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Alcohol Ink Details + Download

Hello! I am back with another alcohol ink video for you today! This time I share ways to add details to create even more interesting looks. I also show how to make the most of background dies with simple card designs.

Alcohol Ink Detail Videos by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Multiple stores are also linked in the parentheses following the product name. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you]

Sometimes when I create backgrounds with alcohol ink, I end up with simple looks that I want to spice up a bit. Today I show a few ways to do this. However, if alcohol inks aren’t for you, you can also use today’s background die card designs with any technique.

Note: Please use in very ventilated area. Also, I would not mist the alcohol too much – just a bit.

For all of my alcohol ink backgrounds, I started with Tim Holtz Yupo Paper and added Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks and Blending Solution. I used a straw to blow air on the wet color to move it. Once the background dried, I added “details” (dots, lines, etc.) with rubbing alcohol… and a mini mister, toothpick, or brush. On others, I added dots of Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Metallic Mixatives.

My first pair of cards feature a background created with pink, red, and Rose Gold Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks. I then cut it and a piece of white cardstock with the SugarPea Starburst Cover Plate Die. I used all the pieces with a in-lay look to create two cards.

Alcohol Ink Detail Videos by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You can see the details I added to the backgrounds – – little dots made with rubbing alcohol. For the sentiment, I stamped the “you’re awesome” sentiment from the SugarPea Talk is Chic Stamp Set with dark pink ink… and then heat embossed over it with Hero Arts White Satin Pearl Embossing Powder. For the matching card, I white heat embossed the same sentiment.

Alcohol Ink Detail Videos by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My second pair of cards also features the SugarPea Starburst Cover Plate Die along with alcohol inked backgrounds. This background was one that I made and didn’t like because it was very plain. So I misted it with rubbing alcohol and added lots of details… completely changing the look. I used the SugarPea Celebrate Die and SugarPea Talk is Chic Stamp Set for the sentiments.

Alcohol Ink Detail Videos by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Next I used the SugarPea Large Striped Cover Plate Die to create a pair of cards from another alcohol ink background. (This time I used the Pearl Mixative for shimmer in the background.) This color palette is my favorite!

Alcohol Ink Detail Videos by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I added lots of “texture” and details with misted rubbing alcohol. Swoon! For the sentiment I used the SugarPea Thanks Die and the SugarPea Heartfelt Sympathy Stamp Set.

Alcohol Ink Detail Videos by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For this next card, I used scraps of an alcohol inked background to die cut the sentiment.

Alcohol Ink Detail Videos by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is another pair created in a very similar way. For the card on the right, I gold heat embossed a sentiment from the SugarPea Heartfelt Sympathy Stamp Set.

Alcohol Ink Detail Videos by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My next example shows that you can also use Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink to your backgrounds for detail. Here, I applied the gold with a toothpick to create tiny dots. I also created dots and “movement” with a brush and rubbing alcohol.

Alcohol Ink Detail Videos by Jennifer McGuire Ink

To cut the fun angles, I used the SugarPea Card Front Element Builder Dies… along with the SugarPea Sympathy Die and Heartfelt Sympathy Stamp Set for the sentiment.

Alcohol Ink Detail Videos by Jennifer McGuire Ink

And here is another featuring the same dies and stamps. I added lots of “texture” to this background by misting rubbing alcohol.

Alcohol Ink Detail Videos by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My favorite of today’s cards are the next two… and they were created with the small scraps leftover from the other cards! For this one, I used the SugarPea Large Striped Cover Plate Die along with lots of colorful alcohol inked scraps. The sentiment is from the SugarPea Thanks Die and I covered it with Tonic Crystal Glaze.

Alcohol Ink Detail Videos by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My last card also uses scraps, but this time with the SugarPea Starburst Cover Plate Die and SugarPea Talk is Chic Stamp Set.

Alcohol Ink Detail Videos by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I did add “details” with dots of rubbing alcohol. This card design would work with any type of scraps!

Alcohol Ink Detail Videos by Jennifer McGuire Ink

INK SWATCH DOWNLOAD

I have a free Ink Swatch Download for the Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks just click HERE. To see my complete list of Ink Swatch Downloads and how I create and store them, head over HERE.

If you want a closer look at each color, be sure to check out my video above!

BLOG HOP

Today I am excited to be a part of the SugarPea Designs 4th Birthday Blog Hop! I am proud of Wendy and the great success she has had. She is a gem!

To celebrate, SugarPea Designs is offering the coupon code “BDAY04” for customers to receive 15% off their entire purchase AND a FREE 4×8 stamp set with any purchase. Valid until 4/7/18 when shopping HERE.

The next stop on the hop is the blog of the lovely Jessica Frost Ballas. (You can always start at the beginning of the hop at the SugarPea Blog.)

