Tuesday, August 1, 2017

CAS Mix Up August Alcohol Inks Challenge

Thank you again Loll and Bonnie for inviting me to host a 2017 CAS Mix Up Challenge !

I chose Alcohol Inks for my August 2017 CAS Mix Up Challenge.  I have had so much fun this past year trying out Alcohol Ink Techniques.  



Here is one of my very favorite techniques: Alcohol Ink Stenciling!



Stamping + Alcohol Ink Stenciling + Dies



My  alcohol ink color combo: Tim Holtz: Sunshine Yellow, Sunset Orange, Watermelon, and Lettuce.

Alcohol Ink Stenciling Technique:

Step 1: Place Yupo Paper on craft sheet.  Then tape down stencil using painter's tape or masking tape. Make sure your craft area is well ventilated.

Step 2: I chose my 4 Alcohol Inks and opened lids.  I carefully drizzled one color at a time with the tip of bottle touching the paper thru the stencil.  Starting with the lightest ink.  Some of ink will flow under the stencil,  which is ok as long as the colors are in the same color family, so do not turn to mud. I added the green last.

Step 3:  Let Alcohol Ink Dry!  Do NOT remove stencil until inks dry.  It can take a while if you have drizzled a lot of ink.  Be Patient!   Then remove stencil carefully and clean stencil and your hands with rubbing alcohol.  I prefer 91%.  Your stencil will now always look loved.  

Step 4:  If your piece is tacky let dry overnight.  Burnish your piece with a paper towel to bring out the shine and to remove a little ink if too dark, thick or still a bit tacky.

Step 5: I stamped my sentiment with Archival Black ink using my MISTI.   I then die cut my stenciled background and popped up using fun foam onto a die cut piece of white Card Stock. Added more fun foam to main image frame and attached to a 5" x 5" card base.  I was very happy with the results!

This sunflower card from August 2016 is still my favorite Alcohol Ink Stenciled card. 

If you go to our CAS Mix Up August Challenge you will find several links to videos on Alcohol Ink Techniques, including a video using rubbing alcohol and reinkers by Shari Carroll.  This technique is an alternative to alcohol inks.  Also many fabulous card samples by our very talented Design Team and our Guest Designer, Trina (My Crafting Closet).   You have until August 24th to join the fun.  Happy Alcohol Ink creating my friends. If you have questions feel free to contact me :-)  Hugs...

Adding to STAMPlorations Anything Goes Challenge



Supplies: 
Stamps: STAMPlorations Birds of Paradise by Shirley Bee (sentiment)
Paper: SU Thick Whisper White.  Yupo Paper
Ink: T.H. Alcohol Inks: Sunshine Yellow, Sunset Orange, Watermelon, Lettuce.  Archival Black for sentiment.  Only Archival or Stazon inks work on Alcohol ink backgrounds. Blot to make sure ink is dry.
Accessories: SU Square Die Cuts, Craft Mat, 3M Masking tape, ARTploration "Happy Flowers" stencil, MISTI, fun foam ($ store), paper towel for burnishing.

25 comments:

Mac Mable said...

Oh Nancy this is stunning, artsy and so creative...love it! x

Julia Aston said...

Your panel is like a hot summer fire Nancy! So vibrant and wonderful! And then you notice the flower emerge! Julia xx

shirley-bee said...

Wow!! Love it!

Trina P. said...

Beautiful card and technique, Nancy! So bright and vibrant. I still have my sample from back in May. Hope to crash your retreat again next year. 😉 Your biscotti was so yummy. Thank you for the fun challenge and for having me. Have a great day! 😊 Trina xx

Jo Manna said...

Truly a stunning piece of art, Nancy. Couldn't wait to see how you achieved this gorgeous card. Thanks for sharing xxx

nancy littrell said...

Your very welcome my friend. TFS your sweet comment. Hugs

nancy littrell said...

We sure did have fun. Can't wait to see you again next year:-) Hugs

nancy littrell said...

We are having a hot Summer day...94 degrees in the shade...ugh. Love your description of my card. Hugs..

Pauline said...

Wow Nancy this is stunning! Beautiful colours - so vibrant. Thanks for sharing your tutorial on this. Hugs,

Nancy Stislow said...

Nancy, this is fabulous! I still haven't tried this but reading your very clear directions makes me want to rush back and do this! Love the gorgeous, artsy result.

nancy littrell said...

I would love to see you try stenciling with AI's, Nancy. If you need help let me know. Hugs

Darnell said...

Wowza!! What a stunning creation - so frame-worthy, Nancy!! Thank you for the how-to! I would never have thought to use stencils! Hugs, Darnell

Susan said...

Fabulous artsy card, Nancy! Love the vibrant colours! So happy to have you hosting the challenge this month!

Ros Crawford said...

It's a beautiful piece of art ... Gorgeous colours too Nancy!

Karen D. said...

how gorgeous...love, love your wonderful creation mf.
xx Karen

Papercraft Boutique said...

This is so stunning, Nancy! I LOVE the colors and design - so beautifully stencilled with alcohol inks.
I'm so excited that you're hosting this month's CAS Mix Up Challenge, and chose Alcohol Inks! I've been wanting to try the medium, and I ordered some inks this morning. Thank you so much for your inspiration! :-) Hideko

Hannelie said...

Absolutely beautiful!

nancy littrell said...

I am so excited that you will be trying AI's, Hideko. You will LOVE them. Be sure and check out the challenge's list of videos. That is how I learned. Now I can't stop using my AI's:-) Also so many gorgeous samples from our DT and GD and many more to come. I think we all made extras to add the the gallery for this month:-) Hugs..

Christine Alexander said...

I really need to try this technique again I just love that abstract artsy effect. I had so much fun trying in in May. this should really be in a frame :)

nancy littrell said...

I liked it so well that I sent to our dear friend Bonnie for her birthday. I knew she would love and appreciate her card...and she did:-)

Hope you try the technique again, Christine. Hugs.

Loll said...

This is one stunning card, Nancy! Amazing colours that glow, as if they have a spotlight on them. So beautiful against the pure white background. You are a master at this technique, my friend. xx

Sue said...

LOVE this, Nancy! The colours and stencilling are beautiful.

Bożena Adamusińska said...

When I saw this card I was speechless! Such a great project, Nancy !!! I know how you did it, but I'm amazed by the final result. I love strong colors and beautiful artistic stains of alcohol. How I'd love to be able to do something similar!
Hugs,
BożenA

nancy littrell said...

Alcohol inks thru stencils are one of my very favorite techniques. As you know, the results are always surprising and I think..beautiful. I hope you can join our challenge my friend. Hugs

Linda said...

Nancy this is gorgeous. The colors are so beautiful...