Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Alcohol Ink Background...

Hi folks.. Creative Expressions Design Team time again today...
As I said in my last post, this Month’s goodies were anything but Christmassy! And although I made last week’s project Christmas because I was in that mode, this weeks has reverted back to everyday use. And more specifically something I can use for a Birthday..
September che Pinnacles is defo a Birthday Month! At the weekend we celebrated the shops 12th Birthday with a little Christmas Demonstration Day, (and I'd just like to thank everyone who was able to pop along, and I hope you enjoyed the inspiration!?) Next week is my Dads Birthday, followed 3 days later by my Mums, then it's mine and finally at the end of the Month we have my Nans!! You wait all year and then they all come at once!!!
Anyhoo... Here's todays sample, I've decided that it’s going to be the one I send my Dad for his Birthday...

And if you fancy giving this fun technique a go, here's a little step by step on how it was achieved...

To start off with I took three colours of Alcohol Ink

Randomly applied them to my Craft Mat

and then added some Alcohol Blending Solution, the final results of how light or dark the colours will be will depend on how much of the solution you add, as it not only reconstitutes the Alcohol Inks, but will also lightens them if you use a little more.

To allow the colours to blend together I tip my Craft Mat from side to side, trying to stay within the centre of the Mat so as not to waste too much of the Ink.

Next, place a piece of Acetate into the Ink

and then remove it and place to one side to dry. As the Inks and the Blending Solution are solvent based, this should only take a minute or two to dry as the Alcohol evaporates.

As effective as this looks on the Acetate, it's not until it is backed onto a plain piece of White card stock that the true effect comes thru..
Now the only decision you need to take is what to do with it.

For this particular project I decided to stamp one of the Silhouette images I was sent. Wasn't quite sure whether to have the Red at the top or the bottom as it seemed to work both ways, but finally went with having it at the bottom.

A little bit of Mat and Layering

and there you have it!!

Using different coloured Inks will give you a choice of different backgrounds to add your Stamps or Die Cut images to..

Using more Brown/Yellow tones has seemed to work wonders as a Desert background for this Die Cut,

or actually any colour combinations seems to work!!
As a result of Saturday’s demo, I now have a nice little pile of backgrounds to work with.. Just need to wait for the right image to add to the front of them though!!
Thanks for checking us out, see you soon.


  1. The demo was fabulous Andy and the colours on your first card are amazing.
    The intense colour of the background works so well with the stamped meadow scene.
    Toni xx

  2. Like the card Andy. I love alcohol inks, the colours are so vibrant. The brown and yellow background you did is brilliant for a desert effect. Pat x