Monday, November 23, 2015

alcohol ink watercolor

i love supplies that can multi-task, they save space in your crafting area and save $ too! and i think i have already mentioned i love alcohol inks because they are super fun but have i mentioned what great multi-taskers they are? you can create so many amazing effects: polished stone & blooming dots, ombre, more ombre and marbling! and now i've learned how to watercolor with them!

-first i started with a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 piece of the crystal clear plastic. i stamped the essentials by ellen mondo poinsettia on the plastic and let dry for a few minutes. the trick to stamping on the plastic is to try to move straight up and down, not let the stamp wiggle and smear. i have found that the larger stamps are actually easier to work with than the smaller stamps.
-next i colored my poinsettia on the back side (the side not stamped with the stazon poinsettia), using an alcohol ink blending pen filled with blending solution. the blending solution will take the stazon ink right off the plastic so it's important to color on the backside. and i colored with alcohol inks that had been dropped into a palette and allowed to air dry a technique i learned from tim holtz's awesome blog here.
-i used wild plum, cranberry and red pepper alcohol inks to color my poinsettia, scribbling on my non-stick craft sheet between colors to clean my blending pen. i colored the berries with botanical alcohol ink. alcohol inks are awesome because you can't really make a mistake, if you don't like something just add more color or use more blending solution to remove it.
-to create my card, i die cut a rectangle "window" from the front of a solar white card. then i die cut a slightly smaller rectangle from a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 piece of solar white, making a frame. 

-i cut my crystal clear plastic down just a bit and sandwiched it between the card and solar white frame.

-i added a few clear sequins to the front.
-and i stamped my message inside my card, positioning it so it would show through the frame.
xo,
carly

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