Hi there stampers!  I have been experimenting with making my own alcohol inks using Stampin Up reinkers and decided this week’s TGIF Challenges was a perfect opportunity to try to make a card with them.  This week’s challenge is a color theme and I love the masculine theme of the colors chosen.  The color theme features the following colors:  Night of Navy, Old Olive, and Smoky Slate.  I thought this challenge would be a perfect combo to make my husband an anniversary card for our 3rd wedding anniversary. 

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So you might be thinking…how did you make your own alcohol inks??  I have been bitten by the alcohol ink bug and have made some fun backgrounds using Ranger alcohol inks and yupo paper.  I got this idea to try to make my own using 91% isopropyl alcohol and SU reinkers to see what kind of results I could achieve.  I also wanted to try them out on glossy cardstock.  Being a SU demonstrator, I like to use products that I sell so that my customers can get ideas from me on what products they might want to purchase.  I am happy to say that this technique worked out great! 

#handmadecard using the #liftmeup stamp set and coordinating #upandawaythinlits with an #alcoholink background using homemade alcohol inks using SU reinkers

I dropped in a couple drops of each color – Night of Navy, Old Olive, and Smoky Slate – into a porcelain palette and added enough alcohol to get the same consistency as my other alcohol inks.  I grabbed a piece of glossy cardstock and dropped a few drops of alcohol directly onto the paper.  I then started dropping in my SU alcohol mixtures and blew the ink around with a straw to get it mixing together.  I was very happy with how the inks moved on the glossy cardstock and way the ink splatters turned out.  I love the results and can’t wait to make more alcohol inks with my reinkers!  

#handmadecard using the #liftmeup stamp set and coordinating #upandawaythinlits with an #alcoholink background using homemade alcohol inks using SU reinkers

I cut out the hot air balloon using the Up & Away Thinlits and backed it with a piece of vellum that I colored with my Night of Navy and Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends.  I also cut out some clouds from vellum and adhered all the die cuts to the alcohol ink panel.  Some strands of silver thread give some more interest to the hot air balloon.  The sentiment was heat embossed in white onto a piece of Night of Navy cardstock.  

My husband loved his card and wanted to know how I did the background.  Maybe he will join me in my craft room to try making an alcohol ink background of his own?!?!  😉