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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Alcohol Ink Painting

I like so many other crafaters have a good collection of rangers alcohol inks, that more often than not sit on the shelf waiting to be used...Well I like messy play and found a group of artists that love painting with alcohol inks so I decided to give it a try, and this is what I ended up with...



Ok so its not the greatest painting in the world but its my painting and I love it! I used a white glossy tile alcohol inks and a little bit of spectrum noir pen work....it was very messy and very fun...and at least I now have another craft to use my inks with.....

My friend Shirley  Young has a lovely blog and is giving away a very nice file for christmas, why not check out her blog and have a looksee, she does some great work and gives very generously her files ....heres a link to her blog...http://shirleystemplates.blogspot.co.uk/

Hope you have a great day...Im off to see the nurse for bloods tomorrow so I may not come visit

Thank you for looking
love debby xx

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Fabric Ink Kit

One of the kits I have been lucky to try, for the Design Team of http://www.graphtecgb.co.uk/shop/default.asp?category=20111026112735_GRAPHTEC  the main suppliers of cameos in uk., is the fabric ink kit.

At first I was a little apprehensive as I have never done anything like this and thought I would really mess it up. How wrong was I...it was the most fun Id had for ages...
Well as with any kit, the first thing to do is unpack., and heres what the kit contains..

It also had a sponge applicator which for some reason when I took this photo I left in the box...
after watching the video which came with the kit, I felt ready to face this challenge...

I went to the local store and bought a cheap nighty and a cotton bag, both of which I wouldnt mind if I ruined them...I figured practise pieces can go in the bin if need be, but I didnt credit how easy it was to do!!

So having my items to Ink up, I then had to choose some designs.....now that took longer than anything else!! I just couldnt make up my mind for the nighty!! The bag was pretty easy as I had seen some words in the silhouette store and decided they were appropriate!!

I used one of the downloads that came with the kit, some words and eventually chose an Owl for the nighty..Now I was ready to begin...

I cut the template material on the cameo, on the same settings I would for vinyl, blade 2, speed 8 thickness 9...Then weeded out the bits I didnt need..





I then used the low tack transfer paper that was in the kit...

I gave it a good rub over to make sure the vinyl would all lift, the scraper that was included was very sturdy and had just enough flexability in it and is so much better than the old credit card I usually use!
I did remember that I needed something to block the Ink from going onto the back of my creation and found the most useful tool....hehe...

in this instance a pizza box...but it was just the right size for the bag and also slipped nicely into the nighty! and so it began...
I lined up my template to where i wanted it to be and again rubbed the transfer paper until the vinyl was stuck to the bag and then I removed the transfer paper. If you have done any vinyl then you will know exactly how to do this..

I then got the paint and squeezed a little into the palette, and used the sponge applicator, but found very quickly that with my arms limited use i couldnt control this very well, as will be evident when you look at the owl later and see his little tail! The sponge as it came was so big that i could barely hold it in my hand, so out came the scissors and I chopped off a bit of the sponge and found that to be the best method for me., because the sponge is a natural sponge you can get a little texture with it too..bonus!!

a dabble motion worked very well with the cotton bag, but i had to be a little more careful with the nighty because the material was a little stretchy. The paint was quite thick, so wasnt as messy as I had thought it might be. It went on really well, but I did wish I had more colours, so if you do buy the kit consider buying one or 2 more colours too.

I left them to dry for an hour then removed the templates and left them again to dry overnight. The next day I gave them an Iron with a hot iron to set the fabric ink you need to do this with anything likely to need a wash.


Hope this post gives you the inspiration to try this yourself and have fun...
It opens up another gift idea for the christmas stockings!!

Thank you for looking
Love debby xx


Im back...

I have not been able to get into my blog for a little while as you can see, by how long its been. I have now managed to sort may problems out yay!!

quite a lot has been made in the mean time and i havent blogged about them..but hey thats life..
First off I would like to say woohoo our Kelly made the Silhouette America Design Team., Im sure she will be a great asset to them. To see her blog go here: http://findingtimetocreate.blogspot.co.uk/

Kelly has been an inspiration to so many all ready and now she will have a bigger audience to view her creations.

My youngest son has left home,...so now its just me and hubby and the furbabies!! The upshot of this is now I can have a double bedroom for my crafting room and hubby and i are in the process of moving all my craft stuff into it, so I cant do as much crafting as i would like yet but cant wait to be fully operational.....

There are 2 more shows on create and craft tv before christmas and so i have been making bits and bobs for my dt work, its so funx

Thank you for looking
love debby xx