Card Tutorial with Alcohol Inks by Dot

Fossilized Fish

Hi everyone, it's Dot here with a fun alcohol ink technique for you to have a go at.  It's the same technique that I used for a card last month using the Merry Magpie stamp set that you can find here.

I think that you will have a lot of fun trying this, but be warned ...
you will need a good supply of alcohol blending solution.

Step 1:
On glossy card sprinkle a liberal amount of blending solution onto glossy card and then add a couple of colours. The ink will spread out naturally, and it will move around a bit more while drying it with a heat gun.

Step 2:
Into the middle of the coloured area pour a little more blending solution and add some drops of black alcohol ink!  That's right - Black!

Step 3: 
Start moving the ink around in the blending solution.  Be careful at this stage that some of the original colours are still visible.

Step 4:
While it is still wet, grab some paper towel and start dabbing. This will lift some of the colour off.

Step 5:
I've gone back and added some more blending solution a couple of more times.  Each time it fades the colour out a little more. You can see where the rings of colour are starting to show. 
What is interesting with black alcohol ink is that it has a gorgeous blue tinge to it when you bleach it out.  I also put some blending solution on my craft sheet and flicked some tiny droplets onto the outside areas.  It is difficult to create the small drops, but a fan brush works just fine.

Here is a closer look at the finished background.

Step 6:
I've stamped the fish from 'Fish Diet', into the area that I had bleached out, with archival ink and then heat set it before I accidentally smudged it. (yes, I've done that more than once lol).

To finish off I've added some interest into the corners with an element from the same stamp set. 
Used some while gel pen to hightlight the fish.
Doodled a border. 
And just because I was in a fun mood, I added some words from 'Adore Me'.

The black ink gives a lovely blue tinge when it dries and a black outline in the outside areas.

 I think the fish looks like he has been preserved in some crystalized rock, what you you think?

Products used:

Alcohol Inks/blending solution
Archival Ink
Glossy cardstock
and some really great stamps!

Stamps used:

I hope you have enjoyed following my play with alcohol inks.

Dot x


Bibi Lindahl said…
Super cool card and technique, Dot! I have to try this. Love your combo of stamps - that sentiment is just perfect for the fish! Thank you so much for sharing! ♥ ♥ ♥
Sue said…
Dot this looks brilliant, and what a fab technique - I'll definitely give this a try xx
Craftyfield said…
Interesting technique Dot, I shall have a go, thanks for sharing!
ionabunny said…
Love this. The border is gorgeous. Hugz
Love everything about this! Now I just need some alcohol inks... ;)
Iva Stastna said…
Ohh love it,nice technique.
Julie S said…
Great technique to get more use out of my alcohol inks. Thanks!
Love your card Dot, the background is just so yummy too
Donna xx
Cocofolies said…
Love this technique and your card too, Dot!!
I have to try your way, even if I don't have (at least yet :), this so fun stamp! :D
Thank you! x

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