Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Show & Hels... SnowCap Alcohol Ink & Kraft Glassine... Plus A Giveaway!!!

Goodly Morning! Cor blimey, who has been fast forwarding this month already?? I can't believe that we are nearly half way through December already! Anyways... tis my day for the Artistic Stamper Creative Team today, and as is usual for this time of the month, I have made a tag to giveaway. To see all the deets on how to win the tag, please CLICK HERE. You may have noticed that in the title of this post I have said it is a Show & Hels... well, it is! I was planning on doing a Show & Hels on Saturday, as is the norm... however, having been near deaths' door for 48 hours (ok, not quite that close but feeling it lol) I didn't get chance... time to rectify that, so we have a Tuesday Show & Hels instead. Before I crack on with the pics for the Step by Steps, here's a sneak peek at the finished tag that is being given away... and on it are some of the diecuts I have made using this fab technique.

So... the technique is colourizing Kraft Glassine with SnowCap Alcohol Ink. During the 12 Tags, the Duke of Distress was using Kraft Glassine, coloured with green shades of Alcohol Ink and then die-cutting the Glassine to make gorgeous holly leaves... oohlalalaaa, I love the look of this and being as I have a bottle of SnowCap which I hadn't tried, I thought I would give it a go. If you look at the bottom of the tag, there's a snowflake border... and at the top of the tag there's a couple of snowflakes... well, these have been cut from Glassine that has had the SnowCap treatment. Here's a list of the stash you will need to do this technique:

Kraft Glassine
SnowCap Alcohol Ink
Metallic Mixatives - Gold
Non Stick Craft Sheet
Heat Tool
Blending Tool
Blending Solution
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Paper Towel/Inky Binky


Shake the SnowCap ink really well, you should be able to hear a little ball rattling around inside the bottle... if you can't hear it, tap the bottle sharply onto your desk, this should dislodge the ball and make it rattle. It is important that the SnowCap is really well mixed before you use it as the contents do separate when not used. Apply three generous squirts of SnowCap onto the felt on your Blending Tool.


Apply the SnowCap onto your Kraft Glassine; you can pop this onto to the paper in exactly the same way you would apply other Alcohol Inks. Make sure that the coverage is pretty even.


Once you have covered the whole sheet, use a heat tool to dry the ink... because the Glassine has a coating on it, the SnowCap will sit on top of the paper until heat dried. You will see as you apply heat to the paper that is goes very shiny, this is the coating on the paper melting slightly. As soon as the heat is removed, it goes back to matte.


Give the Metallic Mixative bottle a really good shake, this too has a ball inside the bottle to help agitate the contents. Pop three drops of the Mixative onto a clean piece of felt on your Blending Tool. You don't need much Mixative as it is really concentrated.


Dab the Blending Tool onto the Glassine... you can add as much or as little as you prefer - you can also use different Mixative colours to suit your own tastes too :O))

Pop a little bit of Blending Solution onto your felt... covering your Mixative dots so they bleed out slightly. Apply these in a dabbing motion onto the Glassine... you will see that the gold dots on the Glassine blend in more... if you prefer a more splotchy look then use less Blending Solution. If you find you have used too much and the Glassine paper is showing through, simply add some more SnowCap over the top and heat dry again.


**You will see on this photo that you can't really notice the Mixative that has been blended... it is there, I just couldn't get the angle of the camera right to pick it up** Shake your Metallic Mixative bottle up again... the contents of the bottle do settle quite quickly. Shake drops of Mixative over your Glassine - like popping vinegar on chips (ooh, chips, who said chips lol)


Use your heat tool to dry the surface of the Glassine, the Mixative will bubble every so slightly, this is normal.


Once your Glassine is completely dry, scrumple it up into a ball. This is going to add lots of lovely crackles and peaks to the surface. You may see some of the SnowCap going a bit powdery and coming off... this is normal, depending on the thickness of the coat of SnowCap.


Open the Glassine out flat and use a paper towel or cloth (see my disgusting dirty inky binky there!) to wipe off any dust that has settled onto the Glassine.


Apply your Vintage Photo Distress Ink directly to the Glassine, it will collect on the peaks in the scrumples... you don't need to press on very hard and I did notice that some of the white had collected on the ink pad, I just wiped it onto some scrap paper and it came back to normal.


