This week it's all about alcohol. I used alcohol markers, isoproly alcohol and grape alcohol (yes, you would be correct if you guessed I had a glass of wine). Now about my card....
These little chickies started out life as a single Mo Manning digi image. One girl has been flipped and reduced in size.
The scene was printed onto smooth white cardstock and coloured with Copics. I then took a dead Copic and dunked the brush nib end into Isoproply Alcohol, then with a very firm hand I removed some colour from the mushroom hats. I kept dipping into the alcohol and scrubbing on the hats until I had the desired effect.
To add a vintage feel I gently wiped a walnut stain distress ink foam blending tool over the entire panel (just using the left over ink that was on the foam). I then smacked the foam tool into the ink to pick up some colour so I could add more ink around the edges.
After reinking the foam, I always make sure the first few swipes are made with a gentle action. It's better to build up the colour, than try to tone it down. I also find it's more effective to randomly have dark areas and light areas and try and NOT be too uniform.
I finished with a doodled border, again keeping it random by making squiggles and criss crosses in various places. It is much harder to keep things uniform and even and there is nothing worse than mucking up a card right at the very end. Having said that, if I wasn't happy with this border, it would simply be a matter of cutting them off and making a smaller card.
Thank you for looking and I hope you have a chance to get inky and join in.
Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018 GMT Views: 1011
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Registered: October 26, 2009 Location: Oakhurst, near Yosemite Nat'l Park. Posts: 41963
Thu, Mar 22, 2018 @ 8:32 PM
Oh your little girl fairies are so precious!! You are a genius to reverse your image!! You are so creative! I love the way you have colored them too! So adorable mate! What a great idea to use alcohol to remove color too!! I love everything about this and love your squiggly stitched border! Brilliant! This is wonderful my sistah from anudder mudder!!
Registered: May 23, 2009 Location: sunny california Posts: 8761
Thu, Mar 22, 2018 @ 8:45 PM
What a fun scene you created, Susie...i love those mushroom hats. This makes me want to get up and do a little happy dance. The brown edges and doodled boarder frame your sweet little fairies perfectly.
Registered: August 10, 2006 Location: Sunny Florida Posts: 17059
Thu, Mar 22, 2018 @ 10:02 PM
Oh, Susie, you never fail to create a remarkable card with a fantastic description! The little fairies with their mushroom hats are beautiful. You are so skilled in modifying your digital images, and I love it. The doodling around the border is great as always, and I cannot imagine you messing up with one. Beautiful card, sweet Susie!!
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Registered: July 27, 2007 Location: Dublin, Ireland Posts: 93738
Fri, Mar 23, 2018 @ 12:01 AM
Oh, I adore their mushroom hats and your soft colouring. I keep meaning to try your walnut stain tip - one of these days I will get round to it. I totally agree about random borders...and in general I carry the same policy through to stitching on cards too.
Registered: November 20, 2007 Location: Northumberland, UK Posts: 11487
Fri, Mar 23, 2018 @ 2:26 AM
What a sweet, sweet image and your trick of slight resizing and flipping works beautifully here - they look like they could be wee sisters who are hoping for puddles to splash in! Fabulous job of getting a more vintage look with Copics. Love this!