Thursday, September 27, 2012

Dry Embossed Metal Foil & Alcohol Inks!

Today I wanted to share the technique I've been messing with for quite a while. 
Dry embossing metal foil then artfully inking with Alcohol Inks.
I shared this little snippet yesterday.....
Ranger - Summer CHA 11 011

And here you go....

I start off with a bit of metal foil...whatever brand you care for will work.

Dry Embossed Metal & AI's 001

Flip it over and stamp your design on the back as shown...  It's best if you use less detailed stamps or if they do have lots of details (like the webs) make sure it is an image that you can leave off part of the lines but still get the same effect.  For example, I will only be tracing about 1/2 of the lines in the web.  I will still get the same look but it won't be too detailed that the design is lost.

Dry Embossed Metal & AI's 002

Next I flip it back over to the front and apply my first layer of Alcohol Inks down.  Since I'm going halloween I thought it would be appropriate to use purples for the background & orange for the pumpkin.

Dry Embossed Metal & AI's 003 Dry Embossed Metal & AI's 005

Flip it back to the stamped side.  Now using a dry embossing stylus, the tip of a ball point pen, or whatever else you have on hand that has a dull point and begin tracing the images you have stamped.

Dry Embossed Metal & AI's 006

My traced pumpkin.....

Dry Embossed Metal & AI's 007

and webs....

Dry Embossed Metal & AI's 008

Next if desired you can pick up some of the color off of various areas by using a paint brush dipped in Ink Blending Solution.    I pick up the color on the brush and wipe it off on scrap paper.  Works very nice.  I like to do this if I have areas that I want to add specific colors...

Dry Embossed Metal & AI's 009

As you can see I went back in and added Sunshine Yellow, Espresso & Citrus to the eyes, vine & stem.

Dry Embossed Metal & AI's 011

Now it's time to apply a darker color to the Ink Applicator Felt (in this case Pitch Black).  You will lightly swipe the ink across the embossed (raised) areas.  This adds highlights in all the right places to really make your design pop!

Dry Embossed Metal & AI's 012

And here is the card that the sneak peek came from!
My foundation colors were Citrus Green and Sailboat Blue.  I used Purple Twilight to add highlights.  The flowers were also inked with Purple Twilight, Sunshine Yellow (center) and Pesto on the leaves.

Ranger - Summer CHA 11 009
I didn't stamp the flower, those were just die-cut from some of the foil, inked, embossed then layered.
Ranger - Summer CHA 11 010
So you see by using stamps, tools and ink supplies already in your stash you can create amazing looking stamps in a very short amount of time!
Fun huh?
NOW, I've got a cool little tease for you all....
Since October is the month of MYSTERY... (hint hint)
October 3rd I will have a special treat for you all...
Something I believe Ink Stained readers, scrapbookers, mixed media artists and 
card makers alike will enjoy....
With help from a friend I am going to whisk you away to the enchanting city of New Orleans for a bit of holiday fright!!!
But I won't give it all away just yet.
You'll have to come back then to find out what's up :)


  1. That is really cool! I'll have to give that a try!

  2. Love this simple technique....results are spectacular! I've been playing with metal too so I will add this to my list to try. I especially like a new way to use my alcohol inks!

  3. Very cool technique! Thanks for the awesome tutorial :)

  4. Roni, once again you have given us an amazing project to make our own. I think this technique is one of my favorites!
    Thank you for your creative generosity!

  5. How cool is that! Thank yo for sharing!

  6. Great projects!! The metal gives an extra umph to the colors! They look great!

  7. Awesome technique! I love to use AIs and this is one I haven't tried! And I can't wait!

  8. Love this technique! Thanks for another great idea using supplies I already own. My husband really appreciates that, too. :)

  9. So cool. Will definitely have to play with/try it. Thank you so much for sharing.


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