I love when you make happy little accidental discoveries when you are crafting. I wanted to create a card with spooky bottles die cut from Tim Holtz Frosted sheets. I thought if I adhered two layers together I could make flat bottles that could be filled. I thought that they would be perfect for the front of a card. And then I wondered what would happen if I added alcohol ink to color the Frosted material first. I think it is important once in a while to ask “what if” and experiment with our supplies. What you discover just might rock your world a little!
Die cut two bottles from Frosted using the Tim Holtz Apothecary Bottle die.
Lay one bottle die cut on a craft sheet. I placed the side up that felt slightly smoother. Run a thin line of Glossy Accents around the sides and bottom of the bottle.
Drip a few drops of alcohol ink on the bottle die cut.
Sprinkle a small amount of glitter on the bottle over the ink. Be careful to not get it into the Glossy Accents if possible.
Place the second die cut on top of the first sandwiching the alcohol ink and glitter between the two layers. The Glossy Accents keeps the ink “inside” the bottle and adheres the two bottles together around the edges. Drying takes some time. I would suggest letting the bottle side 30 minutes to an hour.
When the Glossy Accents is dry, ink the edges of the bottle with a Coffee Archival Ink pad. Brush the edge of the bottle directly on the pad for an inked edge.
When the brown ink is dry, add a black inked edge also. Ink the bottle stoppers with brown and black ink also.
Add a touch of Glossy Accents to the stoppers and insert them into the top of the bottles.
Apply Remnant Rubs to Vial Labels to use as embellishments on the jars. You can also gently apply Remnant Rubs directly onto the bottles.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of the Vial labels and then apply the to the bottles.
The magic discovery is that the alcohol ink in the bottle doesn’t dry, it stays fluid inside the bottle. If you touch the bottle it will move around.
Take care as you handle the bottle to not bend it. Bending the Frosted material can break the bond of the Glossy Accents. If you “break” the bottle open lay the pieces out to dry and use for another project. Once the glitter gets into the edge you won’t be able to seal it again. In this example, I added too much ink and got a little carried away squishing it around. I let the two pieces dry and will use them on a tag later.
To create the card, fold a jumbo #12 manila tag in half. Trace the front of the tag onto a piece of pattern paper. The 6×6 blocks in the Laboritorie paper stash are perfect for the card front.
Cut along the pencil line. Adhere the paper to the front of the card. Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of the card.
Place the Gothic Layering Stencil over the front of the card. Use an ink blending tool to pounce over the stencil to apply the design with Black Soot Distress Ink randomly to the pattern paper.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink to the corners of the pattern paper and to the edges.
Arrange your bottles on the front of the card, adhering each with foam tape hidden behind the label.
Add a Remnant Rub sentiment to the card along the right front edge. Be sure to ink the inside edges of the card so that the parts that show will match the front of the card.
Spread Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles over the corners of the card as desired to add a light touch of glitter to the background.
The dried Distress Stickles adds a very light touch of glitter when dry.
On the small bottle, I added silver alcohol ink mixative instead of glitter.
It makes the “potion” inside more opaque and cloudy.
When you touch it the silver moves around, almost like it is floating in the other ink. When I put the front on this bottle a bit of the ink leaked out the side and created a drip down the right side of the bottle. I love how that drip dried making it like the potion had oozed out of the bottle!
The bottles are not air tight so I really don’t know long term if the ink will stay fluid. More than 8 hours after I made them though, they are still fluid and haven’t leaked.
In time they may dry up leaving a clear bottle with areas of color. Even if it is temporary, I am going to have fun squishing the ink around a bit! I do think that if you were to make these bottles for a card that you would want to hand deliver the card. I don’t think they would handle being mailed since the bond between the two bottle layers can be broken so easily.
I think this is one of the most fun discoveries I have had in a while. It is just plain fun and so cool looking! I think it is a good reminder to experiment and ask yourself “what if?”. You just never know what little arty discovery you may make!