Stamping Technique ~ Alcohol Inks

Creating with Inks

Join me today on the Crafty Collaborations Blog Hop!!  Yes, that’s right!  You will be able to see how the team uses inks in a variety of ways to create some amazing projects.  We hope to inspire you to create something new with “inks” today!!

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I have another fun and creative technique to share with you today!  This ink technique focuses on using the ink refill bottles and the Stampin’ Blends coupled with a spritz of rubbing alcohol to create a unique marbled design.  YES!!  I love the look this technique creates!! 

Oftentimes a background is needed for a project, but finding the exact designer paper or stamps to create your idea doesn’t quite meet your expectation.  This is the perfect opportunity to create your own background!

How to Create a Marblized Background

One of the first items you need is some glossy paper.  I played around with a variety of papers and decided to use vellum and glossy photo paper; however, do not hesitate to try acetate (window sheets), foil, or other papers you have.  Experiment with a variety till you see what works best for you!

Once you have your paper, decide on three colors.  I started with the colors in the designer series paper.  From that color list, I decided to use the Subtles color family: So Saffron, Balmy Blue, and Soft Sea Foam. 

Using a piece of wax paper, I randomly placed 3-4 drops of each color on a 6 X 9 inch(ish) section of the wax paper. Then I used a spritzer filled with rubbing alcohol to spritz about 3-4 times on the ink colors. Next, I folded the wax paper in half and used my fingers to move and blend the ink colors.  After the colors were blended, but not too much, I opened the wax paper to reveal the ink.  I laid a piece of glossy paper on top of the ink.  Here is where you can play around and have fun with more design.  Sometimes I just picked up the paper to see the design, other times I slid the paper across the colors to pick up the ink designs, and other times I dabbed the paper on various colors.  Play around with this technique and create the design you envision. 

What’s Next?

After you create your design, allow the paper to completely dry.  Then you have a variety of options to create your projects.  Use the ink design to create a background (as designer series paper), punch shapes out of the designs, use pieces to build paper piecing shapes, or whatever you imagine!  The ideas and options are endless!

Time to Hop Along

WOW!!  Isn’t this a fabulous technique?  I love how easy it is to create with alcohol inks and also have so many design options.   

Now it’s time to check out the rest of the team’s creations!!  Start your trip around the world to discover how others were inspired by this month’s Tuesday Technique featuring “inks”!!

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Supply List

I have included the materials that I used for the cards created here, but know this technique can be used for any occasion.  Use your imagination and be creative.  Your card will be absolutely amazing!   

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Final Thoughts

Spending the afternoon playing with alcohol inks was a lot of fun.  I was inspired to create a birthday card for the many birthdays coming up this month, and wanted to send something very unique.  I can guarantee you, there will NOT be another card found like the ones I created with this alcohol ink design technique.

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This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Robbie Susan Chandler

    Great card and technique!

  2. Alejandra Gomez

    love your card! thanks for sharing and the technique is super cool!

  3. Jill

    Very cool technique. I love your tips and clearly need to play with this technique. Your cards turned out great!

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