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Alcohol Inks Are ALWAYS Fun!

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019


 Hi Everyone! I hope you are all having a great weekend.

This is Susan and I’ve got a fun technique to share with you today. I was playing with my alcohol inks and realized I need more colors. I only have 3 right now and I wasn’t getting the results I was looking for which is okay because it gives me an excuse to buy more 🙂 . So I grabbed my alcohol ink markers and played with those and had a ton of fun.

This is the result of my fun.

To do this technique you are going to need Yupo paper – it’s made for alcohol inks. You’ll need some alcohol ink, either in the bottle or if you’re like me and don’t have the colors you need in the liquid form then grab some alcohol markers. And you also need some Alcohol Blending Solution and a straw.

The first step is to lay down some ink. I knew I was using the You Are Here Stamp Set from Concord & 9th so I grabbed a couple shades of pink for the flowers and a couple shades of green for the leaves. I started by positioning the stamp on the paper and getting an idea of where I was going to need color. I lifted up the stamp and scribbled on the ink in the general areas of where I wanted them.

This next part is where all the fun happens. Take your bottle of Alcohol Blending Solution and squirt on a few drops. You’ll see the ink start to separate and move around. If you want it to move more you can use a straw. Just aim it at the ink and blow through it and you can move the color around. You can add more blending solution and continue moving the ink around until you are happy. The one negative thing about using markers is you can’t add more ink to the mix. If you are using liquid alcohol ink and you want more color just squeeze some on, add some more blending solution and move it around until you are happy with the results. I was going for a softer look so markers worked just fine in this situation.

Next is the hard part. At least I find it hard. It’s the waiting until it’s dry before you can turn it into something. It doesn’t actually take that long but I still found the waiting hard so I helped it along a bit with my heat tool. Not sure I would advise that too much as it did warp my paper a bit. To fix that I ran it through my big shot a couple of times and that seemed to help.

To stamp the image I used my MISTI. I wasn’t sure if I would get a crisp, clear image the first time because I don’t have a lot of experience with this technique and I’m glad I used it. I stamped it 3x using Versafine Onyx Black Ink before I was happy.


Now to turn it into a card. I used the stamp always from the same set as the flowers and stamped that using my MISTI tool. I stamped that 3x so as to get a deep black impression. I set that aside for a bit to be sure that the ink was dry before I fussy cut it out. Next I reached into my pile of designer paper that I need to use up and pulled out a strip of woodgrain pattern. I cut it to 4″ wide and tore the long edges. Next I cut a piece of white cardstock to 4×5 1/4″ and ran it through my big shot using an embossing folder with a swirly pattern on it and then layered that onto a soft pink card base. I added the strip of woodgrain paper and then added the cut out flower image with some craft foam for dimension. Finally to finish it off I added a few sequins with some liquid glue.


I hope you are inspired to give this technique a try.

Happy Stampin’

and thanks so much for visiting!

I’ve linked to a few of the items I used below. Scrap’n Stamp carries a wide variety of colors for alcohol inks – too many to list but if you’re looking for some I’m sure you’ll find it in the store.

Alcohol Ink Valentines

Monday, February 4th, 2019

Hi Everyone!  My name is Nancy (I’ll be Nancy E on the blog as there are two of us) and I am super excited to be joining to design team here at Scrap ‘n Stamp!  I live in Calgary AB, am a Mom of two grown boys who still live at home and have been married to Bruce since 1991.  My Mom introduced me to stamping in 1996.  My Mom was the queen of crafts… she did everything from sewing to knitting to crocheting to needlepoint to ceramics to paper toile to beading to jewelry making…. I think she tried it all!  So when she told me about this new craft she had found, I admit I rolled my eyes and though “oh no, not another one”.  She showed me heat embossing and I was hooked!  Over the years my style has changed and the amount of time I have to spend on my creativity has ebbed and flowed.  I am very fortunate that a turn of events in 2017/18 led me to find that my creative side was something I wanted to nurture regularly instead of once in a while and I have been creating like crazy since then.


My style is mostly clean and simple… and I hope you’ll find a little inspiration from what I do that might challenge you a little in your creative space!


I don’t often make Valentine’s cards, but I thought that since my first post here was getting close to the big day that I would play a little with some heart shapes.

I started out with a piece of Yupo Paper and some Alcohol Inks in Sailboat Blue, Raspberry and Pink Sherbet.  I don’t have a large stash of these inks so I used a couple of shades of red/pink and a blue so I could get some purple in there.  I spritzed and played around with colours, alcohol and my heat tool until I got a look I was happy with. I cut out some heart shapes (these are from My Favorite Things but you could use any dies or punches, or even free hand them if you’re talented with scissors!) and then let it all sit for a little bit while I decided what I should do next.

I didn’t have any of the metallic mixatives to add, but I wanted these hearts to have some more dimension so I used my Versamark ink pad to create some stickiness on the hearts and then I lightly brushed on some gold Perfect Pearls and let them sit and dry while I went off to work.

As you can see, I didn’t use all of the hearts I had cut…  I added some random lines to my card front with my ScorPal and then finished it off with a My Favorite Things sentiment from Essential Sentiments stamped in black VersaFine ink.

I hope you’ll find a little inspiration to make a valentine for someone you love this year!

Tuesday with Tara {take 93}

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
  • Happy Tuesday friends!

Today I wanted to share with you a bit of fun I’ve been having decorating Easter 🐣 Eggs with Alcohol Inks!

I saw a video online with a cute idea for tie dye egg decorating and decided to give it a bit of a twist, tweaking pretty much all the suggested ingredients and making it my own… here’s how it all came together!

I found some plastic eggs that looked and felt very similar to real eggs and decided to use them for this experiment. Alcohol Ink is not food safe and I figured these would be more forgiving than real eggs if I wasn’t 100% gentle with them.  The tie dye technique starts with wrapping the eggs- I used coffee filters that don’t fit my current coffee maker (they are great for crafting!) and tied them with a bit of twine.  The unbleached filters will hide some of the colors while the eggs are wrapped… but won’t affect the final result!


Next, I dropped Alcohol Ink in several spots around the egg, allowing colors to overlap and blend. I then lightly squeezed the egg so the wrapper (and the still wet ink) made contact with the egg, then I set it aside to dry!


This first egg has a mix of green, blue & yellow inks.  The next features almost primary colors from the Alcohol Ink Starter Kit– an awesome set if you’re new to these products, as it includes everything you need to start creating! (It doesn’t hurt that it’s on SALE right now, too!)


I decided to take the same color combos and drop inks directly onto eggs as well, just to see how the results vary using the same color and different techniques. For these I dropped the colors around the egg and rolled them around in a coffee filter and my very inky hands… I then crumpled the filter around it to give some extra texture to the egg. Here’s a look at how the two techniques came out:

Here’s a couple more tie dyed eggs with different color combos- these ones did not have quite so much ink on them, so were unwrapped after only an hour or so drying time.  Each had one or two paler shades in the mix as well, so the overall effect is less vibrant.
My verdict… tie dye eggs are fun & easy! I plan to play around with more color combinations, and I plan to use my fabulous tie dyed coffee filter wrappers on a card or art journal page!

Have a happy, blessed & creative Easter!

Inky hugs,


Colors I used:

Kits are designed with colors that look fabulous together, any of them would be awesome for this technique but here’s a couple I would love to try…

Spring break & Beach Deco