Korinne Carpino ( @KorinneCarpinoArt ), a highly talented creative team contributor for the Alcohol Ink Art Community, guides you through the fun process of creating a stunning holiday angel greeting card using alcohol ink.
Whether you’re a seasoned artist or just starting your alcohol ink journey, this video is packed with tips and techniques to inspire your creativity.
This holiday season, give the gift of handmade art that captures the spirit of joy and celebration. With Korinne’s expert guidance, you’ll craft a beautiful and unique angel greeting card that will leave a lasting impression on your loved ones.
🎄Tools and Supplies
Let’s start with assembling our tools and supplies.
- Alcohol Inks dried in a Palette (example palette: https://amzn.to/3Qhz4Mw )
- @ranger_ink ink colors:
- Sailboat blue
- Teakwood (dark brown) or Sepia
- @jacquardproducts Pinata Brass
- @grafixarts DuraBright White (paper) (https://amzn.to/3QgpM3r)
I use a 4×6 piece initially that I later cut down to 4×5, then attached to the colored paper.
- Cardstock ( example: https://amzn.to/3PW3nab )
- Fantastix (https://amzn.to/3QeWMJq)
These are excellent for controlling the spread of your coloring.
- Pointed QTips
These come in handy when cleaning out the ink.
- Blender Pen (example: https://amzn.to/3FilPVK)
- Alcohol Ink Lift (https://amzn.to/3Qgs4zn) optional
- Stamps (example: https://amzn.to/46uCSzQ) optional
- Round Brushes (example: https://amzn.to/48WmSbx)
A blend of sizes help with delicate and extensive coloring.
- Isopropyl Alcohol 91%
- Paper Towel / Tissue
Step 1: The Background
Simply, I start by using my size six brush to spread a little alcohol on the pre-cut paper. Then I add shades of aqua using Ranger Inks. This results in a beautiful blend of Sailboat Blue, a hint of Aquamarine, and, for depth, a touch of Denim cooked thoroughly dry.
Pro tip: Allow the background time to dry completely to ensure proper texture.
Step 2: Adding Snow
I use ink lift on a stamp to accentuate a snowy background delicately. With the approach of this design, what truly matters is letting the lift ink rest for a bit to work its magic. Once the ink starts lifting, dab it with a paper towel, and wipe it clean with Kleenex. You’ll be left with the perfect snowy layer.
Step 3: Designing the Angel
Using the small fine point on the blending pen, I start tracing out an oval for the head and a tiny line for the neck. Now the real work begins: The shoulders with just the slightest curve. Wipe out the head with a QTIP and some alcohol for a clean base, then use the fine tip on the blending pen to sketch out the shape of your angel.
Step 4: Painting The Angel
Now begins the real fun – adding life to our card with the angel’s design. Initially, it’s best to let the ink do the work and allow it to naturally create the dress. I focus on keeping hard lines out of the dress itself. Then, with careful strokes, I paint in the face, neck, chest, and arms. My choice of colors is a warm latte and a dash of salmon to bring life to the skin tone.
The hair was made with swirls of sepia ink that was then broken up with a brush dampened with a little alcohol. Play around with this – your angel can have any style of hair you’d like!
Completing the angel design, I add the wings to give her a heavenly, adorable look. With just careful strokes of my brush, I create flowy ‘butterfly-like’ wings. Always remember – they should look natural, not too rigid or mechanical.
Finally, to make the design pop, I outline her silhouette, the dress, and the heart with shadow to give the effect of depth. Using my QTIP, I further refine the design, eliminating any remaining blue ink from the background and define her hair.
Step 5: Splattering the Gold
A little splatter of gold can be the perfect final touch to your card. I use Brass Jacquard Piñata, flicking the brush to achieve the best splatter effect. The final result is a gentle sparkle that enrichens the card’s appearance.
Step 6: Assembling the Card
Now that our drawing part is complete, it’s time to assemble the card. The final design is attached to colored paper and then a piece of cardstock. Once the card is assembled, I sign off with a gold brush pen.
And voila! Your very own DIY handmade Christmas card is ready to spread some holiday cheer!
This project was not just about demonstrating a step-by-step art project; it’s more about inspiring you to create your very own holiday cards with your choice of colors and themes. Keep experimenting, enjoy the process, and as always, Happy Inking!
Thank you for being a part of the Alcohol Ink Art Community. Let’s make this holiday season extra special with the magic of alcohol ink! ✨