Scrapbooking Technique - Alcohol Inks

By Lisa West

Alcohol inks is a fun scrapbooking technique and can be used on a variety of surfaces that pigment and dye inks won't stick to. So it's really fun to experiment on metals, brads, glass, plastics, glossy paper and transparencies (found at office supply stores). In this project I was able to manipulate the colors by blending them on a clear piece of page protector made for scrapbook pages (I don't have any transparencies) and remove color where I wanted an image to show through.

Supplies needed, the different colors of Alcohol Inks, the bottle of Alcohol Blending Solution and the blending tool.

This is a clear page protector after some colors have been blotted on by the tool.

Using the blending tool and the tip of the ink bottle. The tip needs to press into the white blotter then a 2 second squeeze of ink is suggested. You can use several colors at a time for unique backgrounds. Then place a drop or two of the Alcohol Blending Solution onto the tool and blot it on top of your colors. (The more you use, the lighter your color becomes.) In this project I swept it around a bit too for a blurry effect. The outcome is similar to the marbled glossy scrapbook papers.

This is the stamp I used with Versacolor pigment ink. But it doesn't want to dry on this shiny, glossy surface as it's not alcohol ink so I pressed my Diamond Dust Twinklets into the wreath. You can see the layer but before I added the Twinklets.

This is the layer that will go directly under the clear protector. I cut out a circle with a picture showing through for the center of the wreath.

This is a third layer that is the underlying cardstock. It's a larger piece meant to frame the project. I tore some pieces of coordinating paper from the "Once Upon a Time" collection and glued it down. I spread walnut ink all over the paper for an aged look especially on the tears and edges. It also has the same size hole for the picture.

This picture shows the layers now all put together. I wanted the images in the right corners and the center of the wreath to show through so I used the Alcohol Blending Solution to remove the colors in these areas. Now the designs show through the marbled effect.

Another fun part of this scrapbooking technique is changing the color of the wire used for hanging. Anytime you need wire, brad, or an eyelet, a different color, you can use the alcohol inks instead of waiting to get to the store. I pressed the tip along the wire for the best coverage.

Ready for hanging in my little girl's room with her other fairies. Other supplies used, Grungeboard flourish, Pearl Glitter and Aleene's Paper Glaze for setting the jewels on the flourish.

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