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Thursday, May 17, 2018

ALCOHOL INKS & YUPO PAPER SERIES: WEEK #6

Making Handmade Cards!

This video turned out to be a viewer participant special! What do you do with all those beautiful papers you made watching the ALCOHOL INKS & YUPO PAPER SERIES? If you are anything like me you have several sheets of each technique, plus some experiments, spread out in front of you. 


WEEK #6

How excited was everyone when the video started early? Anyone who was just hanging out was able to vote on each of the examples of the techniques found in the Series. Which ones would be made into cards? (Don't worry, you can catch the video that was recorded LIVE on the Koala T Crafts YouTube Channel, comments and all!)
Jen Ever's Koala T Crafts YouTube Channel

Ghosting and alcohol blending pens

The 'ghosting' technique was shown in WEEK #3 of the series. Viewers couldn't decide so both examples were made into simple cards. Removing existing alcohol ink then accenting with a black alcohol marker made the project very easy and breathtaking! 
Calla Lillies on Yupo paper

'ghost' technique on Dura-Lar
Yupo Paper

Dura-Lar Paper



WEEK #3: Alcohol Markers and Stamping


Texture, Purple, and Gold!

It was difficult to choose which of the mirrored background examples to use. Viewers chose purple and gold! They were cut down to four brilliant squares. The purple was brought to the foreground due to the purple quilted background! Watch WEEK #4 of the Series to see the final result!

Silver mirrored background with alcohol inks

Mirrored Cardstock




WEEK#4: Mirrored and Glossy Cardstock, Mixatives and Water-based Markers

Bold and Beautious!

So many paper creations to choose from, so many ideas!! Many examples of homemade alcohol inks with watercolor markers and alcohol markers used on Yupo paper, Dura-Lar and photo paper, were next on the agenda. Which did the viewers choose? Watch WEEKS #1 & #2 to see how these eye-catching pieces were made!
Alcohol ink and homemade inks
Alcohol Markers and 91% alcohol sprayed

Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
                               
OHUHU Alcohol Marker


WEEK #1: Alcohol Inks and Yupo paper Alternatives

WEEK #2: Getting Your Inks Moving/Techniques and Tools
We watched the process of an experienced crafter take a piece of paper, of which she designed, and create a beautiful card! Truly a piece of "Happy Mail"! The viewer's interaction with the host was fun. Not a one minded the silence while comments were being read. 

Watch the Creative Juices Flow!

It was "super cool" to watch behind the scenes. The camera view was widened and we were able to see storage and the whole Koala hat! Watching Jen Evers go through her creating process was a special treat. And though we enjoy the view, we miss seeing her smile as she giggles over a particular comment! Did you leave a comment on the video letting Koala T Crafts know which view you enjoy best!?

Week #5 shall not be left OUT!

This is the link to video WEEK #5. Watch the videos in order if you like. Week by week, they progressively build on techniques that are simple yet create beautiful art! 

WEEK #5: Techniques and Card Making


GIVEAWAY!
Koala T Crafts is Giving Away a Set of 3 Alcohol Inks: Cranberry, Lettuce & Eggplant, a Silver Mixative plus a Stack of Paper to a viewer! Secondly, 10 other viewers will receive a small pack of assorted papers! So watch the video and leave a comment on the first 5 videos in the Series! You must make your comments by midnight, 11:59pm CST on Friday, May 18, 2018 and the winners will be drawn randomly on Saturday, May 19, 2018! 
Good Luck!
xoxo, Jen

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Friday, May 11, 2018

ALCOHOL INK & YUPO PAPER SERIES: WEEK #5

Techniques and Card Making

The question is: Will there be a WEEK #6 in the Alcohol Inks & Yupo Paper Series? That is up to YOU, the viewer. Every week you have watched as magic was practiced! Do you realize that no matter how hard you try, you will not be able to reproduce the artwork you previously created with the alcohol inks and Yupo paper? That is magic! Let's take a look at how this magic began. 

