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Alcohol Inks Tips and Techniques


Alcohol Ink Projects and Techniques

In this third post, we'll be looking at alcohol ink techniques. A couple of years ago, I received a big box in the mail, full of alcohol inks, sent from US. I don't think they should have sent them as they must contain flammable materials but you know what Ebay sellers are like! Anyway, I have used them a few times but nowhere near enough, so when I heard that Stamp It were doing a class on alcohol ink techniques, I was first on the list.


This class was taught by Chad and if the bag of class materials he supplied was anything to go by, this was going to be a busy class. If you haven't used alcohol inks before, they are wonderful, because they will adhere to almost any surface, including your clothes, so you do need to be a bit careful when handling them.


The first alcohol ink project we worked on, turned out to be my favourite, a lovely storage box with an embossed panel. I could have sworn this was metal but in fact it was silver card run through the lovely  Patchwork embossing folder by Tim Holtz. Using the applicator tool, we added two or three colours to the felt, with a tiny bit of metallic and some blending solution and then dabbed away to our hearts content.



What I absolutely love about alcohol inks, is that you can't really go wrong with them. If you don't like what you have done, you can wipe it off with blending solution and start again or just go over the top with some new colours. I thought the results were pretty good! 



The final touch was to add some grunge board cogs painted with the Silver Metallic Paint Dabber and some chain to wrap around. The cogs were dabbed with some rust alcohol inks to give the appearance that they were in fact rusty. This piece has a really industrial Steam Punk kind of look to it, that I like. It is too nice to use though, so sits on my shelf as inspiration.



The next project was to make a couple of cards, simply by adding colours to the applicator felt, with some blending solution and then dabbing away. Again. you can't go wrong with this. The results were very professional and looked almost like printed cards that you find in the shops at extortionate prices! The key point  is to make sure that you use special Kromekote card, which gives this lovely gloss finish and doesn't react with the inks. Photo paper is not to be recommended. I decided not to stamp over the top, as I liked the effect of the inked background. Don't look at the dirty fingernails!



The last project we did in this busy class, was a glass piece. After stamping onto a square of glass, we coloured the image in with alcohol inks. This might have been difficult to do but the alcohol ink blending brush (included in our class pack) made this a breeze.





The pen is filled with blending solution. You can then pick up colour from some dried ink and use it to paint your stamped image. Alcohol inks dry very quickly in the air, so this makes it very easy, as it doesn't matter if they dry out. You can just put some ink onto a piece of acetate or the edge of a plate and then 'rehydrate' it with the pen. The glass was then put inside a brass frame to finish it off.



This class was great value, as the pack included the pen, which retails at $12, so I was really pleased to come home with this and I look forward to using my inks again soon. If you are looking for supplies, Stamp it stock everything we used and more!


I hope you have enjoyed this post about alcohol inks. The final chapter in this epic post, is on the Melt Art Class, which was another full on one, with heaps of projects, so look out for that!

If you missed the other parts in this series, click the links below


Part 1 - Distress Inks

Part 2 - Distress Stains


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