Friday, February 20, 2009

Alchol Inks & Transparency atc's

When I heard that Ranger were releasing 24 new colours of alcohol inks I was absolutely thrilled! I love my alcohol inks and am really looking forward to the new selection of "lights & brights"...particularly the lights! If you want to check out the new colours that are coming, as well as the already released 24, click here. Gorgeous or what!

So my next set of atc classes that I'm teaching at Scraptivate is called Alcohol Inks and Transparency, or more correctly - acetate. I've found that I don't need blending solution as much if I'm using the alcohol inks on acetate to colour it when compared to using the alcohol inks on gloss card. Of course, if it's just way too bright then blending solution is just perfect for lightening it or blending colours if you've just gone overboard and it looks like someone has thrown up a technicolour feast!


I also like to use the alcohol ink to colour gold or silver German Scrap for added cohesiveness. Don't you just love thesaurus.com when you're stuck for a word! German Scrap is available at Scraptivate, look on the left for German Scrap in the list of items for sale. Of course, it works perfectly on all of your metal and plastic embellishments, shrink plastic, glass ...keep up.... I'm talking about alcohol inks, not thesaurus.com. lol


I've also set myself a little challenge...when I make my sample atc's showing each new technique, I MUST use black texture paste somewhere on at least one of them each fortnight. Not a problem she says...I simply LOVE that stuff!!! If you have a look back through the atc's in my previous posts on coloured gloss, embossing, and the original texture paste class, you'll see at least one of the atc's will have black texture paste on it, generally with rub'n'buff over the top. You can also get this at Scraptivate too, though it's not on the website but you can email us contact@scraptivate.com.au with "black texture paste" in the subject line, or ring us on (08)9444 6626 and ask us all about it!


"Conjurer"... (with black texture paste along the bottom)

"Embrace the unusual"...

"Rubies"...

"Visionary"...

"Contemplate"...


All of the above atc's were made by using stamps on gloss card (Stazon of course!) and then alcohol inked acetate over the top. You can also use images instead of stamping if you like, as shown in the following samples.

"Anatomy"...

"Inner-beauty"... (with black texture paste down the sides)


"Bachelors"...



One more class before I go away to Melbourne - brushless watercolour - coming soon!

14 comments:

Sam Marshall said...

They are gorgeous!!!!
Love `Inner Beauty.'

Mar said...

these are all amazing compositions!
inspiring
:)

Linda Cain said...

LOOK at THIS wonderful STUFF! LOVE them ALL!!!!!
TFS!
Linda

Marissa said...

I am guessing you get asked this question all the time.....what stamps did you use in these ATC's? I love reading your blog and it's amazing that you are so open with sharing your techniques. I try to share techniques on my blog, but I am terrible about posting :)

Thank you, Marissa
www.brokenbranches.com/blog

Natalie B said...

awesome as always Kelsey!! Thanks for sharing re the new inks. I didn't know.... i feel so outta touch these days :-)

Sarah Schwerin said...

Wow Kelsey! These ATCs are fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Oh these are stunning.... Cant wait til Thursday Kelsey !
Thankyou for sharing.

Seth said...

What a great series of ATCs. I love their edginess!

Jenxo said...

Oh, these are brilliant jenxo

michelle ward said...

You are the master of ATCs - love all the layers and texture. I have never used alcohol inks. I know, I'm a product dunce. I need to come take a class with you. xo

Judy said...

Very cool - love the conjurer

Gaby Bee said...

Really terrific cards. Love especially "Anatomy"

Gaby xo

Barb Hartsook said...

This is a whole new world -- my first intro to alcohol inks. I love the results you're getting. Especially like Rubies, Contemplate, and Bachelors. :)

Thanks so much for coming by my blog. Now I see why you liked the sketch with colors. Would be fun to try the inks on a glossy surface with loose sketches.

Brenda Seaholm-Wampler said...

I am just loving these! They are just amazing! I adore alcohol inks, and using them on glass and acetate too. A wonderful effect!