Monday, March 31, 2014

Playing with Ranger Alcohol Inks - Making some Mixed Media Cards

This weekend I decided to make an alcohol ink pallet and play with my inks to make some mixed media cards. 

I watched a video from the winter CHA 2014 show and Tim Holtz showed this alcohol ink pallet. 

I found my empty pallet at a local Aaron Brothers store but they have these at any local craft store. 

I already had some alcohol inks and blending solution in my stash from a few years ago. I bought the alcohol ink blending pen from Simon Says Stamp. 

You just drop a few drops of the alcohol ink into each slot and allow them to dry. 

This motivated me to make this pallet to have when I want to color embellishments in my stash. 

Per Tim Holtz, the alcohol ink blending solution/pen is to the alcohol inks what water is to watercolor paints 

You fill the pen with the blending solution and then use the nibs on each end to "pick up" the color from the pallet.  You can then use it to color embellishments or use like watercolors on your projects. 

I used it to color a wooden camera embellishment and an embossed heart that you can see on the cards below. 

I then made coordinating 1 inch circles for the cover to mark the colors in the pallet. 

While I had my alcohol inks out, I decided to pull out the following supplies from my stash and just play. 

Gloss Paper
Archival Ink in Jet Black
Alcohol Inks
Blending Tool with felt pads
Unity Stamp Co. Stamps

Here are my completed cards.

I cut four of the cards to a 3x4 size to use for Project Life layouts, scrapbook layouts or my art journal/smash book. 

The leftover piece is 5 1/2 by 8.  I can cut it up or use it whole. 

Here is a picture of each individual card. 

It was so much fun to pull out my supplies and play. 
I love the way these cards turned out and will definitely be using these on future projects. 
Thanks for looking!

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