You’ll Want to Join Our Gang!

By Wendy

For this challenge, I need you to pull out your alcohol inks and have some fun!!!
Here are the materials:

2colours – the 2 that I am using are Pesto, Red Pepper
2 mixatives – gold, pearl
Ink Blender solution
craft mat
glossy paper
Ink Blending Tool
felt (for the blending tool)
Brown or Sepia waterproof ink pad – I used Rangers Sepia Archival Ink Pad
a background stamp – a big one with flowers, musical notes, swirls, script
Card base (I used 5½ X 5½)
A flower, button, twine and letters – or whatever you want to use to decorate your card!

Step 1:

Attach your felt to the Ink Blending Tool. Use your pesto and red pepper inks to put 3-5 drops onto the felt.
Add a few drops of each mixative (gold & pearl) over the inks.
Add a few small quirts of the blender solution. You do not need to use a lot – a little goes a long way.

Step 2:

Place your glossy paper on your craft mat. Glossy photo paper will work – but I remember being told something about the chemicals that are in the photo paper do not work as well when blending with the alcohol inks.
If you have the Ranger Craft Mat – you can easily clean up inks and alcohol inks with a paper towel and a bit of water. Nothing sticks to this!
Then, use the Ink Blending tool to stamp all over the glossy paper. The inks will dry almost immediately.
For a clean look, try not to go over the spots that you have already done.

Alternatively, you can twist the Ink Blending Tool and you will get a very different effect.

Another way, is to put the alcohol inks directly on to the craft mat in a line or small puddle. You can turn the glossy paper, face down on the sheet and slide or twist through the inks. Again, you will have another different look.

Try mixing 3 colours – they do not have to be the 3 that come in a package. They will all complement each other.

Step 4:

Next, take your background stamp and ink it up with waterproof ink. With the colors, I used a brown so that it would be visible, but not overpowering. A good tip is to lay your stamp on the table and use the ink pad to cover the stamp. You will get a more even coverage of ink. Stamp your glossy paper – standing up with even pressure is probably the best way. A little twist of the paper and the stamp together on you table will help with getting the full stamp onto your sheet.

Step 5:

From here…your challenge is to use the glossy paper on a card. I chose a 5 ½ x 5 ½ base and added a flower. Folded it in half, added a button with some twine for a bow. I added the sentiment “Hi”.

You can use these same techniques on acrylic, grungeboard, thickers!, brads – pretty much anything – the colours are stunning and it gives your old product a brand new look!

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!!

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