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Alcohol Ink Background with Altenew, Honey Bee Stamps, and Essentials by Ellen

Alcohol inks are addicting! I had so much fun with friends this past weekend, crafting and laughing! They wanted to try alcohol inks with no arguments from me.  I did a "twofer" out of the background and I can not choose a favorite.

1. I use my Copic marker refills and 91% Isopropyl alcohol.  Choose 3 or 4 colors that are similar color, with some being lighter, others darker.  I chose 3 cooler reds, RV02, R89 and RV99, and 1 warmer red, R46.  If you follow me you know I like to mix warm (bluer tone) colors and cool (yellower tone) colors.
2. Drop 3 or 4 drops of each color on Yupo paper cut to 5 by 8 inches (half of a sheet). I put the darker colors more toward the center and the lighter colors on the edges. I put is down in a gentle "S" shaped pattern at a diagonal.
3.  Blow it around with a straw or air compressor to spread the ink.  I have tried both and find I get similar results, but find the air compressor is easier because I don't have to blow.  But truly, either works just fine! I added a generous amount of alcohol after this, trying to spread the dark colors and not get too thick of ink in one spot.  I am careful not to add too much alcohol in the center of the panel as I find it pushes the pigment away and can leave an unwanted blank spot to deal with.  I add the alcohol at the edges of the panel and try to blow towards the center as a general direction, but circling the newly applied alcohol as I blow, trying to minimize the little "fingers" of pigment. I repeatedly added alcohol in this manner until I achieved the look I want.
4. Die cut a 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch panel out of your favorite part of the panel.  Then die cut a 4 by 5 1/4 inch panel out of that.  This leaves the nice little border I used on the vertical card.
5. Line up you alphabet dies (I used Honey Bee Bee Bold Alphabet) on a grid surface with your t-ruler to help keep them straight in line.
6. Apply purple tape over the dies to hold them in the right spot and position them on the inked background and die cut them. Do not push down hard on the purple tape to try and avoid lifting all that beautiful color when you remove the tape.
7. Die cut some hearts (I used Essentials by Ellen Home & Hearth dies) or any other shape you wish out of the remnants of the background.  I can see this card in different colors with so many other words, such as hugs, smile, and you.  Then you could use stars or another shape instead of hearts.
8. Die cut a white background for the vertical card (I used Altenew Layered Plaid Cover Die A).
9. Add a layer of craft foam, both behind your horizontal alcohol ink background and your letters for your vertical card.  The rest of the assembly can be seen in the pictures.
10. Oh yah, ooooh and aaaah over your gorgeous alcohol inked card!!! LOL

I am entering this first card in the following challenges:
I am entering the second card in the following challenges:
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  1. I love this gorgeous alcohol ink background, Betty! Super colours! I love the stunning effect when you die cut the panels and add them to backgrounds and then get a bonus second super card! Thanks so much for joining us at HLS Dies Challenge this month!

    1. Thank you very much Helen! If only we could have an endless supply of background dies. Lol. Thank you for hosting at HLS Challenge! I appreciate all the effort is must take!

  2. Hi Betty! I had such plans for those AIs I bought years ago … I think I'll leave them to you! You've perfected their use! GORGEOUS, times two million, my friend!
    [I have subscribed - but have not received this post! Do NOT get me started on my computer issues!]
    xx M

    1. Oh Michele, I know if you pulled them out you would make them work! So sweet of you to stop by and say hi...and tell me about my computer issues! It sounds like you have a story to tell...
      Hugs in return!

  3. These are stunning Betty. Such beautiful colours all blending to make a lovely marble look. Adore the touch of gold and then to make a CAS card from the scraps-so very creative. I subscribed and got the email! Thanks for joining Time Out

    1. Thank you so much Sandie. I know I always must seem to say this, but I had so much fun making these cards. Thank you also for subscribing. Can you do me a huge favor and let me know if you get notifications on my upcoming posts on my blog. I sent a test post out after you said you subscribed, so if you don't get a notification in the next 24 hours I sure would appreciate hearing it. Huge thanks. Betty

  4. Spectacular results you have achieved with both these beautiful cards. The colours are so vibrant. Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM this week Betty.

    1. Thank you Ina! Like others say I could get addicted to playing with alcohol inks. The joy was both in the technique but even more in sharing the fun times with friends! Thank you so much for all you do so we can share cards at ATSM! xxx

  5. Wow, Betty, what a gorgeous background you've created with your alcohol inks. I love the intense colours, showing off the white die-cut hearts and sentiment. The touch of gold really adds a lovely, unexpected sparkle. Thanks so much for sharing with us for our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

    1. Hi Heidi, thank you for stopping by and for all you do so I could post my card at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge. Thank you for your kind comment! xxx

  6. Both cards are delightful Betty. Thanks for playing with us at Watercooler Wednesday this week.

    1. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your kind comments and for all your support you offer for the Watercooler Wednesday challenge!

  7. Awesome pretty! Thanks for playing along at Happy Little Stampers, so glad you joined us!

  8. Thank you Laurie! I need to break out my dies more often because I love them so much! I get a bit distracted by watercoloring or coloring. Thank you for the inspiration to do so! xx

  9. SPECTACULAR! is the word. Your background is glorious,a nd I LOVE both cards and your use of the positive and begatives. Just wonderful!!!! Thanks so much for sharing these beauties at Time Out!


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