Sunday, November 1, 2015

alcohol ink marbling

i got a chance to play with some ranger alcohol ink by tim holtz for my last #throwbackthursday (find it here) in the classroom over at ellen hutson llc and since then i've been a bit smitten with them! i saw this cool technique about marbling with cold water and inks (or nail polishes, thank you pinterest!) and couldn't wait to try it with the alcohol inks...

-i started with a disposable foil pan with about an inch of cold water (the water must be cold but just cold tap water works fine).

-to the cold water i added a few drops of each color of alcohol ink (poppyfield, stream, denim & wild plum).

-then i dipped my 4-1/2 x 5-1/2 piece of solar white cardstock into the water. normally you need a non-porous surface when working with alcohol inks but not for this technique. i set my cardstock on my non-stick craft sheet to dry.

-i dipped another sheet of cardstock and the second sheet has much more subtle coloring.

-you can add more alcohol ink to the water and keep dipping.

-to create my finished card i chose one of the more subtle panels and trimmed it down to 3-3/4 x 5.

-i die cut flowers from the essentials by ellen designer dies wild garden set out of solar white and vellum. i adhered them to the panel, adding a few clear sequins.

-for the sentiment, i stamped "happy birthday" from the mama elephant happy everything in white and embossed of black.

-i adhered the marbled panel to a solar white card and added the sentiment strip on top.

-and then i sent this card to my best friend for her birthday. love you kelly!

thanks for stopping by!


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