Good morning  and welcome to Part 3 of It’s Better with Color! Blog Hop with The E-Team, which is all about Alcohol Inks!  When I first think of alcohol inks , I remember when I first got them.  I’m sure it was when they first came out (I know I’m not correct with this, but maybe some 7 or 8 years ago).  I saw them in a stamp store in Nashville, Indiana and they were showing us how to use them . . . fill your felt pad with blending solution and add a few drops of ink.  The main purpose then was to blend the ink on glossy cardstock to make faux marble/crushed stone/agate backgrounds.  Alcohol inks have so many more uses and hopefully you’ll see something new to inspire you today!

Let me give you the hop details first before I get into my project:

  • 4 winners will be chosen randomly from E-Team blogs plus 1 from eP Blog
  • 4 winners will receive $20 vouchers to eclectic Paperie
  • The eP Blog winner will receive some alcohol ink goodies including an assortment of alcohol inks, blending solution, blending tools and some other surprises
  • One comment per person per blog beginning Thurs June 30th – Monday, July 4th.
  • Winners will be posted on the eP Blog on Tuesday, July 5th
  • All alcohol inks are on sale at 20%

Members of The E-Team participating today are:

Daisy Sparks
Latrice Murphy
Linda Ledbetter
Micki Harper
Sherry Cheever
Starla Nelson

I’ve used alcohol inks on many things and have done a number of tutorials using them:

Alcohol Inks and Fragments

Alcohol Inks Faux Bleach and Faux Fresco

Alcohol Ink Faux Bleach Video

Stamping With Alcohol Ink Blending Solution (this one I need to redo I see)

Alcohol Ink Faux Bleach for Splitcoaststampers

This link will take you to all my projects using Alcohol Inks on my blog: Alcohol Ink Techniques.

For today’s project, I decided to work with Studio 490 Clearly for Art and Alcohol Inks.  This is a technique that I saw Wendy Vecchi to at Winter CHA and have never tried before . . . I thought it was about time!

First, here’s my card (or wall hanging wannabe):


To begin, I die cut a sheet of Clearly for Art with Spellbinders™ Rose Creations and inked one side of each die cut with Snow Cap pigment ink and dried.  I found it faster to use my heat tool to dry the ink instead of letting it air dry.  Using the heat tool did not affect the Clearly for Art at all.

Covered CFA Die Cuts

Since I’ve never tried this technique before, I went with the leaves first to apply alcohol ink too.  The felt was filled with Lemonade, Pesto and Lettuce Alcohol Ink and pounced on top of the Snow Cap ink.


I wasn’t quite sure about the rose since I was initially trying to match it with different paper that I’ve used here.  My first layer of alcohol inks were Pink Sherbet, Watermelon and Peach Bellini.  Needless to say, I didn’t like them at all and went over them with Red Pepper and Cranberry.

Rose Petals

In the above picture, you can see where I’ve started to shape the different layers of the rose.  To do this, you heat the Clearly for Art with your heat tool, and while it is soft you can mold and shape the die cut.  If you don’t like it, you can reheat the entire die cut and it will fold flat on your work surface.  From there, you can reheat and start shaping again.  Be careful though, because it can become very hot . . . I used tweezers to hold the die cut while I was shaping it.  Each layer was shaped with the one below it to make they fit together nicely.

Completed Rose

I needed some additional embellishments for the card, and didn’t have anything that quite matched.  I did, however, have some clear Maya Road trinket pins.  The pins really needed more color to pick up the yellow in the paper, so I took some Butterscotch Alcohol Ink, applied it to a new piece of felt and dabbed it on the trinket pins.  To make them a little darker, I applied two coats of the Butterscotch.

Rose Closeup

Here’s a close-up of the rose with the Spellbinder’s layers.  The sentiment is from Studio 490 I Am My Art.

Closeup Butterscotch Pin

Oh and the seam binding is dyed with Antique Linen and the edges of all the papers were sponged with.

I really think that might be all for me today. . . at least it should be.

Thanks for stopping by today and make sure you visit my fellow E-Team Members . . . I know they have some awesome things to show you!


























66 Responses to “The E-Team . . . It’s Better With Color! Part 3”

  1. Another beautiful card. So nice to see how you made those gorgeous flowers. I love your posts. I have learned so much from you.

  2. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card/wall hanging. Love the flowers. Thanks for the helpful directions.

  3. Gorgeous flowers!

  4. Beautiful Card Sherry. As always your directions are so clear. Thanks so much.

  5. this is so gorgeous! love the flowers you create & that sentiment is so true! thanks for inspiring over and over again! :)

  6. What a beautiful project, Sherry. Love the flower tute, too!

  7. Sherry, this wall hanging is so inspiring. Thanks for the tutorial on the flower. How beautiful. Found the other sites helpful, but the best one was the tutorial for splitcoaststampers site. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Very inspirational. I love making flowers. Love the tutorials for the inks. Thanks for sharing.

  9. i LOVE you, your tutorials, art, generosity…. this is another fab piece, i always learn from you. oh, yeah you are an enabler too lol.

  10. The rose and the whole card are just beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  11. What a beautiful card! Thanks for inspiring me to use my inks for something besides backgrounds!

  12. GORGEOUS! I wouldn’t have thought to apply the ink over the pigment ink…learn something new everyday!!

  13. Thanks Sherry, love the card and the tutorial for the flower…on with the HOP!

  14. That is fabulous!! Love the flower so much!

  15. Another truly inspirational tutorial. All these bits and pieces sure help a novice like me with learning. Your design is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your great talents and I love how you list the products. Enjoy the weekend.

