Amazing Friend

If you have played with alcohol inks you will know it’s hard to stop once you get started. When I was trying out my new heavyweight yupo from the Foiled Fox I decided to experiment with another colour combo packaged by Ranger. This panel features the three inks from the Miner’s Lantern set, stonewash, rust and pitch black. What I loved about these colours as I started experimenting was the variety of tones and shades I was able to get as the colours mixed.

To create the patterns I dropped the colours randomly on the yupo then blew air on the drops with a straw. You can use a can of compressed air or an air brushing tool also. If you blow on the inks when they are still wet they spread into flower shapes and create pale transparent patterns. I used some drops of rubbing alcohol also which dilutes and mixes the inks.

When the panel was dry I trimmed it to fit on a black card base and added a die cut sentiment and an embossed sentiment both from My Favorite Things. The word die (from the ‘friend duo’ set) I cut from black foam and black cardstock. Before I attached them to the panel I embossed the black cardstock word in clear powder to give it a shiny surface. I glued the foam down first, then the embossed cardstock ‘friend’ on top. I embossed a phrase from the MFT ‘Anything but basic Friendship’ set in gun metal embossing powder – a new colour from Ranger.

My favourite part of the panel is this top left corner with all the blues!


Stamps: Anything but Basic Friendship (MFT)

Die: Friend Duo (MFT)

Ink: Miner’s Lantern Alcohol ink (Ranger), Versamark (Tsukineko)

Paper: Heavy weight yupo, Neenah black cardstock

Also: black foam, clear embossing powder, gun metal embossing powder (Ranger)

7 Comments on “Amazing Friend”

  1. Evelyne Moran says:

    I love the colors Heather! Alcohol inks are one of my favorite medium. I noticed that you are using heavy yupo paper. How is it different?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Evelyne, I loved these colours too; they really worked well together. The surface of the heavy weight yupo doesn’t seem any different to lighter weights but there is no transparency, it is less likely to buckle with heat and stays firm when tilted and moved around. I really like it.

  2. Pat says:

    I love this set of alcohol ink colours Heather as the rust and black are lifted beautifully by the pretty blue, and the black sentiment is a great contrast with the gun metal embossed stamped strip. A gorgeous card. x

  3. Liz Jones in New Hampshire says:

    So great for a male friend! Love that you could pick a favorite section of colors! I see many.

  4. Jacqueline Groff says:

    Love it!

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