Clean and Simple Alcohol Inks – Terrific Tags With Michelle

by Michelle

Hello there, Michelle here sharing how you can use alcohol inks in a clean (well, sort of!) and simple way! I feel that any of the more ‘messy' mediums can still be used in a clean and simple way, depending on how you use them and what you pair them with.

Clean and simple alcohol inks

Getting messy with alcohol inks

So to start with, you do have to get a little messy! I started off by die cutting two Terrific Tags Dies from heavyweight Yupo paper. I also die cut them again from Classic Crest Solar White 110lb Cardstock. With the Yupo pieces, we will create our alcohol ink backgrounds. For the first tag, I used colors from the Cherry Blossom Collection – Razzleberry, Pink Diamond and Rubellite, adding them to the tag in that order.

Clean and simple alcohol inks

I moved the ink around with an air blowing tool and also mixed in some Isopropyl Alcohol to get the inks moving and to add splatter at the end. Please watch the video below for the process. For the blue tag, I used the Cool Summer Night Collection. I used all four colors – Sea Glass, Ocean Wave, Dusk and Desert Night. For this tag, I went with a slightly more blended look.

Clean and simple alcohol inks

Adding a focal image

I wanted to add a focal image on top but not something that would either distract or add extra to the busier backgrounds. I thought white die cuts would work well, so I cut the leaves from the Decorative Swirls Die Set twice for each tag (for added dimension). They were adhered one on top of another on the tag with 2 in 1 Precision Glue Pen. The excess stems were then cut off at the bottom with scissors.

Clean and simple alcohol inks

Adding sentiments

I wanted to keep the sentiments quite small, so I opted for the beautiful Flower Vine Stamp Set. I love the sentiments in this set! They were stamped on to black cardstock with Embossing Ink. I applied Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder and heat set. I then cut them out using the Sentiment Banners Cover Die and adhered them to the tags with Instant Dimension Foam Tape.

Clean and simple alcohol inks

To make the backs pretty too, I adhered the white cardstock tags to them with Glue Tape. To finish off, I added twine through the top of the tags and added raindrop embellishments.

You can see how I created the tags in the process video below or on YouTube.

I hope this has inspired you to look at those slightly messier products in a different way to get different looks. Thank you so much for stopping by, have a wonderful day!


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SmilynStef December 4, 2021 - 5:46 PM

Love these

Rosali Bartz December 5, 2021 - 5:47 AM

I LOVE these tags, Michelle! So gorgeous! Especially the drops on the alcohol ink. You’re inspiring me to get mine out again!

Tara Prince May 31, 2022 - 3:02 PM

so beautiful


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