  16. Oooh, ahhhh, Sherry WOWZERS!!! Loving your art hunny… Clearly For Art with Snowcap… am dashing off to try that right now!!!! Loving your art… I said that already but have to say it again!! x

  17. WOW gorgeous flowers! you are one creative lady! Fabulous job, TFS

  18. I’m liking the idea of this blog hopping. My first visit to your blog. I like your style and color choices. I hadn’t heard of Clearly for Art and appreciate the description of how to use it. Will visit again.

  19. Pretty card as usual and lots of useful tips…Thank you Sherry!

  20. This is a superb creation ! The flower is beautiful !

  21. This is gorgeous, Sherry.

  22. Your cards are always soooo gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial on using alcohol inks. I have to try that flower!

  23. Beautiful flower! Thanks for the tutorial.

  24. Love using the alcohol inks on CFA! Great job on the wallhanging.

  25. I’ve subscribe to your tutorials on You Tube and enjoy learning all of the fun techniques you present. This card is spectacular and the variagated color on the rose is so pretty. Thanks so much for sharing your talents!

  26. Awesomeness!

  27. As usual, your instructions and photos are super! So is that gorgeous card! Just wish I could win it! Thanks for teaching us! Nelda

  28. I just love your flower! Thanks for all your other tutorials, too.

  29. Swooning over those flowers – gorgeous.

  30. Gorgeous as always sherry! You are the queen of flowers!

  31. Ohhh, I just got my clearly for art film from Daisy! I can’t wait to go try it out! Your card is just vibrant and beautiful, and will make a great wall hanging!

  32. Love the card. Great to see new ideas for alcohol inks! I just had mine out yesterday as I have not used them in such a long time. This is something I have to try. TFS

  33. I just love your flowers and have finally gotten the supplies to try them.
    carol b

  34. Pretty flowers and leaves! I love all the colors that the alcohol inks are available in… scrumptious!

  35. Gorgeous!!! Love that flower and the baubles too!

  36. Wow. That’s absolutely gorgeous. I hadn’t heard of the Clearly Art Film, so you’ve enabled at least one purchase. 😀

  37. Hey GF, amazing piece. I learned a lot from you again today, you are always so agressive with new tech’s, and this is one I haven’t tried, but now have to. Thanks for the enable, I’ll have to mess with it. hugz

  38. Wow! Thanks for sharing your talents; awesome. So many things to try……

  39. pretty flowers and great directions as always! thanks for sharing and the chance to win!

  40. pretty flower and great directions…thanks for sharing and the chance to win!

  41. Great ideas! Love, love the beautiful flower and the color is gorgeous!

  42. I am going to have to find some of that Clearly for Art, that looks like it would be so fun to use… I love your project and all your ideas!

  43. i need to check into “clearly for art”. it looks like a neat product. and, you made a lovely flower out of it…then on to a wonderful card…as usual.

  44. Gorgeous flower and great tut!

  45. I ran through yesterday, but didn’t really read your post (lot’s going on). This morning I’ve slowed a bit and have to tell you I love this technique! I have several of these inks and never use them. Now I’m inspired to try again! Your flower is so pretty and I love the layout of your card. Very Sherry!

  46. Your flowers are always amazing! Love the idea of coloring the trinket pins. Why didn’t I think of that?

  47. I love your rose. It’s beautiful and your project inspiring!

  48. ooohhhh forgot all about pigment ink. LOVE the vibrancy of the inks (I definitely have GOT to get more colors, lol). Awesome card girlfriend… the black diecut frame…..really makes that flower pop. Gorgeous!

  49. looks like alot of fun playing

  50. Beautiful rose and completed card. Thanks for sharing!

  51. Beautiful roses. Love that rich red color. Thanks for the tutorial, very clear.

  52. WOW! You sure are generous of your knowings! Talk about a reference in video tutorials! I am going to look at all of them! I love how the colors come out when you use the inks on your transparent suppport that has been inked with white pigment ink! I have got to have some of this ink.

  53. I’m fairly new to alcohol inks, and have never heard of this modeling film so tfs this wonderful technique! Along with the rest of your alcohol ink ones. I’ve been accumulating mostly all the colors over the past few months, but like i said haven’t “played” to much with them… so i’m always looking for new and interesting( beautiful) things I can do with them. And this definitely fits into all of those categories! Thanks again for sharing can’t wait to see what everyone else has to share, hope you have a safe and Blessed holiday weekend!

  54. Great project–the flower is gorgeous!

  55. beautiful rose. love your techniques. thank you.

  56. Love your clearly for art flowers – that stuff is awesome. I love playing with it. Great projects and techniques. Thx for sharing.

  57. Hi Sherry, I am aware of your heavy use and love of the Ranger Alcohol Inks. You have done some incredible projects with them, and are always so generous in sharing your techniques with us. Thank you. Linda S. in NE

  58. very pretty – thanks for sharing!
    Sandra ltb

  59. Wow. That flower turned out amazing! I seriously picked a great day to come Hopping around! It brought my Mojo home and I cannot WAIT to go play with my ink!!

    Thank you!

  60. Great look today Sherry! One of my all time favorite techniques with alcohol inks has been stamping with blending solution, thanks to your original tutorial. Have a happy 4th!

  61. That rose is AWESOME!! Thanks for sharing.

  62. Another great project. The rose is just beautiful and I’m glad to learn some more ways to use my alcohol inks. Thanks so much.

  63. Love these flowers.. will have to try some AI on some of the ones I do… love this look… so very bright and shiny and cheery looking… thanks so much for sharing… Love, Light and Peace… Bonnie

  64. Thank you for sharing the ai on clearly for art. I love your rose, and I am very anxious to give this technique a try very soon. I feel like I do not play with my alcohol inks enough.

  65. Wow & double wow!!! Love these flowers!!! Also all the other wonderful projects. Thanks for all the fantastic inspiration.

  66. I just loooove this flower and can not wait to make. Thanks for a great idea.

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