Technique Tuesday - Polished Stone with Alcohol Inks

I haven't forgotten about the techniques many of you listed in a past blog candy post. I finally got around to using Tim Holtz alcohol inks. Both Pink Heather and Katelyn mentioned them as a technique they either like or would like to see.

At Archivers last Friday that just happened to be the product they were showing, so I got to see a demonstration before playing with them myself. I am so glad I did, because I didn't know I needed an applicator or blending solution. I got to play around with their alcohol inks after the demonstration. The first time I used three inks and blended them. I didn't like that effect as much as when I used just two of them. Here are the directions and my card with the background made with this fun technique:

Supplies needed:
  • Alcohol Ink Applicator Tool
  • Alcohol Ink Applicator Pads
  • Alcohol Inks
  • Blending Solution
  • Glossy Cardstock or Acetate (I used glossy cardstock.)
  1. Cut a piece of glossy cardstock to the desired size
  2. Attach an applicator pad to the applicator tool. This is easy, because the tool has velcro on it. The pads fit right against the applicator.
  3. Squeeze a little of the different color of inks on the pad. This does on have to be in any particular pattern.
  4. Daub the applicator on the glossy cardstock in various places. You can leave as much white showing as you want. On this one, I didn't leave a lot of white space.
  5. Put blending solution on the applicator and daub this on the cardstock. You will see the colors starting to blend. You can use a new pad or the same one with ink on it.
  6. Repeat step 5 until you get the desired result.
Again, I only used two colors on this card. I have heard you can use two colors and then add a third if you want to. I am going to use my 50% off coupons this week at Michaels to get the blending solution and tool. I didn't have these in order to play more at home. Once I get them, I will play with my inks and let you see what I come up with. I like how this one turned out. Click on the card to see the background for a better look at this technique.

Products used:

Paper - glossy, bubblegum, baby pink, goldrush, honey and white daisy cardstock.

Stamp sets - Sweet Flowers and Happy Day

Ink - bubblegum, baby pink, goldrush and honey

Embellishments - baby pink grosgrain ribbon, baby pink large spiral, white daisy beads, Dress It Up flowers

Now, it's your turn!
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Connie said...

Ooooooooooooh! Very bright and pretty.

Belinda said...


Belinda said...

I really love that card. I went to Archiver's a few weeks ago and they did the same technique, I wasn't real impressed, but I love what you did with it.

I have to go to Michael's now!!!!

Debby Winters said...

Absolutely Beautiful!

dasimonds said...

Very Pretty..I have been wanting to try this.
Thanks for sharing!

Jeanne said...

Wow, Kim! I wasn't much interested in the alcohol inks until I saw what you have done with it! Now, I wanna try it! :o)

Love the colors!