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.

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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.


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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. Beautiful cards! I bet they are really lovely in person with all that shine. I loved the “hello” cards the most – I really like the look using stencils and versamark w/ embossing powder. I wasn’t sure about this technique at first – it looked like a hot mess – but it came together brilliantly.

  2. Your videos are packed with information, tips, and inspiration! Never knew how well AI would work on watercolor paper! And then frosting on the cake, I really loved the Honey Bees anemone stamp and the stencil. So many examples to love, thank you!

  3. I could (okay I admit I have) watch your videos all day. I always see different things that I want to try. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thank you for the chance to win the 25.00 sweepstakes from Honey Bee Stamps…..what a great Christmas surprise winning that would be !!

  5. These cards are so pretty and look as though you put lots and lots of time making them. I can’t wsit to try it myself. If it comes out half as pretty as yours I will be thrilled!

  6. I always get excited when you share alcohol ink techniques. I love playing with them, but often am disappointed with the result. One thing you have taught me is that I can add blending solution and keep playing and eventually have a nice result. Your cards are gorgeous — the backgrounds and the unique styles are beautiful.

  7. These cards are stunning! I have never used alcohol inks due to them being so messy. But the way you used them wasn’t that much of a mess. And the cards are amazing! I will have to out and buy some and try it out.

  8. These cards are beautiful as always! I love the different techniques with the alcohol inks. I also really like the different ideas you provided for dividing the parts of the card. The gold leaves are really eye-catching!

  9. Oh this is such a beautiful technique. I have never tried alcohol inks. I have twin toddlers and maybe once I go back to work I can try all these neat things!

  10. Beautiful cards, great tutorial. Love watching your videos, they help inspire me to try something new. Thank you! 😀

  11. Love all the creative ways to use the alcohol inks and thanks for a chance to win a great giveaway Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

  12. I really love what you did on the watercolor paper, did not think that was possible!
    You certainly inspire me to try new things. Thanks Jennifer!

  13. Wow! You always come up with the most interesting techniques! Thank you for your creativity and imagination. I just love watching your videos and getting so much inspiration!

  14. I simply love playing with alcohol inks. Many of my Christmas cards this year are with them. I have to admit, I never thought of using the alcohol inks with a stencil like you did. What stunning results.

  15. Follow you faithfully…go into withdrawal when a new video isn’t posted…lol. Love your techniques that inspire me so.

  16. These cards are awesome; you are so awesome. I will have to try this technique – seems so simple but come out so awesome! Thanks again for sharing.

  17. I love this ( and all the things you do!J. I have al hold inks -a pile of them – and never use them much. I love what they can do, and now you have given me the incentive to get going and use them!
    And love the card!

  18. It’s the stacked look of the block letters in the final card of your blog post that does it for me. That looks so good! I love your clean style. I personally have a more messy, “boho” style when I craft, but your style is actually quite inspiring for me. Thanks so much for sharing!

  19. This is a fun technique! My family is getting me some alcohol inks for Christmas, and I’m excited to try this technique! Thank you for all the inspiration!

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