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Creative Cutters: Fun with Alcohol Inks

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We always have fun at Creative Cutters, but we really got to PLAY this month and experiment with something new for all of us – alcohol inks! Working with alcohol inks leaves plenty of room for creativity. There’s no limit to what you can make using different techniques and color combinations and no two results are ever the same!

Alcohol inks come in a wide range of colors and can be applied with a variety of techniques. You can paint them, dab them, sponge them, blow on them, swirl them around with your fingers, or all of the above!

Getting Started

What you’ll need:

Creative Cutters, Alcohol Inks, Silhouette

For the tile project, I cut several designs (using Oracal 651) that could be used as either a mask or a stencil. I chose designs that included plenty of open space to show off the ink colors:

 

Creative Cutters, Alcohol Inks, Silhouette

 

Application Techniques

Once the masks/stencils were weeded and adhered, it was playtime!

Creative Cutters, Alcohol Inks, Silhouette

Working on only one tile at a time, each person began by applying either alcohol or blending solution to their tile, then had fun experimenting with different ink application and design techniques such as:

  • Paintbrushes
  • Q-Tips
  • Straws/Coffee Stirrers
  • Toothpicks
  • Makeup Sponges
  • Eye Shadow Applicator Sponges
  • Applicator Tools (we made our own by attaching small squares of felt to a binder clip with a rubber band)

Creative Cutters, Alcohol Inks, Silhouette

Creative Cutters, Alcohol Inks, Silhouette

Creative Cutters, Alcohol Inks, Silhouette

Creative Cutters, Alcohol Inks, Silhouette

Creative Cutters, Alcohol Inks, Silhouette

 

It was fun to just watch everyone and see what they came up with.

Creative Cutters, Alcohol Inks, Silhouette

Creative Cutters, Alcohol Inks, Silhouette

 

The Finished Product

As promised, no two turned out the same but each were uniquely beautiful!

Creative Cutters, Alcohol Inks, Silhouette

Creative Cutters, Alcohol Inks, Silhouette

Creative Cutters, Alcohol Inks, Silhouette

Creative Cutters, Alcohol Inks, Silhouette

Creative Cutters, Alcohol Inks, Silhouette

Creative Cutters, Alcohol Inks, Silhouette

Creative Cutters, Alcohol Inks, Silhouette

 

I can’t wait to try alcohol inks in even more ways such as on fabric and in card-making! Who knows, we might even play with them at Creative Cutters again 😉 .

Creative Cutters, Alcohol Inks, Silhouette

Creative Cutters, Alcohol Inks, Silhouette

Creative Cutters, Alcohol Inks, Silhouette

 

Our group will be taking a break for the summer, but will resume meeting in August. If you’d like to join us sometime, we’d love to have you. There’s always room for more at our crafting table!

Until next time,

 

 

 

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