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Alcohol Inks with Metallic Mixatives

Hello, good to see you. I hope you are having a great week! I have two cards today that made quite a while ago, but I have only just had time to get these up on the blog to inspire you. These two cards were created using alcohol inks with metallic mixatives. What I love about alcohol inks is that you can’t really go wrong. You just keep playing until you are happy with the result. The metallic mixative added a lovely ethereal element to the backgrounds and I reckon with the right colour combination you could create some amazing galaxy backgrounds. So read on and find out how this card came together.

alcohol inks with metallic mixatives card details

For this card, I used white Yupo cardstock from Ranger ink. In the past, I have only used Translucent Yupo paper, but I have to say I prefer the cardstock. I added drops of the following alcohol ink colours: Flamingo, Wild Plum, Watermelon, Indigo and Eggplant. I also used a blending solution to help mix the colours until I had a design I was happy with. In addition, I also used a straw to blow through to help blend the colours. 

Then I proceed to add small drops of Copper Mixative. Only use small amounts of mixatives at a time, they tend to sit on top of the alcohol ink and are opaque. To help blend the mixative with the inks, add a little blending solution and use the straw again to move the mixative. When you are happy with the design, set aside to dry. 

To assemble the cards, I trimmed the panel in two at an angle and mounted these onto two A2 card bases. For the first card, I added a fussy cut stamped Hello from Honey Bee stamps along with a little embossed sentiment on black cardstock. This was anchored onto the card with a matching strip of foiled card, similar in colour to the mixative. I added a few white die cut pieces of foliage as to not distract from the bold background. This card was finished with matching Nuvo Drops. 

For the second card, I kept this simple adding a layered white die cut sentiment from Avery Elle along with a small heat embossed sentiment. Lastly, I added a few gold paint splatters to the top white blank space for interest and added a matching foiled strip of card. 

alcohol inks with metallic mixatives card 1 photos

alcohol inks with metallic mixatives card 2 photos

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About Me

Hi, I am Verity and I live in the UK.  I love to create beautiful projects whenever I can. My main passion lies with Papercrafting, however, I will always turn my hand to a new project or craft any chance I get.


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