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Whats your favorite thing to do with alcohol inks??


 
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I just started making my own glimmer mists yesterday. LOVE THEM! I wasn't sure at first but after putting a few light coats and drying with my heat gun- they're GREAT!

I use mini-misters, filled 3/4 with water, add 15 drops of alcohol ink, add 3-4 skewer tips off perfect pearls (I've been using matching colors but plan to try others when I get more inks- I've only got 3) and shake well. Turns out really nice.


 
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I love to make backgrounds with them on glossy paper.


 
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  • Hev on 05-02-11 03:35 AM
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I have a bunch, haven't used them much. So far really I have only used them to color clear plastic/acrylic.


 
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to color transparencies (after stamping them I like to fill in with the color)
polished stone technique (on glossy paper)


 
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I love to use them on fragments. SO FUN.


 
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You guys are killing me. I saw these inks at M's yesterday and thought, "Hmmmm, what do I do with these?"

Now I know. And I gotta go buy some. lol


 
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It's not necessarily my favorite thing to do, but you can make lovely glittery Christmas ornaments with them. And I've seen some folks on here alter and color non-porous alphabet stickers with the inks. And...last week I painted a piece of chipboard with white acrylic paint, and then colored it with some alcohol inks and topped off with some glossy accents. It turned out okay in my book! So there should be some possibilities for altering chipboard, too...


 
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  • Hev Said:
I have a bunch, haven't used them much. So far really I have only used them to color clear plastic/acrylic.



Me too I have a ton but I never like what I do with them. My friend can make chipboard look like embossed leather with hers.. Im a slacker sheesh


 
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Love using them! you may want to check out some how to videos. There are tons on you tube!


 
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I love to use them on fragments. SO FUN.




whats fragments???


 
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  • madmatter Said:
to color transparencies (after stamping them I like to fill in with the color)
polished stone technique (on glossy paper)



so how do you do this?? what are you stamping the transparency with versa mark, or your saying polished stone technique whats that??


 
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I love to use them on fragments. SO FUN.




whats fragments???




Fragments are Tim Holtz clear acrylic pieces. You can make them look like marble, stone...you can stamp on them, they are really cool.



 
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Enablers....on my way to go by some!


 
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Now I know what fragments are.


 
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  • Foamy on 05-02-11 03:32 PM
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I love alcohol inks! I use them all the time to cover chip alpha!


 
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I love alcohol inks! I use them all the time to cover chip alpha!



When you are covering chipboard do you just dab it on there or is there more to it?? HELP


 
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  • Foamy on 05-02-11 04:47 PM
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I love alcohol inks! I use them all the time to cover chip alpha!



When you are covering chipboard do you just dab it on there or is there more to it?? HELP



If it is raw chipboard I just paint it with an artist brush, it usually only takes 1 coat. If it is a colored chip alpha & I want to change the color, it usually takes 2 coats applied with an artist brush


Edited by Foamy on 05-02-11 04:48 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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ok thanks! I will try it out.


 
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I have the dauber thingy but my friend has these awesome pens.. I need to get the pens she does some amazing stuff with them..


 
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polished stone ...

use the alcohol ink applicator and apply a drop of 2-3 different colors as well as a metallic color (gold or silver) ... then spread the ink all over the glossy paper ... let it dry (or use a heat gun) and it gives a beautiful stained glass effect

so so easy and very pretty

you can then stamp on the image with Stazon inks


 
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I use the alcohol pens to color in images stamped on transparencies ... just make sure you stamp on one side and color in on the other side


 
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You can also use them to change the color of bling or even metal embellies. Careful, you'll soon "need" all of the colors!


 
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i know its crazy at how much they cost!


 
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Hmmm I haven't jumped into this arena yet - - - but making my own glimmer mist def sounds pretty enticing!!!


 
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Be careful. Alcohol inks can be scary, alcohol should not be inhaled...mists are safer with reinkers.


