Monday, 13 September 2010

Crafty Cardmakers 29.5 - Spotlight on Alcohol Inks

Our new challenge this fortnight over at Crafty CardMakers is ALCOHOL INKS. 

Oh yes, those things you probably bought at a show and consigned to the cupboard -  well its time to free them!!! 

The team have come up with various ways of using them and they can decorate numerous items including metal and wood so give them a whirl! They don't have to be Ranger branded - any alcohol ink is fine.

As always our challenge runs for 2 weeks, some of the team are also playing along with the main challenge too and have done a clean and simple card using alcohol inks but so long as you use the inks you can submit whatever you like

I used a white gloss cardstock ( Astrolux) and Ranger Alochol inks from the Rainbow collection. 

Using a non-stick worksheet to protect my worktop, I dropped very small puddles of different inks and a light smattering of blending solution onto the card, then blew it around through a straw. When is was mostly dry, I placed an absorbent paper on top and blotted it then 'polished' it with kitchen roll. 

I then stamped on it with Versafine black and the three different stamps you see.
It was then heat-set and mounted it on silver and Bazzil with two different types of ribbon to finish off.

The butterfly verse is mine - you're welcome to use it!

I enjoyed using this technique as I am, essentially, a messy girl......! I now have a nice stash of alcohol inked gloss card....!(...and very inky stained fingers...!LOL!)

Hope you will pop over to CCM and enter into the fun - all abilities are welcome, no pressure, we just like to see what you come up with!


  1. Gorgeous card! I love the background you created with the alcohol inks. I really don't need to start collecting more stuff, but I can see I'm going to have to!

  2. Wow this is STUNNING!!! Not used my alcohol inks for a bit but I have a feeling I am going to break them free!!

    Sarah x

  3. Very effective and oh so pretty! TFS!

  4. This is absolutely stunning. When I saw it on the team blog I was open mouthed at how gorgeous it was.

    It's one of those cards that makes me think 'why can't I come up with something like that'

    Lin xx

  5. Hi Ei. Bet you thought I'd left the country didn't you!!!
    I spotted your alcohol inks and just had to come and have a nosey. I struggle to use mine.
    This is gorgeous. I love the colours and they work so well with your stamping. I think I need brighter colours. You have inspired me to have another play.
    Hugs Lisax

  6. Looks like you had loads of fun doing this - and no doubt some inky fingers to match! I'm going loopy as I thought I'd left a message here already......anyhow - fab card - great technique! Cheers Claire x

  7. Ooooh love your bg. Never thought about blowing the stuff with a straw! xx

  8. What a great use of technique, bravo hunny!!

    Fabulous creation x

    Ps u going port sunny?

  9. Hi Ei, this card is absolutely beautiful, i love everything about it
    Kevin xx


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