Hello, friends -- Today I have a card to share that uses one of my favorite techniques, alcohol ink blending, to create a fabulously glitzy background for the holidays! My alcohol ink of choice is Copic Various Ink Refills, since I already have them on hand to refill my Copic markers. They are also my #1 pick for one of the Top 5 Gifts for Crafters this holiday season!
There are a few different ways to work with alcohol ink. My first go-to method is to place drops of the alcohol ink onto a felt ink blending pad (I used YG03 & G46), attached to an alcohol ink applicator tool or ink blending tool. I also added in some drops of festive gold metallic mixative. You can also add a few drops of 0-Colorless Blender, to help keep the felt pad moist. Then just pounce the ink blending tool all over a piece of Yupo paper:
The Yupo paper is coated, which allows the alcohol ink to move around on the surface of the paper, creating wonderful shade variations! You can keep working the ink until you achieve your desired effect.
Another way to use the alcohol ink is to:
1. Wet the Yupo paper with 0-Colorless Blender.
2. Place drops of desired Various Ink Refill colors (I used RV17 & RV17) and metallic mixative onto the paper/solution.
3. Tilt the paper in different directions, to get the alcohol ink color to move around, or a great tip from Jennifer McGuire is to use a drinking straw to blow the color round!
4. You can also use a paint brush dipped in 0-Colorless Blender to help move around the color. I did this, to help fill in some white spots on the paper.
The Copic Various Ink Refills I used on this card were: YG03, G46, RV14, RV17:
After creating my alcohol ink backgrounds, I used Concord & 9th's Trim the Tree dies to cut the tree out of the green paper I created, and the "fa-la-la" words and star were cut from the pink paper I created. I attached the tree to a simple white card base I created with the dot stamps from the Essentials by Ellen Modern Christmas stamp set, stamped in Delicata Golden Glitz ink.
I love that I can use my Copic Various Ink for things other than just refilling my Copic markers! And since this alcohol ink is permanent and adheres to most any surface, it can be used to alter or color just about anything! What would you create with them?
Thanks so much for joining me today!