Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Alcohol Inking Gone Bad!?

You may have already experienced this...but this happened to me with my "experiment" with alcohol inks. I was trying to play with purple and yellow combo. These are two colors that I don't used together often enough. So ....the more I dabbed at the colors with the alcohol inks, the murkier and brown it gets. I did read somewhere that if the alcohol inking and blending are not mixed right, it will just turn into a big blob of brown--oh wow, how EXCITING! Well, that happened to me! I was kind of mad as I just wasted a good piece of glossy paper (which is expensive!!). 

So I left the brown paper sit on my craft desk for a few days....And lo and behold...one day I woke up and thought:" hey...what about embossing the images in Mustard Yellow? I think any flowers will look kind of cool? ". After all, what harm will it do since the paper is considered "wasted"!?

So here is the card I made after "rescuing" from inking gone bad.....
many thanks
Is it glorious? I actually love how dramatic the background colors it gives!

 Lesson learned: NEVER give up on a bad execution of a card design. It might actually turn into something unexpected and beautiful!

Lastly I am sharing some Cream Cheese Blondies that my son David (the new genius baker) made. You can find the recipe here .
They tasted absolutely divine!! And the colors sort of go with my card today :)

38 comments:

Lin said...

WOWZERS, V, I LOVE it!! Am being drawn to really bright colors right now for some reason. And don't tempt me with those blondies.....I'm on a diet!!

Cindy C. said...

Thank you for sharing your experience! Your card turned out wonderfully. The heat embossed Sunflowers are stunning. I tried once to heat emboss on glossy paper and it burned! Yikes! Guess I have to keep trying. :)

Chunyuan said...

Inspiring idea about turning booboo into fabulous. That cream cheese blondies make me hungry.

Linda R said...

Your really are amazing my friend. Talk about trash to treasure.. I love this.. And that desert sound sinful..

Hugs~

Karen B. said...

I think this turned out fantastic Virginia, and surely is a testament to you r good eye for design.

Lindsey said...

The background is awesome! Though you'd never guess you'd started with yellow and purple :) Great save!

Trinh said...

Gorgeous, Virginia! You are so right about not giving up on a boo-boo. And I could use one of the Blondies right about now!

Maureen Morton said...

A remarkable save, Virginia. I always tell my students that there are no mistakes in crafting (even tho U & I know there are!). This background makes the flowers more brilliant than ever. I wish David's creation would work for my diet, but at least the photo is calorie-free!

Laura B. said...

What a superb job of rescuing the glossy paper! Those yellow flowers look so vibrant on there!!! And your son makes some yummy looking treats!!! You are so lucky to have him around!

yyam said...

Oh my! This is soooooo eye-catching! Love that mustard yellow blooms against that amazing background! :)

Katy said...

Yummy those blondies! This card is beautiful! I keep my mistakes in a box, or cards that I started and just didn't have the mojo to finish. I am glad to know they CAN be rescued! LOL :)

Simone said...

Your card is beautiful Virginia! I love how the ink turned out especially with those gorgeous embossed flowers! Oooh how yummy do those Blondies look! :)

Suzanne said...

It's beautiful, Virginia!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

This is beautiful!!! I love when you can find beauty in mistakes... then they aren't really mistakes after all! Love it!
Lisa

Kara Lynne said...

Great save! It makes me want to go back and look at my mishaps.

Barb said...

I'm so glad you didn't throw away that background piece - it looks amazing with your brightly embossed flowers! David really is becoming quite the chef - those blondies look so yummy! :)

Eve said...

Gorgeous Virginia! Luv the final result of this card!! :-) And thank you for the recipe. You know, i luv baking, and it even went up to my board on pinterest! :-)

Dawn said...

WOW - the flowers on that background really do zing... I can't believe how much it changes the look of the inks. I can imagine on their own they do look muddy brown so well done you!

Dorel said...

Your background looks very beautiful after all! And those yellow flowers are stunning! I often have some peaces waiting their time in the table. Actually I have the hole drawer for that peaces. Sometimes I even give them to my crafty friends, perhaps they could make them something beautiful. And those Blondies looks yummy!

Lynn said...

Beautiful...I love the striking bold color palette...what a way to turn it around Virginia!!

joy said...

This ended up being a gorgeous card, Virginia! Your tenacity paid off big time!

onecraftymama said...

great save! I try to not throw things in the recycle bin right away also - sitting out of sight for a day or two sometimes gives you the distance to make the save :) Love that mustard yellow colour - and the background is gorgeous!

Brenda said...

Thank goodness you did not throw that way Virginia! This is dramatically beautiful in every way!

Maria@Crafty Cre8tions said...

Way to 'save' the image! I think it's gorgeous!!!! I love that background!

Brenda said...

Don't you just love it when you are hit by inspiration unexpectedly? I love how you turned your boo-boo into spectacular!

Bethany said...

Wow, that card is gorgeous! I love the colors! Those flowers look great with the backround!

Wida said...

I need a list of all your flower stamps please. love this watercolored looking one.

MommaSue said...

Lovely card! And good job, David!

Elizabeth Allan said...

Love your twist and tale of color Virginia!

Mary said...

You did it again!Made a beautiful card...Thank you for the recipe...Have a Bless one...

donna mikasa said...

The background turned out beautifully, Virginia! It was a good idea to leave it and come back to it, maybe? I love the embossed flowers--perfect color choice! Bravo!!

Katarina said...

That "mistake-card" is gorgeus! Love the vibrant, sunny colours. So nice to turn a lost card into something this pretty.

Christina said...

Virginia, you could turn a paper bag into a gorgeous work of art, so I'm not surprised at all that you salvaged this background to make a gorgeous card! So cool!

Alice Wertz said...

this turned out amazing, girl!! love those pretty daisies again the background. so glad you didn't toss that background. love this beauty, V!!

Anita Recksiedler said...

Way to save a crafty accident! :> Absolutely love this card! So pretty in colored embossing which is my favorite! Great idea not to throw it away and leave it out to get inspired!

Susan Raihala said...

Wonderful save!!!! The yellow embossing is genius, and the background looks fabulous!!!! I love the faux stitching, too.

Lisa Arana said...

a GENIUS save! love the pop of the yellow against the background.

i'm going to check that recipe out, looks yummy.

chrystinanoel.com said...

He bakes too? Sheesh.

Never would have guessed purple and yellow made that card. Looks awesome :)