I've played around with Alcohol Inks in my other artwork and was happy to see how some demonstrators have been using our Stampin' Blends with Vellum cardstock and alcohol to create the same effect. I've used 99% Isopropyl alcohol for this technique - the higher the percentage the better.
I cut a piece of Vellum cardstock to 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 inches with the intention of cutting it smaller; that way I had a bigger working space. I scribbled patches of colour using Stampin' Blends Mango Medley, Daffodil Delight and So Saffron - starting with the lightest colour first just in case I coloured over my patches. I filled most of the piece of Vellum with colour.
I poured a little bit of alcohol into a container and used one of our Water Painters without any water in it. Next, I dipped the brush into the alcohol and dabbed it all over the vellum, adding more alcohol as I went. Once the colours had run into one another I added more alcohol to the brush and this time splattered drops onto the vellum. I did this by tapping the brush on my finger causing the alcohol to splatter.
At this point I let the piece dry. It doesn't take very long - depending on how much alcohol you've added. Once it was dry, I used the Stampin' Blends again to colour in some of the whiter spots and added more alcohol. I kept repeating this step until I got the effect I was looking for.
I knew I was going to be using the Daisy Lane stamp set when I set out using the yellows for the background. Using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, I carefully stamped the stem of the daisy onto the Vellum and coloured it with a Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends. I coloured carefully, because the alcohol in the blends wants to push the yellow colour around. It also lifted the black detail of the leafs which wouldn't happen using Memento Ink and Blends on regular cardstock.
I used the Daisy Punch for the flower and added my own lines for detail. The centre of the flower was stamped onto white cardstock using the daisy stamp, coloured with Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends and punched out using a small retired circle punch. The Layering Ovals Dies ( which are retiring ) were used for the greeting using Granny Apple Green for the scalloped layer. Finally, the Daffodil Delight Ruched Ribbon was tied around the cardstock and Vellum and a bow was added.
I want to create more backgrounds both with shades of colour and colours that mix well. Then I will take pictures of each step so that the process can be seen. I love how we can use our Stampin'Up! products to create artistic techniques.
That's it for today.
Hope someone or something makes you smile today.
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