Crafting With Alcohol Inks

Hey there! Today I am excited to show you how to use alcohol inks to create fun, random, and colorful background on your card designs (today we are creating a Christmas card). These are a product that got me started on cardmaking because they give such amazing results on cards that you will never be able to achieve twice.

The inks work best on plastic or a coated cardstock because they have more time to move around and create the fun designs that they are known for. They also dry very quickly because they have an alcohol base, however they can be reactivated or taken over with different colors.

I started off using a plastic surface and felt applicator to apply my color to the surface. The ink replaces the color the more you dab the tool, so if you like the effect be sure to stop!

I decided that the effect got a little too blended, so I decided to just shake the bottle drops onto the surface. This way the colors didn’t blend all together and gives an awesome watercolor/ink effect. 🙂

I clipped the plastic onto a piece of cardstock using a Tim Holtz clip to hold it in place without using any adhesive. Then, I started on the die cutting scene using the Holy Night dies from Concord & 9th. I love this scene because it is so versatile and tells the amazing true story of Christmas!

Finally, I added everything onto a card base and used a bit of foam tape to add dimension in between layers.


All of the supplies used in today’s video are linked below. I am affiliated with Ellen Hutson (EH) and Simon Says Stamp (SSS), so I do get a portion of the profit (with no extra cost to you) this is how I am able to run this blog. Affiliate links used when possible. I appreciate your support!