Tuesday, October 4, 2011

How to Use Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink by Ranger

My BFF bought me some Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks by Ranger for my birthday.  Through some trial and error, I now know how to use them! 

Some of you may not know what Adirondack Alcohol Inks are.  Per Ranger Ink's website, they are
Acid-free, fast drying transparent coordinating Earthtones, Lights and Brights dye inks specially formulated to create a colorful, polished stone effect. Use on glossy paper, dominoes, metal, shrink plastic, glass, and other slick surfaces. Available in sixteen exciting 3-color palettes. Alcohol Blending Solution is available for lightening colors and cleaning inks from non-porous surfaces.

• Acid free
• Fade Resistant, Dye Inks
• Multi-Surface Inks
• .5 fl. oz. Bottles
• Precision Tips
• Coordinating Colors
• Available in 16 3-Color Kits and individual bottles of 48 coordinating colors


Here's what you need to get started:

Inkssentials Blending Tool, Felt Blending Pads (do NOT use the foam pads that you would use with Distress Inks), Blending Solution, Alcohol Ink (they come in packs of three), Gold and Silver Mixative (optional), Air in a Can (optional).  Not shown: photo paper or speciality Ranger paper for use with Alcohol Inks.  I use photo paper because it's what I have on hand (even though Tim Holtz says not to use it but it works for me).  Also highly recommended to use a craft sheet because this stuff stains.

Step One:  Pick your colors.  Gold and Silver should be used in addition to the regular colors.  Don't forget to shake the Gold and Silver because they are mixatives - meaning they have a little mixing ball inside to stir up the metallic quality within them.  For this card, I will use Wild Plum, Sail Boat Blue, and Watermelon.

Step Two:  Adhere your felt pad to the applicator and add your colors to the pad.  Make sure to hold the tip of the ink bottle directly on the pad, then squeeze the bottle for about 2-3 seconds.  Add the rest of your colors.  Don't add the Alcohol Blending Solution yet.

  Step Three:  Dab the applicator on your surface, randomly until it is covered.

This is how my surface looks mid-way:

And finished (before Blending Solution):

Step Four:  Add Alcohol Blending Solution directly on to the same felt pad.  It will look like this:

Here's the finished piece (after Blending Solution):

And now for some cards with backgrounds using Adirondack Alcohol Inks!

For the first couple cards I will show two pictures, because the ink shows differently at different angles.  We'll start with the sneaky peek from yesterday!
For this card I used Lettuce, Citrus, and Sail Boat Blue Alcohol Ink.
I then painted T-H-A-N-K chipboard letters with Distress Crackle Paint in Picket Fence.  Y-O-U in chunky blue glitter.

This background is Watermelon and Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink.  Tags are inked on edges with Distress Ink in Barn Door.  U R A and STAR in Zing! gold embossing powder.

Middle strip is Eggplant, Wild Plum, and Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink.  Background is a Rubber Stampede woodcut stamp inked with Distress Ink in Dusty Concord.  Purple Stickles and a Prima flower to finish.

Clouds are Sail Boat Blue and Silver Mixative Alcohol Ink.  "Thinking of You" in Zing! White embossing powder.  Razzberry, Mango Tango, and Heliotrope inks by ColorBox Cat's Eye Queues.  Pink, Orange Peel, and Lavender Stickles to finish.

Another technique to show you!
Were you wondering where the air can came into play?
Here's how to achieve the Splatter Technique:

This is so easy!  Just directly drop your choice of alcohol ink directly on to your surface, then blast it with your air can!  Do a couple drops of one color, then spray because the ink dries quickly.  In this card background I did one drop then one spray, but you can definitely do a couple of drops and sprays too.  Shown here is Wild Plum, Egglant, Stream, and Citrus.

If you want to stamp over Alcohol Inks on a glossy surface, I recommend using Ranger Archival Ink (I used Jet Black here).  Once I stamped these butterfly images, I went over them with Inkssentials Glossy Accents, and outlined them in Black Diamond Stickles.

To see the collection of colors offered by Tim Holtz' Adirondack Alcohol Inks by Ranger, go here.

Tim Holtz demos Adirondack Alcohol Inks [YouTube]

Tim Holtz' demo on Adirondack Alcohol Inks - the Splatter Technique [YouTube]

I hope you enoyed this tutorial on using Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks by Ranger.  Have you ever tried using them?  I'd love to hear your comments on these backgrounds I've created, or share with me your own masterpiece!

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