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Monday, April 16, 2018

ALCOHOL INKS AND YUPO PAPER SERIES WEEK #1: DIY Alcohol Inks and Alternative Products

ALCOHOL INKS AND YUPO PAPER SERIES:

WEEK #1 DIY Alcohol Inks and
Alternative Products

How very exciting, using alcohol inks and Yupo paper to create beautiful printed paper! It is so fun to watch how the inks move across and around the Yupo paper! Each and every time you use a clean piece of paper, a new, unique design is created! It's so very satisfying to make your own patterned paper. Just think of the possibilities!
DIY Alcohol inks with
Alternative Products

Jen has started a series of tutorials showcasing Alcohol Inks and Yupo Paper! BEWARE! She tells us that this technique is very addicting! It can also be expensive acquiring all the needed supplies. During Free Play Friday, Jen gave us some tips and tricks to DIY the materials for crafting our own beautiful designs! 

What alcohol do I use?

Use any 91% Isopropyl alcohol you may have or pick up an inexpensive brand from your local market or pharmacy. This will be the main ingredient in your DIY alcohol ink. 

What Markers can be used

Now, you get to pull apart markers! Use pliers to do this, making sure to wipe it between colors. What markers is she recommending?  Jen starts with water-based markers like Sargent and Crayola. 


Beadalon Slim Chain Nose PLIERS 
                                                                               

Crayola Permanent Markers

Sargent Washable Markers

She mixes them with the alcohol in 30ml. Plastic Squeezable Dropper bottles to create her DIY sprays inexpensively.


30ml plastic Squeezable
Dropper Bottles

Jen uses some alcohol-based markers, like Ohuhu, takes them apart and adds alcohol. She tests them against the water-based marker solution and then upon the different surfaces. I wonder what the difference will be in the papers. 


While the mixtures are sitting, she explains the special properties of Yupo paper. Yupo paper allows the alcohol inks to move the way they do on the surface. There is also a couple cheaper versions. One is Dura-Lar Film and it is available on Amazon!


9"x12 " Dura-Lar Film,25 sheets




What heat gun works best?


She also goes through the benefits of using Ranger's Heat It Craft Tool. If you use your regular heat gun, the one you use for heat embossing, it blows your paper around, can blow your ink right off the paper and even melt it if held in one place for too long!  How do you dry puddles of ink? What is so special about this heat gun?


Ranger's Heat it Craft Tool

                                                                                                           
Are you curious about how to pull apart a marker? 
What are the surfaces Jen experiments with?
What does it look like when the ink is applied to the Yupo paper? 
What hat is Jen wearing?


If you'd like the answer to these questions and more, Jen invites you to watch the whole video! Clicking below will take you right there!


#1 DIY Alcohol Inks and Alternative Products Tutorial


Results after mixing DIY alcohol inks 
with alcohol on the back of what type of paper?


This series continues Fridays at 5:00pm CST on Friday Free Play! Remember to watch Koala T Crafts on Wednesdays at 5:00pm CST for One in 10 by Jen: Card InJENuity from mailbox to masterpiece!

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I am very interested to try this craft and I look forward to the rest of the series! Are you? 

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

ALCOHOL INKS AND YUPO PAPER SERIES WEEK #2

Getting Your Inks Moving /Techniques and Tools

Playing with alcohol inks can be very addictive! You can easily make your own alcohol inks and use a Yupo alternative. Dura-Lar has larger sheets, larger quantity and is less expensive than Yupo.
5"x 7" Legion YUPO paper,
5"x 7" Legion Yupo Paper 10 sheets
9"x 12" Dura-Lar
9"x 12" Dura-Lar 25 sheets

What is Yupo paper? 

It is a synthetic paper made of 100% polypropylene. It is waterproof, stain resistant and durable. I would not be able to rip it but it can curl if held under a heat gun too long. Dura-Lar is very similar. When purchasing Dura-Lar, make sure you purchase the Matte Film.

Jen's Artwork
Easy and Addicting!

Video #1 in the Series

If you missed the first video of the series, where there is an introduction to this craft and what all the excitement is about, click on the link below! It will take you right there!

WEEK #1: Alcohol Inks andAlternative Products

Recommendations

There are several additional recommendations this week! Try using Ohuhu Alcohol Markers which are like Spectrum Noir or Copics. They are only about $.50 a piece. Even though some of you may have a set of Ranger's Alcohol Inks, it's fun to try making your own! 
Ohuhu Alcohol Markers
Spectrum Noir
Spectrum Noir Markers
Tim Holtz's Alcohol Inks

Blending Solution and Alcohol

So you made your inks. You decided to purchase some Dura-Lar paper. Now it's time to learn about how the alcohol and blending solution reacts with the ink. They both lighten the color of the ink and give it the ability to move!  When using the heat gun to dry the inks without the alcohol solution, it was able to move the ink slightly. The spot looked a little like a puffer fish!

You can purchase Puffer 3: CLICK HERE


WARNING - Never put the Tim Holtz Alcohol Blending Solution in a spray bottle.

NEVER EVER!



More Techniques

Use a dropper to add ink on top of other inks on the paper to make them bloom. Sometimes they will swirl and create new colors. It's really amazing how you can make tiny bubble-like designs all along the edge of your paper. 

Pipette Droppers


Try taking away some color by using some inexpensive felt and a blending tool! 

Ink Blending Tool
I can't wait for you to see what Ranger's Spritzing Tool does! Even try using a Q-tip or a toothpick!


What is so amazing is that no two pictures, or creations, will ever be the same! They are unique and you made them! If you have seen the video or watched it LIVE, I suggest you watch it again, just in case you missed something! You can click on Jen's artwork to go to WEEK #2: Getting Your Inks Moving/Techniques and Tools!!

