Sunday, 7 January 2018

Alcohol ink blues

I bought some alcohol inks the other day. This is the first piece I made with them.  (You're going to find a lot of blues on my blog this year. Just sayin'. )
I added Ranger alcohol inks in Aqua, Sailboat Blue, Indigo and Mermaid, plus some silver mixative, to some Ranger Inkssentials white Gloss Paper. I then stamped and white embossed the bouquet from Concord and 9th's "Hello Lovely", and then added a happy birthday sentiment from Hero Arts "Many Birthday Messages" white embossed onto vellum. I wrapped the vellum around the alcohol ink panel, then added some Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins.
I will be sharing this card at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, where the theme is "Something New".
http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-something-new-3/
OK, now a question for those of you who have used alcohol inks a lot more than I have. The silver and gold mixatives both rub off on my fingers, and then I end up putting fingerprints on my white card base. Is there something I can spray over the top to seal this all in, so the card recipient won't end up with the mixative all over their hands, but won't mess with my ink? I have looked at a few YouTube videos, and one suggested Krylon Kamar varnish, but I haven't been able to find it (yet). I'd really appreciate it if you could share anything you've found useful!

Thanks for visiting :)

14 comments:

  1. Wow! This really caught my eye! Love the blues with silver! :)

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  2. Oh WOW, what a stunning card! I love the colours and the alcohol ink background is beautiful. xx

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  3. your card is gorgeous, Michelle. sorry can't help with the metallic problem as i've never had it happen.

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  4. Beautiful card Michelle, the colours are stunning, sorry I can't help with a solution for the mixatives. Cathy x

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  5. Gorgeous card, Michelle. What a wonderful blend of blues and silver! I don't have enough experience to answer your question. I know in the past when using chalks people said to give it a shot of hair spray to seal. Wonder if that might work until you can find some varnish?

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  6. Oh...maybe look on the Tim Holtz website and reach out to them?

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  7. This is your first card with these inks?! You look like a pro. This is absolutely stunning, Michelle!

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  8. Amazing background. Love it. Thanks for playing along Simon Says Stamp Something New Challenge. Gayatri xx

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  9. Walmart of all places carries Krylon Kamar finish.

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  10. This is so beautiful! Love it!

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  11. All Ranger mixitives contain a small ball in each bottle. Sometimes the ball gets stuck on the bottom. One must shake the bottle until the bead thoroughly mixes the paint. Perhaps your bottles were not mixed sufficiently.

    Your cards are beautiful. There are many techniques to enjoy with AI. Your off to a wonderful start!

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    1. Thanks - I definitely mixed up the bottle very well before I used it, and I've found the same issue with both Ranger and Pinata mixatives. I'm more into adding foil over the top, anyway - not using the mixatives much these days! Thanks for your comment!

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  12. When you do find the varnish, be sure to make the first layer of spray, a very light misting! Just a quick spray from a couple of feet away. Allow that to dry, then you can add another layer of spray. If the first spray is too heavy, it will mix with the AI and could totally change the look of your beautiful painting.

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