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  • by Debbie Gaetz, Bella Carta

Only One Alcohol Ink Color

This is a project I started in a class at Impress Cards & Crafts in Tukwila. Carla Zarkos taught a class using alcohol inks. While much of it was a review for me, there were new techniques that I learned. I also decided it was time to step out of my box because I tend to use the brighter colors. She asked us to select only one color and that's all we would work with.

I chose Teakwood as my one color.

Ranger, Alcohol Ink, Rubbing Alcohol, Heat Embossing, Penny Black, Memory Box

On Yupo, I blew through a straw with each drop of color. I also just dropped the color and let it move in its circular shape. With a pipette filled with 95% rubbing alcohol, I dropped the alcohol in various places to make the teakwood color move; I blew air in places and I let it run in places. As you can see, the one color turned into various hues.

I followed up with touches of gold from a Krylon gold leaf pen by making a mark on the card and then I used a small paintbrush dipped into the rubbing alcohol to make the gold color spread. Here's another photo of the card at an angle so you can see the gold highlights.

I really liked the way it turned out. I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder on brown card stock. I die cut the stamped image, as well as a matting layer using gold card stock. I aligned the right edge of the stamped and matting panels with the right edge of the yupo that had been adhered to the base card. I thought this was the perfect card for my nephew's 50th birthday, and that's why I didn't add any other embellishments.

Ranger Alcohol Ink in Teakwood

Rubbing Alcohol (95% -- never use anything less than 90% because it won't work as well)

Penny Black Birthday Love Stamp Set 30-413

Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Layers Die Set 30009

Yupo in white

Stardream Card Stock in Bronze (105 lb. cover)

Mirricard card stock in Gold

Strathmore Creative Cards (80 lb.) Ivory with Deckle (5"x 6-7/8") 105-130

Tsukineko's VersaMark watermark ink

Ranger Embossing Powder in Queen's Gold

Pipette for Rubbing Alcohol

Elizabeth Craft Designs' Double-Sided Adhesive Tape

I'm anxious to try more "monotone" colors. If you ever have the chance to take this class taught by Carla, don't hesitate.

Your viewing of my blog is appreciated and I thank you for stopping by today. See you again, soon!

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