Using a heat tool, dry the whole piece of Glassine. As before, you will see that as the heat hits it, it goes shiny - wet looking... and as soon as the heat is removed, it goes back to matte... this is normal :O))


I have used my Glassine to die cut lots of different shapes... you could also use it to make a ruffle or a flower or a banner border... the choice is yours!

I hope that you like this technique and find it helpful... ooh and before I go... if you leave me a comment here as well as over on the Artistic Stamper Creative Team blog, I will enter your name twice into the hat to win the tag. Right, time for bed already.... thanks for looking... and... as ever... TTFN!

Hels x


Dee in N.H. said...

How awesome! I must get me some of that glassine stuff! Love the look with the snowcap! Very pretty tag!

ellen vargo said...

FAB technique! Love, love, love! Hope you're feeling better... talk soon! Love ya! Els xxx

inkypinkycraft said...

A simply stunning tag and now I need snowcap fixative, well may be too late for Santa! Fab show and Hels, thanks hugs trace x

Neil said...

Lovely tutorial. Nice and straightforward so even numptys like me should be able to do it! Thanks for sharing.

shirley said...

Fab tutorial Hels! I just got some glassine.

Helen said...

Amazing look - I haven't got the snowcap alcohol ink - an error there I think!! Great tag, too. Good to see you back on form.

ElizabethR said...

Am liking this. Have some HOTP glassine paper from yonks ago, so will have a practice on that when I get back from work. Hugs Elizabeth x

maska said...

Thanks for the tutorial.
Pretty tag. :)

Elaine said...

Great Glassine tutorial. Used this on my tag for Sunday Stamper but I'm playing hunt the camera cable again!! Will link it up today...I hope!

fatmonica said...

Fabulous technique!the tag's gorgeous!

Barb Cady said...

You are such a great tutor Hels, really clear and inspiring. I am back from my short break and ready to craft so thanks for the great technique! Glad you're feeling better xx

Barb Cady said...

You are such a great tutor Hels, really clear and inspiring. I am back from my short break and ready to craft so thanks for the great technique! Glad you're feeling better xx

Alison Horne said...

Fabby show and Hels, another alchohol ink I NEED. Have to pop to Blade Rubber on way home and hope they have some.Good to see Inky Binky again, he's so cute, and better than killing loads of trees by using paper towels.Hope you are loads better.xx

Joanne said...

Oh! I thought 12 tags had turned into 13 with that tutorial. I will be giving that a go for sure. Thanks Hels. Glad you are better too.
Hugs Joanne xx

Kirsten Alicia said...

Wow Hels, that's utterly fab!!!! Thanks for the great tut, I must get myself some snowcap. Off to the AS blog to have a gander at your tag...........

Izzwizz said...

Lovely tutoorial, I love the look of those golden crackly bits :-)

Kathy Eddy said...

Ooooh, I love this! Thanks for sharing, I will be trying this out for sure!

whyducks said...

A great technique Hels, lovely. Hope you are better now. x

Shazza said...

wowzers!!! Fabby stuff Hels, I love your glassine tut as much as Tim's. Thank you for the chance to win x

Caz said...

Nice one Hels....waiting for some glassine to arrive so I can try it out.
Super tag...as usual!!
Hope you're feeling a lot better now.

Lottie said...

Oh my - what a brilliant experiment - and how gorgeous and luscious and lovely.

I must look up the glassine

Keep well, so glad that your are feeling better than you did - but I want you to feel betterer still!

Julia Watts said...

Fab tutorial. Will have to give that a go! Love, Julia xxx

Sandra said...

thanks Hels - this is wonderful!
Sandra ltb

craftimamma said...

Fabulous technique Hels, thanks for sharing the details. I just bought some of the Snowcap mixative so must have a go.

Sorry I've been a poor commentor for the past week but our new Grandson decided to arrive a week ago so I've been away from home looking after his big sister.

I'm glad to see from your next post that you are feeling better now.

Lesley Xx

Wanda H said...

This is wonderful, Hels!!!! Very cool!!! And a beautiful tag!!!! That I would soooooooooooooooooo Love to win!!!

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