GIVEAWAY

SugarPea Designs will be giving away (4) FOUR $40 gift certificates to the SugarPea Designs shop. Winners will be randomly chosen from all the comments left along each stop of the hop. For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 4/7/18. (To leave a comment, head to blog, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name announced on the SugarPea website.)

SUPPLIES

Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links 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. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

SugarPea Starburst Cover Plate Die
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*SugarPea Large Striped Cover Plate
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*SugarPea Card Front Element Builder…
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*SugarPea Sympathy Die
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SugarPea Thanks Dies
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SugarPea Celebrate Die
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SugarPea Talk is Chic Stamp Set
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*SugarPea Heartfelt Sympathy Stamp Set
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*Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Blending Solution
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Tim Holtz Felt Alcohol Ink Appliator
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*Alcohol Ink Tool Set
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Ranger Yupo Paper
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Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
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X-Press It Double Sided Adhesive Sheets
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Stick It Adhesive Sheets
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Gina K Connect Glue
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MISTI Stamping Tool
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MISTI Creative Corners
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MISTI Bar Magnet
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MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
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Hero Arts Ultra Pink Ink
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*Tsukineko Warm Breeze Ink
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VersaMark Ink
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Hero Arts White Satin Pearl Embossing…
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Anti Static Powder Bag
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Hero Arts Heat Gun
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3M Foam Tape
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3M Foam Tape
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White Craft Foam
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Tim Holtz Trimmer
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Hole Punch
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Coin Pages
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Tim Holtz Distress Collage Adhesive
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*Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
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241 thoughts on “Alcohol Ink Details + Download”

  1. I love your cards and can’t wait to get the dies you used for these! The alcohol inks are so vibrant and bright. Who wouldn’t love to get one of these cards from you.

  2. The backgrounds you created are gorgeous! I love the greens and yellows with the pearl shimmer! The striped cover plate die was my favorite for the card bases.

  3. I’ve just purchased my first alcohol inks and I can’t wait to try them! Thank you for sharing so many awesome techniques. I’m new to this whole card making world and I just discovered Sugarpea Designs. I have been searching for the right Sympathy sentiment stamps (say that 10 times fast) and that is by far the best set I have seen! Muah

  4. As always, I love these cards! I have to get my hands on those cover plates…as soon as they come back in stock.

  5. Oh my !! All the backgrounds of this fantastic set of cards are simply stunning !!
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  6. I just started to play with alcohol inks and these cards look like a lot of fun. I really like the Thanks card. Thank you for the inspiration!

  7. The full card size dies make wonderful use of the alcohol ink papers. Thank you once again for sharing your awesome ideas.

  8. I’m loving all the examples of alcohol inks. Did this technique many years ago, will need to revisit. Love all the stamps and dies in this Sugar Peak birthday celebration blog hop!!

  9. Wow! So much awesomeness in this blog post!! What a great way to use backgrounds that you’re just not that excited about as a whole. Your cards are gorgeous and keeping the cards simple allows the background pieces to shine. I really like the last 2 cards with the rainbow strips in the starburst cover die plate. I love all the texture and interest you can get just by using rubbing alcohol and different laxatives.

  10. I would love to use the die sets used in this video.
    I am new to the alcohol inks but adore their versatility and unexpected outcomes.
    These dies are awesome!

  11. More great techniques for alcohol inks! You always inspire me to try new things! Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us. I love the Sugar Pea dies you used in the video!

  12. I love how you created a faux marbled look with the alcohol inks. I’ve only ever seen alcohol inks done in a really free-form way, so I love seeing that one can do more detailed looks with alcohol inks as well. That emerald/jade/gold piece is just outstanding. Thanks for sharing with us!

  13. Love these! Now that I’ve picked up some yupo paper, I’m going to give alcohol inks another try. And I’m definitely going to take a look at the cover plate dies you used!

  14. Ooh I just so wanna come hang out with you Jennifer, drink coffee and watch you craft! I get mesmerised by your video tutorials and you always have something new to share. Thank you, for sharing, you’re amazing and inspiring and I utterly LOVE what you’ve done with this gorgeous SugarPea release. Stunning creations each and every one! Hugs, Wends xoxo

  15. I like how you use all your scraps of paper and use the negative from the die to create two cards. The card front elements dies are unique!

  16. Beautiful backgrounds and cards! I have fallen in love with the alcohol inks and have enjoyed all of your videos. Thank you so much for sharing.

  17. Beautiful cards& technique. I agree Jennifer, my absolute favorites are the ‘scrap cards!’ Love the sweet pea background dies, would love to play with them! Thanks for the vid💕

  18. Fascinating technique. I’ve never used alcohol inks. I know this comment is late, but I’m recuperating from surgery and trying to catch up with all you do. Thank you, Jennifer.

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