Sunday, November 25, 2007
Alcohol inks.... you have seen them in the store, I know you have. You have looked at their cute little bottles and said "OH I NEED THOSE!!" then said "hmmmm, what do I do with them?" well.. IM gonna show you a cool technique you can do, to make embellishments on a layout
Vellum: 8 1/2 x 11 or 12 x 12 or whatever you have. PREFERABLY CLEAR, or the transleusant I believe it is called IT may be listed as white even. JUST do not use colored.
Ranger Alcohol inks: in whatever color you wish I LOVE these. I have most all of them but, I really need the gold and the silver.. (asking Santa for them hehe) You can find them at a craft store or a Lss ussually.
White cardstock.. You can use the elcheapo ones that come in the page protectors when you get albums or any.. You wont be seeing it really so it doesn't have to be the "good stuff"
Spray adhesive.. I use the craft etc acid free high strength adhesive. Krylon makes a good one too. (this ones just cheaper)
a Cricut or a die cutter of some sort.
When you use Vellum, use the dull side, not the slick shiny side. If you hold them up to the light, some types have more of a pvc surface, some are more thin and porous.. I like to use the Bazzill lightweight vellum. Get the thinnest they have. You ussually have to ask your lss to order it for you. Hobby lobby will also special order it if you ask. You have to buy the entire package though.
Take a few colors of your alcohol inks, you can do droplets.. just a drop at a time slowly. Drop around on the sheet and let it kinda dry some before you start your next color.
OR you can take the tip, set it all the way down on the vellum and drag it across the vellum while very VERY lightly squeezing, You can do stripes... designs.. however. I did both ways. I liked the effect of the stripes first. let it get mostly dry then go back with another color and do swirls inside the other color. You can also take your stamps, and touch them to the alchol ink and do a negative impression, be sure to wipe your stamps off after you do it though, each time. REALLY WELL.
Cover your entire sheet of vellum with the different inks.
LET IT DRY COMPLETELY. Usually 15 to 30 minutes.. you can let it set a couple hours if you like. I did mine then let it sit over night to be sure it was good dry through and through.
Use some spray adhesive on the back of the vellum. THEN place on a sheet of WHITE CARDSTOCK. I found that white is the best color to use under your vellum. It makes the colors "pop" the best. Other colors darken the inked colors, bright, light colors are ok.. depending on the colors of the alcohol inks you use.
After you have adhered your vellum to the cardstock and SMOOTHED IT OUT VERY WELL so it is FIRMLY ATTACHED ALL OVER. let it sit for a couple minutes.
Cut your spare cardstock off around the edges. THEN you can cut down your sheet of inked vellum to 6 x 11 (if your using 8 and 1/2 by 11 vellum.. if you are using 12 x 12 cut it to 6 x 12) place it (with the cardstock on the back side down) on your Cricuit mat and cut whatever you like. You can do letters or designs or use it with your Sizzix or whatever die cutting contraption you may have. I used the Cricut, "Walk In My Garden" and the "Base Camp" font cartridges.
The Patterned paper is by Scenic Route. LOVE LAND their new Valentines Line. ISN'T IT YUMMMY!!!! You can get it at www.Scrap-diner.com.
THe main thing is, experiment with them and have fun. BE SURE TO wipe up any spills IMMEDIATLY and if it gets on your hands, wash it off immediatly. DO NOT get it on your clothes.. You need to use a well ventilated area or you may be singing show tunes.. just know I warned you ok! (ask me how I know ha ha)
Save your leftover scraps. You can use them as photo corners, or with punches. They are great to use with the Sizzix hardware die, like photo turns and buckles. You can even cut them to make faux ribbons.
OK, I Challenge you to play with your alcohol inks and link back here showing me what you did. JUST let loose and have fun with it.
COME ON WHAT CHA WAITIN FOR!!