Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Lyla's Patriotic Inspired Alcohol Ink Tags

It's time for another new theme over at TFJB Inspiration Ave! Lyla here; taking you for another journey of inspiring makes for the next two weeks, and this one is something that most everyone enjoys getting messy with: "All About Alcohol"! Owner of The Funkie Junkie Boutique, Linda Coughlin, has been extremely busy setting up CLEARANCE SALES and you can find just about anything you need at a rediculously low price right now, so take advantage of the sales and enjoy and bit of peaceful summer with the bright colors of Alcohol Inks!

Take a load off and I'll show you what I came up with! 

I dug up some of that (retired) Tim Holtz Kraft Core Seasonal stack to use for this project. I chose an Etcetera Tag and a No. 8 Ranger Tag also.

Here's your List of LINKS:

I began just experimenting a bit. It's been a while since I've played with Alcohol Inks.

Grandson Cole is very interested in the Distress Inks and this was his first time seeing me get out the Alcohol Inks, so I showed him a bit of how-to.

Mine didn't turn out very great looking. Bleah! 

In fact, this wasn't how I remembered it at all. So I went to Tim's Blog and looked up some of my favorite ever "The 12 Tags of  (Year): July" Tutorials in his Blog Archives. Just looking at the phots brought back the memories of How-To, for myself anyway.

Here's where the Alcohol Ink was used, so I took this idea...

... and the stars idea from this Tag...

...and the tearing, sewing, and stamping from this Tag.

First off; re-creating a better AI background with YUPO. Remember Tim yelling out "Helllo, YUPO!" when he first introduced it?!

I started with Crimson and Sail Boat Blue- just like back then, but added a new-since-then Mixative of Gunmetal. I popped a few drops onto one side of my overlapped 2 sheets of YUPO, then used my old Distress Marker blower and puffed on the AI till it ran across the page's width.  I liked it, but needed a brownish tone too...

... So I popped a few drops of Sepia onto the Gunmetal Mixative area. Then puffed it across with the blower.

I still didn't think I had all the color tones I wanted, so I picked up some Antique Linen Distress Oxide ReInker and blew a few drops of that across as well. Since the Antique Linen is DO, it needed to be heat dried. Looking at my new AI creation, I was hit with several thoughts:
1) I should tear it - to match up with my idea for the backside of the Tag, and 
2) I should turn it upside down so the blue is on the top, which led me to think;
3) I should add 3 Adornment Stars onto that blue area.

So I tore it, then I found some (retired) TH sticky-back canvas cloth substrate sheets. (These were REEEEALLY retired, folks!) I spaced out the AI pieces and then sewed each to the substrate, with the sticky-back still on.  Now, it looked like it was taking on the shape of the idea in my mind!

My next move was to use my sets of (retired) fave TH Stamp Sets onto some Clear Dura Lar sheets. I used Jet Black Archival Ink, but I kind of wavered on it before deciding to go ahead.

I carefully trimmed away only what I needed: I LOVE this old TH paperie and hoard it! My TH Rotary Trimmer is a DREAM to use - it came in handy for making these edges clean.

I did quite a bit of sanding down the TH Seasonal Kraft Core. Then gave it some Distress Oxide Vintage Photo inking- the Tag got some, too. 

I had another linen-colored TH sticky-back Canvas substrate, so I sewed these to match the front side of the Tag.

Distressing some Idea-ology... my fave details!

I also got out that roll of wired paper Americana ribbon I've used sparingly on my fave projects. I added in some more of the trim to the back of cut down TH Collage Strips made a cute little mini-Tag to tuck inside the ribbon Tag.

Here's the Set of 3 Tags
In plenty of time for an ALL-AMERICAN JULY 4TH!

FRONT of Tag Set
I switched it around because of the middle Tag's star. I didn't get a closeup of the Americana Ribbon Tag's little add-on: it's a piece of the Filmstrip Ribbon's packaging sample they gromet to the outside of the pkg.
I added in a "1941" airplane Remnant Rubs (retired Correspondence??).

Closeups of FRONTS... 

The TH Tiny Attacher came in handy for the TH Filmstrip Ribbon.

Here are the BACKSIDES to each Tag:

And some Closeups of the BACKS...

Stacked together.

That's ALL ABOUT ALCOHOL for ya!
Thanks! so very much for joining me for another new theme kickoff! Oh, but wait; there's more to come from the rest of the amazing TFJB Design Team! Check back every few days for more Inspiration Ave with Alcohol Ink fun! Grab some paper and AI and get a little messy with us these coming days.

Be sure to head over to 
The Funkie Junkie Boutique for Clearance deals you won't see again; at these prices, they'll go FAST!

Until next time...

Stay Safe &

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