Playing with alcohol inks

When I first saw the front cover of the new annual catalogue I go so excited to see alcohol inks! I frantically looked through the whole catalogue at that moment searching for them only to realise that it was designer series paper not making your own alcohol ink backgrounds. Whilst I am in total love at the look at this paper, I still longed for the opportunity to make my own alcohol ink backgrounds so I decided it was time to make my own!

The process to make it yourself is pretty simple. I coloured a piece of vellum cardstock randomly with my blends. For this card, I used Old Olive, Granny Apple Green and Just Jade. Then I sprayed some isopropyl alcohol (purchased from Bunnings) over my coloured piece of vellum. You want a good amount of coverage but not too much. Then I simply used an ear syringe from the chemist to squeeze and blow the ink around. Once I was happy with the look I put this aside to dry.

Once dry, I used a stamp from the forever fern stamp set, inked up in versamark. Heated some heat and stick and added gilded leafing. I love this stuff! A bit messy to play with but I love it.

I found layering my piece of vellum onto a piece of white a great idea to allow the colours to pop. Before adhering these together, I stamped a leaf image on the piece of white. I think it looks lovely with the leaves peering through the layer of the vellum.

A brass butterfly was cut using the Brilliance Wings Dies. The brass foil is on the retirement list, I am glad I still have some to use! If you want to stock up, be sure to place your orders quick!

The Forever Greenery Trim is just perfect for this card paired with some Just Jade in Color Ribbon. The sentiment I used is from Peaceful Moments. I absolutely love the font of this stamp set.

Recently, I attended OnTour which is an event hosted by Stampin’ Up! This event was held over zoom (isn’t lots of events nowadays?! I am looking forward to attending our live events again one day soon, fingers crossed!) This event is for Demonstrators to connect with other Demonstrators from all different locations. We were asked to make a card using a new stamp set, Etched in Nature that we were sent. I made this card with the same technique of the alcohol inks.

I love these backgrounds! The colours used here are Night of Navy, Highland Heather and Just Jade. With the touch of the gold I just can’t get enough of this technique. It is so easy but so effective.

I hope that has inspired you to try this wonderful technique. I still hope one day soon, Stampin’ Up! will hear me and bring out a Stampin’ Up! colour range of our own alcohol inks but in the meantime, I will have fun creating with my blends, isopropyl alcohol and my ear syringe!

Keep on crafting!

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