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Textured Alcohol Ink

Hello! I am back with new and fresh ideas for using alcohol inks. This time is all about adding texture using supplies you likely have! I have loads of examples that I hope will inspire you.

Texture Alcohol Ink Video 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.]

I have done many videos over the last few months using Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks and Alcohol Pearls. (You can find a playlist of these videos HERE.) Today is all about adding texture to alcohol inked backgrounds with embossing folders, texture pastes, or heat embossing. I share a load of examples in the video so be sure to watch it for all the how-to details.

I combined my many backgrounds with lots of products from The Stamp Market. I have been collecting their products for some time and was excited to finally use them! They are perfect for these cards because their images are clean, large, and bold. LOVE.

My first card shows adding texture with an embossing folder. After creating a background with Tim Holtz Alcohol Pearls on yupo paper, I used the Sunny Studio Sunburst Embossing Folder (SSS | SS). To make the embossing stand out more, I lightly sanded the raised areas with a sanding block. Love this look.

Texture Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

At the center, I added a fun image from the The Stamp Market Handstamped Stamp Set (SSS | SM). I also used this set on the matching envelope.

Texture Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is another example using the same technique. This features the Sunny Studio Quilted Hearts Embossing Folder (SSS | SS) and The Stamp Market Hugs and Hello Dies (SSS | SM).

Texture Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Since the alcohol inks “sit on top” of yupo paper instead of absorbing deep into it, you are able to sand away the color to give raised, white areas.

Texture Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Sometimes it is best to only sand away a bit of the color on the raised areas, as I did on this next card featuring the Creative Expressions Circle Illusion Embossing Folder. I again added a stacked The Stamp Market Hugs and Hello (SSS | SM) die cut and sentiments from The Stamp Market Hugs and Hello Stamp Set (SSS | SM) and The Stamp Market Circles And Sentiment Stamp Set (SSS | SM).

Texture Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is a look at the texture…

Texture Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Subtle embossing folders – such as the Spellbinders Wedding Ring Stitched Embossing Folder (SSS | SB) – also works great for this technique. The “beautiful” is from The Stamp Market Beautiful Blooms Stamp Set (SSS | SM).

Texture Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My next couple of cards use the Creative Expressions Radiant Rings Pinpoint Embossing Folder for a subtle, textured, dot background. This card also features The Stamp Market Time To Celebrate Dies (SSS | SM) and The Stamp Market Time To Celebrate Stamp Set (SSS | SM). By layering three die cuts on top of each other, my sentiment stands out nicely against the background.

Texture Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I hope to make several more cards like this next one… it was fast to make and the sentiment is so encouraging! I made the banner with The Stamp Market Banners Dies (SSS |SM) and The Stamp Market One of a Kind Stamp Set (SSS | SM).

Texture Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Adding dimension behind the die cuts gives a nice, finished look.

Texture Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The Sunny Studio Cable Knit Embossing Folder (SSS | SS) also works great for this technique. This focal point piece was made with The Stamp Market Just Wonderful Stamp Set (SSS | SM) and The Stamp Market Banners Dies (SSS |SM).

Texture Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Adding texture with an embossing folder and sanding is a great way to give a new look to a background you may not be too happy with. I found the Sunny Studio Dapper Diamonds Embossing Folder (SSS | SS) pulled this background together nicely…

Texture Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

And… SWOON! I really like the style of The Stamp Market Handwritten Thanks Dies (SSS | SM). Perfection!

Texture Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I had a few alcohol ink backgrounds that were left over from experimenting. They hadn’t turned out how I liked, but I saved them anyway. Well, I again used an embossing folder to give it a new look. It saved the day! I also added a large-and-bold-yet-simple The Stamp Market Big Hi Die (SSS | SM) layered die cut with a small The Stamp Market Circles And Sentiments Stamp Set (SSS | SM) sentiment.

