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.
[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.
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.
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).
Here is a look at the texture…
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).
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.
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).
Adding dimension behind the die cuts gives a nice, finished look.
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).
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…
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.
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.
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…
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).
Here is a closer look at the texture and shine…
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.
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!
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).
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).
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.
I hope you are inspired to try out these ideas!
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.