Hello stampers. Kathy, The Crafty Nurse here “leaping” into some fun background techniques this month for my Project of the Week at The House that Stamps Built! I hope you’ll find some helpful information in my post today that helps you move forward on your crafting journey.
I have always love techniques and playing with inks. I found that Copic Various Refills have the same properties as regular Adirondack alcohol inks so any technique you do with those, can be done with Copic refills. I’ve listed just a few of my favorites.
Lets get started!
For this project the supplies you’ll need are:
- Copic Various Refills (or any other alcohol inks)
- Copic Markers
- Copic Colorless Blender
- Glossy or Specialty Stamping Paper
- 91% Alcohol
- A Straw
- A Dropper
- Cotton Squares
- Repeat Impressions Stamps of your choice, I used: 6113-K, Life is not, 5613-G, Dream Calligraphy, and 5806-H, Happiness
- Stamp-a-ma-jig – optional
Copics on Vellum (BG49 & RV25)
Begin with BG49 at the bottom of a strip of vellum. I would recommend using a piece larger than you actually need. With good consistent pressure, color back and forth to the midpoint of your vellum.
Next, take your colorless blender and soften out the BG49 toward the top.
Then, reverse the strip of paper and from the other end begin doing the same with your RV25. You can see that it is beginning to create a third color in the middle as they mix together.
Then bring back the colorless blender again to go over the entire piece.
Do not be alarmed when you get ink that transfers to your colorless blender. It’s not ruined. Simply color back and forth on clean scratch paper and it will be good as new. You may still see color, but it won’t come off on your next project.
To clean up your work space, grab the 91% alcohol and spray it liberally, then pick up with paper towel or cotton square.
Here is the vellum panel stamped with Repeat Impressions “Life is not, 6113-K”
The next technique is so easy, but makes an impressive background. The key to getting great movement with alcohol inks is using either glossy card stock or specialty stamping paper by Ranger.
Start by placing drops of various refills on a non-porous surface. I just used my craft mat to dot random patterns of the three ink refills. I then took a spray bottle with 91% alcohol (you can get this at Walmart or any pharmacy store), and gave 3 good sprays.
Then, dip your glossy card stock into the ink and viola! You can leave it like it is, or keep dipping until you are satisfied.
The next technique drops ink directly on the paper. You can use vellum, glossy, or even transparencies.
After applying the ink droplets you can spray with the 91% Alcohol to get movement.
This next technique also uses ink direct to paper, but adds even more movement by blowing through a straw when the ink is still wet. You must work quickly as these inks dry fast!
This next technique uses a pipette filled with 91% alcohol to drip small amounts over a copic colored background. This would be great for water scenes.
Finally, here are the creations I made during my creative play today. I hope you’ve gotten a few tips and tricks this week at The House That Stamps Built and we look forward to seeing your cards in our current challenge this week.