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How to use Alcohol Inks to make Backgrounds

We are always looking for fun mediums to use with our card-making projects. Today we will dabble with Alcohol Inks to create fabulous Sunset Skies for two Wild West Themed Cards.

Today our designer, Lisa, has designed two amazing Western inspired cards for us with stunning sunset backgrounds. Lisa said, “I love using alcohol inks to make backgrounds. Sometimes it’s fun to paint with them using Isopropyl alcohol.” So today, she is going to give us the steps on making these cards and show us how to use Alcohol Inks to make backgrounds for our handmade cards.

How to make this card:

  • Diecut two panels of EVO paper using the stitched rectangle.
  • Poor some alcohol into a cup.
  • Choose your alcohol ink colors that will blend nicely and place a few drops onto the EVO Paper
  • Use the paint brush and alcohol to move the ink around on the panel. I blended the panels from yellow to orange to pink.
  • The panels will dry quickly and then you can splatter more alcohol over the top to create splatters.
  • I decided to use the Wood Plank Panel die to add some texture to one and then used downward brush strokes to add a sort of drippy paint effect.
  • For the splattered background, I created a desert sunset scene. I started by cutting reddish brown for my landscape using the Southwest Hills dies and trimmed them to fit the panel. I used foam tape to pop up the front layer and then slid the mountain layer underneath.
  • I cut cacti, animals and cowboys from black and then arranged the scene over the top.
  • Die cut the You die from glitter paper and the shadow from orange cardstock, attached them and popped it up onto the card.
  • Stamped the sentiment on white and added a black border.
  • Popped it up onto the card.
  • Added sequins.
  • Arranged the buffalo and cacti onto the wood plank background.
  • Die cut the Birthday in orange glitter paper and the shadow from black. Popped that onto the second card and stamped a Happy, added a black border and added it to the card.
  • Matted both in black and then added to a white cardfront.

We just love how these turned out. We love how the Alcohol Inks make the perfect ombre background for these stunning western cards, but how we can create tons of different designs by changing up the colors, the splatter patterns or the strokes used when painting on the paper. This really is fun and we hope that you add Alcohol Inks to your next project for a pop of color and an extra bit of fun!

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