New Year Cheer with Blended Alcohol Inks

It’s time for another Let’s Craft Together Blog Hop! This month is my turn at setting the inspiration, and I chose this photo of a dress that caught my eye at a department store. I’m always identifying colours in shops by their Stampin’ Up! equivalents, how about you?

I decided to use the splotches of colour as my inspiration, and went with one of my favourite techniques, blended alcohol inks! I wound up doing a couple of different versions of blended layers, but here’s the one I decided to use for this blog hop:

Whilel the colours ar a little less vivid than the inspiration picture, it has all 6 of the listed colours, plus black and white and some silver More Dazzle paper, too!

Here’s how I made it: first, I added splotches of Stampin’ Blends Markers (which are alcohol ink) in the 6 colours onto a Clear Block E. Then I spritzed it with 99% isopropyl alcohol* until the colours started to bubble up with the liquid, then flipped it over to smoosh onto a piece of Basic White cardstock on top of a foam mat.

I let the block rest on the Basic White for a good 30 seconds so that the alcohol would soak in, then lifted it off. It took another minute to dry fully, then I trimmed it down on my paper trimmer.

* I got my 99% isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle from Jaycar, it can also be found at Bunnings. I’ve not had great results with Isocol, perhaps because it’s only 64% isopropyl alcohol, or because it has other ingredients, too; your mileage may vary. Stamping friends in the U.S. can get either the 90% or 70% version at any drug store or supermarket and they will work well.

Please take a hop around the other blog posts for this month’s challenge…I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone was inspired by my picture!

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5 thoughts on “New Year Cheer with Blended Alcohol Inks”

  1. Great tip on how to create the look usings blends and alcohol. The silver dazzle really makes it pop. Thanks for a great inspiration pic. I apologise for saying it was Tracy’s idea. I got it wrong somehow!

  2. What a great technique to try! I think you did great.. I’ve only ever tried Isocol once before, it was a disaster, haha, thank you for the inspiration to give it another go.


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