Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Playing with Alcohol Inks

As I said before, Karen and I spent some time playing with alcohol inks. I made lots of papers but did not make any cards with them, until last night. I decided to play. It turned out to be fairly productive -- two cards in one evening is not bad for me.

The first card was actually not the adirondack alcohol inks, but did use the applicator and felts. Karen made this background. It is done with rubbing alcohol on the felt and then adding drops of vintage violet reinker. It turned out just as bold as the alcohol inks this way. I decided to play with chipboard and my Halloween paper since it matched perfectly, and I covered a buckle with it and added gem stones. Then I stamped the cats in versamark and embossed them in black. I decided the card needed something more, so I stamped the swirl from Fresh Fillers everywhere in versamark and embossed it. I then went a little crazy with the white gel pen. I think it looks good though. I colored the cats eyes in first for a shocking effect, then added dots everywhere. My final touches were to add the ribbon and the buckle and gem collars on each of the embossed kitty cats -- I wanted them to be posh. Inside is stamped "Happy Boo to You" from SU Booglie Eyes. (Sorry about the slight glare on the corner of this photo. I will try to take another one before I send this out).

The second card I made, I used the adirondak inks (currant and terra cotta) and the blending solution. The colors are vibrant and great. I used the same idea of embossing on top of the alcohol inks. This time I did the embossing in gold. I used my Heidi Swapp distresser (thank you to Karen who pointed this out when were were at my LSS -- it was only $1) and distressed the edges of the cardstock. Then, after layering the pumpkin panel on the bravo burgandy cardstock, I pierced in a row and then faux stitched using a rose red SU marker. I embossed "Just Because" from SU "Simple Sayings II" and I stamped an argyle background using versamark and SU "All Around Argyle." I tied gold cord around the pumpkin panel and added gold brads in the corners for a little added embellishment. I am totally just loving the alcohol inks and the great vibrant looks you can get.


Jennie said...

Gorgeous, beautiful, amazing cards, Amanda!!

Alli said...

OMG! Amanda these are gorgeous, but the second one is just amazing. You should submit this one to a magazine, I know it would get published. The gold embossing just works so well with the colors of alcohol ink!

denise said...

I just love your cards, especially the pumpkin one (some of my favorite colors!). These are pretty great!

Karen said...

great cards!! love them both - the black/white contrast is great and the Fall card is perfect w/the gold embossing!! hmm...need to open my alcohol inks and give this a try!!