I’ve been pouring over blogs, You Tube videos and Pinterest posts lately with special attention to the projects using alcohol inks. There are endless and beautiful possibilities!!! And all the cards I’ve seen that use alcohol inks… just stunning! I knew I needed to try it myself.
For all of my projects, I used Tim Holtz Ranger alcohol inks.
The other tools I used:
- Alcohol Ink blending solution
- drinking straw
- a small paint brush
- Tim Holtz Ranger white Yupo paper
- ThermoWeb Deco Foil transfer sheets.
The next step was some trial and error, until I found the designs I liked.
These are pictures of my first attempts. To make each of these, I started by scattering drops of the alcohol inks I wanted to use on the Yupo paper. Once I finished adding the ink, I placed a drop or two of Blending Solution onto each ink drop. It’s fun to watch the ink ‘flower’ and move on the paper. I discovered that the ink dries quickly. Moving quickly, while the ink is still wet, I use the drinking straw to blow the ink around on the paper and help it move in the direction I desire.
The ink does dry quickly, but you can continue to keep it moving just by adding a couple drops of blending solution. Although the blending solution can help keep the ink moving, it’s important to remember that the additional blending solution will dilute the color; just like adding water to watercolor paints.
You can see how the blending solution diluted the colors on the project above. In hindsight, I probably should have added some additional ink. I really love the project in the photo on the right. It looks very celestial.
To enhance that celestial look, I added some Tim Holtz Ranger Silver Metallic Mixative alcohol ink. If you use these metallic mixatives, make sure to shake it thoroughly before applying it to the paper. I loved the look of the silver so much, I tried adding some Gold Metallic Mixative alcohol ink. to another project. I pointed it out in the picture on the right.
It is exciting to explore the beautiful designs created by the ink; they change right before your eyes!
You can take your design up a notch by adding ThermoWeb Deco Foil transfer paper. There are two ways to add the Deco Foil. The first option is adding the Foil to the ink before it dries completely.
As the ink moves on the paper, some of it will collect and become thicker in certain spots. These spots will remain sticky until they dry… perfect for adding Deco Foil. Just take a small piece of Deco Foil (colored side up), place it over the sticky ink spot and apply some pressure. Remove the Deco Foil and… Surprise!
Just in case you decide to add a little sparkle and shine after all the ink has dried… there is still a way to add the Deco Foil. That’s where the ThermoWeb Deco Foil adhesive pen comes in… just add some adhesive to the spots where you want the additional sparkle and follow the same procedure described above.
I highly recommend trying alcohol inks and Deco Foil, but be careful… it is addictive. Thanks again for visiting.