Alcohol Ink Tips and Techniques - Day 2

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Today is day 2 in my alcohol ink series! Let me tell you, playing with these inks is sooooo fun!

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For the first panel that I created I used yellow, orange, red, and purple alcohol ink. I was sure to keep the yellow on the opposite side of the purple while making this. When purple and yellow mix they tend to make a mucky brown color and I didn't want that happening here.

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For the second panel I did a rainbow. One technique that I have really been liking is dipping a small paintbrush into the alcohol blending solution and tapping it over the card. It drops tiny little droplets and I love the way that looks! Be sure to really rinse out your paintbrushes if you using them with the alcohol ink or the solutions because I have found that the tip hardens if you don't.

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For this first card I used a stamp that says "sending you sunshine and laughter" and I stamped that with my MISTI tool using Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink. The die cut that I used here is actually a bunch of hello die cuts glued together to give it some dimension. I think that when you are doing a white die cut, of a pretty thin font, on a colorful semi-busy background it is good to give it some dimension so that it can stand out a little better.

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On the card I ended up heat embossing the sentiment, but instead of using Versmark ink like I usually do with embossing, I used Distress Oxide ink. Since Distress Oxide ink has pigment ink properties it stays wet for a long time, and it works really well for heat embossing. So I stamped the sentiment using Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink and then I went over that in clear embossing powder.

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I did the same thing with this card, embossing the sentiment using clear embossing powder and Distress Oxide ink.

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For the sentiment on this card I die cut the hello out of a black cardstock and then glued it with my tombow glue. Once it was glued down I went over the die cute using Glossy Accents. This gave it a nice shine and dimension.

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These next two cards I did something a little different to give the sentiments shine and dimension. I die cut them out of black cardstock and then I went over the whole die cut with Versamark ink. I then poured black embossing powder over the die cuts and heat embossed them. I was sure to hold the sentiments with my tweezers while I did all of this.

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While the embossing was still wet after heating it up, I went over it again with the powder and heated it again. This creates a sentiment that is almost like a puffy sticker, or one of those enamel sentiments that you can buy for scrap booking. I really love the way this turned out, I loved it a lot more than just going over it with Glossy Accents. It is a lot cleaner look, which I am all about!

Check out this video to see how these cards were made:

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