Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Stenciling with Alcohol Ink


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

Card Recipe

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

Thank you for Looking and especially for Commenting.  Your comments are so appreciated.



26 comments:

Loll said...

It gives such an artsy look to the stenciled image and the AI inks flow on their own terms. :) Gorgeous colours and great job with this technique Nancy. xx

Nancy Stislow said...

WOW WOW WOW! This is phenomenal, Nancy and thanks SO much for describing in detail how you achieved this! What an incredible work of art! I can't believe you achieved such a gorgeous image using free flowing it! Did I say WOW! LOVE this and will be back to revisit many times until I have the chance to try it!

nancy littrell said...

I have to admit..I was pretty Wowed when I uncovered my Stenciled image too :-) Feel free to print my steps and CASE. I would love to see your work of art!

Thank you for your enthusiastic comment my friend.

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Bonnie said...

Ditto, Nancy S., my friend! This is AWESOME and thank you for sharing all these steps!

Susan said...

Beautiful, Nancy. And thanks for the detailed instructions. When Loll, Christine, and I tried it yesterday, we just ended up with ink running under the stencil and making a big mess. I think we tipped our bottles too much.

nancy littrell said...

You definitely do not want to tip bottle when adding AI through a stencil. I hope you try it again Susan. Hugs, Nancy

nancy littrell said...

You definitely do not want to tip bottle when adding AI through a stencil. I hope you try it again Susan. Hugs, Nancy

Mac Mable said...

I've got a gold star as I loved reading your blog post. I enjoy learning new techniques and I thank you for the inspiration to give this one a go. Your card is amazing and so eye catching. I would not have thought to use alcohol inks through a stencil as I assumed they would bleed. However looking at your outstanding card they do bleed but wow what a magnificent effect x Will be giving this technique a go and thank you so much x

shirley-bee said...

I'm claiming my gold star, and giving you an even bigger gold star for such a stunning work of art, Nancy! I love it, it's so big and bold, and the petals look like flames. I think I need that stencil ;)
I've just finished Creative Chemistry 103 Day 5 Alcohol Inks and Yupo (some very interesting techniques), and I think Sir Tim would be envious of your creation!

Kia said...

I am blown away by this Nancy - absolutely a stunning piece of Art!

Karen D. said...

I love this so much...super card mf.
hugs,
K

Bev said...

Nancy, I just saw your absolutely off-the-charts piece of art on SCS! I am in awe of it!! So glad I came to your blog to see how you created it!! Thanks for sharing that!! You're a fantastic artist!

Bev said...

Nancy, I just saw your absolutely off-the-charts piece of art on SCS! I am in awe of it!! So glad I came to your blog to see how you created it!! Thanks for sharing that!! You're a fantastic artist!

nancy littrell said...

Hee..hee..I Just sent you the link to my blog via SCS PM. Enjoy, nancy

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Wow - speechless....FABULOUS!!!!!

nancy littrell said...

Short and so sweet comments on my cards Cornelia. Thank you so much my friend!

Leslie Miller said...

Holy cow WOW, Nancy! This is amazing! And so are your other sunflower stencil cards. You've absolutely topped yourself!

nancy littrell said...

Thanks so much my, from the very beginning stamping and gardening friend :-) Now you have me thinking about polished stone! Hugs...Nancy

blueheron said...

I am stunned by the beauty of this card. The colors are SO vibrant, and the way they flow into each other is just perfect. I truly think that this is one of my all-time favorite cards of yours, and that is saying a lot because I think they are ALL fabulous.

nancy littrell said...

Thank you so much Judy for all your recent comments on my cards. I have to agree...I LOVED how this Alcohol Ink Stenciled Sunflower turned out....you never know with Alcohol Inks how the ink will flow. Unexpected results..always! Hugs to my forever SCS girlfriend. Nancy

Karen L K said...

Wow beautiful!

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

An amazing work of art Nancy my friend! So vibrant, and so much fun to do by the sound of it! I don't have many AI's,but after seeing this beauty I think I will have to buy some more . . . oh no, buying more supplies :O Have a wonderful week! Love & Hugs. Hazel xx
My Card Attic

nancy littrell said...

Fun visiting one of my older AI stenciling cards because of you...Hazel. Thanks for your comment my friend. I do LOVE playing with AI's. Hugs...

aussie aNNie said...

This is one fabulous work of art. Love this and it's just another technique I am going to try...thanks mf. xx
[aNNie]

nancy littrell said...

This was my 1st try at stenciling with AI's and I have been hooked on the technique since. The way the ink flows under the stencil really gives an artsy look. Hope you do try, aNNie. Hugs...