Try to “RESIST” Alcohol Inks
One of my favorite media to play with is alcohol ink by Ranger Industries. These are acid-free dye inks specifically made to work on non-porous surfaces such as glass, plastic, acetate, glossy paper, dominoes, metal, shrink plastic, and other slick surfaces. What’s great about these inks is that each project you work on will be unique - you will never get the same exact outcome. For this project I will be showing a “resist” technique incorporating alcohol inks. I have a feeling you will become as addicted to them as I am.
Important Note: You can use gloss photo paper with alcohol inks, although your colors might be a bit muted than if using glossy craft paper. HOWEVER, because of the coating on photo paper, you cannot use a heat gun. Heat will blister the paper and have a completely different (and probably toxic) result. This particular project must be done on glossy craft paper.
Design Block Butterfly Image, S5041 (Hero Arts)
Gloss Paper (Ranger)
Cardstock of your choice for layering
Versamark Ink Pad (Tsukineko)
Clear Detail Embossing Powder (Stampendous)
Alcohol Inks in the colors Lettuce, Stream, and Wild Plum (Ranger)
Alcohol Blending Solution (Ranger)
Gold Stickles (Ranger)
Adhesive of choice
1. Cut gloss paper 4 ½” x 5 ¾” and cardstock 5” x 6 ½”.
2. Ink image with versamark and stamp on gloss paper. Coat with clear detailed embossing powder, remove excess, and heat set. Your image will be very light on the glossy paper. (See Fig. 1).
3. Add a few drops of the Lettuce, Stream, and Wild Plum alcohol inks to the felt applicator (See Fig. 2) and dab all over the gloss paper (See Fig. 3) until the paper is totally covered in the inks (See Fig. 4). Make sure you turn the applicator as you apply the inks in order to get the colors in different spots all over the paper. Add more inks to the applicator, if necessary.
4. Place a few drops of the Alcohol Blending Solution either directly on the gloss paper (See Fig. 5) or on the applicator, and dab all over the gloss paper. This thins and blends the colors. Continue until you get the desired look you want. You can also add more alcohol inks to the paper or applicator and dab if you want to change the look.
5. Lay your inked card on a table or work surface and, using a paper towel, rub the inks from card. The ink will not stick to the embossed area. Fig. 6 shows the left side with the inks dabbed over the whole card and the right side shows what it looks like after you have rubbed the inks off of the embossed image. Fig. 7 shows the whole card after the inks have been rubbed off or buffed.
6. On a scrap piece of cardstock or paper, stamp only the butterfly portion of the stamp and cut out. Color as desired.
7. Apply adhesive to back of gloss paper and adhere to cardstock. Adhere cardstock to card front.
8. Cut out butterfly image and adhere to card front using pop-dots to give it that 3D effect. Apply Gold Stickles to the dots around the card and to the butterfly.
9. Sign the back of your creation/art and share with someone you love.