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Alcohol inks with heat embossing on vellum

Alcohol inks create such fun and interesting patterns, but they are also great to use on vellum along with heat embossing. There are a whole variety of ways to combine alcohol inks with heat embossing, however, I’m just highlighting two ways today using vellum. What’s more, if you find your piece is too vivid in colour, you can always flip your vellum and use the underside for a more toned-down look. 

For these alcohol ink panels, I’ve trimmed some vellum down to 5.5”x4.252. Now, I only had basic vellum to hand, but I would advise using heavyweight vellum if you have one to reduced warping whilst using the inks. As they dry, your panel will dry flat.

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alcohol inks with heat embossing on vellum

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alcohol inks with heat embossing

alcohol inks with heat embossing on vellum - directly emboss with embossing ink

For this first panel, the alcohol inks used were Pool, Denim, Amethyst, and Tranquil Alcohol Pearl Ink and blending solution.  The blending solution allows the ink to move more and soften out. To help move the colour around, use an empty pen cartridge to blow through, or you could use a straw or a hand puffer if you have one. Now, make sure you have good ventilation in your room when using these links. 

Once dry, place the panel into a MISTI and stamp the Floral Vines stamp set from Altenew over the areas of the panel that you like with WOW! Clear Ultra Slow drying embossing ink. Next, cover this in Opaque bright white embossing powder and to heat set this, used speed one on your dual speed heat gun and moving the gun around the panel to prevent warping and scorching of the vellum.

To turn this panel into a card, die-cut a hexagon frame using two nesting hexagons, cutting two out of white card and one out of Lawn Fawn Fog cardstock, layering this up with liquid adhesive. Next, decide which part of the panel you like the most and adhere the hexagon down over the top. After that had dried, trim the vellum down around the frame.

 

For the sentiment on this card, layer up the Altenew Fancy Thanks die up similar to the hexagon frame. To help make the sentiment pop from the background, add a little sparkle by smooshing you ink pad down onto the die-cut and cover this in Clear Holographic Sparkle embossing glitter.

Finish this card off with a white heat embossed sentiment from the Concord & 9th Big thanks stamp set and foam mount this onto the panel underneath die-cut sentiment. 

alcohol inks with heat embossing on vellum - emboss before the panel dries

For the second panel, use a selection of pinks alcohol inks. The inks used here were Flamingo, Watermelon, Currant, Wild Plum and Intrigue Alcohol pearl ink.  Start by dropping the colour in one corner and work diagonally up the panel to create movement across it. Again, use the pen to blow and move the ink about along with adding blending solution to soften edges out. Now allow the panel to start drying, but don’t let  it dry completely

 

When turning the panel in the light, there are some areas that are still sticky and wet. Now you can either add some Fab Foils over the top or instead add some embossing powder. The powder will stick to the tacky areas so as long as the whole panel isn’t wet, you will get small patterns and areas where the embossing powder will stick. At first, I was pouring the powder over, but as there were only small areas still tacky, I found I got better adherence by just pressing the panel down into the powder.

To heat set the powder, the dual-speed heat gun works well with the vellum – make sure you use speed one – this is a lower heat setting so you’re less likely to scorch the vellum. You still need to move the gun around, don’t keep it still, and it will take a little longer to melt the powder, but it will melt. And when it does you get this lovely marbling look to the background. The heat embossing also gives a little dimension and texture to the panel

For this card, use the inner die cut from the hexagon frame in Lawn Fawn fog cardstock, and foam mounted this off to one side on the vellum piece. You are now able to hide the adhesive on the back of the vellum behind this hexagon, adhering the vellum panel to a cardbase. 

For the sentiment, die-cut the Altenew Fancy Hello out of Tonic Studios  Burnished Rose Mirror card and add foam squares behind it for dimension. Next, stamp a small sentiment – ‘Paper hugs enclosed’ from the Trinity stamps Mr Snailman stamp set in versafine onyx black ink. Lastly, finish both of the cards off with Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops in White Gloss. 

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Floral Vine Stamp - Altenew Floral Vine Stamp – Altenew ALT | BP | SB Big Thanks Stamp - Concord & 9th Big Thanks Stamp – Concord & 9th BP | SB | C9 Fancy Hello - Altenew Fancy Hello – Altenew ALT | BP | SB | CS UK
Fancy Thanks - Altenew Fancy Thanks – Altenew ALT | BP | SB Hexagon Solid Stack Honey Cuts - Honey Been Stamps Hexagon Solid Stack Honey Cuts – Honey Been Stamps SB Versafine Onyx Black Ink Versafine Onyx Black Ink SB | CS UK | CS US
WOW! Clear ultra slow drying embossing pad WOW! Clear ultra slow drying embossing pad CS UK | WOW (UK) | WOW (US) Denim Alcohol Ink - Ranger Denim Alcohol Ink – Ranger SB Pool Alcohol Ink - Ranger Pool Alcohol Ink – Ranger SB
Wild Plum Alcohol Ink - Ranger Wild Plum Alcohol Ink – Ranger SB Currant Alcohol Ink - Ranger Currant Alcohol Ink – Ranger SB Watermelon Alcohol Ink (Dockside trio) Ranger Watermelon Alcohol Ink (Dockside trio) Ranger SB
Tranquil Alcohol Pearl Ink - Ranger Tranquil Alcohol Pearl Ink – Ranger SB Intrigue Alcohol Pearl Ink - Ranger Intrigue Alcohol Pearl Ink – Ranger SB Alcohol Pearl Ink Kit 2 - Ranger Alcohol Pearl Ink Kit 2 – Ranger SB
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Clear Hologram Sparkle - WOW! Clear Hologram Sparkle – WOW! CS US | CS UK | WOW (UK) | WOW (US) White Gloss Crystal Nuvo Drops - Tonic Studios White Gloss Crystal Nuvo Drops – Tonic Studios SB | CS UK Lawn Fawn - Fog Cardstock Lawn Fawn – Fog Cardstock BP | SB
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb Cardstock Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb Cardstock BP | SB Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80lb Cardstock Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80lb Cardstock BP Burnished Rose Mirror Card - Tonic Studios Burnished Rose Mirror Card – Tonic Studios SB | CS UK
Original MISTI - My Sweet Petunia Original MISTI – My Sweet Petunia ALT | BP | SB | HA Gina K Designs - Connect Glue Gina K Designs – Connect Glue BP Scrapbook Adhesives 3D foam squares 1/4 Scrapbook Adhesives 3D foam squares 1/4″ white BP | SB
WOW! Dual Speed Heat Gun (UK version) WOW! Dual Speed Heat Gun (UK version) CS UK | WOW (UK) WOW! Dual Speed Heat Gun (US version) WOW! Dual Speed Heat Gun (US version) WOW (US) Teflon Bone Folder - Lawn Fawn Teflon Bone Folder – Lawn Fawn BP
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