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Alcohol Ink Lift Technique with Kerry


Hi everyone

My turn for the blog this week again. Last weekend was Claire’s first Craft fair at the NEC and I was lucky enough to help her out on the stand for a couple of days - my feet didn’t feel very lucky after the end of the second day he he! That aside, I absolutely loved chatting about craft all day so I definitely hope to get the chance to do it again. It was lovely to see all the stamp collections out together and made me want to get them all out again so I opted for one of my favourite – Calm Circle.

I got some Alcohol Inks while I was at the NEC so I thought I would share with you my first make We are overlapping into Liane’s territory here, so I hope she approves of my first attempt!

Right, let’s get started with what you will need:

Thirsty Brush & Co Calm Circles Stamp & Die set

Thirsty Brush & Co Bright Colours and Blooms stamp set (for sentiment)

White cardstock 2  x just smaller than A5  & another piece to die cut your circle (I use Anna Marie Designs Mont Blanc)

Yupo Paper – just smaller than your white card

A5 purple cardstock ( I used Hunkydory adorable scoreable)

Alcohol Inks – I used Purple Twilight, Stream and Sunshine Yellow

Alcohol ink blending solution

Alcohol lifting Ink Pad

Blending tools with felt pads

Altenew bold alphabet dies – lower case

Versafine Onyx black ink pad

Wow embossing ink pad

Wet Glue

Foam pads

How to get the look:

1.    So let’s start with the fun messy bit - making your background. Now as I said this is my first go, although I have watched lots of YouTube video’s! Grab your Yupo paper and start adding your inks. Don’t be shy with them the more you put on the more they move, also be patient let them do their thing before playing around with them. 

2.    Once you are happy you can add a few drops of the blending ink direct to the paper and watch them move again, you can manipulate the movement with your blending felt too, I also blew through a straw to get a different effect.

3.     I then added a couple off drops and it really was only a couple of the blending solution to the blending felt and gently ‘pounced’ onto the paper. I really liked the marbling effect but you can stop at any point in the process when you have the finished background you are happy with.

4.    So once the paper is dry (it takes hardly any time at all) we can begin the ‘lifting’ process. I used a stamp press for this bit as I just thought it was a little easier with it being quite a big stamp. So, ink up your stamp with the lift ink pad and stamp directly onto your alcohol background, apply a little more pressure and leave on the paper for a couple of seconds. When you remove the stamp you won’t see anything, yet. Don’t worry, just put it to one side for now.

5.    Leave the stamp in the press and grab your white card stock ( the die cutting piece), stamp the residue from the stamp straight onto the card, apply quite a bit of pressure and keep going in until you feel all the lifted alcohol ink has gone. You get a really lovely subtle finish in multi- colours – I loved it!

6.    I felt I needed to clean my stamp at this point- unusual for me but as it was a different sort of ink I wanted to get it off.

7.    Now, back to the alcohol background, grab some kitchen roll and gently dab where you stamped the image, you will see the image slowly start to appear!... once it’s coming though you can gently rub over the stamped area, keep using a clean corner of the kitchen roll so as not to spread the colours. Then your image appears - it’s like magic!!

8.    Then, die cut your images, on the white card I cut both the outer and inner to get a complete wreath, on the alcohol ink I just cut out the centre circle. Die cut your sentiment letters now too, I layer up three of the letters to get a lovely thick letter so no need for foam pads.

9.    Then make your two cards, the white one I kept really simple adding the wreath to an embossed background with the “Hi” sentiment in the middle with a couple of Nuvo drops to finish off.

10.  For the next one glue the alcohol background onto your white cardstock and heat emboss the sentiment in the middle of the circle, and then mat onto the purple card using foam pads.

And that’s it! Its seems like a long process when writing it down but it is so much fun. These inks are so mesmerising to watch, the only problem is when to stop! The process is actually quite quick as the ink dries so quickly. So if you have some alcohol inks stuck in your drawer or are debating buying some I would urge you to give them a go… honestly they are great fun.

I would love to see any that you have a go at, post your makes on our Facebook page Thirsty Brush and Co Brushettes. …. I’m just off to buy more colours!

Big hugs


Kerry x


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