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Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial

Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial
Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial

Today I had fun playing with Alcohol Inks.  I love their vibrant colors and versatility.

Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial
Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial

I’m using an Embossing pad, Embossing Powder, Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Lettuce, Cranberry, Eggplant, and Latte) Card Stock Scraps & a Blank White Tag.

Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial
Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial

 I pulled a bland tag out and “inked” inked it up with an embossing pad.  Liquid embossing solution might have been easier to saturate the paper, but I like the more random adherence of the embossing powder you get with the pad.

Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial
Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial

Place the card tag on a sheet of paper to catch the excess powder.  Pour the embossing powder over the wet tag and then slide the excess back into the jar.

Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial
Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial

Use a heat tool to set/melt.

Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial
Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial

Next grab your inks and drop a few drops of several colors onto a piece of acrylic.  (I used one of my large rubber stamp mounts. (make sure you wipe them off immediately, it’s easier to get the ink off.  If it dries, remove with rubbing alcohol.

Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial
Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial
Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial
Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial
Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial
Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial

I decided to add some design by “drawing” lines, circles and shapes onto the acrylic mount.

Once mount is “inked” I took the embossed tag and placed it straight down on top of the ink, allowing the paper to soak up the ink, without moving the tag at all.

Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial
Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial

I did the same process with strips of card stock, (minus the embossing) and then cut those paper strips, into various sizes and glued onto the Tag.

Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial
Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial
Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial
Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial

On a  leftover piece from the heart I wrote “hope” with a Uni-ball Signo pen.  (one of my favorite pens!) I glued the word onto a left over “inked” strip and attached with Matte medium. I then added a bit of black outlining with an extra small Pitt pen. Lastly, I found a little charm in my box of embellishments and finished the tag with some coordinating ribbon. I love the rich intense color that the alcohol inks provide. I think I’ll make some more tags to have on hand!



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