Sorry I have been a bit quiet recently, this year has just flown by and I’m a little bit shocked that it’s already Feb 2nd…! I’m going to make a concentrated effort to be a bit more regular with my blogging and especially the jibber-jabbering. That’s what you are coming for isn’t it, really?? lol, just joking!
Recently I have been really drawn to alcohol ink art and that is something I’m really going to explore this year. I’m following several talented alcohol ink artists on Instagram and they make some amazing pieces! I love that they all look different and that you won’t ever get two looking the same.
Last week, I made a ‘painting’, a card and a gift tag with alcohol inks and they came out fabulous. Have a look at this blog post over at Butterfly Reflections Ink if you want to read the how-to behind these.
My card for this blog post is very bright and colourful, I’ve gone for a rainbow theme because they make me happy and look pretty. Plus it saves me picking just one or two colours, bonus!
Over on my Instagram account I did a little video on how I created a background using Copic markers on Yupo paper(which is exactly what I did for today’s card too), if you want to see that for the first time, or maybe even again, click right here to go there now. With that piece I made two cards by cutting out a sentiment and then using the negative space too.
This is a fun way to try alcohol inks (if you already have alcohol bases markers) as all you need is the Yupo paper and some alcohol to activate the process. For this panel I did it very similarly to the once I used for the cards above: I simply scribbled my chosen colours all over the paper in thick strips and then dabbed some alcohol solution on it using a sea sponge to create a random pattern. To see what the background looked like before I added all the bling and sentiments, click on this link here which will take you to my instagram.
For the sentiment, I stamped up the lovely stained glass stamp ‘FRIENDS’ from Simon Says Stamp, and heat embossed it in white using Altenew Crisp White Embossing Powder. Altenew has some amazingly beautiful embossing powders, so if you are looking for new ones, I can highly recommend them. The Platinum is gorgeous, the Rose Gold is divine and the Antique Gold are absolutely lovely, just to mention a few.
When it came time to colour it in, I matched the colours of the background to my Zig Clean Color markers and got colouring. I added lots of colour at the bottom of the letter and then blended it out the higher I got, to create an ombré effect. The little hearts I used a red markers for. Unfortunately, the white background of the word and the white embossing kind of bleached the whole things out so I decided to colour the whole thing grey. This made a huge difference and the white outlines of the letters now actually showed.
While I was cutting it out using the coordinating diecut, I also cut out a piece of double sided foam sheet so I could layer them and create a layer on the card. It also helped the sentiment pop a bit more.
On a small strip of black card stock I heat embossed, again in white, the rest of the sentiment to make the whole thing say ‘so very grateful you are my friend’. This strip got adhered directly to the ‘friend’ part.
To finish the card off, I added a very healthy dose of sequins from a mix called Crystal Rainbow Fusion from Studio Katia. This is one of my favorite sequin mixes, it’s filled with lovely colours and they are all so sparkly and vivid too.
That’s it from me, I hope you like this card, this technique and maybe give it a go yourself! Have a great weekend and I hope you get some crafting in!
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Lots of love from Erica