Alcohol Lift Ink Techniques

Hello! I am really excited to share with you ideas for using the new Tim Holtz Alcohol Lift Ink. This product makes using alcohol inks even more fun!

Alcohol Lift Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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The new Tim Holtz Alcohol Lift Ink makes creating backgrounds with Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks even more fun. It allows you to “lift” alcohol ink off of a non-porous paper (like Yupo Paper) and then place the ink onto a porous paper (such as cardstock). Sounds complicated, but it is simple! If you have not yet seen my basics of creating alcohol ink backgrounds, please check out THIS video.

Alcohol Lift Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

To create this first pair of cards, I started by forming an inked background with Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks on Yupo Paper. Once it was dry, I stamped on it with an image from the Gina K Just a Little Stamp Set (SSS |GK) using Tim Holtz Alcohol Lift Ink. This lifts the ink away. I immediately stamped the inky stamp off on a piece of white cardstock… leaving the ink behind. I then gently dabbed and rubbed away the excess ink from the alcohol inked surface. This results in two beautiful pieces! (Be sure to watch the video…)

Alcohol Lift Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

On the alcohol inked piece, you get a ghost-like image. I creatively trimmed the piece and added it to my notecard with craft foam. The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Oh Hello There Die and Altenew Needlework Motif Stamp Set.

Alcohol Lift Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

By the way, I used the new Tim Holtz Heavyweight Yupo Paper today. I really like it! Such a fun look…

Alcohol Lift Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is the piece that I “stamped off” on… so crisp! I am a fan of any technique that results in two cards.

Alcohol Lift Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is another pair I made using Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks, Tim Holtz Alcohol Lift Ink and Gina K Just a Little Stamp Set (SSS |GK). However, this time I cut the two panels and matched them up on separate cards.

Alcohol Lift Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The sentiment is from the Birch Press Thanks Sugar Script Die.

Alcohol Lift Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I am amazed at the detail you can get with the Tim Holtz Alcohol Lift Ink! These cards feature the Gina K Tropical Tidings Stamp Set (SSS | GK).

Alcohol Lift Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is a closer look at the first card…

Alcohol Lift Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

And the amazing detail of the second…

Alcohol Lift Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You can also use the Tim Holtz Alcohol Lift Ink Reinker for fun techniques, as I did for my next two cards. I started by creating a background of Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink on Tim Holtz Heavyweight Yupo Paper. Once it dried, I laid the new Gina K Lovely Lace Stencil (SSS | GK) on top. Using a Tim Holtz Felt Alcohol Ink Applicator, I dabbed Tim Holtz Alcohol Lift Ink Reinker over the stencil, being sure to cover all of the open areas. This “lifts” the ink away. After dabbing with a dry paper towel, you are left with lovely results…

Alcohol Lift Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I am crazy about this design – super simple, classic, and great to show off a fun background! I die cut a window with the Memory Box Have a Heart Dies and added a sentiment with the Poppy Stamp Friend Folksy Script Die and Altenew Needlework Motif Stamp Set.

Alcohol Lift Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is another example of this technique, but using the Gina K Square Mandala Stencil (SSS | GK) instead.

Alcohol Lift Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


Here are a few other videos if you are interested in learning more about alcohol inks…

  • THIS video features a different “lift” technique. However, with this technique, you can’t reapply the ink to another piece. But it is still fun!
  • THIS video shows a similar “lift” technique with stencils.
  • THIS video shares the basics of alcohol ink.

Thank you for stopping by. I always appreciate it!


