These images from Lost Coast Designs are all fictional creatures with beautiful detail and designs. Sometimes I color them realistic colors to downplay the "aud"ness and other times I play it up with bizarre colors. They are a great size for the center image on a card, leaving lots of room for embellishing or for ATCs. I colored all my images in advance using Prismacolor Pencils. Read more for information on how to create the alcohl ink backgrounds, a list of supplies and larger images.
Sometimes I have a hard time going from an image I love to creating a good layout for it. Once I get something I like for one, often I follow the same formula for a few more cards. My formula here uses:
1 Lost Coast Background image, used as a resist for alcohol inks,
1-2 Lost Coast border stamps,
1 Spellbinders Die
As you can see from the close up, by stamping a background image using Ranger Inkssentials Watermark Resist ink (Formerly called Clear Resist) and then using a felt applicator to apply alcohol inks mixed with blending solution, you can see the patten through. It is subtle but adds a lot of texture and interest to an alcohol ink background. The gray colored sample uses the Flagstone Background with slate adirondack alcohol ink and blender solution and the caramel/stream alcohol ink background uses the White Waves background. I used the Alligator Skin Background with latte and eggplant alcohol inks to create the background on the rhino below. The darker frame was cut from the background and I went over it again with espresso alcohol ink and blender solution on my felt applicator.