Texture Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I created this next background a bit differently. In this case, I used the Sunny Studio Dapper Diamonds Embossing Folder (SSS | SS) on the yupo paper first, and then added Alcohol Pearls on top. I like this method better, because the ink pools between the raised areas giving a more textured look. After it dried, I sanded the raised areas.

Texture Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I added a heart die cut with a lovely sentiment from The Stamp Market Scripty Sentiments Stamp Set (SSS | SM) and a few gems. You can see the pearly shine here…

Texture Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My next two cards show that you can use an embossing folder on an alcohol ink background but NOT add the sanding. The texture is still very visible but a bit more subtle. Here I used the Sunny Studio Dapper Diamonds Embossing Folder (SSS | SS) once again…

Texture Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I added lots of dimension to this simple card with the fabulous The Stamp Market Oblong Hexagon Dies (SSS | SM) and a layered The Stamp Market Beyond Grateful Die Cut (SSS | SM).

Texture Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

3D embossing folders – such as the Creative Expressions Sublime Swirls Embossing Folder – give a more subtle look on yupo paper. I again left the raised areas un-sanded. I also added a simple cardstock and vellum The Stamp Market Botanical Beauty Die Cut (SSS | SM) and a sentiment from The Stamp Market One of a Kind Stamp Set (SSS | SM).

Texture Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is a closer look at the texture and shine…

Texture Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Another fun way to get texture with alcohol inks is with embossing pastes. Here, I applied Ranger Texture Paste onto Tim Holtz Heavyweight Yupo Paper over a Birch Press Mandala Layer Stencil. Once it was dry, I added lots of Tim Holtz Alcohol Pearls on top. I kept the card simple by adding a circle with a The Stamp Market One of a Kind Stamp Set (SSS | SM) sentiment and a platinum vellum circle.

Texture Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This next background is my favorite of the bunch! I applied Ranger Texture Paste onto Tim Holtz Heavyweight Yupo Paper over a Tim Holtz Mini Stencil Set 25 Flower Stencil and let it dry. After adding lots of Alcohol Pearls, I used the air of my heat gun to force the color away from the raised areas a bit. I then let it dry completely on its own. I am loving that halo effect!

 Texture Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

On the white notecard background, I heat embossed the The Stamp Market Criss Cross Stamp (SSS | SM) with Hero Arts White Satin Pearl Embossing Powder. I also added a layered The Stamp Market Beyond Grateful Die Cuts (SSS | SM).

Texture Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Other pastes and gels can be used for texture alcohol inked backgrounds. Here, I used the new Gina K White Glitz Glitter Gel (SSS | GK) on yupo paper over a Altenew Feeling Dotty Stencil (SSS | ALT). Once it was dry, I added Alcohol Pearls. I love how the glittery dots picked up the color! The sentiment is from The Stamp Market Just Wonderful Stamp Set (SSS | SM).

Texture Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My last example shows one more way to add texture to alcohol ink. This one is simple – just add heat embossing! I did the white heat embossing on top of the inked background. I also added The Stamp Market Happy Hearts Die Cuts (SSS | SM) and a The Stamp Market Bear Hugs Stamp Set (SSS | SM) sentiment.

Texture Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I hope you are inspired to try out these ideas!

SUPPLIES

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 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.

