Creating with Solvent Inks

October 2, 2011

in Card Ideas, Creating

Webster’s dictionary defines solvent as “a substance, usually a liquid, which dissolves another substance.” This can describe any liquid – including water. But in the ink world, the term is used to describe any ink that is not water-based. The solvent is really a carrier fluid to keep the ink in liquid form. Once the ink is applied , the solvent evaporates. This week we played with StazOn by Tsukneko, a solvent-based ink designed for decorating non-porous and semi-porous surfaces, such as metal, shrink plastic, acrylic, cellophane, aluminum foil, leather and some glass surfaces. It dries in about 3-5 minutes on non-porous surfaces. It comes in 31 colors. Cleanup is easy with StazOn All-Purpose Cleaner.  Other solvent inks that we sell at Creating Lasting Memories include Copic markers and Adirondack Alcohol Inks.

In class tomorrow we will make a card using the acetate-tissue paper technique, also called “Caught in Crystal.” You can read all about it here.

This is a picture of the card we will be making using one of Tim Holtz’s new Christmas cling sets.  I love this angel:


This card glitters and shines but all that glitz is captured under the acetate so there is no mess.  Wouldn’t these be lovely Christmas cards?  Here is a close-up of that shine:

angel 1

Join us for class tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. if you can. It’s gonna be fun!


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