WEEK #1 Begin the Journey

Many of you have known about the alcohol inks. Some have heard of Yupo paper and the unique qualities of being untearable and waterproof. Did you know that Yupo paper is made of polypropylene pellets and is a tree-free paper that is 100% recyclable?  It can be made into items from labels to shopping bags, then used over again! Amazing, isn't it? 
Yupo Paper

But what if you are interested in this adventure but your budget hasn't the room for new craft supplies? That is where the video of WEEK #1 begins. Alcohol Inks and Alternate Products showed us how we can get started by using some things you may have in your home! What other surfaces might these inks work on? Watch the following video to find out!
WEEK #1: Alcohol Inks and Alternative Products

WEEK #2 Mode of Transportation

What beautiful colors: blue, violet, teal and yellow! The drips grow and some change color but what can we do to make them move? The surface that we chose is nonporous so the ink can move across the smooth surface! How about picking the paper up and tilting it? 

The introduction of the Alcohol Blending Solution and plain 91% Isopropyl Alcohol made the inks change. It seemed as if the drips of alcohol made the colors disappear! Depending on how you apply it, alcohol does remove the ink. Actually, you could erase the whole picture and start over if you wish. Now that's MAGIC! Watch WEEK #2 of Alcohol Inks & Yupo Paper to learn ideas on how to get moving!
WEEK #2: Getting Your Inks Moving/Techniques & Tools

WEEK #3: Having Fun Along the Way

The inks can be moved! Do the inks change color when moved from one color to another? Would it be possible to use an alcohol-based marker on Yupo paper and then use a blending pen to draw? 
Ohuhu Alcohol Markers

Alcohol Ink Blending Pen

Will it move the colors or remove the colors? Could a picture be created? Find out by watching WEEK #3 of the Alcohol Inks & Yupo Paper Series!
Alcohol Markers and Ghost Stamping

WEEK #4: What Sights To Behold!

Coming around the bend, we are suddenly blinded by the brilliant view! Mirrored cardstock, in gold or several other colors, is a smooth, nonporous surface. 
Gold Mirrored Cardstock

Black Mirrored Cardstock

Several color suggestions

If the brilliant colors and uniqueness of each creation isn't enough for you, a way to move those colors might pique your interest. But then there is the removal or change of color and the possibility of creating a picture amongst the hues. What could there be that could be more dazzling than discovering alcohol inks work on mirrored paper? There is an answer in WEEK #4 of the Alcohol Inks & Yupo Paper Series!
WEEK #4: Mirrored and Glossy Cardstock, Mixatives, and Water Based Markers


WEEK #5: Homeward Bound to Card Making and a Giveaway!

After taking a detour, three new techniques were introduced and the viewers went wild!


Technique 1

Starting with a blank piece of Yupo paper, drops of brilliant inks were added. We were looking for the edge where the colors met and mixed. This area seemed to stay tacky as long as it wasn't too dry. A piece of Deco Foil was laid, shiny, colored side up, onto these areas and burnished with a bone folder. The results were breathtaking! 
Alcohol Inks, Yupo paper, and Deco Foil

The gold foil looked as if it was marbled throughout, pushing the colors, creating a beautiful roadmap! Imagine each one different than the others!

Yupo paper, alcohol inks and Deco Foil


Deco Foil, 5 Transfer Sheets, 6" x 12", Gold
Deco Foil Transfer Sheets in Champagne, Spring Green, Aqua, Deep Blue, Lilac & Pink Melon, Bundle of 6

Technique 2

An example was shown of alcohol inks put onto cardstock and they had absorbed into soft pools of color. Looking closer, small dots of gold were scattered across the paper! It was 'Beautimous'! (Yes, that really is a word!)

The process to create a similar image was very simple. After choosing a background stamp and embossing color, Versamark ink was applied to the background stamp then it was pressed onto a colorful piece of Yupo paper. Black embossing powder was added and heated. It's always magical to watch the powder turn shiny and solid! The crackle textured background easily contrasted the colors. 

Yupo paper, alcohol inks and black,
 heat embossed crackle design from a background stamp!

