... hello fellow LIMettes - Mandi and Chrissie have set us a super challenge this week. LIM28 - a one layer card - and the ladies would like us to feature inks. The idea is to get inky either in a new technique or a favourite one.
I decided that this was the perfect time for me to try using my alcohol inks. I've got five bottle in my stash that have never been opened - they have now :) I got very inky - my hands were covered in shades of green, blue, red, brown - sort of merging into a muddy colour. Alcohol inks work on non-absorbent surfaces - glossy card, glass, metal, acetate - things of this type. What I have discovered is that alcohol inks dry really, really quickly and that if you overdo the blending you end up with mud! This was the only success - the rest are in the bin.
I wanted to have a rectangle of colour made by mixing the alcohol inks - my first three attempts were disasters. Finding something that successfully masked the rest of the card was difficult - my final attempt was to use a piece of clear plastic into which I cut the rectangle and attached to the card with temporary adhesive. I'd hoped that this would stop the inks seeping under the edges - as you can see above it didn't. However, I'm quite pleased with the slightly distressed edge to the rectangle. I used some pearl mixative over the top of the colours - looks lovely in real life. I stamped my favourite agapanthus stamp in the corner using black Stazon and added a clean and simple sentiment.
Stamps: Stampendous - Agapanthus Cluster; Waltzingmouse - Asian Gardens Additions
Inks: Stazon - Black; Adirondacks Alcohol - Eggplant, Citrus, Cranberry
Accessories: Adirondacks Blending Solution, Pearl Mixative and gloss card from stash
I had a really great time in my craft room yesterday playing with this technique. I do think it would work better on a layered card - that way the panel can be cut to size and there would be no seepage like that above. I have a feeling I'll be using this technique again - I want to see what sort of effect I can get on some acetate - but that won't work for this challenge.
I've got a busy day planned starting with a couple of friends over this morning for a quick training session on Word 7 - should be fun. I really do have to get the ironing done - no excuse now, my knee is feeling so much better. Jonathan is back to work today but he's not away, he's working from home for a while - Kathryn is delighted. I don't think she quite understands that Daddy will be busy and not able to play with her!
Before I go, I'd like to say Hi and welcome to Cara, Jeanne, Tammy and Thelma some of my new friends. That's all for now, see you soon.