Monday, April 16, 2012

Playing with Alcohol.....

...... alcohol ink, that is. 
I have always been intrigued by alcohol ink for some time now, especially after I saw Tim Holtz's class- inspired projects popping up everywhere in blog land. I felt that I was missing out! No, I didn't take the class! I resorted to on-line You Tube videos as they are basic and free. Can't ask better than that!

So the first thing I did was to get 50% off coupon from Michael's. It's the easiest way to get the supplies--fast! With the coupons, the three little bottles in the pack cost almost $10 US/Can. I rushed to Micahel's on a Friday (only valid on this one particular day). I made the kids wait for me in the car and after that we went out to our usual Friday night dinner. Dr. John found out my purchase of alcohol ink...
Dr. John: "What? There is alcohol in the ink? You can now sip and stamp at the same time! What a way to multitask!"
With that, I am sharing the the two cards that I experimented with the alcohol inks.
card with alchohol inks
One thing about Alcohol Inks, you have to use glossy paper (see here). A package like that will set you back $12 at Michael's here! (MUST save those 50% off coupons!!). Some basic information about the alcohol inks can be found here. A photo tutorial can be seen here. And do check out the videos from Tim's Splatter Alcohol Inks. And this Tips and Tricks is pretty informative, too!

After inking the background, I embossed the flower and butterflies in white. And there you have it!
 Since the glossy paper are more expensive and the colors of the inks are deep and rich, I used it very sparingly. The colors I used are watermelon, Citrus and sailboat blue. With the Blending Solution, you can get all kinds of mixture from the drops of inks. I think that's the beauty of these inks!

Now....what would Forrest Gump say about these alcohol inks? :
"My Momma would say life is like a few droplets of alcohol inks, you never know what colors you're gonna get!"

41 comments:

yyam said...

Wow! These are gorgeous Virginia!

P/s: Alcohol inks are fun to experiment...I love using them on embossed soda cans...really cool! You can try them on acetate too!

Jennifer said...

Virginia, I NEVER would have guessed that these were the product of your first-time with alcohol inks -- nor would I have guessed you got all that color from just three colors of the inks!!! I'm gonna have to try that out! Really beautiful!!

Barb said...

I love coming here before bed each night - you put a smile on my face, V! And Dr. John sure makes me laugh! :)

I am so glad you finally purchased some Alcohol Inks! I never knew you hadn't tried them yet - aren't they fun? Your gorgeous results make me want to pull mine out and play! Love the colors you've used!

Wida said...

your card collections are fantastic. I just love the variation of design. Also, you bring products to my attention that I have dismissed in the past. I think because you make beautiful cards with them!

onecraftymama said...

Dr. John is onto something....lol :)
Now I'm super-tempted to take the plunge & try alcohol inks too. Love how it turned out - and on your first try, too! Love how the butterflies look :)

Lynn said...

Oh my goodness...this is gorgeous! And...I'm up for Dr. John's idea :)!!

Dawn said...

Super cute Virginia. I love using my Alcohol inks when I remember to pull them out. I'm luck as I found a pack of glossy cardstock here in NZ for $6 for around 40 sheets. Makes in very economic. Love the colours you chose here.

Miriam Prantner said...

So how did they taste? Ha ha. These are just gorgeous! I love the vivid, brilliant colors you can get with these!

diana said...

Lovely cards! I'll be taking another look at my own AIs now. ;-)

Tammy said...

Very cool! Now I have another crafting item on my to-buy list!

Karen said...

wonderfully done Virginia....

Mary said...

Beautiful card...Thanks for the lesson...Never use it but I am now...Tell Dr.John a little dop dose not hurt...

Karen B. said...

Well worth the money spent, these cards are just amazing!

Cindy C. said...

Oh Virginia fun post! Beautiful cards! TFS.

natashakara said...

LOL! I love Dr.John's comments he seems like a funny guy. And the Forest Gump line cracked me up. Your card is just GORGEOUS! I think I like the idea of using only smaller pieces, I often find the whole bg too overwhelming. I think you have inspired me to break out my inks and give them another try:)

Wee Von said...

