Thursday, August 11, 2016

{Spotlight Project} Cornelia Plays with Alcohol Inks

Hi, Cornelia here today, playing with my alcohol inks.

I like to use Yupo paper when I use alcohol inks, as the paper does not absorb much of the ink and the inks floats on top. Yupo is synthetic paper; it really is a plastic product, but feels like real paper.

I used and old clipboard to secure the paper. I dropped 4 drops of black ink on it and a generous amount of blending solution.

I took my heat tool to move the ink around.

Where the ink dries you get a sharp line. The free moving ink give you a shaded area.

I kept dropping blending solution to reactivate dense areas of ink and kept moving it with my heat tool.

Here I just sprinkled tiny dots of alcohol onto the paper. You can also use rubbing alcohol - it's a lot cheaper, but dries more slowly. You can sprinkle or use a Q-tip for more controlled application.

Finally happy with my panel, but thought I'll add some hot pink drops for more color.

You can stop any time you like. Up to you! 

Added the sentiment - the amazing CUTplorations die, which I die cut twice - once neon pink and once with fun foam. I glued the two "amazings" together at a slight off-set.

Added the "you are", which I heat embossed on black card stock. It's from the Sentiment Builders set HAPPY.

So much fun! Go, give it a try!

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  1. Suc a fun project, especially since I've been playing with alcohol inks and yupo.

  2. My favorite medium lately. Here is great video by Tim Holtz..

    TFS your tutorial and artsy card Cornelia :-) Hugs, nancy

  3. I am about to try this, as soon as I can get some alcohol

  4. I never had much joy with alcohol inks. You inspire me to try again. Hugz

  5. Awesome alcohol inking and colors! You rock this die, Cornelia!

  6. Awesome card Cornelia.. I need to invest in some dark colours, I love the examples you have made with the darker colours. Stunning

  7. Stunning work Cornelia! Such inspirational project to learn, thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  8. WOW! how awesome a result you got here with those inks. Amazing colours and fabulous sentiments. Thanks for a great tutorial. I'm inspired.

  9. What a fabulous result, and thank you for the tutorial - I need to get my supplies out and play!

  10. Hello Cornelia: This card is amazing, the colors look so vivid and so rich and I love how they ran into each other to form other colors and shapes.
    Just beautiful, thank you for sharing.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  11. This is a cool artsy background. I like the pops of color and the way you did the sentiment.

  12. EXCITING technique and FABULOUS card!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your INKY INSPIRATION and tutorial, I look forward to giving it a try and making MAGICAL backgrounds :)

  13. Such a neat it! Great card.

  14. Amazing card with a fabulous technique...Thank you for the inspiration x

  15. I need to break out my alcohol inks! Fun technique! Love the effect on the Yupo paper!

  16. Neat technique!Love the awesome effect your created!


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