Wednesday 28 August 2019

...and Another Drop

While I had the alcohol inks out on my desk I decided to use them on some Yupo paper which I bought ages ago and which, to my shame, I'd never used for some reason.  I'm sure I'm not the only one guilty of buying things maybe at a show, bringing them home and promptly forgetting to actually use them.  Anyway I did enjoy my recent dabble with the alcohol inks and in this case once the surface was dry I popped a stencil onto it and applied a little of the blending fluid using the felt applicator - this had the effect of lifting off some of the ink to leave a pattern.  My next move was to find some scraps of white pearl card, the largest of which was coloured with the same shades of alcohol ink before die cutting a large oval.  Smaller dies were used to cut a frame and an oval to back the stencilled piece before layering it all together.  I wanted to make a feature of the stencilled pattern so have simply added a die cut sentiment with its own backing.  A linear design was added to the base card before adhering the ovals into place for this CAS style of card.

Ovals - die set from Tonic
Sentiment - Gemini die
Ranger alcohol inks and blending solution used

Monday 26 August 2019

A Drop of Alcohol

No, I've not been drinking it but have dragged my alcohol inks out from the depths of my stash, prompted by seeing the post HERE from Di (of Playground fame) who had been trying out some of the new Tim Holtz silver sparkle card which I believe was developed with alcohol inks in mind.  I treated myself to some of this card and it certainly does have a lovely surface appearance.  Luckily my inks hadn't evaporated, although I must say they've been in storage for a long time, and I coloured a piece of the sparkle using pinks and purples blended with blending fluid.  There is a link in Di's post to a good video on this topic, well worth watching.

I've made a card using the resulting piece behind a window style die.  First I cut a square of lilac card using a stitched square die before placing the window die in the centre and cutting it out.  I then repeated this with white pearl card so that I could mix and match.  The sparkle piece was trimmed to fit behind the 'window' in the lilac layer before placing the white frame into the centre.  This is much simpler to do than to describe!  A sentiment was stamped onto the bottom of a white card blank using my trusty Misti.  The next move was to die cut a flower in black to match the sentiment and contrast with the other colours.  I've been left with a white stitched square piece and a lilac window piece ready to make into a similar card.  There really is a super sparkly effect on the coloured card but sadly the picture doesn't do it justice.

Sparkly Layer - Silver sparkle card from Tim Holtz, alcohol inks used
Square Die - Noble pierced squares set from Sue Wilson Creative Expressions
Window - Card Creator 1 die from Paper Rose
Flowers - Tim Holtz for Sizzix - wild flowers
Sentiment - from freebie set of stamps given away with magazine