These cards are simply beautiful. Love how you did it. I have tried mine once, and I loved the look, but you have made me want to get them out again. Thank you for sharing and tell Dr John, that sipping and stamping might not be a bad idea. HaHa

Elizabeth Allan said...

Your "alcoholic" creations are fabulous Virginia! Love the white embossed flowers over the mottled designs.

Eve said...

beautiful! luv the parts you created with alcohol ink, and your dh's comment, of course! lol! My bf often uses the quote from Forrest Gump. lol ;) Have a great week!:-)

Kerry said...

These are gorgeous. I think using them sparingly made the pops of color even brighter. What a happy card and hilarious husband you have. :)

Melissa Shea said...

Beautiful results! Gotta love when coupons coincide w goodie shopping!

Annette said...

wow totally love this affect...I have been wanting to try these...I think you have inspired me to check more into it. Thanks for all the info on how to use them...have a wonderful week...

MarcyK924 said...

God bless Dr. John, V!! He is my greatest source of entertainment in the morning! You two are a HOOT!!!

GREAT job on the alcohol inking! It's always a happy surprise using them. GORGEOUS cards! The glossy paper or acetate make beautiful bookmarks too! Hugs, Marcy

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

wowwy wow! If this was an experiment I can't imagine what you'll do next with these! And love the new Dr. John comment always make me smile! beautiful!
Lisa

Katy said...

These cards are gorgeous! You did great with the alcohol inks! Wait until you get your punches out :) The fun is just starting!

Lin said...

Maybe we should write to Sir Tim with this idea of Dr. John's?? :))) Love your post today, my friend, and your card turned out really pretty - haven't tried this yet; you've inspired me!

chrystinanoel.com said...

Hahaha - I love reading Dr. John comments. The effect is great - and you're right, it's all about the 50% off coupons. Hobby Lobby always has a 40% off coupon which is pretty awesome as well.

Susan F. said...

That is such a beautiful effect. I haven't tried alcohol inks. I always seach out coupons for crafts. ;)

Julie Hoffman said...

It's taking me a minute to pick my chin up off the keyboard! This cards are GORGEOUS Virginia!!!!! I love the white embossing effect on those pretty alcohol inked panels! I know I have some glossy paper, now I just need to pick up some alcohol inks (with my coupon - of course) Thanks for sharing this! I'm off to pin it so I won't lose track of it!

Linda R said...

Oh my gosh.. These look amazing. I love what you did with the alcohol inks.. Very cool! Dr John cracks me up!!

Hugs, Linda

Angie Tieman said...

Beautiful cards! I LOVE the "What is Dr. John thinking?"! So fun!

Donna Bowman said...

Beautiful Alcohol Ink panel Virginia!! Lovely card. Isn't if fun to play with those inks?

Brenda said...

These are so beautiful Virginia! The colors are exquisite!

Lindsey said...

Wow! Those alcohol ink panels are beautiful! (So far, I've kept my alcohol and my ink separate. :D)

Christina said...

So fabulous, Virginia! And I think I enjoyed your story and comment from Dr. John just as much as the cards themselves! Thanks for all the great links and info.

Jenny said...

Gorgeous inky panels, I love the marbled effect :0)
Jenny x

cnelson said...

Soooooo GORGEOUS!

Bethany said...

Such gorgeous cards Virginia! I love the colors you used-amazing :)

Jen W. said...

Gorgeous creations, Virginia! Glad you resisted the urge to sip and stamp! ;)

fishydesign said...

This is sooo pretty! I love the white embossing on the alcohol inked paper!

Lisa Arana said...

gorgeous! i'd have to sip a lot of alcohol to get over my fear of alcohol ink!

Alice Wertz said...

these are gorgeous, girl! beautiful cards and don't you love getting inky with alcohol ink? they are so fun and definitely one of a kind results. LOVE your card. you ROCK, girl!