contrasting colours give the most dramatic results, but you can use any colour combo you like. I chose Raspberry and Caramel for mine.

5. Shake a few drops of the alcohol inks over the clingwrap in any pattern you wish, and then add a few drops of blending solution as well, but not too much though. The next couple of photos show a different colour combo I used.

6. Working quickly so that the ink doesn't dry, place your piece of acetate over the top of your ink-splattered clingwrap and press down. As you smooth down over the top you will see the ink moving around as well.

7. Then turn the acetate ink side up and set aside to dry. You will probably have enough ink left on the clingwrap to colour some more bits of acetate if wish (you may just need to refresh with the blending solution).

8. Once the ink is dry (very little time at all), turn the acetate over so that the ink side is facing down, and stamp that surface with any stamp you desire. You will need to use StazOn or Archival Ink as normal stamping ink will not dry on the acetate.

9. After the StazOn is dry, mount the acetate on some white cardstock, and then it's ready use on any project.

Hope you liked this technique...it really is easy and very effective and lots and lots of fun to do. Until next week...happy scrapping everyone! xx

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is such a coooooool technique Sue!! TFS. Alz :) xx