Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Technique Tuesday - Alcohol Ink resist


Hi there Peeps-

I hope you are having a good week so far.  Today I am going to share a great technique I learned from Tim Holtz ages ago and recently revisited for an alcohol ink class I had recently.  This a is technique that essentially removes the alcohol ink from a transparency.  (the circular image in the background on the sample below)

I started with a piece of transparency film (acetate), a couple of colors of alcohol ink, a blending tool with a felt pad, alcohol ink blending solution, craft mat, any color of Archival Ink pad, rubber stamps, and paper towels.  

I dropped small amounts of both colors onto the transparency.

Then used the blending tool to smear the ink around.  I like to use short twisty movements.

 Add a small amount of blending solution to the felt pad to get the ink to blend and move around.

I have found that this technique only works with permanent dye based ink pads such as Archival Ink from Ranger.

Stamp across the acetate as desired.

Let the ink set for a couple of minutes then buff the surface of the acetate with a paper towel.  

Rubbing will remove the stamped ink.

 Look at the possibilities!

On this one, I stamped the opposite side of the transparency with Staz On ink and added a ribbon.

Have you ever tried this technique?  It's a favorite of mine.  I hope you will share what you make with our stamps.  

Enjoy the flight,


  1. Absolutely gorgeous!! I forgot about that technique...thank you for the reminder and the inspiration!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  2. Great technique, thanks for sharing! I have some alcohol inks but never use them because I'm not really sure what to do with them. I'll have to try this out ;D

  3. Wow! This technique is so cool! Thanks for the inspiration Carrie! =)

  4. This is fabulous! Will have to try this!

  5. I had the best teacher who taught me the wonders of alcohol inks and I am so glad everyone else gets to learn from you too!

  6. This inspires me to pull out the dozens of alcohol inks I collected when I first started papercrafting! I thought you needed glossy paper ever thought of acetate sheets...very cool!

  7. Love this! I gave it a try and it turned out great!

  8. Gheesh! Never heard of this one. So beautiful without much work! Thanks for sharing.

  9. molt ben explicat i es precios

  10. Fun technique - had a play day with some friends recently and we really enjoyed doing this. Linked to you : http://lynettecollis.blogspot.co.nz/2016/05/play-day-with-alcohol-inks.html

  11. Fabulous technique just tried it, worked a treat. Question is, do you use the other side to mount on a card as its smooth but then the writing is back to front?


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