Get Inky with Alcohol Inks Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in Total Prizes!)

by Terri

Get Inky with Alcohol Inks Blog Hop Newsletter

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.

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I started by gathering all the supplies I needed for this project.

Safety Tip!

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.

Alcohol Inks Card ProjectOnce 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.

I then stamped out the One-Go Birthday Greetings Stamp Set and used the One-Go Birthday Greetings Die to cut it out. I added my chosen sentiment to the card using foam pads.

Here's a look at a couple more Alcohol Ink backgrounds I created that I will use for future projects!

Alcohol Inks Card Project

Alcohol Inks Card ProjectNow on to the inspirational blog hop and giveaways!

Giveaway Prizes

Get Inky with Alcohol Inks Blog Hop Giveaway

$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

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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!

Altenew Card Blog

Therese Calvird

Kelly Taylor

Michelle Short


Nathalie DeSousa

Amber Rain Davis

Kinjal Trivedi

Terri Koszler

Karen Reátegui

Tenia Nelson


Maryam Perez

Annemarie Caister

Virginia Lu

Rosie Neustaedter

Bridget Casey

Nancy Souza

Reiko Tsuchida ***Note: Due to strict regulations in Japan, you might not be able to leave a comment on her blog post.

Michelle Burnier

Mindy Eggen

Amy Hill

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!

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jflick01 August 26, 2022 - 1:03 PM

Altenew is absolutely my new favorite “follow” on Instagram and Youtube. Such beautiful inspiration. Love it!

loulouvt August 26, 2022 - 1:33 PM

I love all things involving alcohol inks and appreciate the designer’s tips and tricks in using them!

Monika Davis August 26, 2022 - 3:36 PM

I love alcohol inks! What a cool background. The blue and green hues are so pretty together! Lovely inspirational cards team!

Anna Edwards August 26, 2022 - 5:27 PM

Such beautiful colours. Very excited about the alcohol inks.

Beth Ziemba August 26, 2022 - 6:30 PM

I love playing with alcohol ink. I usually make full size yupo sheets and make amazing designs; then I cut them up and use for backgrounds and die cuts, even cut out words from small scraps. Love the translucency of my designs done on translucent Yubo, I have even done some sun catcher type cards.

Sandra Baggarly August 26, 2022 - 7:02 PM

This is awesome as I just got some alcohol inks and can’t wait to try them out!

Pauline Abeysekera August 26, 2022 - 9:07 PM

Gorgeous backgrounds! Alcohol Inks provide such rich colours and beautiful patterns.

Nandini August 26, 2022 - 11:53 PM

Such a fun card! Love the gorgeous colors.

momentsofcrafting August 27, 2022 - 2:04 AM

Wonderful use of alcohol inks! Gorgeous backgrounds. Great ideas!!

Melinda Betts August 27, 2022 - 2:38 AM

I have never used alcohol inks before but would love to try. I guess I’ll start saving my pennies!

Sarah August 27, 2022 - 8:35 AM

Wow! Such beautiful cards! Ihave never heard of Pyrography and love hearing about new techniques and ideas!

Cindi Walsh August 27, 2022 - 10:15 AM

Looking forward to making my way through the hop. Gorgeous! I’m pretty new to Altenew.

Anita Art August 27, 2022 - 12:45 PM

I`m really looking forward to seeing all the beautiful creations in this blog hop. I like alcohol inks, but still learning about them and how to work with them.

Victoria Smith August 27, 2022 - 7:50 PM

Alcohol inks were the start of my crafting journey. I am glad to see some awesome inks from a company whose products ive grown to adore. And they refill our markers! So cool!

Donna Ritchie August 27, 2022 - 7:57 PM

Love the colours you used and the subtle pastels you achieved on your 2nd extra background.

Lynn Chan August 27, 2022 - 8:09 PM

Have never tried alcohol inks like this! The colours and techniques feel so out of this world to me! Pretty!

cjcplank August 27, 2022 - 8:13 PM

I’ve just started playing w alcohol inks (even though I’ve had them for months, they intimidated me). I haven’t had much success in coming up w the beautiful designs like your team has come up with as of yet; I think I need a little more instruction to get the effects or in manipulating them. I wanted to make a series of backgrounds for cards i planned on coming up with. Thank goodness for your blogs!

ljutila August 27, 2022 - 8:20 PM

Those are fabulous, Terri! I am a little bit alcohol-ink challenged, so I love hearing about the process people use. TFS!

