Hey there, Terri here! I am so excited to be here starting off the Get Inky with Alcohol Inks Blog Hop.
Alcohol inks are fast-drying, acid-free inks that are highly pigmented and often used on non-porous surfaces. These dye-based paints are waterproof and transparent, making it easy to create free-flowing mixtures. With its durability, alcohol inks can help you create stunning color combinations on your handmade creation. Moreover, a small bottle of alcohol ink can be used for a long time since a little drop goes a long way. Read more about Alcohol Inks here!
I have created a really cool card using a fun alcohol ink technique! Let's take a look at how it was made.
I started by gathering all the supplies I needed for this project.
- Lapis Lazuli Alcohol Ink Bundle
- Green Meadows Alcohol Ink Bindle
- Yupo Synthetic Paper
- 91% Isopropyl Alcohol
- Pyrography Tool
- Obsidian Pigment Ink
- One-Go Birthday Greetings Stamp Set
- One-Go Birthday Greetings Die Set
When working with Alcohol Inks, always work in a well-ventilated room. When using a Pyrography tool to melt Yupo Synthetic Paper, I suggest working outside or in a room that has an extraction vent. You could also use a face mask to help protect from any fumes and smell.
I started by adding some 91% Isopropyl Alcohol to a piece of Yupo paper. To do this, I used a pipette and then moved it around a little using an air blower.
I then added a few drops of Minty Mint, Sweet Leaf, and Eastern Sky Alcohol Inks. I used the air blower to move the ink around in a back and forth motion. As the alcohol evaporates, the ink dries and adheres to the surface.
I then repeated the process with Ultramarine and Hunter Green Alcohol Inks. If the ink wasn't moving as I wanted, I just added a few drops of the Isopropyl Alcohol; this almost dilutes the ink and allows it to flow.
Once the alcohol was completely dry, I took out my Pyrography tool to burn holes in the surface and create a really cool effect. As mentioned above, you need to work in a well-ventilated space; I worked outside and wore a face mask!
Once the tool was heated up, I took the tool to the surface of the Yupo and, from above, touched the tool to the Yupo. It instantly melted; the longer you hold it on the surface, the bigger the holes become. If you hold the tool at an angle, allowing the tip and neck/shaft to touch the Yupo, you will get BIG holes and funky shapes.
Once I had achieved my desired look, I turned the tool off and headed back inside to start putting the card together. I adhered the Alcohol Ink piece on an A2 note card using strong glue.
Here's a look at a couple more Alcohol Ink backgrounds I created that I will use for future projects!
$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this special blog hop, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 09/06/2022 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 10 winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 09/08/2022. (Edited to add: We apologize for the delay in announcing the winners. Winners will be accounced on 9/12/2022.)
Blog Hop List
Here's a complete list of all the amazing designers sharing some of their inspirational projects with alcohol inks! Make sure you drop by each stop and leave them lots of love!
Reiko Tsuchida ***Note: Due to strict regulations in Japan, you might not be able to leave a comment on her blog post.
Have you tried using alcohol inks on your cards? Tell us your favorite ways to use them in the comment section below. Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy the hop!