Alcohol Ink Backgrounds

May 16, 2018

Hello lovelies! Today I'm back with some alcohol ink background cards. Alcohol inks have really become popular again and I have been seeing them all over our crafting community. I have owned them for several years, but had not pulled them out in a while. I recently watched Kelly Latevola do a video on a technique she learned from Jenn Shurkus using foil sheets with the alcohol inks. The results were stunning and as per my usual anything I see Kelly do I want to do lol. 

As I went through my stash I realized I did not have any foil to do this technique. No problem right, we have several craft stores here I can just run out and get it. Um no. I went to 4 different stores and was told in all of them that they no longer carried foil sheets just the leafing. I'm an instant gratification kinda girl so when I want  to do something I want it right then. I went home and decided I would try the technique with some Nuvo gilding flakes. So messy! The backgrounds were still pretty, but it didn't give me the same look as the foil. This first card is one of the gilding flake backgrounds. 

I love the colors of this one and it is pretty, but it didn't give the same pop as foil. I used flowers from the Waffle FLower Bouquet Builder stamp set. This is a gorgeous floral set! I colored them with Copic Markers and die cut the sprig. I also die cut the thank you sentiment with a Pretty Pink Posh die. I layered 4 white die cuts and 1 black one to give the sentiment some dimension. If you ever feel like a die cut sentiment just isn't standing out as much as you would like this is a great technique to use. I used foam dots to adhere my flowers, attached my sentiment and added some sequins to finish it off.

After cleaning up my gilding flake mess I decided I would wait and order the actual foil. For some unknown reason I happened to open my Halloween supply drawer and low and behold in an old Martha Stewart kit there were 3 sheets of foil! I ended up with a glossy black, a matte silver and a metallic copper to play with. Not ideal but I was determined to make it work.

My first background I wanted to try some greens and yellows.  I added the copper foil and got a very earthy organic type of look. I used Paper Smooches Foliage 2 dies and randomly cut them from my background. My Vagabond plates left a texture imprint in the foil when I ran it through which I don't mind, but if you don't want it to show up you could put a piece of typing paper over it before running it through.

I attached my background piece to the front of a white A2 sized card base. Then using the same layering technique as the first card I cut 3 additional white pieces for each of the leaves. I layered these together and then inlaid them back into the back ground piece. I used the thanks die from the Altenew Script Words 2 set and layered 3 black die cuts together. For the final layer I cut the thanks die from LaLa Land Crafts adhesive vinyl in glossy black. I then cut a white strip of cardstock attached my sentiment and adhered it over the background with foam dots.

My final card is one of the rainbow backgrounds I did which I just fell in love with. I actually made a video of the process for one of them, but I haven't quite got the editing and voice over process down yet.

I used the glossy black foil on the one and it gave it kind of a galaxy look.I cut the rainbow piece with the my Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangles dies and adhered it to a piece of white cardstock that I cut slightly smaller than A2. I adhered it at an angle so I trimmed any parts that were over the edge with scissors. 

I die cut my Pink & Main hello sentiment from a leftover strip of the background and  the shadow from white cardstock. I added it to the bottom right corner where the colors were similar and then adhered the entire piece to the front of a black A2 sized card base. I may go back and add some jewels or sequins to this one. Looking at it now it's a little plain.

Here's an up-close look at the rainbow coloring and black foil. Be sure to check out Kelly's video on this technique HERE. Her videography is much better than mine lol. Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed these cards. Have you tried alcohol inks on your cards? Let me know any tips and tricks you've found. See you again soon!

XO ~ Amy








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