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Thursday, 14 November 2013

Alcohol inks and Clarity Stamps....

Hi all and a warm welcome to our new follower...I hope you enjoy being here...I will warn you though, it may be mad at times...
Well, yesterday was our workshop day in Hazel Grove and we had a lesson in how to use Alcohol inks....
If you haven't used them they are great and work on none porous surfaces...so that's things such as metal, glass, Miri -card and acetate....
You can paint with them, stamp with them and make really cool backgrounds...
We started off by just dropping some colour onto the Clarity coated card.....and then with some blending solution and a piece of felt on a blending tool we created a background....the one thing to watch with this technique is to stop....and not over do the blending....keep some white space...
It's one of the things that I have learnt.....it is important to keep some white space...
One of the properties of Alcohol inks is that they dry really quickly....so we were able to stamp directly on top of the ink using black Archival ink and one of the tree stamps..


Some black card, matting and layering, a sentiment and the first card was done....
As usual we did have a laugh....especially when one of the ladies (I won't mention her name) said that her friends card was "going down hill" we all knew what she meant!!!!! 
For our second project we made a card using Acetate...now, I'm always a bit weary when stamping on acetate .....so I don't.....I work around it....


So we started by putting some alcohol ink onto our felt and adding a few drops of blending solution....we then dabbed the colour onto the acetate......
In order to create a sun we added a drop of blending solution directly onto the acetate and watched it spread out...(only a small drop) 
We put this to one side and stamped our design onto a piece of white card...we used Plumb Archival ink.....
The best bit was watching everyone working out where the sentiment needed to go...


Then we put the acetate over the card and attached it with brads.
Some matting and layering and job done...
What was really great was seeing all the ladies so pleased with their work and yes, they all produced pieces of art work.....
If you have alcohol inks in your stash and haven't used them, I do urge you to have a play....
Well that is all from me for today ...just going to add some finishing touches to some cards for future magazines....(they need to be in by tomorrow!!!) 
Bye for now....Jo. X 

10 comments:

  1. Jo sounds like you had some real fun and produced some lovely cards.

    CBN DTx

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  2. both beautiful Jo. should really have a go at alcohol inks xx

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  3. Great cards Jo and I'm sure a lovely time was had by all.

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  4. These are great cards, fabulous technique, love effects xx

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  5. Lovely cards Jo, I'm really into alcohol inks at the moment, love their arty randomness! Lol. I bet your ladies had fun xxx

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  6. Love what you've done with these, inspired now to get my inks out!

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  7. You know alcohol inks are my favourite! These are stunning Jo, I love um! Wish I could have come to play! Xx hugs xX

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  8. These are fabulous I do love the ink background.

    Hugs
    Linda xxxx

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  9. Sounds like fun and you did lovely cards too! Perfect x

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  10. Are you sure you meant 'they all' Jo? :D Thank you for a lovely afternoon as always
    Chrissie x

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