Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August CAS Mix Up Challenge - Alcohol Inks!

Welcome to the middle of the summer if you live in the Northern Hemisphere!  It's August 1st and there's a new challenge posted over at the CAS Mix Up Challenge!
This month, Design Team Member Nancy is our hostess and here is her challenge for us!
For my project today I used stamping, alcohol inks on acetate, a piece of white netting from a bag and a blue rhinestone.
First I cut a panel of acetate.  I pulled out my Alcohol Inks (AI's) and the stamps I wanted to use -  Beach Day from Technique Junkies and Sea Life from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous.  
Since I was going with an ocean/beach theme I used Patina and Citrus AI's.

I used the technique shown on this video Alcohol Inks on Acetate by Kerrie
 (there are several links to videos on different ways to use AI's over at the challenge blog)

I simply squeezed the two AI's onto a felt applicator and then pounced it over the acetate panel until it was completely covered and I liked the look of it.  
If you pounce, you get this nice bubble look, if you drag the felt across the acetate it makes a smoother look.  It changes every time you go over it with the applicator so you can try different application techniques to see what you prefer!

The AI's dry very quickly on the acetate.  Once dry, turn the panel over (AI inked side down) and stamp your image onto the clean acetate side using StazOn Ink 
(Be careful not to smudge as you press down on your stamp - it can be slippery on the acetate!) Luckily, if you make a mistake with the stamping, you can wipe it off with some rubbing alcohol on a piece of paper towel and try it again!

Once the stamping was dry, I adhered the acetate to a white panel using runner tape and then to a slightly larger black panel.  I placed a piece of a white netting bag (I think gem stones came in it?) under the panel extending it past the sides of the card edge for added interest.

I stamped my sentiment below the image and added a single rhinestone.

We hope you can join us this month as we play with Alcohol Inks - you will find lots of inspiration from the Design Team (and our Guest Designer Trina!) as well as links to 'how to' videos over at the CAS Mix Up Challenge blog.  You have until Aug 24th to link up your project!

I'm also linking my card to:

Country View Challenges
Blues and Greens

Just Us Girls 
The seahorse is from a new stamp set I just got


Stamps:  Beach Day - Technique Junkies, Sea Life - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous
Paper:  White, True Black, Acetate - PTI
Ink:  StazOn Black Ink, Archival Jet Black.
Accessories:  Adirondack Alcohol Inks - Patina and Citrus, foam dots, felt pad and Applicator - Ranger, rhinestone - Kaiser Craft, netting from stash.

21 comments:

nancy littrell said...

Beautiful water effect using your alcohol inks, Julia. Love your aquarium design for your main image and fun netting behind your image. Next time I have netting in packaging I am saving it:-) TFS your detailed description too. Hugs..

Mac Mable said...

The white netting adds a unique texture to this fabulous card. The greens of the background looks stunning against the black silhouette die cut. Any eye catching card with a great sentiment x

Trina P. said...

Wow, Julia. Gorgeous background for that beautiful seahorse image. The netting is a fabulous touch! Have a great day. 😊 Trina xx

Ina G said...

What an absolute stunner of a background effect you achieved here Julia. Nice touch with the netting too. Thanks for sharing with us at Just Us Girls this week. Love to see you again soon.

Bonnie said...

This background is gorgeous, Julia, and so perfect for the water scene! Love that seahorse! And the netting is an awesome idea! Now I'm kicking myself for throwing some away....

Susan said...

Beautiful blend of colours for a swirly bubbly water look - perfect for your seahorse, and wonderful with the netting behind it.

Kim Heggins said...

Simply gorgeous card...love your beautiful seahorse and your water looks amazing.

Christine Alexander said...

Julia, that's one amazing water scene you created with the AI's. By the way I love seahorses :)

~amy~ said...

How PRETTY! Love the greens!

Team Clark said...

Oh Julia, I love your gorgeous ink work and that amazing seahorse stamp! Gorgeous! Hugs, Autumn

Loll said...

Your alcohol ink background is just perfect for your sweet sea horse, Julia! Love the design with the netting ... adds so much fun and texture. xx

jdmommy - Anne Harmon said...

I love the way the alcohol inks look on the acetate! What a gorgeous bg for that wonderful seahorse!! Hugs!

SmilynStef said...

Absolutely fabulous

Papercraft Boutique said...

Beautiful AI bubbles, Julia! Love the shades of the greens. The black outlined seahorse and the white panel enhance the beauty of the gorgeous ocean background. The white netting is a creative addition to the card! Thank you so much for a lot of advice above. It'll help me when I try AIs. Hideko

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

Gorgeous background with alcohol inks, love this card so much!!

Craftyfield said...

Gorgeous card, I love the alcohol inks background and the piece of netting is the perfect finishing touch! Thanks for joining us at Country View Challenges this month!

Corrie Herriman said...

Fabulous background ! Thank you for joining my challenge over at Country View Crafts !
Corrie x

Robyn Oliver said...

Cool card Julia, love the background and simple stamping

Sara Barker said...

Julia, you make the prettiest CAS cards! I love your AI effects on the acetate, and your stamp is sweet as can be! Hugs!

Monika Gulyas said...

Gorgeous card Julia!!! The acetate+AI background looks amazing! I love the effect you achieved! Thank you for joining the August challenge of the Country View Challenges!

Julia said...

Your alcohol ink background is perfect for that sea horse image. Great card.