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Today I have alcohol inks and they are awesome! I’ve recently discovered these oldies through Jennifer McGuire, the queen of card making, at least I think so, lol. I have added the links to her blog and YouTube at end of this post for you to visit and find many more ideas and inspirations.
Alcohol inks have been around a long time and are making a come back! There are easy and fund to use and honestly a bit addicting. As you can see on the pictures the colors are vibrant and mixing them create some really beautiful effects. I tell you even the ones that were not so great were useful.
When I first created these I had no idea what to do with them and that’s when I saw Jennifer’s blog post on inked inlay tips and it inspired me to dig out my dies and create some cards.
Using dies that have a puzzle like design are great because you can do an inlay technique and have beautiful and unique results with your cards. As you can see on the top card (green heart) and the one above I got a little carried away with the pieces. Oddly enough I found it rather relaxing! It was satisfying putting the pieces together and seeing the beautiful colors come to life.
All the dies I used I’ve collected in the past few years so I don’t have the source for them but remember that any of the dies you might have would work for this technique. No scraps were safe as you can see below I used smaller dies to cut out some leaves and have a little of mixed media with my card. Add Some inexpensive background stamps, card stock, word stickers and you have a simple and elegant card!
For the card below I used again a small die that had a puzzle-like shape to cut the alcohol ink background and a piece of white card stock and assemble it all together and create the focal point on this card. I heat embossed the background with some dictionary stamp and white embossing powder and then added a small and simple sentiment. Really like how simple and elegant this card turned out.
On this next card I used an SVG file and cut the flower on my Cricut out of both white card stock and alcohol ink background then assemble like a puzzle.
Finally those small scraps were put to use on this card by cutting different sizes of hearts and arranging them with a simple sentiment. I really like how easy it was to put this card together yet be able to make an impact. Alcohol inks rock!
Alcohol inks are definitely going to be a part of my crafting since they are such fun to work with and the results are fantastic. Hope you give them a try and as always below are the links to where you can find products I used.
Take care, stay safe and be kind!
- Tim Holtz (Ranger) Alcohol inks – This link is for Only One Life Creation online store which has a great assortment of inks and the price is fantastic!
- Ranger Yupo paper
- Grid background stamp set – Ali Express (product sell out and not always available)
- NCraft Hearts within a Heart die – Ali Express (product sell out and aren’t always available)
- Tim Holtz Chitchat sticker books
- Dies were mostly purchased at different times and manufacturers – Just use what you like or have!