Tag: Alcohol Inks

Oops… almost ruined it! #390

Chocolate Baroque Indian Textiles StampI’ve had this stamp in my stash for a little while (Chocolate Baroque Indian Textiles)- and it was still unopened and unused.  I absolutely love the detail in the stamp and just hadn’t had the opportunity to play with it!

I created the background with Alcohol Inks -Yellow, Red Pepper and Orange – keeping a firey colour palette.

Next I stamped that amazingly detailed pattern border – and I even managed to stamp it straight for a change!

May31aI placed some copy paper over it once dry and stamped my flower (the paper meant I didn’t overstamp the flower stems onto the border) – but I mucked up big time.  The flower on the left slipped as I was stamping it (one of the hiccups of stamping with archival onto glossy cardstock).  I was so disappointed.  it looked all thick lines and blotchy.  But, you know me, very rarely admit defeat and throw something away so I carried on stamping the pattern around the outside whilst the middle dried.

Out came the gel pens – white silver and gold, and by the time I had added highlights to the flower – it really wasn’t obvious that I had mucked up – hurrah!

So my lesson for today is to keep going.   Don’t assume a stamping mishap is the ruin of your design.  Have a bit of a play more and see if you can hide, disguise or accent it.  If all else failed, I would have at least cut off the strip at the bottom and used on another piece – it was too nice to waste!!

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I will be at the Suffolk Papercrafting show on 26th June at Bury St Edmunds.  Tickets are available from Keep on Crafting in Bury St Edmunds.

Atmospheric Sky #389

Chocolate Baroque StampsDo you always plan your creations?  Or do you like to just pick up a few things and see where it leads you?  I tend to do both.  Sometimes I’ll just start playing either with a stamp or certain paints or inks and see where the creation flows – but other times I have a picture in my head of what I want to create and have to work out how to achieve it!

I love running workshops and demos because my customers challenge me to create something out of what I’ve made.  My favourite it when I’ve created a background which is really pretty and the customers say how much they like it – but what would I do with it?

May28aWell this piece started from that.  I was demonstrating how to use Alcohol inks with the metallics.  I worked a small strip (you can see it at the bottom) using bold colours and only a hint of metallic, and then use the rest of the card to demonstrate using a little colour and a heavy metallic so the contrast could be seen.  So then what do I do with it! …. well make it into an atmospheric skyline of course!  By stamping a tree in black and a few plants and flowers in brown at the bottom – suddenly you can see its a skyline.  So much fun to see what you can create!

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Birdcage Collage with Alcohol Inks #388

Chocolate Baroque Birdcage Collage StampThis is such a lovely stamp – it has so much detail in it.  Whenever I use it I try to keep my composition quite simple so you can appreciate it fully.  It is Chocolate Baroque Birdcage Collage.  I have created my background using Alcohol Inks.  The stamp is stamped with Archival black and set aside to dry.  Around the outside I stamped a leaf design using a stamp from another set using Fern Green Archival to create a subtle frame.

Next the fun bit.  Sitting highlighting the details using white, silver and gold gel pens.  Very relaxing!  This was created in my recent Alcohol Inks workshop – and was so well received by my students I was asked to put it onto a card straight away so she could buy it for a birthday the next day!

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Alcohol Inks Sunset #386

Chocolate Baroque StampsHave been having a play with my alcohol inks.  I just love the vibrancy of colours when I work with them.  I was challenged by a customer to create something with the Chocolate Baroque Landscape Edges stamp as they really loved the design but couldn’t quite picture how to use it.

I started by applying Orange, Yellow and Lake Mist Alcohol Inks to create a gorgeous sunset (sunrise?) type background.

Chocolate Baroque Landscape EdgesThe stamps were then stamped using Archival Black ink (be careful as they are large area stamps and stamping onto glossy cardstock can be slippy!).  Leave aside to dry (it will take a little while as you are stamping onto glossy).  Add a few highlights with a white gel pen.  A really quick, simple design but oh so lovely!  I think my favourite detail is the white highlights on the fence… it just brings it to life!

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Blue Floral Edges #353

Chocolate Baroque stamps

Another simple alcohol ink piece again today.  Sometimes its nice to work in simple colour palettes.

The stamps are both from Chocolate Baroque – the words from Artistic Affirmations and the flower border is from the Floral Edges set.  This is such a pretty border and I love picking out all the details in the flowers. (more…)

I don’t feel like working today #352

PaperArtsy StampsI was having a bit of a creative session in the shop, playing with Alcohol Inks and PaperArtsy stamps and somehow created this little piece of artwork.  I kept it all very simple – greens and beiges for the background onto glossy cardstock.  Then I’ve used the PaperArtsy JOFY Daisies stamp to add the flowers.  The numbers in the background are from a apr18aPaperArtsy set I’ve had for years – as is the appropriate message – I don’t feel like working today – which was perfect that particular day! (more…)

Zingy Blue Flowers #348

PaperArtsy Sara Neumann StampDon’t you find that sometimes you sit down at your crafting table with a collection of goodies to play with .. not necessarily a planned idea of what you create and you end up creating something that just… works?…erm not always .. no!…  but sometimes it just needs a little tweak to make it work! (more…)

Pretty Blue Birds #347

PaperArtsy Tops & Tails 2 StampAnother project with the Tops & Tails 2 set from PaperArtsy today.  These lovely birds work so well on the vibrant blue alcohol ink background.  They have actually been double stamped as I experimented with lifting the colour from the bird’s bodies with a little alcohol ink blending solution…. it did lift a little… but also blurred all my stamped detail too! (more…)

PaperArtsy Dragonfly #346

PaperArtsy Dragonfly StampHello all.  What have you been creating this week?  I would always love to see your creations – feel free to post them up to our Facebook page!  Today’s creation is alcohol inks and PaperArtsy stamps again.  This time I’ve kept the palette quite earthy – hints of yellows, oranges and browns.   I’ve given it a good spritz of my Stazon Cleaner to get that fabulous mottled effect.   I love this dragonfly from the Tops and Tails 2 set.   I really enjoyed playing with the flower from this set too.  Just shows you that even with one simple little flower stamp you can create an amazing border!  It has my usual white gel highlights (what would I do without my white gel pen??). (more…)