Alcohol Ink Embossed Resist + Giveaway

Hello! Today I am sharing a technique I haven’t done in a long time, but one that I always enjoy doing. I show how to use alcohol ink on non-glossy cardstock… and for an embossed resist.

[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.]

Alcohol inks are most often used on Yupo Paper or glossy surfaces. Today I show the different look you can get by using them on watercolor paper. And to make the look even more interesting, I added heat embossing for a bit of resist.

For my first card, I started with Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper and white heat embossed images from the Honey Bee Winter Anemone Stamp Set (SSS | HB). I then used a Tim Holtz Felt Alcohol Ink Applicator and applied green alcohol inks, along with a bit of Gold Alcohol Ink Metallic Mixative and Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution. I just wiped the ink side to side for a striped look. The colors absorb into the papers but not so much on the embossed areas. Also, the Alcohol Ink Metallic Mixative sits more on top of the paper and shines.

I added gold cardstock leaves and a greeting from the Honey Bee Threshold Dies (SSS | HB). I used my stylus to also press texture into the leaves.

My next card also uses images from the Honey Bee Winter Anemone Stamp Set (SSS | HB). This time I applied purple alcohol inks and silver Alcohol Ink Metallic Mixative. I also added silver string, a silver die cut heart, and a “hello” die cut.

This next card was super easy to make! I applied blue alcohol inks and silver Alcohol Ink Metallic Mixative over another white heat embossed image from the Honey Bee Winter Anemone Stamp Set (SSS | HB). I then added a few cardstock strips and a silver “hello” die cut.

That shine is stunning in person!

This next background is my favorite. I started by applying Versamark Ink over a Honey Bee Poinsettia Stencil (SSS | HB) onto Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper. After adding white embossing powder and heat setting, I applied green alcohol inks, along with a bit of Gold Alcohol Ink Metallic Mixative and Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution. Love!

Here is the rest of that background. Sometimes simple is best…

That shine! Wow…

I used the same technique to create this next background, but with silver embossing powder instead of white. I really like the patina look.

I die cut letters from the background using the Honey Bee Bee Bold Alphabet Dies (SSS | HB) and used the cut letters on a second card. The mini sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Stamp Set.


Honey Bee Stamps is once again hosting the 12 Designers of Christmas. Today is Day 10 and I am honored to be featured! Head HERE to learn more!


How would you like a $25 gift certificate to Honey Bee Stamps? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 12/18/18. (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 will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)


Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you for your support! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except the Honey Bee products and products with asterisks which were received from the company with no expectation. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Honey Bee Winter Anemone Stamp Set
[ SSS | HNB ]
Honey Bee Threshold Dies
[ SSS | HNB ]
Honey Bee Poinsettia Stencil
[ SSS | HNB ]
Honey Bee Bee Bold Alphabet Dies
[ SSS | HNB ]
*Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Stamp Set
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Felt Alcohol Ink Appliator
[ SSS | ELH ]
Ranger Alcohol Inks
[ SSS | ELH ]
*Alcohol Ink Metallic Mixative
[ SSS | ELH ]
Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper
[ SSS | ELH ]
Tim Holtz Heavyweight Yupo Paper
[ SSS ]
Anti Static Powder Bag
[ SSS ]
VersaMark Ink
[ SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
[ SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts Heat Gun
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Creative Corners
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Bar Magnet
[ SSS | ELH ]
Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
[ SSS | ELH ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS | GNK ]
Be Creative Tape
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Trimmer
[ SSS ]
Therm O Web Purple Tape
[ SSS | ELH ]
Gemini Junior Die Cut Machine
[ SSS ]

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287 thoughts on “Alcohol Ink Embossed Resist + Giveaway”

  1. Amazing and beautiful cards ! My main problem : I don’t have enough time to try all the fantastic techniques you’re showing us ! LOL !!!

