Feeling the urge to try something new? Well, I have a fun inking technique that might make you think you’ve landed in the 1960s.
Enter: Exhibit A. I like to call it the Tie-Dye look.
You need clear transparencies (I found mine at the office supply store), a dry embossing folder and die-cutting machine, a couple bottles of alcohol ink, and an applicator tool!
Cut your clear transparencies to fit in inside an embossing folder. It is hard to see the transparency here, so you just have to trust me it’s there! By the way, I like to use a decorative tape to hold the transparency in place so it doesn’t move while I emboss it.
Emboss it by running it through your die-cutting machine.
Remove the transparency from the machine. And, now, the real fun begins! Flip your transparency over so the debossed side is facing up.
Run lines of alcohol ink down the transparency. Don’t worry if the lines aren’t perfect or blend together.
Then apply a few drops of blending solution right onto the ink lines. (Word to the wise: less is more! Two to three drops of blending solution is best for this technique.)
Let the transparency sit for a little while to give it time to fully set and dry. And then use clear adhesive to adhere the completed transparency (ink side down) onto a white card!
All you need to finish the card is a sentiment and a few embellishments.
Want to try this technique out? Thanks to Tim Holtz and the good folks at Ranger Industries, one lucky commenter is going to an Alcohol Ink Applicator Tool and some bottles of Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink!
Yours in crafty happiness,
Teri Anderson, Paper Crafts Go-to Gal
PS. You can pull off this inking technique with alcohol-based markers, too! Head to my blog to see how!