ALCOHOL INK WITH WATER COLOUR PAPER
Earlier this week, I shared a card for the Paper Craft Crew challenge (you can still join!). The technique I used is an embossed resist, but on water colour paper, and using alcohol inks! If you missed that card, you can see it HERE. I had such fun creating that card, that I made another one, this time using a stencil.
I love this large mandala stencil I have in my stash, and thought it would work perfectly for this technique. Have a look!
WATER COLOUR PANEL DETAILS
To start, cut a panel of water colour paper. Lay your stencil over top, holding it in place with repositionable tape; I use the Thermo Web Purple Tape for this. Next, use your whole Versamark ink pad and press the ink through the openings of the stencil. Be sure to press firmly, and go over it several times. Remember that the water colour paper will ‘soak up’ some of the ink, and you want a firm impression.
Gently remove the stencil, and cover the panel with White Embossing Powder. Set it with a heat tool, and allow to cool. Now get your alcohol inks and alcohol ink applicator ready. Be sure to use an alcohol ink applicator; it’s a linen pad, instead of a foam pad, specifically for alcohol inks. Apply your 2 coloured inks – I used Turquoise and Limeade – to the applicator, and apply it to the water colour paper. I used a side-to-side brushing motion, but you could also use a pouncing, blending motion. You’ll have to add more inks to your applicator, and you can also add Alcohol Ink Blending Solution, which will help extend the ink.
Once you’re happy with the coloured ink application, now apply some Gold Mixative to the applicator, along with some of the blending solution. Brush it across the panel – I only swiped partially across, and worked from both sides, so there was no one single, solid swipe from side to side.
CREATE YOUR CARD FRONT
When the panel is dry (it doesn’t take long), cut it into 1″ strips, and attach them to a white cardstock panel, with foam tape.
Stamp the sentiment from The Ton Pyrotechnics stamp set onto white cardstock in Versamark ink. Cover it with Gold embossing powder, and set with a heat tool. Add the sentiment strip across the bottom right side of the front panel. Finally, attach the front panel to a dark green card base.
TRY IT FOR YOURSELF!
Using alcohol inks on water colour paper gives a beautiful result! The inks have a matte look, rather than the bright, shiny appearance when used on Yupo medium or glossy cardstock. I’ve attached some links for products below, for your shopping ease! Thanks for spending some time with me today – I hope you’re inspired to get creative this weekend!
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