I spent some time this week experimenting with the new Alcohol Lift-Ink that was just released from Tim Holtz/Ranger. What an awesome new product! It takes a few tries to get the steps down, but that is a typical learning curve on a new product. Also released were larger sheets of white Yupo and new heavystock Yupo.
For the record, Ranger now has 4 Yupo products:
5 x 7" transparent (thinest and somewhat see through)
5 x 7" white cardstock (heavier than transparent - you cannot see through it)
5 x 7" white heavystock (even heavier - blue label)
8 x 10" white cardstock (new larger size)
Tim also has a post he created after the Facebook Live on Wednesday. The Facebook Live video + information/samples are on his blog. You can find it HERE.
Now sit down in a comfortable chair, pour yourself a Diet Coke or a cup of tea...this is a long one because once I got started, I couldn't stop!
Alcohol Lift-Ink PadI used Yupo white cardstock (my normal go-to weight of Yupo) for all of the Alcohol Ink surfaces in this post. If you haven't used Yupo before, all you need to know is that Yupo is a NON-POROUS SURFACE...which is perfect for Alcohol Ink. It is pricey so I usually cut each sheet in half to 3 1/2 x 5", which is what I have done for each of the cards I created.
I dripped a few colors of Alcohol Ink over the surface, then used a Blending Tool with FELT to pounce over the surface and blend the colors a bit. Love the combination on Patina, Flamingo, Dandelion and Citrus.
CLEAN stamp (like the flower below) and stamp directly over the Alcohol Ink. The ink will "lift" the Alcohol Ink off the surface which can then be transferred to another surface if you wish. The second surface MUST BE A POROUS SURFACE like watercolor paper, specialty stamping paper or Heavystock paper.
NOTE: I'm going to be honest, I found that I needed to have my second surface ready to stamp on right after I lifted the ink, not because I couldn't let it sit, but because I would forget and wipe the stamp off just out of habit. That is me and maybe you would be smart enough to remember to stamp it later and not wipe it off like me. Just a friendly warning.
So here is the freshly stamped Yupo surface. The first thing you need to do is grab a clean paper towel and dab, dab, dab, (do not rub) turning the paper towel to a clean spot each time. You will see the image start to appear as the residual Lift-Ink is dabbed away. Once you are seeing the paper towel coming clean, you can move to the next step.
What happens if you skip this step? When you buff the surface in the next step you will move the residual ink to other areas and your image could come out blurry. That is not what you want so remember, dabbing is important!
Again, follow the steps:
1. Ink CLEAN stamp with Alcohol Lift-Ink (a dirty stamp will contaminate your stamp pad).
2. Stamp over a NON-POROUS Alcohol Ink Surface.
3. Dab, dab, dab with paper towel (DO NOT RUB...only dab)
4. Buff with a soft cloth.
5. If you wish, stamp a secondary surface before cleaning the stamp with Archival Ink Cleaner and water. (This is the part where Paula cleans her text stamp before stamping the image on the secondary surface - insert crying emoji).
The sentiment stamp is from the Stampers Anonymous "Pennants" stamp set.
An easy card created from the "lifted" Alcohol Ink...that's what I call a great "twofer".
1. Ink CLEAN stamp with Alcohol Lift-Ink.
To color the flowers, I used a Waterbrush a Distress Ink in Victorian Velvet, Faded Jeans and Scattered Straw. All the green is Peeled Paint (the best green ever).
Collage Medium and Clear Rock Candy were added for a sparkly look.
The metal 4 leaf clover is from the Adornments Treasures...same pack as the small heart found on the earlier card.
Lucky - Quote Chips
My grateful heart - Clippings stickers
Liquid Alcohol Lift-Ink
Start with an Alcohol Ink Non-porours surface just like last time. The colors here are Citrus, Patina, and Coral.
Using a Blending Tool with a FOAM pad, add a SMALL amount of the Alcohol Lift-Ink. I took a picture just to show you how little you need to add to the foam. A little goes a long way!
Pounce the foam on your surface a few times to distribute the ink into the foam pad.
Lay your stencil over the Yupo and pounce the Blending Tool over the stencil. Again, it does not take much pouncing to product a light ghost image (remember this is only the first step). Just a note, if you had added an excess of the Lift-Ink to the Blending Foam, the ink could seep under the stencil and blur the edges. So beware...you don't need much to get a clear crisp image.
Well, I hope you took something from this post that will help you once you get the Lift-Ink. I am quite sure I have only scratched the surface of this fascinating new product but I'll leave it at that for today.
now carry on,