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:
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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!
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
Altering Whiteout Modeling Film
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!!