We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
"Little Gidding"
T S Eliot

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

A couple of friends, a little alcohol .... and no hangover!

Had a brilliant day yesterday with a couple of friends, when we revisited alcohol inks.  I know mine haven't seen the light of day for quite a while!

We were inspired by an article in the current Craft Stamper Magazine, so we did this version.  First, drop the ink straight from the bottle onto glossy cardstock, when dry, cut a circle and emboss it, and use as a backdrop to a stamped image.

Quite a retro look.

We then tried using the inks with laminating pouches.  Stamp up a piece of card with  silhouettes, put to one side.  Next, take a laminating pouch, and drop, dab, (the ink) and spritz (blending solution) inside the pouch; leave the ink to dry. If the stamped card is placed underneath the pouch you can gauge where to put the ink, but remember the image will be reversed when laminated inside the pouch.   Finally, laminate with the stamped card inside.  Love this, and will certainly do it again.

Recently I had seen an image on Pinterest (that used melted crayons) which I thought may translate to alcohol inks. Dribble some AI down a piece of non-coated card (it spreads too much on glossy card) and apply the same colours on a piece of glossy card in the normal way. Stamp and cut out a butterfly.  This certainly needs more work - too boring!

Finally, here is the CWIPS (Craftroom Work In Progress Snapshot) from yesterday.  I never said it would always be my craftroom!

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