Monday, 11 November 2013

Focusing On Alcohol Inks

This week Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge have a real simple challenge for you, USE INK! Whether it is an ink spray or an inkpad, any ink, we would love to see how you use ink this week in your crafting project.
The inks I am highlighting this week are Ginger and Pitch Black Alcohol Inks, perfect for adding that industrial/masculine feel to any project especially when used in conjunction with Metal Foil Tape.
I began with a polystyrene heart which I covered with Metal Foil Tape that I embossed using Tim Holtz  Riveted Metal Texture Fade.
Simply apply the Metal Foil Tape in a random fashion to the heart.
Apply Ginger Alcohol Ink to the Metal Foil Tape.
Then apply touches of Pitch Black Alcohol Ink to the top, remembering to not cover all the Ginger Alcohol Ink. Random is the key here.
Rub over the heart with wire wool, this removes some of the Alcohol Ink but leaves colour in all the crevices, cracks and embossed detail which gives a wonderful industrial/masculine feel to the piece.
I then die cut the Tattered Poinsettia from Metal Foil Tape, which I adhered to white card and embossed with the Riveted Metal Texture Fade. I also coloured the metal as before with the Alcohol Inks.
I added Brushed Pewter Distress Stain to a mini mister and then sprayed a woodland tree with the Distress Stain.
I adhered all the Tattered Poinsettia layers together and then added to the centre of the heart adding many layers of red twine behind the Poinsettia for a pop of colour.
The frame was painted with Gesso and then coloured with Walnut Stain Distress Paint and then sanded to give an aged feel. I added the woodland tree to the bottom right hand corner of the frame.

I added a piece of the Merriment Paper Stash to the background for added interest to the frame.
A Christmas Word Band has been added to the bottom corner along with Mirrored Stars coloured with a touch of Ginger Alcohol Ink.
Just hope my husband likes his alternative Christmas Card!

For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog and take a look at my fellow team members they have created some inspirational projects. Remember there is also the chance to win a $50 prize from Simon Says Stamp.  I always look forward to seeing your creations each week.
Don't forget our new name Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and our new home is HERE. Same fantastic challenge just a new name and home!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x 


Products Used:

Alcohol Inks - Ginger, Pitch Black
Metal Foil Tape
Tim Holtz Diamond Plate and Riveted Metal Texture Fades
Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia Die
Brushed Pewter Distress Stain
Walnut Stain Distress Paint
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Woodland Trees, Christmas Word Bands, Mirrored Stars
Tim Holtz Merriment Paper Stash
Alcohol Ink Applicator Tool
Ranger Mini Mister Spray Bottle
May Arts Red Twine
Prima Flowers Nature Garden Wood Buttons
Claudine Hellmuth Gesso








41 comments:

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...Tracy is one amazing chunky heart bursting with festive goodness, I love it...Mel:)xx

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...Tracy is one amazing chunky heart bursting with festive goodness, I love it...Mel:)xx

Helen said...

That's gorgeous, Tracy. I am sure your hubby will love it! I'm impressed with how you got the metal tape on the heart so smoothly, too.

Brenda Brown said...

A fabulous card for hubbie, bet he will love it. The riveted metal look with the alcohol ink finish is brilliant and so effective. Another great and creative project Tracy, love it.
hugs {brenda} x0x

sally said...

I love that rivet EF and the effect in 3D is stunning, I'm sure your husband will love hid alternative Christmas card!

Sally

Buttons said...

WOW Tracy!!! That is one stand out project. I love the way you have embellished your gorgeous metal heart and the finishing touches for the frame make all the difference too. Love this. Jenny x

Annie said...

Wow Tracy....fabulous project. Love how you have taken the heart and turned it in to an absolutely stunning piece. Very inspiring x

Thank you for the step by step. You are so kind

Best wishes
Annie x

hazel said...

A brilliant transformation of the heart, I love it.
xxx Hazel.

Chris said...

A fabulous alternative Christmas card Tracy, I'm sure your hubby will be thrilled to bits with it! Love the inked metal heart, it's stunning! Chris x

Candy C said...

Very cool alternative Christmas card, Tracy! I love the "metallic" heart! So dimensional and very cool with the wire whipped alcohol inks. I'd never thought to create metallic poinsettias. They look very cool on this piece! Love the little Woodlands tree and word band embellishments, too. A very different and "artsy" Christmas card! Love it! <3 Candy

Kim Dellow said...