The Stamp Market Hugs and Hello Stamp…
[ SSS | THS ]
The Stamp Market Hugs and Hello Dies
[ SSS | THS ]
The Stamp Market Hello Serif Dies
[ THS ]
The Stamp Market Handstamped Stamp Set
[ SSS | THS ]
The Stamp Market One of a Kind Stamp Set
[ SSS | THS ]
The Stamp Market Scripty Sentiments…
[ SSS | THS ]
The Stamp Market Just Wonderful Stamp…
[ SSS | THS ]
*The Stamp Market Circles And…
[ SSS | THS ]
The Stamp Market Bear Hugs Stamp Set
[ SSS | THS ]
The Stamp Market Beautiful Blooms…
[ SSS | THS ]
The Stamp Market Time To Celebrate…
[ SSS | THS ]
The Stamp Market Time To Celebrate Dies
[ SSS | THS ]
The Stamp Market Diamond Design Stamp
[ SSS | THS ]
*The Stamp Market Criss Cross Stamp
[ SSS | THS ]
The Stamp Market Handwritten Thanks Dies
[ SSS | THS ]
The Stamp Market Big Hi Die
[ SSS | THS ]
*The Stamp Market Botanical Beauty Die
[ SSS | THS ]
The Stamp Market Oblong Hexagon Dies
[ SSS | THS ]
The Stamp Market Banners Dies
[ SSS | THS ]
The Stamp Market Happy Hearts Dies
[ SSS | THS ]
The Stamp Market Beyond Grateful Dies
[ SSS | THS ]
*Sunny Studio Dapper Diamonds…
[ SSS | SNN ]
*Sunny Studio Sunburst Embossing Folder
[ SSS | SNN ]
*Sunny Studio Cable Knit Embossing…
[ SSS | SNN ]
*Sunny Studio Quilted Hearts…
[ SSS | SNN ]
Creative Expressions Radiant Rings…
[ SSS ]
Creative Expressions Circle Illusion…
[ SSS ]
Spellbinders Wedding Ring Stitch…
[ SSS | SPL ]
Creative Expressions Sublime Swirls…
[ SSS ]
Birch Press Mandala Layer Stencil Set
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Mini Stencil Set 25
[ SSS ]
*Altenew Feeling Dotty Stencil
[ SSS | ALTN ]
Alcohol Pearls
[ SSS ]
Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution
[ SSS ]
Alcohol Ink Tool Set
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Yupo Paper
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Heavyweight Yupo Paper
[ SSS ]
Grafix Platinum Vellum
[ SSS ]
Sanding Blocks
[ SSS ]
Ranger Texture Paste
[ SSS ]
*Gina K White Glitz Glitter Gel
[ SSS | GNK ]
Palette Knife Set
[ SSS ]
*Therm O Web Stencil Pal
[ SSS ]
VersaMark Ink
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
[ SSS | HA ]
Hero Arts White Satin Pearl Embossing…
[ SSS | HA ]
Anti Static Powder Bag
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Heat Gun
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp White Felt
[ SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS | ELH ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS | GNK ]
Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting…
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
[ SSS | ELH ]
*Therm O Web 1/2 Inch Purple Tape
[ SSS ]
Tape Dispenser
[ AMZUS ]


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30 thoughts on “Textured Alcohol Ink”

  1. Wow!! So many bright and beautiful creations! I love the vibrant colors, and the sanding technique with embossing folders! You definitely inspire us with these different trials and techniques 🙂

  2. Hi Jennifer 🙂 I first want to say I’ve been binge watching you on youtube for several weeks now and I think you are great. I have also watched some other folks, and let me say….girl, you got it going on. Love how concise you are and you don’t ramble on and on ( like I’m doing lol). I have and am continuing to use your affiliate links. I do have a question…….I want to buy matching cardstock and envelopes like you have…it just adds class I think. I can’t find any links on that. Do you make your own envelopes with cardstock or are you buying them together? I don’t have the resources to buy a ton of different kinds so I would love to buy bundles. Thanks for your help and always thanks for the instructional inspiration!! 🙂 Angel

    1. Angel
      Her videos are the best – lots of examples and great explanation. Have you checked out her Favorite Things videos. She has paper and envelopes with links (title is for adhesives and paper for those links). Hope this helps and have fun creating!

  3. WOW, Jennifer, that’s a lot of beautiful cards and supplies used! Love your detailed explanations of how you did each one differently. You are my favorite inspiration!

