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Alcohol Ink Lift With Stencils + GIVEAWAY

Hello! Many people have requested that I share more ideas for using alcohol inks. So today I have an alcohol ink “lifting” technique with stencils! If you don’t have alcohol ink – no worries. I will tell you another way to get a similar look.

Alcohol Ink Lifting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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There are *many* alcohol ink techniques out there! (Be sure to check out Tim Holtz videos for ideas.) Today’s particular technique is fun for many reasons. First… I love stencils! Second… if you have an alcohol ink background you aren’t thrilled with, try this technique. It gives it a new look. Third…it is addictive!

Alcohol Ink Lifting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I created a lot of examples! Some use alcohol ink on vellum…. some on yupo paper. Let’s start with the vellum.

I used my Ranger Alcohol Inks, Alcohol Blending Solution, and a Ranger Alcohol Ink Felt Applicator to apply color to vellum. (Be sure to watch the video for the different color combos and techniques used.) Once the vellum was dry, I put the Simon Says Stamp Folk Dance Stencil over the colored vellum and used a Mini Ink Blending Tool to apply a tiny bit of Alcohol Blending Solution onto the open spaces. This “lifts” the alcohol ink away and leaves a softer color behind.

Alcohol Ink Lifting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I die cut the colored vellum pieces with a large heart die from the Mama Elephant Favor Bag Accessory Love Die Set. I added the hearts onto white notecards and kept the card design simple. Most of the cards have leaves cut from silver/shimmer vellum using the Simon Says Stamp Modern Flowers Die. I love the soft touch these leaves add. I also adhered gems to each card.

This first card sentiment features the Simon Says Stamp Perfection Die and Thankful Heart Stamp Set. The other card above uses the Simon Says Stamp Take Care Die and Let Us Rejoice Stamp Set.

Alcohol Ink Lifting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

These next two examples are my favorite color combos! I used the Simon Says Stamp Hey Love Die and Best Ever Stamp Set.

Alcohol Ink Lifting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You can really see the stencil’s pattern in the background of this. It looks dreamy…

Alcohol Ink Lifting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This technique doesn’t always give perfect results, but if you are careful and only apply a bit of the Alcohol Blending Solution over the stencil, it can look amazing!

Alcohol Ink Lifting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This one is so bright and happy. I used the Simon Says Stamp Hello Beautiful Die.

Alcohol Ink Lifting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Lila wanted me to try creating a rainbow background… and it was SUPER easy! I just applied pink, yellow, green, and blue alcohol inks onto my Ranger Alcohol Ink Felt Applicator and swiped it across the vellum. The results are soft. And after doing the alcohol ink lifting technique over the stencil, I get a unique patterned vellum.

Alcohol Ink Lifting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I used the same rainbow technique for this next card… but this time on Yupo Paper instead of vellum. Check out how vivid the colors are! I tell ya – you can get a lot of different looks from alcohol inks.

The “hugs” letters and hearts were created with the Simon Says Stamp Archie Alphabet and Cupid’s Border Die.

Alcohol Ink Lifting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The rest of my examples use the alcohol ink lifting technique with Yupo Paper. These are much more intense and vivid!

Alcohol Ink Lifting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I really like the look of the Simon Says Stamp Archie Alphabet Die Cut letters on the bright backgrounds.

Alcohol Ink Lifting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

These two cards showcase the Simon Says Stamp Here For You and Perfection Die.

Alcohol Ink Lifting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You can also create “clean” alcohol ink backgrounds on Yupo Paper by swiping the inks back and forth. Easy!

Alcohol Ink Lifting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

In the video, I also share two “extra” cards. This first one features scraps of alcohol ink backgrounds that I had leftover after die cutting the large hearts. I put the pieces behind windows cut with the Simon Say Stamp Repeating Circles Die. I again used the Simon Says Stamp Hey Love and Modern Flowers Dies.

Alcohol Ink Lifting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

To see how I created this last card, be sure to watch the video. It uses alcohol inks blended on cardstock over the Simon Says Star Medallion Stencil.

Alcohol Ink Lifting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

NO ALCOHOL INKS?

If you don’t have alcohol inks, you can get a similar with Distress Inks or other inks that react with water. To do so, use white cardstock and heavily apply Distress Ink. The more the better! Then lay a stencil on top. Lightly pounce over the stencil with a bit of water on an ink blending foam. After you remove the stencil and let it dry, it should look similar to the results you see on the above examples. Basically you are “lifting” the ink with water! You can see this in action HERE.

RELATED VIDEOS

Interested in my alcohol ink videos? Ink lifting? Check these out these videos:

BLOG HOP

Today I am participating in the Simon Says Stamp LOVE Release Blog Hop… celebrating their newest release. I used a lot of these great products a few days ago – head HERE to see that video. I am back today to use more!

You can see the whole release HERE.

The next stop on the hop is the blog of my talented and dear friend Kristina Werner. (You can also start at the beginning of the hop at the Simon Says Stamp blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Interested in winning a $25 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 1/29/18 telling me which of the new dies from this SSS release is your favorite. You can see them HERE. (To leave a comment, click over to my blog post, scroll down to the bottom of this post, and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be posted on the SSS blog. International folks are eligible, too! Thanks, SSS!)