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 or from Gina K Designs. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Tim Holtz Alcohol Lift Ink
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Lift Ink Reinker
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Gina K Just a Little Stamp Set
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Altenew Needlework Motif Stamp Set
[ SSS | ALTN ]
Gina K Tropical Tidings Stamp Set
[ SSS | GNK ]
*Birch Press Thanks Sugar Script Die
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*Simon Says Stamp Oh Hello There Die
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*Poppy Stamp Friend Folksy Script Die
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*Memory Box Have a Heart Dies
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Gina K Lovely Lace Stencil
[ SSS | GNK ]
Gina K Square Mandala Stencil
[ SSS | GNK ]
Tim Holtz Heavyweight Yupo Paper
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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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MISTI Stamping Tool
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MISTI Creative Corners
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MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
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MISTI Bar Magnet
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* Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
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Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS | GNK ]
MATTEDesign Master Clear Finish Matte…
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Tim Holtz Trimmer
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Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
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White Craft Foam
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46 thoughts on “Alcohol Lift Ink Techniques”

  1. Another great video! This alcohol lift ink looks like fun. Nice to know it can be used with stencils. Also great to know you have double stamp with it. Double stamping really made a difference with the butterfly cards. Thanks!

  2. I have seen Tim Holtz use this technique. Love it! Your cards are gorgeous. Can’t wait to try this one.

  3. Just got my lift ink pad and up pops your video – great timing with great cards! I had an idea to use the leftover heart piece by trimming off slivers of the sides of the inked yupo paper and add them around the heart on a white card. I think it would look cool if the ends overlapped slightly like I see hand drawn outlines sometimes. I wouldn’t miss the slivers for the first card and the second card would get this cool outline frame. Thanks for great ideas!

  4. You did it again, Jennifer…totally outdid yourself! I have seen this ink pad pop up over and over and had no idea what to do with it. You are such an enabler!! LOL Watching your videos sure is making my recovery time from foot surgery so much “bearable”…thanks for doing that for me!

  5. Love the cards my favorite is the lifting technique, love the butterfly cards, I’m thinking it would be nice to lift and put on the envelope to make them match with the card

  6. I too just received my Tim Holtz Alcohol Lift Ink and am having fun playing with it. I love love love making alcohol ink panels and with this new ink it’s even more fun! Thanks for another great video!

  7. Another beautiful technique, Jennifer. When I first saw the Alcohol Lift Ink, my immediate thought was, while interesting, it was a product I didn’t need. Well, now I see I was wrong. I love playing with my alcohol inks, and this product adds a whole new creative opportunity.

  8. Very pretty. The last one reminds me of a gemstone. I was wondering if you have ever cut a sentiment die from foam to lift it up and topped it with a paper layer. Thanks so much for bringing us great new ideas.

  9. Jennifer,
    I’m in love with this new Tim Holtz’s Alcohol Lift ink. I watched a video recently done by Tim Holtz demonstrating this new ink and the results are amazing. I couldn’t wait to place my order and I’m waiting patiently for the mail to come so I can start playing with my alcohol inks and the alcohol ink lift. Your cards came out as beautiful as always and I did invest it the Yupo paper. I’ll need to order the new weight size now. Thanks for the great video tutorial.

  10. Very unusual cards, they make such unique patterns, I guess no two will ever be the same no matter how you tried so I’m liking that idea. Personally I like the stencil effect more than the stamped idea but both are extremely pretty. Thank you for that video.x
    Question :- where do you buy all the stunning multi coloured envelopes from ? In UK we don’t seem to have a huge range of colours or I’m missing them when I search, thanks x

  11. This is a wonderful and creative technique!! I can’t wait to try it!! Eagerly awaiting your next great idea!!

  12. Your cards are beautiful. I just got this new alcohol lift off ink but I haven’t played with it yet, so thanks for all the great ideas.

  13. Wow Jennifer this new product is genius!! I’m amazed at what it can do. I can’t help but wonder if you inspired this product?! You did techniques with lifting alcohol inks and now this came out. 🙂 I still do not have any alcohol inks (craft budget) but I have always wanted them! Now I want them even more!! The stencil technique is my favorite! It looks unbelievable. It’s like magic. Thank you so much for taking the time to share this video with us!!! Thank you as always, for all the amazing inspiration. I hope all is well with you and your family 😍 Take care

  14. Stunning cards Jennifer. The lift pad gives such amazing results and as always I love getting a second card out of the deal. Your card samples could be used to promote this latest Tim Holtz product. Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you and your family are able to enjoy some quality family time together this summer. ~HUGS~

  15. WOW! Beautiful cards.great techniques. Love all the cards. I can.t wait for my lift- ink to come in . I order some. Now I will have to order some paper. Thank you for the great tips. Your are amazing card maker. Love all your videos.

