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.
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...
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.
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
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.
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.
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! :DRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Adirondack Alcohol Blending Solution
Edited by Foamy on 05-15-11 02:55 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
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.
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....