Under the microscope

dragonflies with love Heather Telford

I have a new medium to play with and it is so much fun! I have been impressed by alcohol ink projects in the past but Jane Clempson has recently posted a wealth of wonderful inspiration on her blog so last time I was at Crop A While I picked up a few colours to get me started. Oh dear, Jane, I may need all the colours!

I created this pattern with two blues and a yellow then had fun adding all the little blots with blending solution. Once it was finished it looked a little like a microscope slide of a rare tropical disease! Add the dragonflies and I am wondering whether flies and disease is really something I want to feature on a card?? What do you think; does it say pretty patterns or tropical disease to you?

 butterflies for your birthday Heather Telford

Microscopes aside, I like the colour mix, the pattern of blurry blots and just watching the magic happen. I have half a dozen more ‘experiments’ waiting to be turned into cards so stay tuned for more dots, blots, squirts and squiggles.

dragonfly alcohol ink detail Heather Telford


Stamps:  Sunny Wishes, Flower Festival, Special Wishes (PB)
Inks:  Archival jet black ink(Ranger) 
Alcohol Ink: Denim, Stonewashed, Honeycomb, alcohol blending solution (Ranger)
Paper: Yupo, Neenah Avon Brilliant White 110lb cardstock, yellow cardstock

12 Comments on “Under the microscope”

  1. stonevab says:

    Love it , looks like water droplets or. Pond with bubbles .

    Janice R Stone. Joy and peace and love


  2. creatingincolors says:

    I’m smiling because I too have been captured by Jane’s inspiration! I love your cards today too! I’m traveling right now and don’t have the supplies with me, but you can be sure I’ll be pulling out my alcohol inks and yupo as soon as possible.

  3. Swh2013 says:

    I have been playing around as well! Thought I was the only one! I got a muddy color so think I have to keep using new pads!

    • Heather says:

      I am going through my felt scraps and cutting little circles to use. After a while I noticed my colours getting muddy too so I would cut a new one. It is so much fun to experiment.

  4. Donna says:

    I love it! It just makes you smile! I’m going to have to try this! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Liz in NH says:

    Looks like the dragonflies came out in good weather, then we had a freeze on the pond under them. Totally possible with the pendulum temps we’ve been having.
    My vote is definitely pretty, and fascinating, too.
    Thanks, Heather!

  6. Bonnie says:

    It looks like interesting patterns to me! Love the blues and yellows with the dragonflies and butterflies! Looking forward to seeing more!

  7. Pat says:

    I think these fall into the former category Heather and the blending solution leaves such beautiful patterns. I love the colour combination too. x

  8. Marti_L says:

    Oh Heather! Certainly not tropical disease! I love the colors, and I think these have a dreamy

  9. Heidi says:

    Wow, you got great results! I have a lot of trouble with alcohol ink techniques, but you got very nice ones! I may hop over to the link you provided for more tips. TFS!

  10. Clelie says:

    I love these cards!!! I love circles (don’t know why, just always have) and you have chosen such happy and vibrant colors to make them! I am off to visit “Jane”.

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