  16. Jennifer, what ink do you use to stamp your envelopes with? It does not appear to be a black ink, but one that blends with the envelope.

    The cards are brilliant and I loved your engineering background coming out in the two cards you cut apart. Beautiful cards as always. thank you so much for all you do for us.

  17. I had to chuckle that it seemed as if you chose your nail polish to match the colors of your cards. Let no little detail go undone. Love the technique and the cards. TFS. Great video, as always.

  18. Thanks for showing some great ways to use the alcohol lift ink…2 cards from 1 technique are always so helpful. Lifting color from the stenciled design is especially lovely. tfs

  19. I will be picking this up pretty soon. I’m so glad you did a video on this product, it’s so amazing and I can’t wait to work with it. The cards you created are beautiful, what fabulous looks. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  20. Hi, Beautiful cards and lovely extra ways to use the alcohol inks. Now just to see who stocks the alcohol lift ink here in New Zealand, Just wondering what do you use to clean the stencils off, do you just put them into a bowl of water.
    Thanks and keep the videos coming.

  21. Such fun and beautiful inspired. I used my lift ink materials today and did not get the stamp to duplicate on plain card stock nor lift the design on the yupo inked one on the numerous stamps I tried. Success only twice out of 7 different stamps. Frustrating. I am thinking you need dark ink designs, less alcohol ink is better and the type of stamp you use is important. I continue to practice; any additional tips you could offer would be great.

  22. These cards are all awesome. I am totally in love with the Lift ink what a great supplies to take your alcohol ink projects a step further. Love the way you cut the panels on the first cards, your ideas are always so awesome.
    Thank you Jennifer for an othet great video turtorial.

  23. This was a wonderful technique and always love when you can get two cards out of one stamping. Saves allot of time. Is Yupo paper different than glossy cardstock and will this technique work with glossy cardstock? Time for me to include some alcohol inks in my budget. Thanks for all you do.

  24. Wow Jennifer, these are beautiful cards so inspiring. I have just purchased my lift off ink etc., so guess what I will be trying to do? Thank you so much for sharing and for your beautiful creations.

  25. I had convinced myself that I didn’t need the alcohol lift ink! Lol! Then I came across this video and almost didn’t watch it, thinking I would probably want the ink after seeing your ideas. I was right I shouldn’t have watched it. 🙂 The cards are gorgeous and the technique looks like so much fun.

  26. Even though it’s been about 100 years since I got a degree in science, that part of me loves seeing the chemicals at work here! I had some photo paper that was the wrong brand for my present printer, but works well with alcohol inks. Sequoia and I both have had fun with these. Now I guess we’ll need to try this. Fun! Thanks for the great ideas you give me as a card maker and also as a child-minder! :o)

  27. My friend tried this technique. After the second stamping, she sprayed the stamp with Ultra Clean…and then tried stamping again. She got a third card front out of that -slightly different from the others. What a bonus. Three cards at once! Thanks again for bringing fun into our lives!

  28. I had to go back and watch how to do the Alcohol Lift Ink again because I tried it the other day and it didn’t work. I couldn’t figure out what I did wrong. Now I know.
    Thank you for your time and the beautiful creations that you show everyone how to do.

  29. I just don’t know where you get all your ideas from! All these cards and ideas are just FABULOUS. It’s now July 2019 and your ideas and cards are still very current. I’m going to try the alcohol lift off idea as soon as my order for it comes. (Its a shame some of the links are no longer working , but it is understandable 😁) xx

  30. I understand this isn’t the most recent post, but all that means to me is that I watched and read significantly more explanations of this technique than those who saw this when you posted it, and I was still completely failing until I read this post!!!! I didn’t even need the videos! The explanation was so awesome that it not only explained what I had to do, it also removed the confusion I gained while trying to figure out how to do this before reading this!!!!!!!! Thank you so much

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