Showing posts from December, 2019

Holiday Decorative Tile with Alcohol Ink and Vinyl Decal

Thought I'd squeak one more holiday craft post in before the end of the year. In November I cut a bunch of vinyl decals and ended up making Thanksgiving tiles and a Hogwarts Crest tile , but I had one leftover decal from that cutting session. So I weeded my vinyl decal (pealed up all the excess vinyl) and set it aside and got out my alcohol inks , a craft ma t, some canned air , and a 6 x 6 inch white ceramic tile. In between other inking projects, I made several attempts and creating a winter night sky with my alcohol inks. All of them failed miserably. Most of the time on these craft tutorial websites, they don't share the mistakes, but I thought I'd show you a bit of my process. After each spectacular failure, I sprayed it down with rubbing alcohol and wiped it off with a paper towel. After some initial irritation, I decided I shouldn't use any blacks or grays so the black decal would show up. I also nixed the northern lights and sunset att

Merry Christmas Ornament Collection

Merry Christmas! To celebrate, I thought I'd share a link to all of my Christmas Ornament Tutorials . From Sarah Jane's Craft Blog to all of you. Happy Holidays!

Alcohol Ink on Wooden Ornaments

If you follow the blog, you may remember a few weeks ago I posted about buying a stash of these wood ornament blanks on Amazon. I started by spray painting those and then using plastic wrap and alcohol ink to decorate them. While I was preparing those with spray paint, I made a bunch of extras. I spray painted some silver and even sealed a few with acrylic sealer so they would still be wood colored. I laid them out in cardboard boxes and sprayed one side and let it dry and then flipped them over and painted the other. The acrylic sealed ones I sprayed just one side on because I wasn't sure that the sealer would be enough to allow me to ink the wood. I didn't even get a picture of them because they were an experiment (that and it's the holiday season and everything is a bit rushed). I started out with the white sprayed ornaments. I laid out a craft mat (actually two because the canned air sprays ink everywhere if you're not careful) and dug out my ca

Alcohol Ink and Spray Paint Ornaments

Last year I made some ornaments by spraying paint into some plastic ball ornaments . In previous years I decorated ornaments (both glass and plastic ball ornaments) with alcohol ink. This year, I combined the two methods and made alcohol ink and spray paint ornaments. It wasn't exactly what I had set out to do, but they turned out neat in spite of my plans. I started out by spraying some paint into a few ball ornaments. I was going to try to get solid coverage and then ink the outside of the ornaments, but I was having a hard time getting good coverage with my initial spray of paint. I sprayed into the openings, swirled the paint around, and then tipped the ornaments over to dry. They only got about half coverage (even less on the ones I painted with white paint). I could have continued to add layers of paint and let it dry until I got a good solid coverage, but I thought the partial coverage was kind of interesting, so I decided to ink the inside with the partial pa

Alcohol Ink Decorative Ceramic Tile Christmas Ornaments

I love making Christmas Ornaments . I have more than I need, but, I just can't help myself. So, when I was at the hardware store and saw these tiles, I knew I had to get them to make ornaments. They sell these "arabesque tiles" in sheets that are roughly 1 square foot. The sheet includes 18 tiles attached to a mesh backing. I opened the package and peeled the tiles from the backing, so I could work with them individually. Then I got out my alcohol  inks , a craft mat , and a can of air. I knew I wanted to use the metallic inks (Ranger calls theirs  mixatives ) to give them a nice shimmer and shine. It felt like a festive choice. I decided since I was adding the bling with metallics, that I'd stick with similar color shades as a base. So my first one was red. I chose a few shades of red and dripped them on the tile and blew them with the canned air. I layered lighter and darker shades of red and gold ink until the tile was compl

Plastic Wrap Alcohol Ink on Painted Wood Ornaments

A few weeks ago, Amazon had a lightning deal for a bag of 100 wooden ornament blanks . I knew I could do all sorts of fun stuff with them, so I snapped them up. I'm sure I'll be crafting cool ornaments with them for years to come, but here's my first project. I decided to paint a bunch of them so that I could ink them. I laid them in a layer on the bottom of a box and sprayed them with white spray paint. I had to do two layers on each side, and they still weren't quite 100% covered, but since I was going to be inking them, the most important part was that the ink wouldn't soak into the wood. I opted for my current favorite application method--plastic wrap. I have done several   projects with  this method . It's really easy and works great on white surfaces, especially ones that are just a bit porous so the ink can sink in just a bit, so I thought it'd be a perfect fit for the painted ornaments. I laid out a piece of plastic cling wra