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Friday, 4 July 2014

Alcohol inks on Mirror card

Well, the Black Hole that is Pinterest does actually yield some interesting stuff. Mind you, if I wanted to make everything I've pinned, I'd have to craft 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the next couple of lifetimes!  But still it sucks me in. However, today I spotted something, pinned it, and for once had a play with the idea there and then.  So to all of you now suffering biblical plagues and floods, sorry, my bad! The thing that caught my eye, was someone using alcohol inks onto what she called shiny card, for that read mirror card. Now I just so happen to have a Really Useful Box full of that stuff- bought back when I first started card making, and did a lot of decoupage. Always made a nice backing panel. Then I discovered stamps and ink, and was lost for ever. So if you have any of this knocking around, and don't know what to do with the stuff anymore, have a look-see at this.
I've got some plain 'pillars of light' style card, and some with patterns, so I thought I'd give both a try out. The tub of felts for the blending tool by the way- I bought a pack of felt sheets off e-bay and cut my own. A pack of 10 9"x9" squares cost me £4- the contents of that tub is from one square!
By the way, I give you fair warning now, this is a picture heavy post!

 For the first one, I tried out three of the new colours- Mermaid, Indigo and Honeycomb.

 Its not easy to show on here, but the effect is really amazing, a little bit like glass paint on a mirror.

 This next one is Purple Twilight, Raspberry and SailBoat Blue.
 Because of the holographic effect of the card, you get different colours depending on the light direction.

This is one of the pieces with stars in the foil- Poppyfield (another new colour), Pesto and Sunshine Orange were used here.

 This one used Raspberry, Wild Plum and Raisin, with a tiny bit of Black Soot added at the end.

 I thought the starry background would look good in night sky colours- Purple Twilight, Raspberry, Stream, Denim and Sailboat Blue.

       This combo is  Botanical, Honeycomb,(both new) and Sunshine Orange.


This one is Indigo, Poppyfield and Terra Cotta.


 The four completed panels.


And the three with the pattern.

Now I wondered how the plain ones would look with some embossing folder texture added.

This is a Cuttle bug folder, Gears.

The second two are Tim Holtz folders.

 As is this one.

The four sheets, all embossed. You get a lovely deep reflective colour using this card, plus the bonus of changing shades depending on the light source.


Helen said...
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Helen said...

what fabulous effects on the mirror card Shaz!!

fairy thoughts said...

Hi Shaz back in a minute

fairy thoughts said...

Sorry about that I had to go and try it for myself. Fabulous the photos don't do it justice .. Did you try adding a drop of blending solution it looks like a little window the possibilities are endless

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

Oh wow! What a great effect Shaz. Now I'm wishing I had some mirror card!

MaggieC said...

Have you tried the Northern Lights on this card? I bet it would be awesome. xx Maggie

CraftyJo said...

Some great results of your playing - thanks for sharing the inspiration....if only I had time to spend crafting, would love to do it all day :)

Winnie said...

These look great! I have plenty of the mirror, and tons of Alcohol inks. Thanks for sharing the how to! I love the vibrant colors!

Hettie said...

Great effects here Shaz. Will have to dig mine out, if I didn't give it all away to the local Brownies!
Gotta love Pinterest!

My name is Cindy said...

Look great and what a good way to use up some of that dodgy holo card I have in my stash!! Just need some time..

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

What stunning effect there Shaz... just popping over to borrow some of those inks.. if only!! Dont have many they very dear here only three colours also limited mirror card. Love the embossing too.
Love Shaz in Oz x

Sandee Setliff said...

Makes me want to go play with my alcohol inks now! Love all the different effects you achieved! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

MaggieC said...

I have just got my alcohol inks out to try a different technique but I might be having a go at this one as well, and then putting it through the Ebosser. I also want to try this and the Northern Lights on the new super shiny Chromo card. That embosses beautifully. xx Maggie

Shoshi said...

These are gorgeous, Shaz. I've done some of this in the past, but never on the patterned mirror card (haven't got any, which is as good a reason as any!). If you find the finest sandpaper available, you can remove the ink from the raised texture of the embossed ones and get the metallic finish back, but it has to be really fine sandpaper or you lose the mirror effect.

Thanks for your lovely encouraging comment. I am feeling better now, but wiped out physically which isn't surprising really.


Liberty said...

So cute!