Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Playing with Alcohol Inks

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.

I finally succumbed and bought alcohol inks.  I've resisted for a long time because I have so many other mediums but after seeing amazing designs at Marja's, Alie's & Maria's Blogs, and Pinterest I had to buy some. 

I'm enjoying playing with them but I'm having trouble stamping over the glossy papers without smearing the ink.   On the design below I used glossy cardstock, but I have also had fun trying landscapes on Yuppo (plastic coated watercolour paper).

If you have experience with alcohol inks and can give me tips on what inks stamp without smearing (or how) on Yuppo & Glossy paper I would greatly appreciate it.   I've tried Dye, Stazon & Archival Inks, probably Archival works best.  I used Dye ink on the card below and was able to rub off any images that didn't come out sharp. 


I ended up doodling with a black Pigment Pen over the alcohol ink background as I could 'see' flowers in it.   I also stamped a little with Design by Ryn's famous Water Droplets.  I highlighted with a white Gellyroll pen and added some liquid pearls to some flower centers.  Hello is from Impression Obsession (A3579) - a favorite little sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,
Shirley

33 comments:

aussie aNNie said...

hi Shirley, firstly I use Memento ink...not as wet as Stazon and does not smudge. I did a class on this a month or so ago and we used acetate to put the ink on as well then put it over cardstock...a fab effect...

Your card looks fab and really a great master piece.x\

We are very close to the fires at the moment, a new one has started up considering it's very hot and windy outside, scary and they were saying we may have to evacuate...am a bit scared so am sitting put with my dog inside until hubby gets home...xx
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Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

Beautiful results with Alcohol inks.Now you make me buy one.:)

Shona said...

WOW !! Shirley, you have knocked this one out of the park !! It's super fab!

maria's knutselplezier said...

Great colourful image , yes I olso love those alcohol inks!!Love the flowers a lot too!!

Greetings
Maria

Patricia said...

Beautiful colouring Shirley!
Greetz Patricia

Ina said...

Shirley - everything you try just comes out so beautifully. Love all the colours entwined in amongst those flowers andthose droplets are just perfect. Love this card.

Valerie-Jael said...

It looks gorgeous, wonderful colours! Valerie

chrissies said...

This looks amazing-wonderful use of the inks and the images

Chrissie x

Amanda said...

Love your colour combo this looks fabulous
Love
Amanda x

sheila 77 said...

Ah, Shirley, how to resist all the new paints and inks with the intriguing names for the colours - so far I have, but not for long, I suspect.
Your card here is just delightful and I seriously love it with its depth of colour and the very pretty small and larger flowers.

LonettA said...

Wonderful card! I love the colors and the beautiful background!

Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

This is really fantastic Shirley. The colors and your flowers are awesome. Great, great work.
Lovely ggreet and big hug
Marja x

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Wonderful effects with AAinks on Yupo! Love the color combination so much, it is outstanding, dear Shirley.
xox Anja

Janny said...

Wonderful .. I think it turned out great. Janny

friemelchen said...

Wunderschön mit den intensiven Farben!

Gerrina said...

This looks beautiful! Love the colours you used... I use stazon, but it is allways "slippery"... Have a fine week, Gerrina

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

This is stunning Shirley, I love the colours you've used. The flowers look great too, I think maybe it a case of practice with the inks, I know on acetate they take longer to dry even Stazon.

Hope you're having a good week, very wet here.

Sue x

Jeannette said...

WOW WOW WOW!!! This is Fantastic shirley,beautiful colors and backround,outstanding for this,looove it to much.

Have a great Day,Greetings Jeannette

Karin said...

Great card,beautiful colorcombinatie!
Groetjes karin x

Miranda said...

You've had a great play with the alcohol inks Shirley and it's lovely! xx Miranda

Kristi Schurr said...

Pure Gorgeousness! You are truly a master of ink! I really love the beautiful,bold colors of your card and the flowers are stunning!♥

Wendy McCarthy said...

Just gorgeous Shirley! You do doodle very well! :) xxx

MaryH said...

Your alcohol effort is just super! Had to read the post as when I saw the image, I thought Dylusions. Your doodling is so fantastic, and the white highlights really emphasized your pretty flowers. The waterdrop stamp was so perfect here. I've used Memento, Stazon and Archival. I usually let the inked piece dry well, then stamp. (not always successfully either!). This is so lovely. Yuppo is a new brand name to me - as is plastic coated w/c paper. Always learn new things here. TFS & Hugs

Paula (PEP) said...

Your doodled flowers with the water droplets look quite at home on this background. I've not really any experience with alcohol inks but a thought occurred to me. With brayering it is always best to use glossy paper & the the dye inks dry best - I wonder if heat setting would make a difference?
Paula (PEP)

Darnell J Knauss said...

Oh, for heaven's sake. This is really stunning, Shirley!! I was reading along with your journey into using alcohol inks and then when you got to the part about "doodling" the flowers, I literally gasped! I had assumed that you had used a stamp on the background you made!! Seriously, you are TOO much!! Hugs, Darnell (I'll be watching this. I have alcohol inks and have done zip with them so far ...)

Darnell J Knauss said...

P.S. I forgot to say Happy Belated Second Blogaversary and best wishes for many, many more!! Hugs, Darnell

Nan G said...

Love this! I also love my alcohol inks! I use StazOn ink with a steady hand then a quick blast from the heat tool to set the ink. And I agree with some of the above peeps...everything you try turns out fab!! Hugs

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Your result is great Shirley...blushhh how nice to say that you were inspired by Marja, Maria and me!

I used Versafine with clear embossingpowder on glossy paper, very quick heating!
The Yupo doesn't like the heat, so all my inks disappeared after touching to soon. I've bought black Archival (didn't use it yet) and have read somewhere that wet Stazon is okay too.
The identy pen always works well :-))

Eifelwicht said...

WOW Shirley, your card is absolutely stunning.
Can you tell me what makes the difference between watersoluble inks and alcohol inks? Do they behave differently?

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

Great card Shirley with beautiful colors.

Greetings Janny

Donna Ellis said...

What a fun, happy, vibrantly colored garden, Shirley! Love those rich colors and how the flowers pick up the highlights! Very pretty! hugs, de

Bonnie said...

What beautiful colors and it doesn't look like you need many tips!

Florence said...

Wow! This is stunning Shirley.
Florence x