Monday, May 21, 2018

Koi Tags - Alcohol Inks + Die Cutting

Hi crafty friends, I hope you are having a great week!

Today I have made a trio of tags combining alcohol inks and die cutting techniques. To start with I have created alcohol ink backgrounds on Yupo paper and since I'm not experienced with this type of inks I only used one color (slate) for all three backgrounds. Unexpectedly, as the ink was drying more colors developed like some shades of teal and purple - that was actually perfect for me as I was going for a watery look.

To tell you the truth, I was not particularly happy with the outcome and thought that those backgrounds themselves were not enough to make a project fabulous. But throwing them away was not an option too so how could I make them work for me? The answer is simple - die cutting! Die cutting is always a good idea so I added a negative pattern created with the collage die and it instantly brought everything together!

To create focal images I used Lovely Koi die with some foiled cardstocks plus added silver embossed sentiment strips and some sequins - and my tags were finally brought to life!


Watch the beginning to end video tutorial for more detailed instructions!








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5 comments:

  1. Hi Okga, beautiful projects as always, I fell out with my alcohol inks a long time ago as I didn't like effect
    but will be trying this method of die cutting them and hope they turn out as beautiful as yours.
    Nancyd xx

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  2. They look so beautiful! When I first saw them on IG, I thought they were shaker cards, and that you had used vellum for the wavy bits! Now you have made me need even more crafty supplies!

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  3. Love these! Beautiful tags and lovely backgrounds.

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  4. How do you come up with such great ideas?

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  5. Gourgeous Olga, I love Koi, so elegant fish.

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