Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Isle of Aud Safari Cards

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
1 Button

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.


  1. Gorgeous background treatment!! "Wild" images!

  2. Love this background technique. WIll be trying it very soon.