Hello everyone! Today I'm sharing another project that I created for Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 Facebook live.  Here's a link to his blog post which features the facebook video and also a link to all the amazing designers.  For this project, I decided to create something with bold colours, instead of my usual vintage and distressed look.  I'm going to show you how I created this background with Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks.

My Sizzix Chapter 3 dies that I used are Bat Crazy and Ghost Town:

Also a Tim Holtz Cobweb Thinlits die (662375) which unfortunately has been retired.  There is still a corner cobweb die in the Mixed Media Halloween Thinlits set (661588) which is still available to purchase.  

I created my background with Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink , 8x10 Yupo Paper(non-porous synthetic paper) from Ranger Ink(tac63346), Alcohol Blending Solution (TIM9800), and various alcohol ink colours in the purple, yellow, and orange colours, plus Pitch Black.

To create the background, start with your lightest colours first (yellows).  I knew I wanted the yellows  near the bottom of my tray, behind the houses. 

 I added a few dots of the lightest yellow ink to my alcohol ink applicator and tapped this onto my Yupo paper.  Building on that, add in some dots of alcohol blending solution, then some darker yellow.  You are going to work into oranges and then the purple tones, and finally adding black to the purples near the top. The colours applied on top will eliminate the bottom colour, instead of blending together and creating muddy colours.  I liked the marbled look, so I didn't use a lot of blending solution and I tapped lightly. If you find that you have too much blending solution or ink on your applicator, just tap some off onto a piece of paper towel. Just experiment and have fun! If you would like more info or inspiration, Ranger Ink has some great Alcohol Ink Videos here.

My Ghost Town was die cut from Tim's Matte Black Alcohol Ink Cardstock(TAC65487).  Love this cardstock, it's a rich, velvety, matte, intense black.  How's that for descriptive adjectives! lol!  I also used solid pieces of yellow/orange coloured Yupo cardstock behind my houses.  These were hand-cut slightly smaller than the black silhouettes, then pop-dotted behind.  This way I could overlap them,  the middle one built up higher, and the houses and background behind didn't show through the windows. The tree is also in this set.  I die-cut a bunch of them in plain black cardstock, crumpled them and adhered to the inside bottom of my tray. A Halloween Quote Chip was added on the bottom.

My bats were die-cut from Tim Holtz Metallic Jewels Kraft Stock(th93781), then Black/purple Alcohol ink lightly tapped on top.  Love all the different sizes and shapes in this set of bats! Some were adhered to my die-cut cobweb in the corner.  The Vignette Tray was painted black, but I also used Woodgrain cardstock on the outer sides.  This was Sprayed with Black Soot Distress Spray Stain, then highlighted with purples.

I don't like leaving the back of a project unfinished, is that weird?  Even if you don't see it, I think it's kind of cool that there's another designed part of your project hidden from view.  I took a purple piece of Metallic Kraft stock, cut out three bats.  The piece was sanded, quite deep in some places and adhered to the back of my tray.  I replaced the bat cutouts with a different colour of Metallic cardstock and sanded my back again.  I applied Distress Ink(I think I used Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo,... I think) on top.

Hope this inspires you to get out those Alcohol Inks and create some fabulous Halloween backgrounds for these new Halloween dies!  I have more projects to share for Tim Holtz Chapter 3 Sizzix, hope you visit again!

Until next time,



scrappergirl56 said...

WOW,that background is so cool...yes, I will definitely be taking my Alcohol Inks out for a play this project!

AndrejaM said...

Wow! This is amazing!

sarascloset said...

Love that alcohol ink background, and I agree, the black alcohol ink paper is so rich! Perfect for the houses! Great project!

ann barnes said...

I am really in awe of this alcohol ink background! The colors truly set the scene and the glow that comes through is captivating! It’s very cool that you like to finish all sides of your work, I do the same, you never know when someone may want to pick it up! Thanks for sharing

Unknown said...

I am new to Alcohol inks. Can you tell me what colors you used? I just love this project. It's been one of my new favorites. I bought the two new dies plus I already had the corner web. Thank you again for making all of your great projects.

Felicitas CRAFT WORLD said...

Amazing really

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