Monday, August 8, 2016

Week 7 Summer of Creative Chemistry

Week 7 of Tim Holtz's Summer of Creative Chemistry hosted on Online Card Classes saw us creating with alcohol inks as part of Creative Chemistry 102.

Being a proud new owner of five alcohol inks: Watermelon, Raspberry, Citrus, Clover and Sailboat (thanks to Master enabler Tim Holtz combined with a 20% off sale at Simon Says Stamp... sometimes a crafty girl just can't resist! ... LOL so punny!), this was my first attempt at utilizing alcohol inks. I was attempting the ombre technique with the Brights that I had purchased in Raspberry and Watermelon but did not anticipate how BRIGHT the Raspberry would be. It is a lovely colour, don't get me wrong, it just is REALLY bright when compared to the Watermelon. So I just made due and worked it with the blending solution and adding more of each colour to still have the underlying ombre but a balanced tone to it.

Supplies: Glossy Paper, Raspberry and Watermelon Alcohol inks, Tim Holtz stamps (Stampers Anonymous), Black Archival ink, Black emboss powder, Stardust and Frosted Lace Stickles (Ranger), White Signo pen (Mitsubishi Pencil Co.), cardstock (CTMH)

I heat embossed the Tim Holtz Perspectives Butterfly and 'There is Beauty in Simplicity' sentiment to make them stand out. I used second generation stamping on the numbers stamp from the same set to allow it to recede into the background a bit. For some detailing, I  added Frosted Lace Stickles to the outer parts of the butterfly's wings and Star Dust Stickles to the inner portions. Then to give it some pop, I used a White Signo pigment pen to the inside of the font on Beauty, pointilized the sections of the dried Frosted Lace, and mounted it on white cardstock.

My daughter upon seeing the card thought it was awesome but it would be even better if it was in her colours so she requested one for herself in blues. 

As I only had the three other colours (Citrus, Clover, and Sailboat), I started with them in a three part ombre set up and then worked with the blending solution and Sailboat to fashion the background. 

As I had some colour still on the applicators after creating the card base, I worked them on an ATC base in Glossy cardstock and used a variety of other Tim Holtz stamps using the same techniques that I had used on the cards.

I would definitely venture some more with the alcohol inks as there are yet more techniques from the lesson to try and I like the bold vibrant look that it creates.



Mariëtte said...


Ellie Knol said...

So beautiful Cassandra...

Ellie Knol said...

don't know where my comment disappeared to - LOVE both versions, but the green one is my favorite!