Jen's WEEK #2 Creations!

What is Patreon?

For those that were hanging out on the Koala T Craft's Patreon Facebook Page Saturday afternoon, you were treated to an exclusive video of DIY inks and alternative papers! What's the Koala T Craft's Patreon Group? When you make a monthly or one-time pledge, for as little as a $1.00, you are able to access special videos, additional swaps like the Envelope Challenge and just hang out and have fun! Your support helps Jen continue with her tutorials! Sign up atPatreon!   https://www.patreon.com/koalatcrafts


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You are cordially invited to join our Facebook Community where you can hang out and be inspired by like-minded crafters!


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We all would love to see your creations as you play along with us! An album has been created on the Facebook page to download your artwork. Just click on 'Photos' up in the left-hand corner. Click on 'Albums' and then on the picture of the Alcohol Ink Design. 
Enter your artwork there!

When Can I See the NEW Videos?

This series continues Fridays at 5:00pm CST on Friday Free Play! Remember to watch Koala T Crafts on Wednesdays at 5:00pm CST for One in 10 by Jen: Card InJENuity from mailbox to masterpiece!

If you should have any questions leave a message on Koala T Craft's Facebook group or send an email to signace@yahoo.com.

Remember, great things happen to those that create! Artistically Yours,


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AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE:

When I need certain supplies I turn to Amazon because they have a great range of supplies, in one place,

that's easy to navigate, and I am able to find what I need with ease. I am part of various affiliate programs

including Amazon – when you click on an affiliate link and then go on to make a purchase, at no cost to you, 

I receive a small commission. I use the money raised towards the cost of running this blog. I hope if you like 

the content of my blog, you will support me by clicking through these links to make your purchases. 

Thank you!
Jen xoxo




Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Double Point Card Tutorial

Double Point Card

Planning ahead makes this card go quickly and it will be fancy too!  It's great for those last minute occasions!  Choose your pattern paper. It can be single or double-sided. Find a color for your card base and a die or punch will go on the front. Make it big enough to hold the sentiment you have chosen. This card will come together fast. 

Here are the measurements. You will need: 


Supplies you will need.

    

 1. Your choice of patterned paper cut into two 4" x 3"88
 2. Cardstock to match cut into an A2 base = 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (8 1/2" x 5 1/2" folded in half)
 3. White cardstock cut into 4" x 5 1/4".   
 
Glue your pattern paper points to the ends
of the white cardstock.





You will need your choice of glue, sentiment stamp, a shape die (or you can cut one out yourself), ink pad, scissors, trimmer or ruler,  a scoreboard, and a bone folder.  



Nesting dies for the enclosure


Choose and use any nesting dies you own or cut out your own shapes with your scissors.


Finished card


The instructions are easy to follow. Scoring and folding, gluing then stamping. That's all it takes! Post your card creation in the album located in the Koala T Craft's Facebook group that Jen created. She is always interested to see your work! And there is a great chance you'll inspire someone else!  

Watch the tutorial with Jen to make this simple yet fancy card! Clicking below will take you straight there!





Jen suggests watching the video all the way through and then watch it a second time to make the card along with her!

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Blending with Tim Holtz Distress Inks

Blending 

with Distress Inks

blend

/blend/
verb
mix a substance  with another substance so that they combine together as a mass 
  • mix thoroughly so that the things mixed cannot be recognized
  • to shade into each other (merge)
Any dye, or water-based, ink is blend-able.  Are you familiar with those triangle makeup sponge wedges? 


I started blending inks with those. Put copy paper or a craft mat down to protect your work surface. Use the larger end of the sponge, tap the ink pad. Start off your project so there won't be any distinct sharp edges, with a light circular motion, rub ink onto your paper. Try at a corner and keep adding ink until you have your desired shade. 

Slowly put another color in the next corner. It's easier to start with colors next to each other on the color wheel. Slowly rub into the original color. As you work back and forth between the two colors the divide becomes less clear. one color has blended into another.

Jen uses a blending tool and peices of felt. The felt lasts longer than the sponge and is easier to move across the paper. She shows a great example of this technique during last week's Friday Free Play! 

 Square Blending tool  Mini Blending Tool

 Jen chose Pumice Stone Distress Ink to blend around the edge of her Petal Card last Friday. Click the picture to see the video!




 The Petal Card


When I saw how Jen had put ink along the edges and stamping with it, I wanted to dig mine out and play with that color!  




Distress inks have been specially formulated to move across the paper easily. Because it's a dye-based ink, it dries quickly. The ink becomes movable again when it comes into contact with any liquid. Putting water droplets onto the inked paper and then blotting them with a dry paper towel, creates patches of removed ink! This technique creates texture and interest to any project!

Distress Ink can be purchased individually in 3" x 3" pads or 

Distress Inks can also come in a mini 1" x 1" pad and there are re-inkers available 
for all 61 colors. The minis are sold in packs of four called kits.

 Mini Ink Pad Kits 1, 2 & 3



Jen uses Neenah Exact Index 110# for all her paper crafting! This card stock is durable, smooth and acid-free. 

 Neenah Exact Index Cardstock


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AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE:

When I need certain supplies I turn to Amazon because they have a great range of supplies, in one place,

that's easy to navigate, and I am able to find what I need with ease. I am part of various affiliate programs

including Amazon – when you click on an affiliate link and then go on to make a purchase, at no cost to you, 

I receive a small commission. I use the money raised towards the cost of running this blog. I hope if you like 

the content of my blog, you will support me by clicking through these links to make your purchases. 

Thank you!
Jen xoxo