As promised, here is part 2 of my alcohol ink tutorial. This technique calls for mulberry paper, but it does not have to be limited to just that type of paper; you can use homemade paper with skeleton leaves embedded right into the paper, as well as a variety of other papers. In today's tutorial I use white mulberry paper, but you can use pastel coloured paper. I am so lucky that Lasting Impressions, my local rubber stamp and scrapbook store, carries a huge selection of wonderful papers to experiment with. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me or leave a comment, and I will be happy to help you out.
Mulberry, or handmade paper
Versamark ink pad
Clear embossing powder
Stamp image with Versamark and then coat with clear embossing powder.
Heat embossing powder, being careful not to singe mulberry paper.
Alcohol inks can be dripped into stamp pad lids, or a palatte.
Dampen mulberry paper with a spray mist, or lighly under tap.
Use a dampened sponge brush to transfer the alcohol ink onto the mulberry paper.
This technique is not limited to painting your ink onto your mulberry paper; you also drip it directly from the bottle.
Let your paper dry completely.
Place your mulberry paper between paper and iron to take off the shine of the clear embossing powder. It is important to use plain paper, and not newsprint, because the words will transfer from paper to mulberry paper. Iron should be on a heat setting without steam.
A sea of mulberry papers ready to be transformed into cards, tags, and other items.
When you are ready to create your card, glue the mulberry paper onto white cardstock. Using white cardstock will help to make a big impact in areas that do not have alcohol ink on it. Use a sponge brush and lightly cover your cardstock with white glue. Flatten out your mulberry paper as best as you can. A brayer is helpful in this process.
Here are two examples of how I used my mulberry paper.
Please let me know if you try this technique. I would love to post your cards on my blog. You can e-mail me your attachment, or leave a comment in this post, or the shaving cream post. Good luck!