Tuesday, February 21, 2017

ALCOHOL INK SMOOSH

We used alcohol inks in the last class so I thought we'd continue with them in this class but this time use them for making backgrounds instead of embellishments.  I love the various effects you can get with alcohol inks by varying how you actually apply them.  This time it's the old tried and true method of "smooshing" the glossy card stock on puddles of alcohol inks to create these gorgeous backgrounds.  By also applying some rubbing alcohol and even the alcohol ink metallic mixatives, you can vary how these backgrounds turn out.  Love the contrasting colours!

"Contradiction"...

"Recycled Stardust"...

"The cure"...

"Dull your sparkle"...

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

TEXTURED ALCOHOL INK EMBELLISHMENTS

I try to include some embellishment classes as well as doing backgrounds so the girls will have both a stash of backgrounds as well as embellishments to use on their atc's.  The class this fortnight is using chipboard shapes with white craft glue and colouring with alcohol ink.  The heat from a heat gun is what gives the shape it's wonderful texture and once again, these can't be appreciated except in the flesh.  You can of course use your die cutting machines to cut your own shapes and you can also use the laser cut shapes.  It helps to have a decent sized area to cover so you can see the texture and give the alcohol ink something to colour.  Love digging through my background stash and matching up images, embellishments, backgrounds and of course quotes (or words).

"Fear of falling"...

"Feel the rain"...

"Scars"...

"Problem to be solved"...(this one
has a piece of mica attached over
the top of the image)

"Failure is not fatal"...

Friday, January 27, 2017

FREESTYLE WATERCOLOUR AND STAMPING

This is our first class back and as is usual, we'll be beginning another book.  Book number 17 in fact!
We'll be doing what I call Freestyle Water colouring with some stamping thrown in.  I bought myself a set of the Kuretake Gansi Tambi water colour paints before Christmas and have been having a play with them.   I also bought some Schmincke Tro-Col Bronze Powder in both Gold and Silver.  This is a powder that you can mix with water to create a shimmery metallic paint BUT if you drop it in it's powder form onto wet watercolour, oh my!!!  Gorgeous effects!  It does need to be sprayed to set with something like a sealer otherwise it does come off on your fingers but most of us have fixatives or sealers.  A quick spray sets it.    You can get a little idea of what this is like in the first atc sample below "Believer"... all that gorgeous told shimmer up the top is the Schmincke powder.

"Believer"...
(the gold down the bottom is torn pieces of double-sided
tape covered with gold foil - very shimmery!)

"Eat what?"...

"Limited Edition"... 
(this one has a little of the silver
Schmincke powder up the top.  The two
colours I used for this one are from the Ranger
Distress Stains, Tumbled Glass and Gathered Twigs 
just to show that you can use any of the water-reactive
products to create a watercolour effect.)

"Unpleasant Dreams"...
(the gold shimmer in this one is from the Wink of Stella
Range of pens, this one is gold.  I also used a little clear
embossing ink to create the circle moon and brushed on
gold Perfect Pearl.)

"Up to no good"...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Christmas ATC's

The last class of the year we generally do some Christmas ATC's.  This year that's all I've done!  I have half a page of quotes that I have collected with a Christmas theme so all of the girls will have something witty (and some naughty ones too!) to use on their atc's.  The background is a simple one using Distress Ink Pads and Embossing Folders.  I love the cat and dog cubes from Stampotique stamps!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Festive Season and see you in 2017!

"Ornaments"... 

"Fleas Navidog"... (these words come as a stamp 
from the Stampotique website!)

"Ho Ho Ho"...

"On Dasher"...

These next two are from the Chalkboard & Alcohol Class.
 "Mood Swing"...

"Nightmare"...

Finally, this is one from the last class Shimmering Alcohol.
"FURniture"...

Thursday, November 17, 2016

SHIMMERING ALCOHOL

We'll be using alcohol inks once again in this class and one of the girls (thanks Jenny Jongste!) showed me her rubber puffer thing to blow the alcohol inks around instead of having to buy and use the pressurised cans of air.  These little puffer things are used for cleaning out cameras and keyboards etc and are really cheap through ebay!  They look a little like a light bulb but have a really fine nozzle on one end so when you squeeze the rubber bulb, a short sharp blast of air comes out.  Great tool!!!
So it creates these gorgeous backgrounds with the alcohol inks but on a base of silver ink and pearl white to start with, it gives the whole card a real shimmer to it, which of course you can't see on the computer screen.  You'll just have to try it for yourself.  Most people get the joke that's on the Sodium card, do you?  

"Sodium"...

"Keep still slave"... (loved the new feral kitty
stamp cube from Stampotique... it goes
perfectly with the doggy cube)

"Another world"...

So these 4 are just the backgrounds unadorned and they are in the same order as the above 3 pictures.  The last one with just the blues is incomplete as an atc so it will be on my next update.





Tuesday, November 1, 2016

CHALKBOARD & ALCOHOL

This technique is one I read about in a book about alcohol inks & yupo.  It's using a different surface for the alcohol inks to work on - chalkboard contact paper.  Like the technique where we worked on the corrugated card that had been painted black, you need to apply a white alcohol ink before applying the colours of alcohol ink as the white allows the colours to show up.  A similar technique I've used before is applying gesso over foil tape before applying alcohol inks, particularly the lighter colours of inks as the white base makes the colours pop much brighter than on just the plain foil.  The 5 samples down the bottom are the atc sized pieces without any adornment on them so you can see how the colours actually are.   Sometimes it can be quite difficult working on atc sized pieces of work for some techniques, but you just have to learn to scale everything back, in this case, the amount of product you use.... less is best!

"Wild"...

"Tangled"...

"Eyebrows"...

"Planet B"

Planet B sample.

Eyebrows sample

This is one I haven't turned into an atc yet... love the colours though!

Tangled sample

Wild sample

Friday, October 21, 2016

RUSTY CINNAMON

There are many various ways of doing a rust technique, everything from vinegar and salt, pre-prepared products, rusting items in water and leaving them in there for the naturally rusty look, right through to using other items you wouldn't even contemplate!  Hence the rust in this technique is using cinnamon for both texture and colour.  Starting out with a black base then adding some brown paint (Burnt Sienna is perfect) and maybe a little of another colour (turquoise?), then sprinkling on some ground cinnamon works perfectly!  I have sealed mine when they are dry using a matte medium but you can leave it au natural if you prefer.  Chipboard or metal works equally as well for your base substrate as both will take the colour just fine.  I find the Ranger Distress Paint is best for rusting your metal pieces as it sticks to metal and you can just use a Black Permanent marker to colour in the chipboard pieces as it is instantly dry and ready to use.

"Heart...

"Trapped"...

"Artifact"...

"Superficial"...

"I rant"...

"Live a life"...


This one below is obviously not a rusty piece but one of the samples from the last set of classes using the corrugated card and chipboard, Corrugated Layered ATC's.  Yes I know, there is some pink on it, generally so not me but it works well with the green colour so what the heck!

"Some birds"...