  4. Love all your cards and the many ways to use and make alcohol ink backgrounds. I learn so much from you. Thanks!

  5. Jennifer! Welcome home. I’m sure it was hard to leave your sandy paradise! Please come back to Monterey/Carmel and walk on the beach with me! (as though I could!)
    I don’t know if you read these, but I have to tell you you were a special blessing this morning. I’ve been very ill with Rx drug issues, . . one pill no longer available to me. I’m a 71 year-old gramma, not a druggie. Anyway, I turned on the computer this morning and thought, I hope Jennifer is there to take my mind off this. And there you were with the most delightful, educational video! All those beautiful cards! I pinned them all for better days! Thank you! God bless you and hugs from Sequoia and me!

  6. Love all these cards! I have done the sanding technique before especially when using embossing folders with cardstock with a white core. I will definitely try this. Thank you for the video, Jennifer.

  7. I LOVE YOUR VIDEO, Jennifer! THANK YOU!!!! IF EVER I feel the old mojo leave, seeing one of your video’s does it for me! LOL LOVE ALL of the backgrounds you’ve done for us & the end result, SUPER cards! AND I LOVE this company you’re showing us today too!!! BIG SQUISHY INKY HUGS for sharing with us!!! 😉

  8. GREAT video!! Thanks for all the ideas. Just as I was wondering if a 3D embossing folder would work … you demonstrated it! Looking forward to giving some of these ideas a try. Thanks, Jennifer.

  9. Jennifer,
    You outdid yourself with these cards. I think they are absolutely amazing. Everyone of them with your different approaches to texture came out great. I couldn’t pick which one I liked the most. Thank You for such great ideas and tips . Never in the world I would think of using embossing paste with the alcohol ink pearls.

  10. Your favorite is mine also. It reminds me of old worn brocade fabric. I also loved the green dotted card that reminded me of the candy dots that came on a long paper roll. Such a happy card. This was like a mini class with so much to learn. You are amazing and appreciated so!

  11. I REALLY love this technique. Thank you for showing all your tips and tricks on how to successfully accomplish these beautiful cards. I know you already list all the supplies you use for this technique, but I was wondering if you could list the pearl alcohol ink names that you used to make the beautiful combinations on some of your cards. Or show the names on the bottles as you are using them during your video. I know just listing all the supplies needed is a task in itself. Thank you so much for sharing with us. I look so forward to your videos.

  12. Ohh my Jennifer, this is again a great way to stretch products! I love what you have made and can’t say which card I love more. Thank you so much for all the time and effort to show us this in your video.
    Have a great weekend.

  13. Again an amazing and inspiring post and video! Thanks for sharing – I am always so thrilled to see what you make next, and am excited to try out sanding, I wouldn’t have considered it in this way!

  14. I love your videos Jennifer. I am amazed how you come up with all these different techniques. Recently I finally bought some Alcohol Inks on special and seeing all the different ways you using them is just perfect timing. Unfortunately I don’t use your affiliated links very often, as I am in Australia and postage from US is really expensive. So I am using my local craft store and buy online from shops in Australi
    Thanks for all the fantastic work you do! I love it.

  15. So many awesome cards and ways to get texture. You amaze me with your creativity. Thank you or sharing your talent.

  16. These were Awesome cards, and how amazing are your techniques that created the,, I so inspired, just waiting for Tim’s alcohol inks to go on sale, 😁I’ve have had to set goals NOT to buy withou a coupon, My husband says I have to feed our children.😩😳😁

  17. I don’t seem to be getting email notifications for some reason, but a friend told me about this video. So glad I watched it as these cards are right up my alley! Now maybe I’ll actually use my AIs as dry embossed stationary was my favorite before I started cardmaking. I have tons of embossing folders & will definitely try this!

  18. WOW! These turned out amazing!!! Somehow your email accidentally landed in my spam folder, but I’m so happy I found it before it deleted. Super cool technique. <3

  19. This post & video are jammed pack with info. Your posts are like chapters in a book. Love the way you delve into a product & explore the possibilities!

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