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 never like when I have to pick a favorite! I always like everything! But I really like the shiny hearts die and then the folk dance stencil is adorable! I’ve never experimented with alcohol inks before but as always your ideas are so inspiring!

  2. It’s hard to choose a favorite!!! I really just love all of those heart dies though…. so beautiful!! Thanks for sharing all of these wonderful card examples!

  3. Amazing! What a great technique. I can not wait to try all of these. I love all the word dies, do I have to choose just one? If so, I will go with the stencil 🙂 Have a beautiful day.

  4. Hi Jennifer,
    Great video so much info, I love all the picture book penguin wafer dies ie: The hugging,secret and the happy penguin dies they are so adorable!

  5. My favorite is the Cupid border die. Just love your video Jennifer. I am inspired to dig out my alcohol inks today and make some beautiful backgrounds.

  6. These are purely amazing! Thank you so much. Especially the tip to try it with distress inks. This is one of those things I can do all day–just sit and play with color and make a gajillion backgrounds. And…it gives me another way to play with my stencils.

  7. Your cards are all so gorgeous. I love the hearts and the awesome colors you used. Thanks for the wonderful video.

  8. love all the colors you use and how you teach me how to stretch my talents and use products in a different way.

  9. Hi Jennifer ~ I think I’m finding it impossible to choose just one favorite die from this release (they are all pretty darn awesome) but if I “have” to choose I’d have to say the Hello Beautiful would be it. This die would be perfect for a pick-me-up card for anyone. Thanks so much for sharing so many ways to not only get beautiful results with our alcohol inks but to also use up all of the scraps we all end up with. Have a wonderful weekend. ~HUGS~
    #kindnessmatters

  10. If I had to pick one favorite, it would be the, “Take Care” die. But I really like all of them, to be honest. I have an electronic cutter and could cut these words on it, but I just can’t get the beautifully rounded edges like you get with the dies. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  11. I love the sprinkle heart die! It’s so cute and you could do so many different things with it!!
    Love the cards Jennifer! So beautiful!!

  12. These cards are just gorgeous! I tend to avoid alcohol inks because they are a little messy, but you have just proved to me that they are worth the mess! Will have to try! SSS has such wonderful dies – I especially like the huge felicity snowflake die.

  13. I have done thix with water, but hadn’t thought about using alcohol inks. Looks terrific. Thanks for your usual detailed instructions!

    I love frame dies, and just may have to buy the faraway forest die…..

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Hi,
    Well this one is hard! I love them all, but if I really have to choose I would have to pick the Huge Felicite Snow Flake. It’s so detailed and beautiful, I have a hard time taking my eyes off of it.
    BTW great post today! I received yesterday all that I need for having fun with alcool ink, so this blog was a blessing for me. I just can’t wait to start. Thank you for cheering your talent with us, I have learned so much from your blog. You are the reason I started making cards and that I get better with time. I thank you so much!

    Helene

  15. Wow I would have never thought of this. What a great new idea I’ve got to try this. Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

  16. I like several things from this release but like the Folk art stencil probably best! Love your tutorials. I always learn so much:)

  17. Jennifer,
    I never thought of using alcohol inks on vellum, simply beautiful. You can definitely see the difference between the soft effect on vellum compared to using the Yupo paper. I have that on my shopping list too. I also enjoyed the use of those stitching dies to accent your card. Thanks again for all your inspiration.

  18. I had technical difficulties posting earlier. So I’ll try again. I like numerous items from this release. Folk Art stencil is probably my favorite. I always learn so much from your great tutorials:)

  19. stunning projects – thanks for the tutorial – loving all the new SSS dies but the Hello Beautiful is my fav

  20. My goodness how can we pick? I love the “Thankful heart” SSS but I also LOVE MAGICAL Christmas with the stag! That excites me sooo much because out of 14 grandkids 11 are boys and the masculine stamps are something I can see for making good luck banners during hunting season and leave it up through Christmas! This is so cool! Thank you!

  21. I’m enjoying “playing” with my alcohol inks and I thank you for giving me new ideas and inspiration. Love this idea. I think my favorite die from the new SSS release is the Streaming Heart, but I also like the Repeating Circles (I’m not good at making decisions).

  22. Fantastic cards with that wonderful technique! So glad I recently bought more alcohol inks so I can give this a go. My favorite die from this release is the streaming heart, because there are multiple ways to use it. Thanks for the great video Jennifer!

  23. I’m addicted to the word dies especially the LOVE die. Also really enjoyed your video. I’ve never played with alcohol inks before and the results are amazing!

  24. I love creating my own background papers with alcohol inks however…
    I never thought of using my Stencils. What a great idea!!

  25. Thanks for the terrific video Jennifer. I am loving all of the new heart dies from Simon. Can’t wait to get started 🙂

  26. The Sprinkle Heart and the Streaming heart are tied for favorite. Sorry couldn’t choose just one! LOL! I have some heavy weight vellum and some alcohol inks. Really love the softer look of alcohol ink on the vellum. Thanks for keeping us on our toes! 🙂

  27. The cards are gorgeous! I love the new Modern Flowers die. Thank you for a great way to use alcohol inks, mine are just sitting in a drawer. I will be trying this technique.

  28. My favorite die from this release is the Shining Heart die – love this technique you just shared. I recently played with my alcohol inks creating some awesome backgrounds – I’ll be trying vellum and stencils next time! Thanks for the inspiration,

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