Thursday, June 30, 2011

Getting out the Alcohol

.......INKS!!  hehe

Yep!  It's time for another ride with the E-Team!  Today we are continuing our series It's Better With Color sharing tips and projects using Ranger's Alcohol Inks

Of course, Daisy is offering goodies!!  Here are the deets:

*4 winners chosen randomly from E-Team blog comments plus 1 from eP Blog


*4 winners will receive $20 vouchers

*eP Blog winner will receive a some alcohol inks goodies including an assortment of alcohol inks, blending solution, blending tools and some other surprises

*one comment per person per blog beginning Thurs June 30th -  and ending Monday, July 4th.

Winners will be posted on eP Blog on Tuesday, July 5th

All alcohol inks will be on sale at 20%

Broni and Linda are already starting their long weekend celebrations, so they won't be participating in this hop (you might just want to stop by and tell them that you missed their creativity tho!! wink!), and in all honesty, I don't know if Latrice's new little one has kept her from creating.  Again, why don't you just stop by and let her know that she is missed?!    Here are the links to the rest of the team that is participating this weekend:

Starla (me!)

WARNING! DISCLAIMER OR HEADS UP!!

It would seem that the combination of covering for vacationing therapists and the fact that it is summer vacation and the preference for spending my evenings with the family enjoying the longer days has resulted in a lack of creative time spent in my craft area.  Alas, I have no actual FINISHED project to share with you today.  BUT!! I had a new idea that I wanted to explore and share  some tips for using alcohol inks and metal.  I really hope to finish my project idea over the long weekend or soon after.  Stay tuned!

While alcohol inks are generally used on glossy surfaces or non porous surfaces, I had an idea to try something a bit different with the inks. 

Start with one basic candle.


Apply some Cranberry and Red Pepper Alcohol Inks in a random pattern, using a dabbing, twisting motion.


Wait a couple of minutes for the ink to dry.  Add another layer of inks, going just a bit more heavy on the Cranberry color
Hint:  Do not make your random dabbing in a straight line vertically or horizontally. 



GORGEOUS marbling effect on the candle!



I am sooo excited about this discovery!  The alcohol inks work BEAUTIFULLY on candles!  I have the hardest time finding candles in the shade of red and blue that are the accent colors of my home.  Now, I will be able to custom color candles to match my decor!!  Hopefully, I will have a finished project with this little discovery in a few days!!  This is a very simple idea, but WOW! 

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I happen to love my alcohol inks and use them quite often to customize embellishments to match my projects.  Clear embellishments, ivory or white pearls are easily altered using the alcohol inks.  I have found lately that I use them just about every time I make something with Metal.  Metal sheets are easily altered with alcohol inks to customize the color to fit your project. 

Start with Ten Second Studios Kiss Me Pink Metal Sheet and add the same Cranberry and Red Pepper ink.



Hint:  You can add more layers of alcohol inks to deepen the color or add a different color, but you will need to let the ink dry before adding another layer, or you can start to "pull off" the still wet ink from the metal.  It doesn't take long, just a couple of minutes.


Second layer with a bit of Current added to the previous mix

Another tip I wanted to share is the effect of different types of embossing with the alcohol ink altered metal.  You can run the altered metal sheets through your machine of choice with an embossing folder and then sand off the raised portions with a sanding block to expose the aluminum. 


If using a mold to emboss, I have found that I prefer to alter the metal with the alcohol inks AFTER I emboss with my paper stump and refine.  It may be that I don't allow the ink to dry completely before I start to emboss, but to me, the paper stump doesn't glide over the inks as well.  And, I will occasionally rub off the ink color when rubbing.

Notice the lighter "outline" on the image on the left?  The paper stump rubbed off some of the color when I was embossing.  Of course, I could "fix" this by easily adding another layer of color and then sand off the raised edges.  It's not the end of the world if this does happen to you.  I just wanted you to be aware that it COULD happen.

  I thought I would just include a few of the past projects that I have done with alcohol inks to remind you that there are sooo many options with this medium.