SUPPLIES

Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk or that are SSS-branded. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Simon Says Stamp Folk Dance Stencil
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Simon Says Star Medallion Stencil
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Simon Says Stamp Modern Flowers Die
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Simon Says Stamp Take Care Die
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Simon Says Stamp Hello Beautiful Die
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Simon Says Stamp Perfection Die
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Simon Says Stamp Hey Love Die
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Simon Says Stamp Archie Alphabet Dies
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Simon Says Stamp Cupid’s Border Die
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Simon Say Stamp Repeating Circles Die
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Mama Elephant Favor Bag Accessory…
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Simon Says Stamp Thankful Heart Stamp…
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Simon Says Stamp Let Us Rejoice Stamp…
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Simon Say Stamp Best Ever Stamp Set
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Ranger Alcohol Ink
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Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution
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Ranger Alcohol Ink Felt Applicator
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Ranger Alcohol Ink Felt Refills
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Mini Ink Blending Tool
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Mini Ink Blending Tool Foam Refills
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Tonic Easy Clean Mat
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Simon Says Stamp Hot Mama Ink
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Lucy’s Cards Jewels
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Ranger Yupo Paper
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Heavyweight Vellum
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Grafix Vellum Assortment
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Stick It Adhesive Sheets
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Be Creative Tape
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Tim Holtz Distress Collage Adhesive
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Darice Ultrafine Tip Bottles
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Micropore Tape
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731 thoughts on “Alcohol Ink Lift With Stencils + GIVEAWAY”

  1. I LOVE the “take care” die the most!! It works perfect for so msny occasions and I love when a die is good for many different uses. Awesome cards!!!

  2. You are a very creative card maker and responsible for my over spending on craft supplies! ( Just kidding!) Your ideas and tutorials are amazing. Love, Love, Love these alcohol ink hearts on vellum. The folk lore stencil creates a wonderful background for almost any die. My favorite die is simply the Love die. And the bright colors of the alcohol inks on a white card really pop. You have encouraged me to get out my alcohol inks that I have never really used much to try this technique.. Keep your cards coming. You are a bright spot in my In Box. God bless!

  3. These cards are absolutely beautiful! I definitely want to try this technique with Distress Inks. I watched your other video for the alternative way to do it. The Modern Flower Die and the Take Care Die are my favorites.

  4. Fabulous technique. Gorgeous cards! You always deliver! The new Folk Dance stencil is a must have. And my favorite die from the new release is the Shiny Hearts die.

    1. Oh, I’m sorry for mistake I’ve made. I was copy+pasting and the wrong one. My favourite from this SSS release is Simon Says Stamp Hey Love Die. Hugs. Damjana

  5. Beautiful cards and techniques – thanks for sharing! My favorite is the stitched window die – I see a lot of possibilities for that one.

  6. Another wonderful post & video. Absolutely beautiful cards. And it would seem that Lila has her mother’s creative “genes”…….I love her suggestion of rainbow colors!

  7. can’t wait to try the alcohol inks on vellum as I love the soft look – and so many fantastic new dies from SSS – my first choice would be the Repeating Circles – think there would be so many uses for it!

  8. WoW Jennifer!~ Another fantastic technique! Gorgeous cards! You are on a roll! I can’t keep up! I want to try everything you do. You are so inspiring and really make us feel like we can do this! Great new SSS release and what a fantastic hop with amazing designers! Such a fun way to start my Saturday! Thanks for being here!

  9. Your cards are lovely. Thank you for showing the possibilities using vellum. Far and away my favorite die is the streaming heart wafer die. It is already sold out.Bummer for me.

  10. Loved this video – so many possibilities! I really like the stitched window die – haven’t seen that one before. Thanks for a chance to win!

  11. Thanks for another idea for using my neglected alcohol inks! My favorite die from this SSS release is the streaming heart — perfect for the die inlay technique.

  12. What beautiful cards you’ve made! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Thank you for sharing another great video and amazing set of cards. ❤️😊
    There are so many great products in this release … the Hey Love die, the Star Medallion stencil, etc … but I think I’m most in love with that Repeating Circles die. 😍😍😍😍 Gotta order that one! ❤️😊

  13. This technique is so beautiful. I love, love, love how your samples look like batik fabrics. My favorite die is the script hello wafer die.

  14. I haven’t used alcohol inks for a long time, but you have inspired me to get crafty with them again. Such fun cards!!

  15. Love these cards and this technique. Thank you for sharing some beautiful ways to use alcohol ink. Love the results and these gorgeous cards.

  16. I love the new cosmos bg stamp! Just purchased it along with the hearts shine (is that the name? It’s the three hearts die). Love your techniques. I have to dust off my OLD alcohol inks! Thanks for the chance to win!

  17. Such pretty cards. I am definitely going to have to try this technique. In the new collection, I am torn between the Evergreen Circle and the Far Away Forest dies. Both are really adorable!

  18. I am always so inspired when watching your videos, Jennifer! My favorite new Simon Says Stamp die is the OH HELLO THERE die. Thanks!

  19. I love the color lifting technique–the result reminds me of batik. My favorite products from this release are the Folk Dance stencil and the repeating circles die. Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. Absolutely beautiful! Will definitely be trying this technique! Was trying to come up with something using alcohol inks for valentines and you gave me inspiration yet again! Thank you Jennifer! Have a blessed day.

  21. Beautiful cards. Thank you for sharing this technique. I can’t wait to try. I’m loving the SSS wafer heart dies (all of them) from this release. So much versatility.

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