Friday, August 30, 2013

Lone Wolf Design Team Showcase: Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks

I decided to take a break from the home decor projects and get a little inky. Those of you who know me personally know that I do NOT like to get my hands dirty. I'm quite possibly the neatest crafter you will ever meet. :) Now, my work space can get a little, um, well...very messy, but my hands...they will be CLEAN!

I haven't had much opportunity to use the Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks, so I decided to take the time to try out a few techniques.  Please check out this video by Tim Holtz that demonstrates application techniques for Adirondack Alcohol Inks.

For my first project I used alcohol ink on the plastic packaging from a Sizzix die. 

Colors used: Watermelon, Shell Pink, Wild Plum, Pink Sherbet

Colors used: Meadow, Lettuce, Pesto
Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia Die

I punched a hole in the middle of all the pieces and attached them together with a decorative brad. I used my heat tool to heat up the plastic and shape it. Be careful, the plastic is hot! It only stays pliable for a few seconds, so you have to work quickly. This type of flower would be great for an altered art project. I'm going to use mine on my December Daily this year.

Next I used colors of blue alcohol ink on foil. I didn't have any foil tape or foil paper, so I just taped regular aluminum foil to a piece of cardstock. I used a Sizzix embossing folder (Snowflakes 2) to add texture to the background.

Colors used: Stonewashed, Slate
Mixative: Snow Cap, Silver
I decided to turn my snowflake panel into a card front. I haven't decided if I'm going to use a sentiment or not. I still have a few months to decide. :)

Next I colored brads and paper clips. 

I placed a few drops of ink in a small plastic bag and dropped a few paper clips in. I rubbed them around to make sure the entire piece was covered in ink.

After the paper clips dried, I tied coordinating ribbon to the top. Now I have custom paper clips that will match the pages in my SMASH*book perfectly!

Colors used: Pesto, Purple Twilight, Pink Sherbet

I also colored some brads. For the red/pink ones, I just rubbed the tops of the brads on the felt after I colored the plastic for the poinsettia. For the white ones, I added some Snow Cap Mixative to a plastic bag and dropped the brads in. The coverage wasn't as good that way, so I would suggest just coloring the tops with the felt pad.

Alcohol inks are a great way to create custom color embellishments! You will always have the right color to match your project.

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