Technique 3

If heat embossing works, what about stamping? Viewers asked if Versamark worked, would Versafine? A solid heart stamp was used for the experiment. Did the ink rub off? What about a Distress Ink? Would Stazon work? The only way to find the answers is to watch WEEK #5: Techniques and Cardmaking!
Alcohol Inks & Yupo Paper Series WEEK #5: Techniques and Cardmaking

As you watch the video, you will notice a few tools that are used and briefly mentioned. You can find more information on them below.
Tsukineko Full-Size VersaMark Pigment Inkpad, 3-Inch X 2-Inch, Clear
Tsukineko VersaFine Instant Dry Pigment Ink, Onyx Black

Alcohol, dye and fragrance-free baby wipes for the easy cleanup!

Ranger Heat It Craft Tool won't blow your paper or other items on your work surface!

On the Horizon

The time flew by faster than we all thought. It was so fun to participate with the others on Friday Free Play. It felt like we were all there, surrounding the work table, chatting and giggling! 

Now, what do we do with all of our wonderous works of art? Each step of the way was as exciting and addicting as the first! But when does the cardmaking begin? Unfortunately, time flies when you're having fun and there was no time to go into making cards. As you can imagine, there was a disappointment and a cry went up by the viewers to do a WEEK #6: CARDMAKING!

You will not want to miss this LIVE video on Friday Free Play at 5pm CST. Another chance to catch Jen LIVE is on Wednesdays at 5pm CST for One in Ten by Jen: Card InJENuity from mailbox to masterpiece! Remember when Jen is LIVE, you have a chance to participate in the Koala T Crafts Community! 

If you should have any questions for Jen, leave them on the Facebook page or email her at signace@yahoo.com.

GIVEAWAY!
Koala T Crafts is Giving Away a Set of 3 Alcohol Inks: Cranberry, Lettuce & Eggplant, a Silver Mixative plus a Stack of Paper to a viewer! Secondly, 10 other viewers will receive a small pack of assorted papers! So watch the video and leave a comment on the first 5 videos in the Series! You must make your comments by midnight, 11:59pm CST on Friday, May 18, 2018 and the winners will be drawn randomly on Saturday, May 19, 2018! 
Good Luck!
xoxo, Jen


You are cordially invited to join our Facebook Community where you can hang out, always get help and advice from other community members and be inspired by like-minded crafters!
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Remember, great things happen to those that create! Artistically Yours, 

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AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE:

When I need certain supplies I turn to Amazon because they have a great range of supplies, in one place,


that's easy to navigate, and I am able to find what I need with ease. I am part of various affiliate programs

including Amazon – when you click on an affiliate link and then go on to make a purchase, at no cost to you, 

I receive a small commission. I use the money raised towards the cost of running this blog. I hope if you like 

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Tsukineko Inks

Get Familiar with Tsukineko

Since 1952 the company Tsukineko has always tried to make quality inks and ink pads. In 1982, they made the first water-based pigment ink pad, Memento. Crafters everywhere joyfully welcomed this product! It was originally made to use on vellum and coated papers, it is now used on Bristol and cardstock alike. Memento is now widely known for its ability to be fade resistant, to work well with watercolor and alcohol-based markers such as Copic. This led to many other inks we know and use every day.

Stazon Ink

Crafters are familiar with the StazOn Inkpad. This ink is a pigment ink and can be used on non-porous items such as vellum, acetate, glass, plastics, and metal. It takes longer to dry but then becomes permanent. Since it has such a permanent quality, it may stain your stamps. This will not hurt them, but you may desire to have the StazOn Cleaner the company offers.
Tsukineko  Full-Size StazOn Multi-Surface Inkpad, Jet Black


VersaColor

Color poured from Tsukeniko's doors! Soon black wasn't good enough. Craft trends moved towards color so VersaColor was born.

This pigment ink is bold, thicker and opaque! Due to its thicker quality, VersaColor takes 10-15 minutes to dry. This makes it very easy to emboss. Tsukeniko suggests using clear embossing powder to preserve the rich colors. There are 76 colors to choose from! 

Tsukeniko became the leader in multicolor ink pads next. They took five of their colored ink pads and cut them down to create one gradient color pad! There are several combinations to choose from.

VersaColor 5-Color Pigment Ink Pad: Wild Berries



Then appeared five colors that could be used next to each other or slid apart, KaleidaColor! This also comes in several ink combinations.