Plaid background on glossy paper


Altering a large fragment with a resist


altering a clear bottle

altering the color of metal for the rose and custom coloring plain aluminum for the leaves


Altering the color of metal again





Alcohol inks are so easy and fun to use, that even Kiddo's love them!!


I hope that you found some inspiration to either get out your alcohol inks again or to give them a try!!  

58 comments:

Bette said...

My you ladies are all so talented. I'd be afraid to even try some of your creations, but I seriously thinking of trying the candle project - love it!! Thanks!

artfuljourneys said...

Wow Starla, I have just begun adding alcohol inks to my stash. So many ideas to try. Thanks so much.

KJ said...

Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you are a great artist. Absolutely love the candle. The possibilities are endless. Thanks for sharing.

JoanneO said...

I can't wait to use the inks on candles! What a great idea. I am so glad I checked out your blog. I am going to try the flowers, too. Thanks for showing me all these ideas!

CheckerBeads said...

WOW!!!! So many amazing projects! I love how bright/deep the colors are with the alcohol inks. Thanks for sharing so many beautiful items!

Anne

Micki said...

OMG, get the heck out.... never thought about a candle.....omg that's awesome!!!!!!

All your samples were awesome.... note to self, gotta get some WHITE modeling film..... :-)

Hey come on over... you can help me clean up my mess, lol.

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Wonderful post for the busy summer schedules, Thanks for all the lovely photos. Is there a product you can't use AI on? Seems all the bases are covered. Thanks for the inspiration and have a wonderful weekend

madoke said...

I just love the candle, I never would have thoutht of it. Thank you for sharing.

Hels Sheridan said...

Oooh, yummy, loving all your makes and Kiddo certainly made a cracker of a card there!! TFS x

Carol said...

Man oh man gorgeous projects. I love how versitile alcohol inks are. There doesn't seem to be any limits on the use. Thank you for sharing!

dbjhudson said...

You don't need a disclaimer. What you show is inspiring and beautiful. I'm loving the look of the large fragment with resist

Lau W said...

Oh wow ! All is superb ! Congrats !
xxx

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

What a great idea to use these inks on candles.

aggiesgirl said...

Tremendous amount of useful tips, beautiful projects.

Aisling said...

That marbled candle is beautiful indeed! Thanks for the tips and the inspiration.

Linda H said...

This blog hop has been so much fun and informative as well. Love the candle idea. My mind goes right to this weekend and the colors of the flag. I'm thinking doing candles in red and blue and rather than keep one just as is, try the pearl mixative. Not sure if that would work good on its own, but I'm going to give it a try and see. Thanks for sharing your projects for the new inspiration with Alcohol inks..

Nelda said...

Love the brights - my kind of coloring too! I need more inks, now! Nelda

SusanK said...

What a clever idea to customize your candle colors to suit your decor!

Noreen said...

It's amazing how that candle turned out! What a great product, to be used on so many different surfaces! Thanks for your other ideas - and your son's card turned out great, too.

Carrie said...

That candle is amazing. I had no idea that you could use Alcohol inks on them. Wow - I am filled with inspiration.

Kathy Eddy said...

Beautiful samples and so many cool uses to go and try! Glad it's a holiday week-end so I can have a little playtime in my studio!

Kim said...

I stamp on candles all the time! Now I have something new to try as well. I can't wait to see your finished project. Have a great weekend.

Bast said...

Those projects are just awesome! I had no idea you could do that to a candle. A few embellishments and instant gifts.

TFS and thanx for the inspiration.

KimMJ
bast830@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

Who knew candles could be dyed with the inks!
carol b

Denise said...

Thanks for all the ideas! I would have never thought to try out the inks on a candle! Really pretty effect!
DeniseB

Kathi said...

Lots of great inspiration and eye candy! Thanks so much!

Dee in N.H. said...

That candle just blew me away! Who knew you could use those inks on a candle?! That's awesome!

Gerrie Johnnic said...

One great post chock full of ideas, thanks so much. I am really luvin' the candle, that is such a great idea....I can see me thinkin' of you as I make some gifts.

nonnie said...

candle idea is great! thanks for sharing..and the chance to win!

Lynda said...

