Alcohol Ink Hearts

Last week, I shared some quick ways of using your gel plate and existing stamps/dies to create some quick love notes. Today, I show you how you can use alcohol inks to make some beautifully interlaced hearts without much effort. Also, without any “extra” stuff.

If you want to turn these into cards, just trim and mount your substrate on cardstock. Or you can even have these framed in different colors and hang in your craft room! Wouldn’t a rainbow of hearts look really pretty?

Masking Fluid + Alcohol Inks

This first video involves painting a heart shape with masking fluid and applying alcohol inks after it is completely dry. I didn’t like the white lines it left as I peeled it off, so I went overboard in decorating it. Also, I think I could have used blending solution to make the area around the heart a bit more muted. This feels very busy to me.

All products used in this painting can be found here.

Cookie Cutter + Alcohol Inks

For my second heart, I decided to use a more “rigid” boundary. Say hello to my cookie cutter! I found this to be a better way to “contain” the inks and really liked the “halo” effect I was able to create by dipping a paper napkin in alcohol and smearing it around. I will warn you, though: this cookie cutter approach is addictive! There’s no way you’ll do just one and stop!

All products used in this painting can be found here.

Cookie Cutter + Alcohol Inks (sans background)

For this last heart, I used the same cookie cutter technique but this time I was quick in picking up my heat gun and stop the flow of ink under the plastic. I will remind you to please be careful when using a heat gun. It’s important to keep moving back and forth and not burn the paper or yourself! I really like this effect without the background … it has a level of “purity” to it, I think.

All products used in this painting can be found here.

Do you have a favorite from these? Have you tried making alcohol ink paintings with masking fluid and cookie cutters before? I’d love to hear from you!

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