Alcohol Ink: Stunning Jewelry Dishes to Make and Gift

Alcohol Ink: Stunning Jewelry Dishes to Make

Alcohol ink jewelry dishes are easy to create, and make beautiful handmade gifts. Caution: you may become obsessed with this creative art.Alcohol Ink Jewelry DishesI

I’m a big proponent of making gifts for the holidays. I enjoy making them and I think most people enjoy receiving them. Little dishes are always useful in the home. I love using them for my earrings at the end of the day. Originally I thought about using sharpies with alcohol to make pretty dishes but then I ran across alcohol inks.

Back to today’s Alcohol Ink Jewelry Dish Tutorial:

Ceramic dishes
Alcohol Inks
Canned Air
Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol 91%
Cotton Swabs
Protective Spray Gloss

If you haven’t tried alcohol inks yet, you are in for a treat. I love the transparent look they have, somewhat like very intense watercolors. I played around the many techniques and patterns you can easily create with these beautiful paints, but my favorite (no surprise) is making flowers.

The Process:
First clean your dishes with rubbing alcohol.

Then place one drop of ink in the center and watch it bloom.

Place a second drop on top. I used the gold for the second drop but you can experiment with different colors.

Next choose a color for the petals.

Place a drop just outside the center of the flower and use the canned air to shoot the ink up and out making a petal. Continue around with this color creating petals or add another color, in between, over top, the fun never ends.

Note: Don’t like what you see? Use a paper towel and the rubbing alcohol to remove it and start over. 

When you are all done wait a day and give it a couple of coats of varnish to protect your masterpiece. I ended up using a whole can of air to make twelve dishes, including experimenting and starting over a couple of times.

This may be my favorite, but that’s probably because I’m partial to blue. There were so many combinations to create with the kit I purchased but if you have a specific color combo in mind you can easily find it.

For example, this set did not have a red, and maybe you want to make a Christmas themed flower or dish

Source: Alcohol Ink: Stunning Jewelry Dishes to Make and Gift


DIY Roundup: 25 Easy and Creative Sharpie Crafts

Very nice. However I’ve found that sharpies don’t stay as well when you actually want them to! I have to try these ideas, especially the pillows.

DIY Roundup: 25 Easy and Creative Sharpie Crafts – Yes Missy! | a lifestyle blog.

Common Greeting Card and The Envelope Sizes They Love

If you make cards, thought this might be interesting to you. The envelope sizes helps you use an envelope template or scoring board such as Martha Stewart or Stampin Up.

Envelope size – 4-3/8” x 5-3/4”
Card paper size – 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” (half a letter sized sheet)
Finished card size – 4-1/4” x 5-1/2”

Envelope size – 4-3/4 x 6-1/4
Card Paper Size – 8” x 12-1/4”
Card finished size – 4-1/2” x 6-1/8”

Envelope Size – 4-3/4” x 6-1/2”
Card Paper Size – 9-1/4” x 6-1/4”
Card finished size– 4-5/8” x 6-1/4”

Envelope Size – 5-1/4” x 7-1/4”
Card Paper Size – 7” x 10”
Card finished size – 5” x 7”

Envelope Size – 5-5/8” x 8-5/8”
Card Paper Size – 8-1/2” x 11”
Card finished size– 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”

DIY Easy Enamel Dots, Redesigned Embellishments Using Nail Polish

One of the best uses of old nail polish. Wished I had thought of this. This is a video. Pretty cool. Who doesn’t have old nail polish sitting around. Let me know how these turn out for you. DIY Easy Enamel Dots, Redesigned Embellishments and more! – Above Rubies Studio | Above Rubies Studio.

The Letter of the Day is Y: “Y” is for Y We Create


It’s kind of lame but my brain is shot. It’s a good topic though.

We all have our own reasons for crafting/creating, be it in wood or recycled goods or food or paper or fabric or…? I think I was born with a creative gene. Not being able to exercise that gift would be for me,  like not breathing. I love beautiful, colorful, sparkly things. i also think there’s a bit of pride involved too. I feel that in most cases I can do things better! Can I really do it better? Most of the time I think so, other times I have to take my hat off to those who are more capable at it. 

My husband believes I am too busy and says things like, “You need to stop doing so much”. My answer is “What should I get rid of?  I love everything I do.”  They are my passions.  I figure I can sleep when I am dead.

Right now, I am tThe Tomato Lady, I sell 7500 tomato and pepper plants for about a month a half in the spring of the year. The rest of the time I am a freelance graphic designer and the creativity just spills over into the greeting cards I make, the embroidery I do, the quilts I sew, the earrings I make, my flowers, even the food I cook. 

I live therefore I create. Why do you?