I LOVE the look of Alcohol Inks, but am always hesitant to use them. However, as a part of Level 3 of the Altenew Educator Certification Program I took Altenew’s ‘Rethink Reinkers‘ course which opened up my eyes to using Altenew’s Artist Markers refills as alcohol ink for this beautiful card.
I cut a panel of Yupo paper to approximately 6×5, and then used Altenew’s Cotton Candy Artist Marker refill and added a few drops on the paper. Yupo paper is a non porous ‘plastic paper’ and works perfectly with alcohol inks as it allows the ink to move across the paper well.
Then I added a few drops of Lavender Fields alcohol reinker. I love watching alcohol ink blend with each other and resist each other. You never know what you’ll get when using alcohol inks. You can manipulate them to some degree, but I was going for a more free form for this card.
I used my heat tool to move the ink around a bit and help it to dry even quicker than it normally does. I added a bit more of each colour as well until I got a look that i liked once it was dry.
On a separate panel of Neenah Solar White Cardstock, I used Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink to stamp two flowers and three leaves from Altenew’s Cherished Moments stamp set. Then I used the coordinating dies to cut out the flowers and leaves and set aside.
I grabbed an A2 sized panel of Neenah Solar White Cardstock and cut out an oval window out of the upper portion of the panel using Heffy Doodles Ovally Excited Dies. I like these dies as they leave at stitching detail on both the opening as well as the cut out, which I saved to use on another card later on.
Then I used Versamark Ink and Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder to heat emboss a piece of Simon Says Stamp’s Vellum. I cut the panel down to a strip that spans the front of the Oval Cut panel. I trimmed down my alcohol panel so that it was slightly smaller than an A2 size and adhered the oval panel to it. Then I took the vellum strip and placed it over the front of the oval, about midday through the oval and adhered it on the back using some tape runner adhesive.
I trimmed the oval panel down to approximately 3.75×5 inches. Than I grabbed my floral cut outs and using them to fram the alcohol ink panel. Then I adhered everything to a panel of Simon Says Stamp’s black cardstock measuring approximately 4×5.25 icnhes. I adhered everything to an A2 sized card base.
to add a touch more colour across the panel I placed five of Studio Katia’s Blossom Sparkle Crystals diagonally across the card front as Odd numbered details are more pleasing to the eye.
After completing the card above, I realized that the bottom right flower was missing something. So I stamped and cut out one more leaf and added it to the bottom right flower….finally it all looks more balanced!
I love the way this card turned out. Having a bold center and more mellow black and white detail really helps to make the colour pop. Thanks for stopping by!
Altenew Artist Markers Refills: Cotton Candy & Lavender Fields
– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Black
– Heffy Doodles Ovally Excited Dies
– Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (SSS)
– WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool (SSS)
– Anti-Static Powder Bag