Monday, 2 April 2018

Colourful alcohol inks & gilding flakes.

Hi everyone, I spent a day playing with alcohol inks and yupo. I really wanted to get some gold veining but the gold mixative doesn't move around very well. 

I watched a video that Jane from Janey's cards had done where she added foil to the tacky alcohol ink. Her piece looked amazing.
 I don't have sheets of foil but I thought I'd try gilding flakes. Bit messy but it sort of worked! I used a lot of colours as it was an experiment but I hate wasting things so decided to diecut some flowers. I should've taken the pic before I cut it up!

The dull gold is the mixative and the shiny gold is the gilding flakes. (I'm going to buy some foil as I think it will look better and no need to scratch off the excess.)

I've inlaid one of the flowers so the other one can lay flush across it.

There's a few challenges I'm linking up to:

At Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, it's anything goes.

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At Work it Wednesday the theme is to use an inking technique.

AAA Cards wants us to use a favourite technique. Hard to pick one favourite but diecutting is up there.

At Just Us Girls, it's a clean and simple theme.

Outside the Box  has a floral challenge. I've used a Memory Box die, Chloe Stem.

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Yupo; alcohol inks; gilding flakes; Memory Box chloe stem die; Simon Says Stamp Thanks clear stamp set sentiment stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; linen card base.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x


Liz said...

Stunning CAS card, Cathy, beautiful colours xx

Di said...

Fabulous card Cathy! In the space of five minutes I've come across both you and Darnell playing with Yupo and alcohol inks, added to which, I spent yesterday having a first play with both those products as well! Such fun - and I love your idea of die cutting the Chloe flowers rather than just using the piece as backgrounds (as I did). Ha, I have also been watching a good few videos whilst I wait for gold and silver mixatives to be delivered along with rubbing alcohol. From what I've seen - a drop or two of the rubbing alcohol straight onto a dot of the mixative on your work is helpful. Mind you, they always make it look so flipping easy! I have gilding flakes at the ready as a fall back - clever you!


Di xx


Di xx

Jane said...

Your card has been shouting at me from our gallery - really love the vibrancy and simplicity of it. Thanks for joining in with the favourite technique challenge at AAA Cards.

Cardsbymaaike said...

very bright and cheerful colors Thank you for playing at AAA cards

Mac Mable said...

Glorious colours of those fabulous alcohol inks. Great layout and beautiful CAS card. Yes I find the same with the gold mixative but I love the Pinata gold, it really is second to none and is a magnificent gold....if that helps? Love the idea of the gold foil and or the flakes x

Macimbalo said...

Beautiful colors and love those flakes too! Thanks so much for linking up this week at JUGS!

Cat Craig said...

Cathy, what fun you must have had playing with the AI. Going for the gilding flakes to bump up your metallic was a fantastic idea. Love those blooms.

Aileen said...

Cathy love how you used your alcohol inks and the gold flakes look brilliant to me. That flower die that I happen to have looks amazing cut from yupo, like Di I need to try this instead of just the backgrounds. Fabulous look. I am so obsessed that of course I end up looking and seeing all that left over and thinking mmmm how could she use that????

You rocked with your colour choices and your card design.

Darnell said...

It seems like a lot of us are playing with our alcoholic inks and Yupo right now. I think what you achieved is magnificent, Cathy! You encourage me to venture out after my first outing with just three simple colors! That golds add a ton to the finished result and I love the Chloe flowers cut from it!! ❤️Hugs, Darnell

Megan J said...

Hi Cathy, a beautiful mix of colours on your yupo paper, love the gold flakes you added, I haven't seen alcohol inks yet, which is probably best for my bank balance. Hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend... Have a wonderful week... Megan

Loll said...

Gorgeous colours from the AIs Cathy. Adding the gilding is like icing on the cake. So much shimmmer and shine. Really beautiful. xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

hi Cathy, I’ve some yupo, just small pad, and also alcohol Inks but yet to play... not enough hours etc.
LOVE the card, well done!
Thanks for sharing and for popping over too!
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Tracy Freeman said...

Very pretty, gorgeous use of the colours and the gilding flakes are beautiful.
Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. Have a great day x

sharon said...

Cathy this is simply STUNNING, I have some yuppo sheets all inked up and ready to go in my box also. Thank you for showing us the sheet that your die was cut from as my yuppo looks similar so I must have done it right:) I will have to look at the you link.
sharon :)

Ina G said...

I can imagine the 'fun' you got using gilding flakes here. Love the result you got with all the mediums used Cathy. Gorgeous bright colours and great CAS card. I have only recently bought some Alcohol Inks and going to purchase a sheet of yupo paper from an art store close by. Cheaper than the craft shops by far.

Papercraft Boutique said...

Stunning AI flowers, Cathy! Love the colors including the gold Mixative and the gilding flakes. It's clever that you inlaid one flower! Hideko xx

Anita in France said...

Absolutely stunning, Cathy ... the saturated colour and hints of delicious gold are gorgeous on those fabulous flowers ... I love it! Hugs, Anita :)

Susanne Vargas said...

Love the look you've achieved with the gilding flakes! Have to check out Jane's video... said...

Fabulous card! Love how you played with the alcohol inks and gilding flakes. The bright colors look stunning against the white background. Wow! awesome techniques. love the popped up frame and the embossed a background. Thank you for playing along with us at AAA Cards with you fav techniques. Hugs - Bharati

Pat said...

I adore the colours you have used and the gilding flakes look fabulous on that gorgeous alcohol inked piece you have used for the die cut flowers, and they are perfect against the white background. x

roffeycreations said...

Funky!! Mxxx