Today’s the day! The new MFT January release is live in the shop! I hope you’ve enjoyed the Countdown and have been inspired by me and my fellow DT members. On today’s card, I tried something I have not done before – use alcohol ink as the only coloring medium for the entire card. I’ve use alcohol ink several times for a background, for example, but I’ve never tried to use them to each element of a card. And I think the result is pretty neat! It gives the card an impressionist feel in my opinion.
- On several pieces of yupo paper, apply a variety of alcohol inks, isopropyl alcohol, and blending solution for each die cut of the card. I created a panel of blue and teal inks for the background “sky”, a panel of yellow and orange inks for the beehive, a panel of browns for the branch, and a panel of greens for the leaves. Spraying isopropyl alcohol through the mini mister helped get that impressionist look.
- After each panel was dry, die cut the appropriate Die-namics from each panel. I used the Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics set for the background, the Hanging Branch Die-namics for the brown and green panels, and the Beehive Die-namics for the hello/orange panel.
- For the center of the beehive, I colored the negative circle die cut with dark brown ink. I did not have black alcohol ink, so I improvised. I scribbled black copic marker all over the die cut and moved the ink around with isopropyl alcohol. Works the same way! You could also use alcohol marker ink refills.
- From a scrap with lighter color from the yellow/orange panel, I stamped the bee in MFT Extreme Black ink. I carefully heat set it. Heat and yupo paper don’t mix well so be extra cautious on this step so you don’t melt the paper.
- I filled in the black strips of the bee and the flower with alcohol marker . I die cut the bee from the coordinating Die-namics and die cut an extra from black cardstock for a shadow layer.
- Adhere all of the pieces on the card front with liquid glue.
- White heat emboss the sentiment and adhere to the card front.
Hope this inspired you to try creating an entire card with just alcohol inks. Thanks for reading! For even more ideas and inspiration, please visit the My Favorite Things YouTube channel.
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