  2. Simply beautiful cards! I love this technique…thanks so much for sharing!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  3. I really love this technique and your cards are always so beautiful. You have inspired me in my desire to create meaningful cards and also to try different techniques. Thank you for always sharing.

  4. Thanks for the demo of the inks on watercolor paper! The variety of card layouts is awesome as usual. I don’t have any letter dies, but these may be the ones to have!

  5. These cards were just beautiful. I need to get out the alcohol inks that I received in a kit and play with them. Thanks for all you do!

  6. Jennifer, your cards are gorgeous as always. I love looking through your videos for inspiration. Have a great week and thank you!

  7. I am always struck, Jennifer, by your generous nature, not so much by the giveaways, but by how you articulately share what you have learned through your creative gifts. May God continue to bless you and us through you.

  8. These are so beautiful Jennifer, the alpha die set (Bee Bold) would be an awesome set to have for any card maker, love it.

  9. Gorgeous cards, & great giveaway!! Thanks Jennifer for sharing your tips, techniques and your talent . I’m always so inspired after reading your blog, or watching your videos.

  10. Beautiful cards! What a great technique! Always enjoy learning from you, and seeing what wonderful projects you make!

  11. I love alcohol inks and thank you so much for introducing me to them. They are so fun to play with and you are right – they are so versatile! This is another technique i will have to try. Thank you again and please have a blessed holiday with your family.

  12. Absolutely gorgeous cards. That’s a fabulous technique with alcohol inks. I can’t thank you enough for sharing your creativity with us.

  13. Wouldn’t this be a nice gift to win on my birthday!
    Beautiful cards Jennifer and a great technique. I love the results of alcohol inks. I have used gloss, acetate, Yupo and now I will be trying watercolor paper. Have a wonderful Christmas with family and friends.

  14. Oh, I like these so much! I just love the look of alcohol inks. I don’t have any yet, but I’m thinking that may have to change. Thank you for the chance to win.

  15. Gorgeous results with alcohol inks. I’m so inspired to give these techniques a try. Thanks for another informative and creative video. Wishes to you and family for a wonderful Christmas season and a happy, healthy new year.

  16. I’ve been wanting to try alcohol inks, but didn’t want to invest in yupo paper just yet. Nice to know I could try them with watercolor paper I already have for a different look! By the way, my 5yo daughter *loves* watching your videos with me and is always talking about meeting you in person! 😀

  17. I can’t wait to try these techniques. I just started card making as a stress relief and I am finding so much to do. Thank you so much for this informative video! And it means so much to me that I can learn at my own pace.

  18. Wow, fabulous technique! I didn’t know that alcohol inks on non-glossy paper would work like that! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  19. Your cards are always so beautiful and inspiring. I still haven’t dived into alcohol inks. I’m tying to not to! But you are making it soooo hard. Honey Bee stamps are so awesome. Plus they are from my state, Oregon! So I gotta love them! They make it easy with their beautiful stamps and dies.

  20. Wow Jennifer just beautiful!!! Love those alcohol inks and the mixatives.. Your card layout ideas are so fun!!

  21. Love the cards, and the technique. Every time I see something new, I think, I want that. Well, practically speaking, I can’t have them all. But I am planning to add some Alcohol inks to my tools and learning to use them more. The metallic mixatives are a must. They add so much but it doesn’t take a lot to make an impression. Thanks so much for the ideas.

  22. These are so pretty. I love how you stack layers together, but that is a lot of extra work, right? The tip to line up letters using the purple tape is excellent – I will be using this idea often. Thanks.

  23. Gorgeous cards, Jennifer! I love the different look you achieved by using watercolor paper. Thanks for always giving us great ideas on how to use products in unique ways.

  24. Great inspiration Jennifer, again very inventive thinking how to stretch our supplies.
    I love the awesome Honey Bee Winter Anemone, what a awesome stamp set and not only for winter cards.
    Thank you so much for sharing.

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