Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Alcohol Ink Butterfly ATCs

Over at Frilly and Funky Challenge  Blog they are having an altered metal challenge. I think this tag will fit in nicely since I have altered the aluminum flashing tape by dry embossing it and coloring it with alcohol inks.  Stop by their blog and see the other projects submitted for this challenge.

These have been in the pile on my craft area waiting to be finished. I was inspired by the fantastic things that Tim Holtz creates using Alcohol Inks.  Little did I know how hard it would be to get a suitable result.  I did a lot of messing about with the materials and almost the whole time I thought, "These look like crap!"

However, these are good enough to share.  I found I got my best results as far as vibrant colors by applying the ink directly to the foil.  The background of these ATCs is chipboard covered in aluminum flashing tape, then embossed with various Texture Fade folders.  At first I tried pouncing the colors on using the felt and ink applicator, but the colors did not come out too well.  I worried about wasting
 the ink by dribbling it on the cards, but I figured it was also
wasting the ink to just let it sit in the craft drawer.

The butterflies were also cut from chipboard and then gessoed with white.  I did pounce the colors on with alcohol inks which also included some gold, copper and bronze fixatives.  I did finally get a finished color I enjoyed.

ATCs are Artist Trading Cards, small works of art that are 2.5 x 3.5 inches. 
Lots of people trade and collect these. They are the same size as baseball or
playing cards.  I will probably give these away.

Gale C. Lewis


  1. Wonerful Alcohol Inky ATCs! The backgrounds are so rich and vibrant and I so love those butterflies and embossed backgrounds! Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie!

  2. I just love atc's and these cuties of yours are great! I love the Alcohol Ink coloration! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Frilly & Funkie this fortnight!


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