 
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  • Megan - ForumTech Said:
Be careful. Alcohol inks can be scary, alcohol should not be inhaled...mists are safer with reinkers.



I was reading on the bottle not to inhale them, i try to hold my breath or breath away from it... hopefully since its not in big breaths that it wont be that bad!

I dont understand the reinkers and i havent tried the glimmer mists yet...


 
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Reinkers are concentrated bottles of the ink that goes on an ink pad. You can use those to make your own mist, but I prefer a stronger color than what watered-down reinkers give.


 
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has anyone ever noticed your alcohol ink kinda fades away or gets socked up into your project?? Am i doing something wrong??


 
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use glossy paper, not regular card stock and it shouldn't absorb as much.


 
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Well I have to pipe in here and say although I have about ohhhhhhh 12 of the colors, I dont use them. I too need more ideas so coming in here to read what you guys are suggesting is giving me ideas.


 
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I love alcohol inks! Now I don't feel limited when buying anything metal b/c I can change it to whatever color I want.

New adventures with them will be embossing on tooling aluminum and inking the foil for cards, frames etc.

They may be a bit pricey, but a little ink goes a really long way!


 
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I use them on EVERYTHING! I know they are meant for non-porous surfaces, but I use them on paper and vintage seam binding the most. I am so in love with them and just got a bunch more!


 
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Great thread, thanks for the ideas!!
I actually used them to fix a paint chip on my glasses, it was a perfect match!


 
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My favorite way to use them lately is altering bling. It's nice to just buy clear bling and turn it any color I want (well, any color I own anyway). I have also used them on metal pieces and fragments. Just make sure you get the blending solution to fix anything you don't like and to clean up after.


 
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you can use bic marks it markers to color bling too- it works AWESOME!

To clean up messes with alcohol ink, I THINK you can use regular rubbing alcohol. It worked on some I spilled on my desk.


 
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Something you might not know the Tim Holtz alcohol inks have a binder and shouldn't' be sprayed in any way.

copic's are also alcohol inks and don't have a binder so can be sprayed.

Tim's won't come off since they have the binder in them if you put them on metal and other items.

Copics can come off it takes a lot but they can come off because they don't have the binder.

You can do all of the same techniques with the copics as the tim Holtz but you can also spray them using either their spray system or with a compressor.

I know just more useless info I have in my head I hope it helps someone.

BTW, a Copic Sketch marker and a bottle of refill runs about $12 the refill will fill the copic sketch marker at minimum 11 times so that makes the colos of the pen and refill $1 compared to a tombow or other marker at $2 to $3 dollars that you will throw away. Think about long term the copic is cheaper.


Edited by Sneezy1956 on 05-15-11 11:44 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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So, why can't the TH inks be sprayed since they have a binder in them? Not making sense to my brain. I would think it would be a GOOD thing to make them permanent? Do they clog up the sprayers?


 
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  • Foamy on 05-15-11 02:53 PM
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If you use the Adirondack Blending Solution you can remove the alcohol inks or even dilute it a bit by just using a drop or two. I know that I have gotten it in areas where i did not want it & a drop on a qtip was enough to dab it away.
I did a post on my blog a year or so ago about using alchy inks to color gems too. I just love the alcohol inks! :D Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Adirondack Alcohol Blending Solution


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You're really not supposed to inhale alcohol, it's toxic. So using the alcohol inks as opposed to the re-inkers isn't the best idea. I would definitely use them outside or in a well ventilated area.


 
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I do them in the open living room/kitchen/dining room and don't lean over them while spraying. I love to spray outside but the weather hasn't been cooperating with me. I figure if I can smell them then it's probably not good for me.


 
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I like to dab the alcohol inks onto foil and glue the foil to chipboard cut outs...you can match the colors to your layout and make your own custom embellishments. Also, there are pretty good metallic colored chipboard alphas in the 99 cent section of Target--they color really nice with the inks. I did a tut on it on my blog....


 
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