OOooo Tracy, Super STunning! LOVE IT! Kimx

rachel said...

amazing work Tracy - really fabulous and thanks for reminding me about metal tape - must get using that now! Hugs xx

Anna-Karin said...

Amazing heart Tracy!! Those are my favourite alcohol inks to use on metal too. Love the red twine, little tree, embossed flower and everything else.

soapHOUSEmama said...

Oh my goodness! The technique for the heart is just amazing!!!

Suzanne C said...

Phenomenal! He will love this for sure! This is so cool. Like a mechanical heart. Beautiful!

May said...

SO fantastic! This might be my new favorite piece from you - LOVE all the detail and texture!

Mona Pendleton said...

Gorgeous project Tracy! I love all the texture and the beautifully layered poinsettia! A real masterpiece!

Ivory Moon said...

Tracy that really is one of the best things I have ever seen .... It's awesome ..... And gorgeous and can I be your hubby please :-) xxx

Tina xxx

Carol Q said...

that's just wonderful Tracy, the embossed foil looks really good on the heart. like the colour of your nail varnish too!

DonnaMundinger said...

Absolutely GoRGEOUS, Tracy! A labor of love that your hubby will treasure. xxD

Sandra said...

Fabulous, Tracy! Love your Industrial steampunky Christmas project! It has the wow-factor! I'm sure your DH will agree! Hugs, Sandra

AngelicaS said...

Absolutely brilliant!!!
Love it!!

Amanda said...

OMG this is stunning, totally love it
Love
Amanda x

Maura said...

Awesome!!! How can he not love this?!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow Tracy! This is spectacular! Thanks for showing the steps to make it! Chrisx

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Fantastic project, Tracy!! The red twine really POPS off the metal heart! I love it!

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Wow, Tracy, this is spectacular! Wow, you have a one big heart, there girl! And I love it! xxx

Meihsia Liu said...

Oh.. Tracy, this is such an amazing project! I love the beautiful steampunk look and every details on it. Truly inspirational work. :)

Billie A said...

Stunning just beautiful. I love the look and the whole art project.

barbarayaya62 said...

Gorgeous project! I really like the idea of celebrating Christmas in an unconventional way! Really beautiful, a great idea, a great project! BArbarayaya

Barb Cady said...

I'm sure your husband will love this! Brilliant idea, the pop of red works beautifully, a fabulous piece! X

Redanne said...

I don't think there is much doubt that your hubby will love this gorgeous alternative Christmas card. Love the amazing effect the Ginger alcohol ink gives the metal heart - beautiful. Hugs, Anne x

Mary Elizabeth said...

Tracy ... Oh ... my ... gosh!!!! This is incredible!!!!! WOW! I keep going back to look at the photos and thinking how amazing this looks. I really hope your husband likes it too.

As I look at it, I keep thinking that the heart has opened up to show Christmas joy and love. And instead of ragged edges of a torn heart, the layers of the heart have opened up in the form of the poinsettia leaves. Ah ... there goes my fantastical imagination again. But isn't that what great art is supposed to do ... inspire the viewer's imagination? Wonderful creation Tracy!! -- Mary Elizabeth

cbuswell said...

Amazing project, I love that foil and how you worked your magic with it!!

MichelleZ said...

Tracy, this project amazes me. Every time I look at it I see more detail. Beautiful work. Absolutely beautiful!

Tracey Sabella said...

Oh wow, Tracey!! This is just amazing!! I love alcohol inks and need to try this out for sure!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

Garden of Grace

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

Holy Cow! This was an eye-popper to start with (in a good way), but then when I saw the amount of detail that went into it, I gave you another Holy Cow! You have inspired me just with the foil usage alone. It seems that you always dare to try these innovative techniques that would scare me to death! Thank you for making me see the coolness that is possible if only one dares to dream!

butterfly said...

Wow, wow, and wow again! This is absolutely brilliant, Tracy... I've got some papier mache hearts, and I've got some foil tape, and now I'm completely inspired to play!! Thank you.
Alison xx

mypapercraftworld said...

What an amazing project, Tracy, with so much detail ... such a work of art! Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my blog ... I so appreciate them! Anita :)

Anita Houston said...

GORGEOUS!!!! I love the heart all metallic and inky! Way better than a card for sure! Fantastic!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

This is so, so, so cool looking! Blessings!