Alcohol Ink Background 3 Ways & Christmas in JULY Batch of Cards!

Hi friends! Today we are going to get inky!

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Alcohol inks go in and out of style but are great staples to have in your crafting arsenal. They can color non porous surfaces, they are waterproof and vibrant. They will stick to stuff that other products won’t.  Look at these interesting backgrounds.

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I’ll show you how to make them today!

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Technique #1 Alcohol ink Gel printing (Technique from Sally Lynn MacDonald of Gel Press, see her in action here )
1. Press stencil to plate. 2. Dip on alcohol ink and brayer it out. 3. remove the stencil and press textures into the ink. 4. Brayer on acrylic paint and pull your print on regular cardstock! *Note, I also tried this with photo paper and it worked, just be careful anytime you use photo paper on a gel plate because it could bond to it if you don;y have a complete film on paint on it. Don’t ruin your plate!

Alcohol ink Marbling:
1. Fill tray with water. 2. Drip in alcohol ink. 3. Lay photo paper face down on surface of the water and lift off your pint. 4. Let dry.

Alcohol ink lifting:
1. Apply a layer of inks to photo paper. 2. Spray a stamp/texture plate with rubbing alcohol (or dab on alcohol based hand sanitizer) 3. Press paper ink side down to the texture plate and lift off. 4. Wipe the paper with a paper towel to remove the ink. *Bonus technique: Spray rubbing alcohol through a stencil on the inked photo paper and wipe.

Card Directions:

  1.  Stamp images on transparency, let dry and color from the back side.
  2. Use your alcohol ink backgrounds on your card base (I die cut mine.)
  3. Swipe acrylic paint on the back of the painted transparencies and stick in the card.
  4. Embellish as desired!

I hope you enjoyed this fun project and til next time happy crafting!




3 Responses

  1. L~O~V~E IT ! … Christmas in July Greeting Cards !!! My kind of thing !


  2. OMG! My birthday was the 13th, also, born on Friday the 13th…Duh duh de duh.How fun, young’n.
    I am loving the new Mimic brushes and Maries water based oils. My birthday gifts to me. My family want me to move closer and are trying to make sure I will get a roomy, well lit Studio. I hope your birthday was grande’ and gifts and love all around you.


  3. Oh my good gracious! These are some really cool techniques. First the ink in water and then the paint behind the acetate, what fabulous ideas. Definitely ones I’ll be trying one day soon. Thanks for a fantastic video.


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