Friday, August 11, 2017

CAS Mix Up Alcohol Inks Be Very Merry!

The CAS Mix UP August Challenge is Alcohol Inks.  So many beauties already by the DT , our GD and in the Gallery!

Here is my "Alcohol Inks on Acetate" Christmas Card!

Close Up!

Alcohol Inks on Acetate with Tissue Paper Background is one of my favorite Alcohol Ink techniques.

Here is the link to my 1st card in my blog using this technique.  I am going to condense the steps in this post.

Step1: cut piece of aluminum foil approximately 8" x11" and lay on craft sheet.

Step 2: drizzle alcohol ink onto foil and spritz with Blending Solution or 90% rubbing alcohol. 

Step 3: pre-cut acrylic sheets..I used 4" x 4" and 6" x 6" squares.  Smoosh onto spritzed alcohol inks until you are happy with results.  You can spritz with solutions more if inks dry too quickly. Lay aside piece to dry with alcohol side UP.   Can add more ink to foil to make more backgrounds.  

Do not throw away foil.  Can be used for another technique that I will share in a future post that I learned from my friend Christine :-)

Step 4: When piece dries use foam brush to Paint ON Alcohol Ink Side the  Gel Medium or Modge Podge  (optional..pinch of Dazzling Diamonds or fine glitter to lightly sprinkle onto wet glue) then scrunch up a pre-cut (6x6 or 8x8) White tissue paper and open tissue leaving the scrunched wrinkles and place over wet glue. Rub with your hands for good contact.  Turn over piece onto clean paper towel and press more with hands.  Carefully add more glue on edges if necessary.  If glue smudges appear on the acrylic side remove using paper towel and 90% rubbing alcohol.

Step 5: Set aside and let glue dry.  Then trim tissue with your scissors.  Check for more glue smudges and remove with alcohol.  Then you can stamp images or sentiments, etc using Stazon ink.  Other permanent inks smear.

I actually made my background for the trees in this card at our Retreat in BC and borrowed the tree dies from Loll.  Thank you again Loll for sharing.  The dies set is on my wishlist!

I finished my card at home using CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Die for the popped up layer frame.  Then scrunched up a piece of tissue and glued to a CUTplorations ATC Tag builder Die.

I glued on my larger tree to the tissue 1st then popped up my small tree.  Added a stamped sentiment and done.  I LOVE how the trees have a shiny stained glass look:-)

I am so pleased with the CAS design and plan to make duplicates using alcohol backgrounds from my stash:-)  You can never make just one background using this technique!  You still have until the 24th to play along in our August CAS Mix Up Challenge.

Happy Alcohol Ink stamping my friends.  Hugs..

Adding to STAMPlorations Never Ending Anything Goes Challenge.

CUTplorations Summer Vacation Anything Goes Challenge

Stamps: SU Be Very Merry (ret)
Paper: SU Thick Whisper White and Reg. W.W.  White Tissue Paper
Inks: Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks and Pinata Gold Alcohol Ink.  Archival Black Ink.
Accessories: Impression Obsession Fir Trees Die, CUTplorations ATC Tag Builder and Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangles Dies.  Acetate Sheet, Tombow liquid glue, dimensionals.


  1. Nancy, the colours are gorgeous, love the mix of orange blue and green and your layering is so pretty with the white tissue paper background.

  2. Your tree colors are gorgeous, Nancy and thank you for always describing in detail how you did it! Love the idea of adding a bit of glitter to the glue and love the tissue paper background for the trees.

  3. I love the contrast of the wrinkled tissue paper background and the shiny acetate of the trees! Beautiful colors for a beautiful Christmas card!

  4. Cool background Nancy and I love the colours in your trees! Have a great weekend! Luv & Hugs. Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

  5. Your AI acetate trees are gorgeous, Nancy. Love the mix of colours. I agree, they do look like stained glass. And they look amazing on the crinkled tissue paper. So much wonderful dimension and texture to this card. :) xx

  6. Your shiny stained-glass-look trees are fabulous, Nancy! I LOVE the beautiful shades of the colors and the alcohol ink effects.
    Combined with the white tissue paper background, the card creates a lovely snowy Christmas scene. The recipient of this card is so lucky! Hideko :-)

  7. Gorgeous card! I love those trees... I have that die too... It's one of my favs! Have a great weekend Nancy

  8. So unique and great techniques on this amazing card. Those trees are stunning and the background gorgeous. Thank you for the inspiration Nancy x

  9. how the trees placed on the crinkled bkg.
    Have a great wknd mf.
    xx Karen

  10. Wow! Those trees are amazing and I love the texture of the white tissue background. Really beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing the instructions!

  11. It's a beautiful combination of intense AI tree colors and this beautiful tissue paper background. The card creates an amazing impression.

  12. What fabulous colours which stand out beautifully against the white tissue background Nancy and the trees are adorable. I love the acetate and tissue technique which works well here. A gorgeous card. x

  13. What great colors on your die cut trees Nancy! love them against the white layers - a beautiful design! Julia xx

  14. This is stunning! I have to try this! Thank you for sharing such great technique notes.


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