I was so happy to receive The Crafters Workshop (TCW) "Joyful Sunflower" from my girlfriend Bonnie and knew immediately I wanted to try it with Alcohol Inks. I was blown away by the results and ended up making 3 pieces with Yupo paper! All using the same technique, but different results.
You will never end up with 2 Alcohol Blended Samples alike. The trick..let the ink create its own "flow"! A very simple technique actually.
Step 1: I put on disposable gloves then laid a piece of scratch copy paper down onto my craft mat. Remember Alcohol inks Stain! Placed my 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of Yupo paper on top of scratch paper and covered with my stencil. I then taped down stencil using 3M post-it-note masking tape.
Step 2: I chose my Adirondack Alcohol Inks: Lemonade, Sunset Orange, Pebble, Teakwood, Citrus and Pesto. Also Jacquard Pinata "Rich Gold" Metallic alcohol ink.
Step 3: Started with the center of flower. Adding light (Pebble) and then dark (Teakwood) browns. Leaving some seeds uncolored. Then added Metallic Rich Gold on a few of seeds.
Step 4: I colored my leaves with Citrus and then Pesto greens. Then petals with Lemonade and tips of petals with Sunset Orange. I did go back and add a bit more color to petals and leaves until I got the look I wanted.
My technique for adding the inks: Place tip of bottle thru stencil onto area inking and add a little bit of ink moving onto next area letting ink do its own flow. DON'T tip bottle up or squeeze bottle or you will have ink EVERY...where! You can always add ink again if you want more while stencil is still taped down. The ink does flow under the stencil, but gives an interesting background.
Step 5: Remove Stencil carefully and wash in warm soapy water...your stencil will be permanently stained and look well loved!
Step 6: Let piece dry..can use heat tool, but not too close. I turn over and blot on scratch paper to make sure completely dry. Then burnish with paper towel to increase shine.
Step 7: You MUST use Archival Ink if you want to stamp a sentiment...MISTI is a must if you want good coverage or you can add sentiment by stamping on a piece of cardstock and adding to piece.
Sorry about long description..it is a really quick process once you know the steps. You get a gold star if you read every step, I would love if you shared with me your samples and/or cards :-)
Enjoy and Happy "Alcohol Ink Blending Stenciling" my friends. Hugs, Nancy
Stamps: STAMPloratons Bold Sentiments.."ART Is"
Paper: Yupo paper, SU Whisper White Card Base
Inks: Adirondack Alcohol inks..listed in description. Archival Jet Black
Accessories: TCW "Joyful Sunflower" Stencil, paper towels, 3M post-it-note masking tape, disposable gloves,,,I did restamp INSTINCT on WW Cardstock in black ink to cover smudged stamped word.
Techniques: Alcohol Ink Blended Stenciling
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