Ivette Melzer August 27, 2022 - 8:31 PM

I love the interesting designs you can get with alcohol inks. Altenew has some great colors.

dhell07278606bd August 27, 2022 - 8:42 PM

I love to use them for backgrounds.

Maureen Loeswick August 27, 2022 - 8:56 PM

I love what you can do with alcohol inks!!!

Carrie R August 27, 2022 - 9:25 PM

I love alcohol inks. I can’t wait to get new ideas!!!

Pam August 27, 2022 - 9:41 PM

Wow! That’s really cool looking!

Nancy T August 27, 2022 - 9:47 PM

Very nice a quite gutsy I wouldn’t have tried melting the yupo paper

lvngmydsh August 27, 2022 - 9:49 PM

I love to use alcohol inks just in a free way with a blower. Seem to get the results I like more.

Jami August 27, 2022 - 10:06 PM

It’s been a long time since I played around with alcohol inks, but using the alcohol markers lately, has sparked my interest again. :) Love the holes you created! I knew instantly what you did to get them and love the outcome!

Kendra August 27, 2022 - 10:30 PM

I have never tried alcohol inks. I think the technique is beautiful and I would love to try it some day. I love your color combination in this card. Simply lovely!

Toni S McKelley August 27, 2022 - 11:47 PM

I am so loving the open peony in the purples! I love doing alcohol inks, and since I have this stamp, I have to make a card like this. It’s beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Dorothy Ayotte August 27, 2022 - 11:48 PM

So pretty! I am new to alcohol ink projects but am interested in learning.

Sara-Lynne Koop August 28, 2022 - 12:25 AM

Thank you Altenew for creating this Blog Hop. I am so glad I persevered and hopped along to the end. I have gleaned some new tricks and ideas to try on my next “play” with alcohol inks. I am new to the medium and have also signed up to your alcohol class through the academy.

rhea August 28, 2022 - 1:28 AM

alcohol ink + pyro tool application = such an awesome output. thank you for sharing such technique.

Marisela Delgado August 28, 2022 - 1:36 AM

Such gorgeous cards!

Deborah Reeder August 28, 2022 - 4:27 AM

It’s good to learn something new. I’d never heard of the tool before. Thanks for the info.

Kim Greaves August 28, 2022 - 6:03 AM

This is absolutely beautiful, the affects you have created! Thank you

Karen A Williams August 28, 2022 - 12:35 PM

What a unique idea to use your pyrography tool to add the holes. I would not have thought of it.

Pam August 28, 2022 - 12:55 PM

I’m moving my schedule around in hope of taking your free class, I want to learn more, great company!

Toni S McKelley August 28, 2022 - 1:46 PM

loved Nathalie’s beautiful cards. So creative and free-spirited. No rules allowed! Just wonderful creations from her. Thanks so much for sharing.

Veronica L Hunt August 28, 2022 - 2:36 PM

I myself have a hard time using ink for backgrounds. I love these and hope to do it myself one day.

Vickie Davis August 28, 2022 - 3:45 PM

Beautiful backgrounds!

mary warren August 28, 2022 - 5:10 PM

It’s so good to see alcohol inks being used again by so many talented artists. This hop appeals tp a wide variety of styles.

Ella E August 28, 2022 - 6:00 PM

Beautiful cards. I don’t own that pyrography tool but I like the cool effects. Absolutely beautiful

Maureen R August 28, 2022 - 8:20 PM

Wow!!! Beautiful inky creations!!!!

Susan August 28, 2022 - 11:26 PM

The cards are absolutely stunning. These inspire me to try something a bit new!

Anne Sturgeon August 29, 2022 - 7:24 AM

Alcohol inks and Yupo paper are such amazing tools. I love playing with them. This tool to burn holes looks quite intriguing. Lovely job and TFS

l l August 29, 2022 - 10:41 AM

Very cool. Never knew about a Pyrographic tools. Love what you did with the alcohol inks. Thanks for sharing.

Sue D August 29, 2022 - 10:43 AM

Fabulous–I need to pull out my alcohol inks and play.

Deb Smith August 29, 2022 - 10:45 AM

Love the blue & green combination. Your technique to form the bubbles is very intriguing. Where can I get the pyrographic tool?

Lori Podolsky August 29, 2022 - 11:35 AM

I have never played with alcohol inks, and I will say that the results look amazing and truly fabulous. So inspirational. Thank you for sharing.

JoElle S August 29, 2022 - 3:02 PM

Love the background!

Joni J. Seith August 29, 2022 - 7:43 PM


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