Creating with Alcohol Inks

Lately I've been trying to use supplies that I bought and then....ahem...neglected.  When the Adirondack alcohol inks first came out, I had to have them! They were so cool.  I bought a bunch of them, and then, I made a few projects and then put them away.   They were collecting dust in my collection, so I thought...lets see what we can do with these.

This card is the finished card that I made, but as you'll see below, this is not what I was making to begin with.

Alcohol inks are like a box of know, you never know what you're going to get.  I started off with an A2 size piece of glossy card stock.  I started dropping the inks all over, I added blending solution, I used a straw to move it around, I used my heat gun.  And I ended up with a big blobby hot mess.  Go home Alcohol Inks, you're drunk!  I almost trashed this piece, but I set it aside and started to work on my next piece, with different colors, and a different idea.

This is where I started taking pictures.  I had no intention of turning this creative mess into a blog post, so I apologize.

I stamped the floral heart image with a very light dye ink on my glossy cardstock.  I used my MISTI stamping tool.  (IMPORTANT:  I left the stamp on the tool, because I'm going to stamp again later!) Dye ink dries super fast on glossy paper.

Then, I dropped alcohol inks on the image in a very unintentional way.  Meaning that I did not try to get the colors in each petal,  but rather just drop a little here and there and let the ink do its thing.  I did try to keep the ink within the image, but as you can see that yellow on the top was going rogue.  I had to let it go.

 After the inks had dried ( I used a heat gun to speed up the process), I put the card panel back in to my MISTI, and stamped over the top with the heart image from Concord and 9th in versamark ink and embossed with Gold embossing powder. Since I had left the stamp on the Misti, the embossing ended up in the right place.  So easy!

I decided to leave this one pretty simple, I stamped a sentiment, added a few sequins and mounted to a red notecard.
I think these are pretty neat, they resemble a stained glass piece.

Here are the supplies I used for the cards

Versamark Ink
Stamp Set - Concord and 9th
Sequins - Pretty Pink Posh
Background die on first card - Altenew Medallion die B
MISTI Stamping Tool

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Colored embossing powder

I've been stamping for a long time, something like 20 ish years or maybe longer. I started as a stamper, got in to scrapbooking, and here I am, making cards again.  One of the first things that hooked me on stamping was heat embossing.  It was like magic to me when that heat gun melted that powder.  Even today when someone who is not a card maker sees a heat embossed piece, they are always commenting on it.  Heat embossing gives a something special element to every card, I think.

When I received this stamp from The Ton's latest release, I knew I had to heat emboss it.  Many of the Ton's floral designs have these solid images that just scream emboss me!  My normal "go-to" colors are gold, black, white, silver and clear.  But for this card, I wanted something different. So I dug through my stash and found turquoise embossing powder.  I'll admit that I was not sure if I'd like this, but was very pleased with the results.

I colored the flower using Ken Oliver Color bursts.  I like these because they provide a very intense color, and I wanted a big punch of color on my card.

Here are the step by step instructions and supplies I used to make this card.

1.  Stamp flower image multiple times using Misti tool and Versamark Ink on watercolor paper.
2.  Heat emboss image with colored embossing powder.
3. Color image with watercolor brush and color bursts.
4.  Fussy cut finished floral image.
5. Die cut scalloped floral panel, mount on A2 sized card panel.
6. Stamp greeting and heat emboss with white embossing powder.
7. Cut out greeting and mount on card panel.
8. Embellish with some pretty sequins.

Products used

Stamp set - Dearest Peony from The Ton Stamps
Die -  Mix and Mat Scallop from Papertrey Ink
Ink - Versamark
Watercolor - Ken Oliver Color Bursts
Embossing powder - Zing
Paper- strathmore 140 lb cold press.
MISTI Stamping Tool
Sequins - Sparkling Clear from Pretty Pink Posh, or you can get here.

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