Guest Blogger: Katie of Punk Projects shows us 3 techniques for alcohol ink backgrounds

Last month while I was on vacation, I guest blogged on the Punk Projects blog with a fun mixed media frame painting tutorial and I'm excited to have Katie join me here this week to share these fun mixed media background tutorials! I have never tried alcohol inks and after seeing this tutorial they are definitely on my wishlist of things to play with! Please help me welcome Katie to my blog!

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Hi everyone, I'm Katie from Punk Projects. I love scrapbooking and card making. I've been getting more and more into mixed media and I love using mixed media techniques on my cards and layouts.

Today I wanted to share how I made these fun, artsy backgrounds for these cards using Tim Holtz alcohol inks. If you haven't tried alcohol inks, they're a lot of fun to play with. I'm just sharing a couple of my favorite ways to use them, but there are lots of techniques online. 

You're going to need glossy paper (photo paper or yupo paper works good.), alcohol inks, alcohol ink blending solution, and an alcohol ink applicator. Time to get messy!

Heather Greenwood Designs | Guest Blogger Katie of Punk Projects shows 3 techniques using alcohol inks



MAKING STRIPES

For this first card I created a stripy pattern. You need 2 or more colors of alcohol inks for this technique, as well as an ink applicator.

Heather Greenwood Designs | Guest Blogger Katie of Punk Projects shows 3 techniques using alcohol inks

With a fresh piece of felt on your applicator, Start by squeezing on your 3 colors of ink, as pictured below.


Heather Greenwood Designs | Guest Blogger Katie of Punk Projects shows 3 techniques using alcohol inks

Place your alcohol ink applicator face down onto the edge of your glossy paper. Swipe it in one direction, trying to keep it in a straight line.


Heather Greenwood Designs | Guest Blogger Katie of Punk Projects shows 3 techniques using alcohol inks

Moving your applicator up above the colors you just applied, repeat the last step until you cover your paper!


Heather Greenwood Designs | Guest Blogger Katie of Punk Projects shows 3 techniques using alcohol inks

Next I squirted a couple of drops of alcohol ink blending solution directly on top, which is how I got those splatters. After that, I trimmed it up and used it on my card!


Heather Greenwood Designs | Guest Blogger Katie of Punk Projects shows 3 techniques using alcohol inks


SWIRLS AND DROPS

This card is pretty easy, You'll be using the same supplies as above. I used 3 different ink colors, but you can add more if you like.


Heather Greenwood Designs | Guest Blogger Katie of Punk Projects shows 3 techniques using alcohol inks


First, apply 2 colors onto your alcohol ink applicator, I used yellow and pink. Place your applicator face down and sort of swirl it around in a circle, doing this a couple of times on your glossy paper.


Heather Greenwood Designs | Guest Blogger Katie of Punk Projects shows 3 techniques using alcohol inks

Take a third color of alcohol ink, contrasting to the two you already used. I chose mermaid blue. Squirt about 2 drops on top of your other two colors and let it bleed/spread out..


Heather Greenwood Designs | Guest Blogger Katie of Punk Projects shows 3 techniques using alcohol inks
Heather Greenwood Designs | Guest Blogger Katie of Punk Projects shows 3 techniques using alcohol inks

After that, I decided I wanted a bit more pink, so I took the pink alcohol ink and put a couple of more drops. Once it was dry (it doesn't take long to dry) it was good to go.


Heather Greenwood Designs | Guest Blogger Katie of Punk Projects shows 3 techniques using alcohol inks



DROPLETS

For this last card, I used the same technique I used to create alcohol ink coasters a while back. It''s a fun technique, one of my favorites!


Heather Greenwood Designs | Guest Blogger Katie of Punk Projects shows 3 techniques using alcohol inks
Start by squirting some alcohol ink blending solution on to your glossy paper. You want to cover the surface.

Next, Grab a color of alcohol ink and just squirt out small droplets and watch them spread, switching colors as you go.


Heather Greenwood Designs | Guest Blogger Katie of Punk Projects shows 3 techniques using alcohol inks

You'll end up with a fun, multi-colored background. To get this look, you have to put the blending solution on first.


Heather Greenwood Designs | Guest Blogger Katie of Punk Projects shows 3 techniques using alcohol inks

That's it, those are my 3 favorite techniques! A neat thing about alcohol inks is that when doing backgrounds like this, they're never going to end up exactly the same.

Thanks for reading, and thanks to Heather for letting me guest post. I'm a huge fan of her mixed media tutorials! You can find out more about me here: Blog, Shop, Facebook, Twitter.


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