Creativity Unlocked feat. Classic Greetings | Make Alcohol Inks Glow!

by Michelle

@altenew_ Creativity Unlocked feat. Classic GreetingsWelcome to Creativity Unlocked, where we highlight a new product from each month's collection or a fan favorite from past collections!

Hello there, Michelle here with Terrific Tags with Michelle and another episode of Creativity Unlocked featuring Classic Greetings! 

Keep reading for more tips and project ideas using this new stamp and die set!

12 02 2023 Creativity Unlocked Projects Collage Classic Greetings

Classic Greetings

With its beautiful vintage serif font and versatile messages, the 4″x 6″ Classic Greetings Stamp Set was meticulously designed to elevate all your DIY projects. The unique characters of this Jennifer McGuire-favorite font are versatile enough to suit various themes, from weddings and celebrations to vintage-inspired projects and beyond!

Making Alcohol Inks Glow feat. Classic Greetings

I wanted to keep the sentiments the focal point on the tags, so I created alcohol ink backgrounds that whilst looking pretty, do not distract from the sentiments.

Alcohol Inks Classic Greetings

Alcohol Ink Backgrounds

I started off my tags by creating the alcohol ink backgrounds.

I really wanted the alcohol inks to glow, so instead of using Yupo Paper like I usually do, I decided to use transparent Dura-Lar. It is a non-porous surface, similar to acetate and it heat is tolerant.

I die cut two tags from the Dura-Lar sheet using the Terrific Tags Die Set. I wanted the alcohol ink backgrounds to have an ombre look to them – darker at the bottom, moving to lighter at the top.

Alcohol Inks Classic Greetings

Creating a New Alcohol Ink Shade

I do not have purple shades of inks, so I thought it would be fun to create my own, since I have blue and pink that I can mix to create purple. This would be my darkest shade in the ombre

I added a few drops of Azurite Alcohol Ink into a small pot, followed by a few drops of Razzleberry Alcohol Ink, and mixed them together. This created a beautiful deep purple that I could use for both tags.

Alcohol Inks Classic Greetings

For the blue tag, I added a base layer of isopropyl alcohol at the bottom of the tag first, followed by the purple shade I created. I moved the tag from side to side to move the ink around. I then moved the ink more with a heat tool and this set it in place too.

I added more isopropyl alcohol above the purple and dropped on Ultramarine Alcohol Ink. I moved the ink around again and then set it with the heat tool. I continued up the tag using Eastern Sky and Iceberg Alcohol Inks.

Alcohol Inks Classic Greetings

These inks are from the Lapis Lazuli Alcohol Ink Bundle and are just gorgeous! I love the bright blue tones! This tag would be perfect for an ocean-themed project!

I finished the tag by splattering isopropyl alcohol onto the tag using a brush. This looks like water droplets and gives some added interest to the background.

Alcohol Inks Classic Greetings

For the pink tag, I used the same method as the blue one, but with Cherry Blossom Alcohol Inks.

I added a layer of the purple shade I created at the bottom, followed by Razzleberry, Pinkalicious, and Pink Diamond Alcohol Inks. I then splattered on isopropyl alcohol for the droplets. I really love how the colors blended on this one!

Make Them Glow!

Although they look beautiful as is, I think the alcohol inks look even better by adding a white layer behind them. The colors just become more vibrant and really glow! Although a similar effect could be achieved using white Yupo Paper, I do think they glow more using this method.

Alcohol Inks Classic Greetings

I die cut four tags, using the same Terrific Tags Die, from Classic Crest 110lb Solar White Cardstock. I adhered them back to back using Glue Tape to create two sandwiches, or base layers for my transparent tags.

To adhere the two tag layers together (the transparent one and the white one), I tied twine through the top of the tags and secured in place with a bow. This way, the tags are held together, but you can still see that the top layer, or overlay, is transparent, which I think is pretty cool!

Alcohol Inks Classic Greetings

Classic Greetings Sentiments

For the sentiments, I stamped two from the Classic Greetings Stamp Set onto Classic Crest 110lb Solar White Cardstock using Obsidian Pigment Ink and the Stampwheel.

They were die cut out using the Classic Greetings Die Set and adhered to the tags with Instant Dimension Foam Tape.

TOP TIP: If you want to keep the tags transparent (without the white tag behind), cut another of the sentiment die and pop it on the back of the tag to hide the adhesive!

I hope I have inspired you to try using alcohol inks on a transparent background, as well as creating with the beautiful Classic Greetings sentiments. You can watch the full process video below or on YouTube.

1 Product, Multiple Ways!

Before you go, here are a few card ideas featuring this new stamp and die set!

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