Alcohol Inks And Fall Colors Leaves Embossed Background Tutorial

Hello friends! Today's SECOND tutorial is on applying alcohol inks and embossing folder to create 8x11 size fall colors leaves embossed background paper. Please kindly note that alcohol inks tend to dry up quickly. So make sure to read through this entire direction first before trying out the technique. Once started, you will want to work quickly.

For my demonstration piece, here is my DT card for this week 'Autumn Colors And Twine' theme over at Outlawz Monday-Greetings Challenge using the 'Season Fall' images from our 2nd lovely sponsor Melonheadz. For details and inspiration behind the making of this card please see below.


Tim Holtz Adirondack alcohol inks: Poppyfield, honeycomb, Citrus, Butterscotch 
White cardstock - 8x11 
Paper trimmer (scissor) 
dish glove (substitute w/paper towel or dish cloth) 
aluminum foil 
Taylored Expressions' Scattered Leaves embossing folder 


Lay a sheet of aluminum foil, twice the size of your cardstock, very flat onto your work surface. Next, take your first ink color and squirt it side-to-side 3-4 times. If you feel it's not enough ink, squirt a few more times.

Lifting the aluminum foil up by the top corners, let the ink slide down evenly as you move the foil side to side. This will prevent blob of ink. See how this photo below is wider, thinner and more even than the top photo? 

Now working fast, repeat the above 2 steps with the rest of your colors by squirting the next color right where the last ink ended.

After the last color added.

Quickly but carefully lay white cardstock onto the ink. Then working from center of the paper outward to all sides, rub the excess inks off. The inks will bleed through the paper which is important to wear glove to prevent getting on your hands. I didn't have any so I used paper towel.

Remove the cardstock. Turn over and allow to dry for a few minutes. This what it looks like. Very smooth looking.

Then cut and emboss with Taylored Expressions' Scattered Leaves embossing folder.

Final result

Details and inspiration behind the making of this card

This card is for my sweet 60+ years old neighbors, Lorella and Bob, I was inspired by their front yard and decided to reinvent it. In the middle of their front yard they have a little white decorative picket fence. Every year, exactly on the first weekend of October, sweet Lorella would bring out the same scarecrow and placed it in the exact same spot like she did the previous years. Then to the left of the scarecrow, she'd placed her freshly farm picked pumpkins. Just like the previous years. There was no basket of apples though. But I decided to add them because it reminded me of how I first met Lorella back in December 2012. We just moved into the neighborhood one week before Christmas and Lorella was the first neighbor to greeted us. She came bearing a basket full of fresh fruits and nuts, carefully wrapped in a beautiful red bow.

I printed and colored the images with Hero Art Shadow Inks with a Sofft mini applicator sponge. Then fussy cut them out. Next I knotted a piece of twine onto the Fall banner. I dies cut out the picket fence, twice for added depth. For the background layer and tiny dies leaves I used the leftover leaves embossed paper from the Firefly Mason Jar card. Then, I cut out a white frame using MFT Rectangle Frames die and mounted onto the image layer with double layers of foam tape before adhesive to the lime green base card.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today and perhaps share a thought, comment as well questions with me before you go. It's truly a joy hearing from you!

I am entering my Season Fall card in the following challenges below.


Lois Wyche said...

Thank you for 2 tutorials in one day...I'm learning so much involving coloring and burnishing. I plan to use this information I the future. Thanks so much for sharing. By the way, this is one awesome looking card!

Lynne in NI said...

Beautiful card, and great story behind it too!

Rannah Romps said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial Christina, I will have to give this a try as I just love how brilliant the colors are!

Linda W. said...

Thank you dear friend for the tut! Hugs, Linda

Raluca Vezeteu said...

Amazing background!!!! I need to try this! Tfs xx

Rannah Romps said...

Oh, I love the colors so much!!

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