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Friday, 12 July 2013

Alcohol ink exbeariments

Hello there, it's Horace here with you today to share a technique I read about in this month's Craft Stamper magazine. The idea was to fold a piece of copy paper as many times as possible, then ink the edges with distress stain until it bleeds through the paper. Well I did this, then thought, ' hey, I wonder if this will work with alcohol ink and cardstock'. Being a bear of enquiring mind, I had to try it.

I'm also letting you into the secret of how the bears manage to keep their paws clean despite their inky exploits - rubber gloves!

I folded, dripped ink into the creases, unfolded, refolded to an undecorated creased edge, re inked.......until I achieved this effect, wow.

I then tried the technique as suggested in the magazine, with paper and distress stains. Ooh I like that too. I would suggest maybe letting your paper dry between folds though, as the constant squidging of distress stains onto thin paper makes for a very flimsy substrate!

I do love to craft in the garden on sunny days, don't you?

Once the cardstock and paper were dry, I rubbed distress ink over the white areas.

What a great technique. I do love Craft Stamper magazine for inspawration.

Now I just need to use these creations in a project or two. Why don't you have a go and see what effects you can produce? It's great fun.
With love from the bears


  1. I love your exbearimenting, bears! This looks so cool and beautiful! I sure will give this one a go!

    die amelie x

  2. Great effects and such a simple idea, thanks for sharing bears x

  3. Oh a great idea Horace and thanks for the tip on the rubber gloves :) Off to try the inks and the stains and see what happens

    Love Chrissie x

  4. Harrumph... doesn't seem to want to give me any pictures except the first one at the moment... I shall return!
    Alison xx

  5. Brilliant results Horace. Great tip about the rubber gloves too..Gill x


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