Friday, August 1, 2008

Distressing Acrylic (Embossing and Alcohol ink)



Ready for more fun with acrylic? This is a technique that I've experimented while I'm doing an assignment for "My Acrylic Album". This technique can only be done on thick quality acrylic such as the ones manufactured by "My Acrylic Album".

Here's the steps to it.

1) First of all, stamped some images using embossing ink on your acrylic embellishment or pages and later heat emboss it with some embossing powders. You can absolutely use any colour of embossing powders. You could also heat embossed the edges of the acrylic embellishment.(Tip: try to use a colour that coordinates with your colour theme of the page. There might be some messiness while you try to tilt the extra embossing powder away. Just use a dry brush and lightly brush them away.) (Caution: Not to overheat your acrylic during embossing. Try to keep a little distance between the heating tool and your acrylic. The acrylic will bend a little after heat embossing but it will return to normal when it has cooled down.)

2) Then, drip a few drops of alcohol ink on it and spread the ink around the embossed image with a brush. You could drip some blending solution to thin the alcohol ink and ease the painting process. Then add another colour of alcohol ink on to it and also more blending solution. Try to do this until you get the colours and the effect you want. (Tip: try not to paint on top of the embossed image for more than once or twice as it will remove the embossed image from the acrylic.)

When it dries, you will get a very cool distressed acrylic piece to work with.

10 comments:

Stine66 said...

FUN - that I must Try . Thanks for sharing !

Fryne said...

great idea - I like those acrylic buttons very much. I'll try this technique for sure!

finnabair said...

mmmmmm it looks like something right for me..thanks for the inspiration!

Jenna Franklin said...

LOVE this! Going to have to try it since I found a trimmer that will cut acrylic this thick!

croppin carla said...

Wow now that looks like something that I am gonna have to try. Thanks for all the great tips....you are the bomb!

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

What a cool idea Irene!! I would have thought that using a heat gun on acrylic would melt it!.....I can't wait to try this!!...I've added you to my fav bloggers....love your ideas!

~Gabi xx

Prettier Stuff said...

Irene, You never cease to amaze me. This is fantastic. Do you ever sleep? I myself try to get by with as little as possible because there are so many things I want to do. My blogspot is ihaveprettierstuff.blogspot.com You have inspired me to do all kinds of new things. Thank You! Melissa

paulien710 said...

You are sooooooo BRILLIANT!!!!!

Totally love this.
TFS

~~Lisa~~ said...

Wow! This looks like so much fun! I'll have to try it out! Thanks!

infinity01 said...

LoVe your work!!! so creative absolutly my inspiration

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