Alcohol Inks Tips and Techniques - Day 1

Today I am starting a week long series all about alcohol ink. I just picked up a ton of alcohol ink and I have been really loving playing with them. They are seriously addicting! I am new to using alcohol inks so I have been experimenting a lot and making lots of mistakes. But when you use something a lot and make a lot of mistakes you learn a lot about what not to do in the future! So I thought I would do a series this week sharing some of the things that I have discovered.


I used Ranger Yupo paper for all of the alcohol backgrounds as well as Tim Holtz/Ranger alcohol inks. The first batch of cards I made were using mostly basic techniques, really just me getting started with the inks and learning the basics. 


I made a lot of mistakes with the background for these red cards! I didn't know when to stop and I think I just added way too much ink and it turned into a big hot mess. In order to fix the problem I added a ton of alcohol blending solution and wiped the paper down with a paper towel which soaked up most of the ink. Then I was able to start over.


 For this card I used a die which says "hugs" and I cut it out several times. I glued all of those together to make a really sturdy and dimensional sentiment. I then adhered it to the card and added glossy accents to make it even more dimensional and shiny. 


This card is very simple. I just die cut the Thank You sentiment and went over it with Wink of Stella.


I like the way the popped up white paper looks on this one.


For this card I tried out heat embossing on the Yupo paper. I wasn't sure how the paper would work with embossing. I did have an issue with the paper melting a small amount and some of the color curling up from the edge, but it wasn't too bad. I was able to still used it and hide the warping pretty well. I would say if you decide to emboss on this kind of paper that it needs to be a small amount, and you shouldn't keep the heat tool directly on the paper for long. So you could point the heat tool at it and then bring it away for a little while and then repeat, kind of like you would do with embossing acetate.


For the sentiment on this card I die cut the hello die and then colored in some of it with one of my purple Arteza markers to make it two toned. Then I went over it with Wink of Stella.


For the last card I die cut the congrats sentiment and then used some Distess Ink to blend a little color along the bottom of the die cut.

I will be back with more alcohol ink cards tomorrow!

Check out this video to see how these cards were made: