Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Grungy Monday 13 Alcohol Inks


I first encountered Alcohol Inks here – Tim Holtz 12 tags 2009 day 10.  Really didn’t think it was much for me.  DH loved it right off the bat though.  So for a while it was mostly “Honey, could you make this look rusty for me?”  But now, I have to say, I probably use it on just about every piece.  Hasn’t ever been the focal point, but always invited to the party.  I buy clear bling and white pearls and ink them to match.  I buy metal chains, charms and attachers from the clearance section and overlook the too shiny, brassy or strange color finish, knowing that I can fix that with AI. 

So….last Sunday we’re at Michaels, coupons in hand.  I say “How about more AI?”  The reply is “Nah – we have enough”.  But I’m thinking that we need a green (lettuce) and the butterscotch looks pretty good.  So, a new pack of AI comes home with us.  I wanted to try them out right away, so I took out a cheap (Oriental Trading) piece of “copper”, texture fade it and splotch all over with every color that we have.  The “copper” comes off the bit of metal, but all the better.

Next day, we check Linda’s blog for Grungy Monday challenge no. 13 and DH accuses me of having insider info! 

SO….this will be my first time using AI for something other than a bit player.  I envisioned something with the new TH Queen of Hearts texture trade and recycled packaging (from said texture trade).  Numerous attempts come out VERY SCARY looking.  HHHMMMM – what to do?  I’ve always held the opinion that if you run something embossed through the vagabond with a die you will totally smash the embossing.  At this point,  what the heck.  So I take the piece of inked foil from paragraph 2 and cut the bird and cage.  Embossing survived very nicely!   I should have laid the foil ink side down on the die but  live and learn.  (craft and learn?)  The flower and crown started out life as shiny silver.  All of the bling was clear crystal.  That’s a TH facet, inked on the back. 
Very fun challenge!  Thanks again Linda!

12 comments:

  1. Stunning! Great design & technique! Gorgeous colours! Must try the AI on foil! Fabulous creation!

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  2. Fabulous metal art! Great use of the inks! x

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  3. Love your metal art, especially the bird and his very creative branch!

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  4. Fabulous use of Alcohol inks! great design also! I think alcohol inks always look so good on metal! great job with this week's challenge.

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  5. I agree, they are such fun inks to play with aren't they and I love how they work on all things metal. Love the two pieces you have made too.
    luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

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  6. They are both fabulous! love what you did.

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  7. Great pieces - these images look so good with the embossing and inks! Just great!
    Sarah

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  8. You had me with the little birdie and then I saw he had a crown and was rainbow colored! I just love everything about this...it is Magnificent in all it's metallic glory!

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  9. Oh, you create so beautifully with AI! I luv both your pieces.

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  10. Beautiful pieces! Alcohol inks make metal look so good - love what you've done with them.

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  11. That birs is soooo stunning!

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  12. Fantastic! Alcohol ink on metal is the greatest, isn't it?

    And you've proven it here with your gorgeous pieces!

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