Monday, April 30, 2012

A Tiny Taste of Alcohol (ink)

Pin It Ok, so like most paper-crafters, I am easily excited about new (to me) products and techniques and generally eager to "try my hand" at these at my very first opportunity.  I have admired (from afar) alcohol inks and all the ways they can be used, but have always considered them to be not really "my style..."

That is, until one of my blog-heroes, Virginia Lu, started posting cards like this and this and this on her blog.  (Pretty darn spectacular, no?  :)

So then, you guessed it, I just had to give them a try!  My first attempts were not so great, to say the least -- definitely not blog-worthy.  I learned that I needed to learn when to stop; I had a serious tendency to over-blend, creating murky pools of ink that dried into crusty pools of murky inks!

So, after quite a bit of practice, I decided to use my blossoming skill-set (ha!) to create a card for this week's challenge over at The Play Date Cafe.  I used the alcohol inks on vellum to create the layers of the flower and then heat embossed in pewter.  Here's my take:

The inspiration color story at TPDC

Anyway, I'm continuing to play with these inks (and have already extended my collection of colors!), so there will be more to come!  Have you tried them yet?  Would love to see what you've done with them!  Thanks for stopping by!  :)

  • Stamps:  Hero Arts "Layered Flowers"
  • Paper:  Neenah "Solar White" Cardstock, Vellum
  • Sentiment:  SRM Sticker
  • Inks:  Ranger Alcohol Inks - Purple Twilight, Sunshine, Gold Metallic Mixative and Copic Markers
  • Pewter embossing powder, ribbon, adhesives


  1. Saw this in the Flickr stream and just had to come here and check out the details. I am not very adventurous when it comes to new techniques but you may have triggered my desire to try alcohol inks. Would love a video on this :) I LOVE the vellum embossed in pewter!

  2. Jennifer, your flower with the alcohol ink is absolutely gorgeous!! I thought of doing the same combo, but mine turn to murky BROWN!! (you'll see it in a post later)! Way to have fun with the alcohol inks and I know you will churn out fabulous projects with alcohol inks!Can't wait to see what other colors you got ;)

  3. LOVE that flower! *Fist bump* for trying something new. I'm still admiring from afar (read, have not bought any yet :)! Are you on Twitter and/or Facebook?

  4. What a stunning piece of artwork! Thanks for sharing with us at The Play Date Cafe! :)

  5. That flower totally rocks!!! Great card, thanks for playing with us at The Play Date Cafe!

  6. oh wow! That flower is incredible!


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