Reported by Dana Vitek
I’m no stranger to alcohol inks, and have more than my fair share in my stash. So when the opportunity came up to test out these Piñata Alcohol Inks by Jacquard, I jumped at the chance.
I received the Piñata Exciter Pack. Somebody sure named that right… I was very excited! I started right in on some glass ornaments:
Dripped ink on the inside:
Two colors of ink, swirled around:
I had some Jacquard Lumiere (a sparkly paint) in my stash, so I thinned that out with some rubbing alcohol, and added it to the mix:
Spray glue + glitter:
Here they are on my tree:
I love how true the colors of the Piñata inks are. The red is a true red, the blue a true blue. It can be difficult to find alcohol inks with such vibrant hues. Not anymore!
Next up, I pulled out a bunch of metal ornaments that I picked up 90% off last year. They’re okayish as they are, but I knew they could be better.
I added blue, green, brown, and the blanco (white) ink to this flannel pad, with a couple of drops of the Claro Extender:
And pounced it all over the ornament:
Here’s a pad with red, yellow, orange and white Piñata Inks:
And those ornaments:
Aaaaand, on the tree:
You can used cotton balls or pads, but they can leave fibers in your ink (like what happened to Susan), so I find a layer of flannel works best. And you can definitely make your own pouncer tool by sticking some Velcro onto a wood block. But you don’t even need to. Inky fingers never hurt anybody!
And, you don’t even need to have an ornament blank to start with.
Crumpled aluminum foil (this is a large sheet, folded into eight layers):
Pounce on some blue and white + extender:
Use a sanding block to take the ink off the high spots and reveal the texture:
I used my Big Shot and a Sizzix nested star die:
but you could use anything, including a pair of scissors and a steady hand (although, if you do that you’ll need to glue the sheets of foil together; here the pressure from the Big Shot squishes them together).
6 inches of fishing line and 6 glue dots later, we’re in business:
It occurs to me that this might make people think I’m a Dallas Cowboy fan. I am not. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Unless you’re in Philly like I am.
- Rich, vibrant, true hues
- Easy-to-use nozzle top
- The Exciter Pack is a great value, especially if you can use a 40% off coupon at a big box store.
- I don’t really have any cons. They behaved exactly the way I wanted them too.
Jacquard’s Piñata Inks are a fabluous addition to my alcohol ink collection, and I will definitely be reaching for these often.
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