Alcohol Ink + Masks

I’ve played with stencils and alcohol inks before so it wasn’t much of a stretch to try the same with masks. Masks are basically stencils without any frame around them. The ones I used for today’s cards are homemade from Grafix white craft plastic (also known as white opaque dura-lar).

I used the Sizzix ‘artsy stems’ dies to cut flowers from craft plastic. I also used craft plastic for the alcohol ink panels. I first tried this technique when making bookmarks for a Grafix video tutorial. I used the same funky die-cuts and alcohol inks so check out the video below for the process.

One thing I really like about working with Grafix craft plastic and matt dura-lar (in the final card) is that you can emboss on it. I make sure I preheat the heat tool so I can quickly activate the embossing powder. The craft plastic doesn’t melt or warp if you keep the heat tool moving.

All the sentiments are from Darkroom Door sets (linked below) two were embossed and the other stamped with a new ink from Ciao Bella. It took a while to dry on the craft plastic but I am impressed with the solid matte look once dry.

You can see on this last card I had to come up with a way to attach the semi transparent matte dura-lar to the coloured panel underneath. I didn’t want to use tape which would show so I poked a couple of holes through both layers and sewed the panels together with some silver cord.

All the alcohol ink panels are attached to white card bases embossed with embossing folders for some subtle texture and interest.


6 Comments on “Alcohol Ink + Masks”

  1. patricia rowe says:

    These are fascinating . Amazing how you end up with such clever experiments. Thank goodness you share with us. I love this.
    Tish Rowe

  2. nancystiz says:

    Love this and thanks for the video. It’s definitely something I’d like to try. What gorgeous effects you achieved with alcohol ink too! Mine never look that good but sure is fun to play with them.

  3. Loll says:

    These are amazing designs, Heather. I haven’t used masks with AIs before, but now I want to give it a try! 🙂 I have a lot of the Grafix clear acetate sheets and will try using those. I have to check out the matte ones as well … very cool look. Always learning from you. xx

  4. nise says:

    SO creative!

  5. thecraftycigale says:

    Thank you so much for this post. I really enjoyed learning a new way to use my inks! And I particularly appreciated the new substrate as I have been struggling with vellum for a similar effect!!CheersLianeSent from my Galaxy

  6. Pat says:

    I did watch the video you made Heather and this is a very effective technique using alcohol inks, and love the effects you have managed to get on each and such beautiful colours. x

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