WOW! What wonderfulc olors and the candles are a great new idea! Perfect for gifting. Thanks for sharing.

B-Jo said...

I totally LOVE the candle!!! I am way excited to try this!!! I love your other examples, this should be so fun to try so many of these things.

rush said...

a candle! who knew! that's what you get for experimenting!!! how fun! thank you for sharing the other ways to use alcohol inks, too.

Shirley N said...

Amazing creations and all so inspiring!

GLENDA BROOKS said...

Ingenious! Great idea on the candle. You are always so creative! You make me want to pulll my inks out of the dusty drawer and try again!

kathy/North Carolina said...

I love the idea of using inks on candles! Brilliant! I hope you get some play time in your studio this weekend.

Karenliz said...

Beautiful projects! I love the alcohol inks on the candle! Great Idea. Thanks for sharing!

purusty said...

I love the great variety of choices you gave for us to try on so many items Tks

Sylvia said...

Your Projects are beautiful, Starla. Now the candle is lovely, but what if you warmed your metal which has been embossed and lightly press into the candle. It's worth a try. don't you think? Have a fun weekend.

Karen said...

Thank you for some inspiration to get out there and try the alcohol inks. Think it is time I try them!

Priscilla said...

Wow, never thought to use alcohol inks on a candle. Love that modeling film....need to find that.
Thanks for all the inspiration.

Plume said...

WOW! Alcohol inks on a candle! I haven't thought of that! What a great idea!Thanks for sharing all of the ways you use these wonderful inks!

Sue D said...

Thanks for showing us so many projects--I really like the candle idea.

Holly M said...

wonderful art work! love your ideas. I'm already thinking of Christmas presents to make. Thanks.

Deb said...

These are fun projects.

Linda S. said...

How great that you thought to try the Alcohol Inks on a wax candle. So brave...and talk about brave...you let a kid loose with them?? His project turned out great.

Sandra said...

love the candle ... very pretty work here!
Sandra ltb

billiejo said...

What a great idea to color the candle! I've a set of three flameless candles (real wax) that I wasn't sure just how I wanted to start decorating them. I do now! I can easily see a wonderful ocean / beach scene developing!

nise said...

Girl, don't have time to FINISH your project every time! This is amazing! Wonderful information. Thanks so much for sharing.

Kimberly said...

Wow the marbling effect on the candle and the metal is so outstanding. I had no idea they could be used on candles!! How exciting!!! Thank you for sharing so many fabulous ideas!!

Lorralee said...

As i've already commented on the other blogs; I'm fairly new to the AI's and am loving all the BRILLIANT ideas and techs...I've definitely been inspired to try out some new things with them. Also i love your idea to use them on candles (with that one i think you can be let off the hook for not having a finished project :) Not to mention all your past lovely creations you've shared, Thanks so much and hope you have a safe and Blessed holiday weekend!

Janet L. said...

Oh, my, word! That candle is simply gorgeous and I'd never have thought of using the inks on candles!! Superduper!

Bonnie McLain said...

Love all your ideas.. so clean and fresh looking... especially love the flower ones... I love to make flowers myself... and am always looking for new ideas... Thanks again for the help... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

BARB T said...

Wow!! Thank you for so many wonderful ideas. The candle is too cool!

Georgee said...

Wonderful projects!!! Love them all... especially the last card!! My grandchildren love to create with them also.

scrapfancy said...

The candle is wonderful and look forward to trying. I so forgot about the metal and love embossing. This will be something I am doing soon. Thank you.

CuddlyBunny said...

Outstanding "show" of alcohol ink projects! I love the ink and metal, especially the embossed pieces. Amazing!

I do have a question: Did you ever burn any of the candles that you'd inked?

I make a lot of candles myself and buy A Lot more ... so I'm thinking that the alcohol ink (even dry) would create a flaming issue (sort of like those candles that are infused with glitter and how they spark?).

But if you've burned one or two of them and no problems ... sister ... I'm going to be inking dozens of candles! :)

Joan B said...

wow, these are amazing!

miatagal said...

Starla, I am so addicted to alcohol inks. Your projects are terrific and so inspirational.