Saturday, June 13, 2015

June Leading Lady Charlene Cundy | Take Two

Our June Leading Lady, Charlene Cundy is back for her second performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE.  Char shows how to get your ink on with her bright and beautiful projects today!

Ladies and gentlemen, Char....

Hi Friends! SO happy to be back for another week of Winnie and Walter Leading Lady inspiration! I hope your enjoying this beautiful month of June! It's the last of the semi-cool weather for us in Northern California. It gets plenty hot for the months of July-Sept.


This week I want to talk about Alcohol Inks. I don't see them used a lot in card making but they are a lot of fun and so easy to use!

First up is a floral card I made with In Bloom: Lola's Bouquet with Joni Andaya, And The Big, the Bold and Friends This stamp set is so adorable and I love the unique flowers in this set!


When using Alcohol Inks you need glossy paper to start because it's a non-porous surface, an ink blending tool with felt, some blending solution and a non stick craft sheet. Pick the colors you want to use, On my card I used Watermelon, Citrus, Mermaid,  and Sunset Orange. To start, add a few drops of each color onto the felt pad, add blending solution to the felt pad and tap lightly onto the glossy paper where you want the color to go. When adding the inks to paper I kind of twist and turn my wrist so the color applies evenly. After you get the color where you wand it I then embossed the flowers on the top of the alcohol inks with white embossing powder. Finish off with gold embossing for the sentiment on Vellum.


For this card I used the same technique, same colors but I used more blending solution. As you can see the colors are lighter. Have fun , experiment and share what you make! The sentiment is from The Big, the Bold and Friends and embossed with gold embossing powder.


For this card I used the wonderful new "Hello" Die, In Bloom: Lola's Bouquet with Joni Andaya, In Bloom: Maggie's Roses Cutaways , and The Big, the Bold and Friends Stamp Set. I used the alcohol inks to made a solid green background.,  this is a great idea for all the wonderful dies, and SVG cut files that Winnie and Walter carry, or to make your own paper in the colors that you use to match



With this card I used about 4 different colors for a colorful bloom. Instead of embossing the flowers with embossing powder, I used Ranger Archival Ink , it's important to use archival ink so it doesn't smear. The beautiful stamp set I used is called In Bloom: Addie's Garden, The Big, the Bold and Friends

                           
This card combines water coloring and alcohol inks. The background is water colored and the beautiful bloom is made using alcohol inks. I left some areas white and filled in the rest with some blues and greens. I used the colors Mermaid, Stream, Citrus, and Botanical.  Just have fun with this technique, it's addicting! The flower is from In Bloom: Addie's Garden. I LOVE this beautiful set of stamps, I think they are the perfect size for a focal point on your card. The sentiment is from The Big, the Bold, and Comfort Cutaways that coordinate with The Big, The Bold and Comfort stamp set


I've had a lot of fun playing around with alcohol inks and I hope you will give them a try!

Remember to leave a comment on this post, or any Winnie and Walter Leading Lady posts on my blog throughout June for your chance to WIN a $30 gift card for Winnie and Walter, just for leaving a comment!

Once again, a HUGE thanks to Shay and Julie for their generosity, and for this fabulous opportunity!



Have a great day! Char


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30 comments:

  1. Hi Char! You are a true artist ... you have created not one, but five works of art. LOve what you've done with these inks - I'm not lucky enough to have any in my stash, but will be thinking of a little purchase...
    =] Michele

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  2. Your cards are so gorgeous Charlene ..Have never tried working with Alcohol inks but your cards inspire me to give it a try ..Each and every card showcased here is just Fabulous !!

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  3. What a stunning array of cards, Char ... love the effect of the alcohol inks ... so inspiring ... not something I've tried ... yet! Anita :)

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  4. Beautiful work, Char! Glad to find another flower lover here!! My faves today are the first 2 cards - they are summer!

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  5. Oh my goodness Char, these are exceptional!! Gorgeous work with the inks. You brought each of your little works of art to life!

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  6. Five works of art, Char, each one so incredibly stunning! How innovative to pair alcohol inks with W&W products...dazzling, divine, delightful! Alcohol inks added to my 'want' list, and your cards are tagged as 'incredible inspiration' in my Feedly! Keeping these close by for inspiration! In love...
    ~c

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  7. Absolutely stunning cards! love them all but i have to say the second one is just so gorgeous im gonna have to pin that :)
    Kate xx

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  8. WOW Char these are so gorgeous.. You always make the prettiest backgrounds.. love them all

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  9. Gorgeous cards Char! My faves are the first and the fourth ones! I love the background inking on all of them!

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  10. I LOVE the use of color in these pieces- it's so refreshing!

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  11. Char, these cards are stunning, and I'm totally excited to get out my alcohol inks and white EP to give this look a try! Absolutely LOVE them!!

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  12. Your flowers are beautiful! It's been a long time since I used alcohol inks but you make me want to try them again.

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  13. These are such beautiful
    cards, love the coloring!
    Carla from Utah

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  14. These are amazing, Char, such fabulous inspiration!!

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  15. beautiful cards :) love them!! you are so creative...

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  16. These cards are just gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing them, and your technique.

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  17. Very creative with the alcohol inks!! I added the Big and Bold Comfort Dies to my wish list!

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  18. These are gorgeous! Alcohol inks haven't played nice with me yet, but perhaps I'll give them another try now. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  19. All of your color choices are so pretty and fresh. I have never had any luck with this technique before, but maybe my luck has changed.

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  20. Beautiful- thanks for sharing and can't wait to try!

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  21. Gorgeous cards with the alcohol ink technique! Those flowers are stunning and the Big & Bold words with them is a perfect combo. Love your layouts too, thanks for sharing!

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  22. I love the card using the alcohol ink. I'm hoping for a few more details, like what kind of paper did you use and how did you apply them? Gorgeous projects!

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  23. OH MY - OH WOW - How stunning and gorgeous!!! Love the way the colors are so vivid and rich on each of these beautiful cards - they are each so wonderful and dynamic in the styling of them!! My favorite of this batch is the fabulous hello card!!! SO wonderful and the design of that card and the others in this post are phenomenal!!! Your backgrounds that you created with the alcohol inks are amazing and breath-takingly lovely!! Super impressive!!

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  24. Great artsy look to these cards.

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  25. Beautiful florals! Love the alcohol ink card!

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  26. I can't get over how absolutely amazing all this beautiful embossing looks! Just LOVE it!

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