gilded kraft glassine…

well bloggers it's almost monday and thanksgiving is just days away.  so i thought what better way to enjoy the fall season than to bring a little indoors the crafty way.  so i wanted to share this cool technique using alcohol inks and metallic mixatives on kraft glassine (since after all, glassine is a slick surface right?).  my friend wendy did a cool technique using snowcap mixatives on glassine a while back on her blog, but this one has a completely different effect on the kraft glassine.  one of the great things about kraft glassine is it's ability to maintain it's shape when you crumple it up so you can create dimensional elements.  this would be a great technique to create leaves for garland, table decor, and a variety of other ways to adorn your home – just in time don't you think?…enjoy…t!m

*don't forget these other kraft glassine ideas i posted on the blog too…

supplies: kraft glassine, adirondack alcohol inks/terra cotta/lettuce, metallic mixative/gold, blending solution, ink applicator tool, distress ink/walnut stain, tattered leaves die cut

start off with a sheet of kraft glassine.  this unique surface is perfect for working with alcohol inks to create this amazing effect…

step 1: apply a piece of felt to ink applicator tool.  shake metallic mixative and apply several drops on to felt.

step 2: apply several drops of a color of adirondack alcohol ink to ink tool  around mixative.

step 3: apply a squeeze of blending solution over ink and mixative on tool.

step 4: stamp inked tool repeatedly over kraft glassine until covered with color.  you can reapply any necessary inks or colors until the desired look is achieved.

step 5: the coolest part is this inked glassine dries almost immediately so there is no need for a heat tool.  check out the color variations i got – one has terra cotta w/gold, and the other lettuce w/gold.

step 6: crumple kraft glassine in your hand breaking through the coating of the paper and creating a great texture effect. 

step 7: see how wrinkling the glassine brings the accent alcohol ink color to the surface?

step 8: next rub the walnut stain distress pad directly over the raised areas to add some shadow – don't overink.

step 9: die cut about 5-6 layers of wrinkled glassine using tattered leaves die.

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564 Comments to “gilded kraft glassine…”

  1. Serina says:

    Heya are using WordPress for your blog platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and create my own. Do you need any html coding knowledge to make your own blog? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  2. It looks great mate. You’re very creative.

  3. Polo Outlet says:

    Your text is very beautiful, and I have a lot of sentiment while enjoying the beautiful words.I never know the things you wrote in your articles. Thank you for making me happy and telling me the principle we do thing by in such way.

  4. So beautiful and realistic, Tim! Thanks for showing how to do this…awesome technique!
    He IS Able!
    Traci Starkweather

  5. Angela C says:


  6. Jennie says:

    Love this tag! Such neat techniques, really inspiring. 🙂

  7. Michele Kramer says:

    Love love love the snowman.

  8. Karen Kuschel says:

    just purchased the pine cone die. love it! thanks so much for the time and effort you put forth for all of us 🙂

  9. izolda says:

    That is incredible! !!

  10. Love that effect T!m, thanks for the inspiration. Note to self – buy Glassine! I actually have everything else.

  11. Awesome! Awaiting your 12 days!

  12. izolda says:

    Wonderful tutorial and even more wonderful result! You are amazing! Thank you for sharing it!

  13. Alice Grant says:

    I’m just catching up on your blog (I’ve been unable to read your updates for the last few days), and I have to comment on this. I LOVE this technique and the leaves! They are absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I’ve been wanting to start a collection of alcohol inks and this proves to me why I need to get started NOW! Think I’ll be ordering some inks this weekend! Thanks for sharing this and for always providing fresh and fun ideas and projects! We love you Tim! 🙂

  14. Anita says:

    I bought a new Vagabond at Michaels store. However, when I unpacked the power cord it has an end on it like my dryer or freezer and obviously isn’t going to fit in my wall socket.
    WHAT CAN I DO????? You can imagine coming home excited with my purchase, eager to try it out…..and can’t. I appreciate any help.
    P.S. You can also reply to my personal email at:

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