Thursday 3 March 2016

ELIXIR OF MUSE using Alcohol Inks & Tissue Paper Stamping

Hi All.  Thanks for stopping by for a look at my latest project.

I have always wanted to make these 'glass' Apothecary Bottles 
& to label them
with these wonderful stamps of Wendy Vecchi's.


I wanted lots of layers on this project (some very subtle)
I am entering this project in the 'Layers' Challenge


The bottles are cut from acetate & coloured with various Alcohol Inks,
so remain translucent.
I wanted the base under the bottles to be textured with Crackle Paste. 
I didn't know how I could stamp the images so they could be read clearly 
& the crackle not covered up. 
Thanks to a recent post on 'One Lucky Day' I realised this was easily solved.
Check out the link to see what Paula created:

I made my first video which I have still attached below showing my creative process.
Lets just say I have to sort out some issues with resolution etc.
So I have come back today to include some photos of  the techniques used.
Please read on below if you are interested, Thanks

I started with a 6 x 6" piece of cardboard which I peeled at the edges to distress slightly.

I then applied a thin layer of Gold Embossing Paste (which dried very quickly) 
& then applied a thin uneven layer of Crackle Embossing Paste.
Let this air dry for best Crackle Effect.

I stamped my images on White Tissue Paper & the labels on Cardstock with Archival Ink

I cut out or tore the tissue paper around my stamping.
The torn edges allow the stamped paper to disappear into the background when applied to surface with Soft Matte Gel.

I die cut the Apothecary Bottles & feathers from Acetate Packaging & the birds from Cardstock.
I also cut the Small Easel stand from Cardboard.

All the Acetate pieces were coloured with layers of Alcohol Inks.
The birds were randomly stamped & coloured with Alcohol Ink as well.

I made two projects as I loved this technique so much.
The first I mounted using a worn antique frame.

The other I will give as a gift.  

I attached a stand made from the Easel Die from Sizzix so it will stand by itself.

I have included this video showing some of the processes I used.

This is the first video I have made so please be kind! 

I am very pleased with the end results & discovering this process.  
Hope you enjoyed it too & maybe also become a little inspired to create.
BYE for now


  1. Fantastic texture and layers in your gorgeous piece! Thanks so much for sharing your art with us at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge!

  2. Brilliant Deb!!! I loved seeing how this gorgeous project came together. Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x