Hi everyone. Last Sunday I had a play day with my two friends, Susan and Christine. We tried out lots of different techniques and products. So much fun!! And a bit messy too. What could be better??!!
One of the products we were experimenting with was alcohol inks. There's little else that matches the vibrancy and intensity of AI colours. But they are messy and stain everything. We wore gloves (a MUST), and used parchment paper under our project (and over top of our silicone mats ... AI's will even stain the mats).
The ornament above is cut from an acetate sheet (you could also use acetate packaging from your craft supplies). Alcohol inks work great on acetate.
Even though the tip of the alcohol inks is really small, I found that it flowed too quickly and was always getting more than I needed. So I started by adding just two drops of AIs. Then to get some more colours, but with less ink, I squirted a few drops onto my parchment paper, and picked up the colour with my fingers (with gloves!), and tapped it onto my piece above. The results were spectacular ... the ornament looks like a piece of marble. Too bad I didn't try this BEFORE the CAS Mix Up Marbling closed. :)
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I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has sent me messages of love and support over the past while. I had several emails and cards after announcing I would be taking a medical break from my blog. After sharing my story about breast cancer two weeks ago, I have had many more wonderful messages and cards sent to me.
It has been very uplifting receiving all these positive messages (emails and cards). I appreciate every one of them.
I took a picture of my mantel with the cards. Look at all the gorgeous designs ... hand made by very talented card makers. Thank you so much!!
Stamps: Sentiment - Season's Gifts (Penny Black)
Paper: White card base (Neenah 110 lb. card stock)
Ink: Alcohol Inks: Mermaid, Ultra Marine, Silver (Ranger); Versamark
Accessories & Tools: Acetate, Ornament Set 2 die (Elizabeth Craft Designs), Silver cording, Silver Embossing Powder (Ranger), heat tool