Tsukineko 5-Color Kaleidacolor Dye Inkpad, Bouquet

Going crazy, Tsukeniko put twelve of their most sought-after colors together into one ink pad and called it "Splendor"!

Tsukineko 12-Color Splendor Multi-Color Pigment Inkpad, Circus


VersaMark

VersaMark is the original watermark stamp pad. It lets crafters create several different effects from two-toned stamping to resist. Many crafters use it for heat embossing. It grabs the embossing powder and holds it while heated with a heat tool.
Butterfly stamped with Versamark, sprinkled with Embossing Powder and heat created a raised butterfly

This causes your stamped image to have a raised or shiny, water and alcohol resist surface where the VersaMark was applied!  This ink is sticky enough to be used to adhere chalk and Perfect Pearls which can cause stunning, colorful effects when used on black cardstock! Try it on any dark colored cardstock!
Tsukineko  Full-Size VersaMark Pigment Inkpad

Versamark, Perfect Pearls and a paint brush!

 VersaMark also comes in an inker, a pen, and even a mini cube pad! The inker is a bottle of the VersaMark solution to add to your pad to make it juicy again.

 The pen has the same solution but with a dual tip marker. One end is a felt bullet tip while the other end is a synthetic brush. Try writing your name and emboss it with your favorite color! The mini pad is just that, a little sister to the regular size VersaMark. 
 

Tsukineko Dual-Ended VersaMarker Pen

Tsukineko RM000001 1/2 Fluid Ounce VersaMark Inker

Versafine

Versafine is unique oil-based ink that has an ability to show the finest detail when stamped. It dries quickly on porous surfaces and is embossable on coated surfaces. When dry, it becomes water-resistant.
Crafters most often choose Versafine Onyx Black with their favorite watercolor paints, watercolor markers, gelatos and watercolor pencils and crayons.  Crafters like it because Versafine stays black and bold. It does not smear or bleed through the lines. It also gives crisp, clear, fine detail of your stamped images!


Versafine is light-fast, fade resistant and archival. This means your stamped pictures and sentiments will not fade in sunlight. They will not change colors over time and they will stay true to their color.


New ink in town

There's a new ink coming from Tsukeniko! Released in January 2018, Versafine Clair is quickly becoming a favorite! What makes this ink so special is that it is a pigment ink that dries fast, like a dye ink. Once dry, stamped images are waterproof and will not smear! 

Warm Breeze Versafine Clair Ink Pad


Glamourous Versafine Clair Ink Pad


The Versafine Clair Nocturne is the blackest of blacks crafters can find today!

Nocturne Versafine Clair Ink Pad

Due to the raised ink pad, this ink is better than ever to use with stamps for DTP-purposes (direct-to-paper). 
DTP, direct-to-paper technique
VersaFine Clair ink enables you to stamp more images than any other inkpad on the market! The cases are airtight and shaped to fit the palm of your hand easily. 

This new line of VersaFine inks is available in great vintage and bright colors, something crafters have been looking forward to! (And they have really cool, unique and easy to remember names!)

This ink comes in 24 vibrant colors.



Tsukineko continues to produce inks and ink pads to fit the ever-changing needs of crafters. I encourage you to visit their website. You will be amazed at the variety of inks they have to offer!  http://www.tsukineko.co.jp/english/index.html


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When can I see the NEW videos?


This series continues at 5:00pm CST on Free Play Fridays! Remember to watch Koala T Crafts on Wednesdays for One in Ten by Jen: Card InJENuity from mailbox to masterpiece!

If you should have any questions for Jen, leave them on the Facebook page or email her at signace@yahoo.com.

Remember, great things happen to nthose that create! Atristically yours,

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AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE:

When I need certain supplies I turn to Amazon because they have a great range of supplies, in one place,


that's easy to navigate, and I am able to find what I need with ease. I am part of various affiliate programs

including Amazon – when you click on an affiliate link and then go on to make a purchase, at no cost to you, 

I receive a small commission. I use the money raised towards the cost of running this blog. I hope if you like 

the content of my blog, you will support me by clicking through these links to make your purchases. 

Thank you!

Jen xoxo