Daily Archives: October 9, 2008

Alcohol Ink and Fragments!

Happy Thursday!  I want to continue with the Alcohol Faux Bleach/Batik Tutorial today.  If you were at the Chicago or York Stamp Show, you saw me work with acrylic fragments and alcohol ink.  That is what I want to walk you through today.  I’ll also show you the finished project, which is a tag made with alcohol inks using the faux bleach technique.  I really think this one needs a different name, but I just haven’t settled on what.  I am leaning toward calling it – - – oh I don’t know!  It is a variation of the faux bleach technique that I have been playing with so it might as well be Alcohol Faux Bleach.

Let’s get started by inking up your felt applicator with the alcohol inks.  I have used cranberry, butterscotch and stream.

Fragment Ink Applicator

Apply the inks onto the fragment, letting the alcohol ink dry in between layers.  You will end up with a fragment that looks similar to this.  Let the ink dry thoroughly.

Fragment with Alcohol Ink

Choose an image (not words or sentiments) that you would like to stamp on your fragment.  Ink the image with a permanent black ink.  I have used Ranger Archival Jet Black.

Stamp Fragment with Black Ink

Stamp the image over the alcohol ink that you applied to the fragment.

Stamped fRAGMENT

Using a gentle touch, immediately wipe the black ink off with a cloth.  You should now have a fragment that has a clear image of the one you stamped.

Wipe away Black Ink

To highlight the stamped image, glue the fragment (alcohol ink side down) onto a white piece of cardstock.  I have used Ranger Glossy Accents as my glue.  It dries clear and very quickly.  (By the way, I applied more Glossy Accents than needed – it was way too much.)

Gluing Fragment

Trim the image and you will now have an embellishment ready to use on a card, or anything else you would like to use it for.

Completed Fragment

For mine, I used the fragment as an embellishment on a tag.  Using the faux bleach/batik technique described in the first installment of this tutorial, I created a tag using alcohol inks.  The tag, unlike glossy cardstock, absorbs the alcohol ink and gives an entirely different look than that of glossy cardstock.

Complete Alcohol Faux Bleach Tag

Supplies used:

  • Stamps: Tim Holtz Nature’s Discovery by Stampers Anonymous from Rubbernecker Stamp Company
  • Paper: White Cardstock and White Shipping Tag
  • Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black and Distress Embossing
  • Accessories: Ranger Cranberry, Butterscotch and Stream Alcohol Inks, Ink Blending Tool and Felt, Glossy Accents, Alcohol Blending Solution, Clear Embossing Powder; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Oval Fragment and Trinket Pin; Heat Gun; Iron; Ribbon; Tonic Tim Holtz Distress Tool

I can’t wait to see all of your alcohol ink projects!

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