Sunday, April 22, 2018


Alcohol Markers and Ghost Stamping

Each week gets more exciting and this one was no exception! It is amazing how alcohol inks move even after drying! Drawing and coloring on the Yupo paper had such a beautiful effect and it was so easy! 
Images of Alcohol Markers and Ghosting

I highly suggest watching WEEK #1 & WEEK #2 videos to prepare for this week's technique. 
Click here to view WEEK #1: DIY alcohol Inks and Alternative Products

Click here to view WEEK #2: Get Your Inks Moving/Techniques and Tools

Some of your questions will be answered. Learn how to make your own DIY alcohol inks inexpensively. You will be shocked at how simple this process will be! There will be alternative ideas to Yupo paper that has very similar results. 

Creating your Background

This week, the blending tool and felt pad softened the look of the ink on Yupo paper and Dura-Lar. By using alcohol or Ranger's Blending Solution on the blending tool, you are able to move some of the ink to fill in white spaces and remove some of the harsh lines. The felt pad will create bubbles that spread and make a wonderful mottled look on the paper. 

Spraying the alcohol produced fine spots that grew the longer it sat on the paper. Use a heat tool to stop this process!

Ranger Heat It tool will not blow your project around your work surface!

We know by now how to create a background that is unique each time. This will be the backdrop to the image we will create using a blender pen or Ranger's Blending pen that you fill with alcohol, Ranger's Blending Solution or your own DIY blending solution. 

Ranger's Alcohol Ink Blending Pen

Ranger's Alcohol Ink Blending Solution


DIY Recipe for Blending Solution

1-3 drops vegetable glycerin
1.5 to 2 oz. 91% isopropyl alcohol
Vegetable glycerin is an odorless liquid made from plant oils such as palm oil, soy or coconut oil. Although it comes in what seems like a large amount, it can be used as a hypoallergenic skin moisturizer and cleanser. It's used in soap making, some foods or medicinal remedies. This would be great to share with other crafters! It's also a very inexpensive way to reink your Versamark Ink Pad!
100% Pure Organic Vegetable Glycerin

Create an Image

Make sure your background is dried thoroughly before stamping an image for you to color. Use Versafine Black Onyx for a solid outline or a softer dye color such as Hickory smoke Distress Ink for a no-line coloring image. Use your heat tool to dry the ink before coloring!

Versafine Black Onyx Pigment Mini Ink Pad

Hickory Smoke Distress Ink    

Ghosting and Coloring your image

Use any blender pen you may have ie: Spectrum Noir, Tombow, Ohuhu, Copic, Prismacolor. You will not believe the beautiful results you can achieve by slowly removing the ink from the surface of your paper! 

Now that the alcohol ink has been removed, alcohol markers can be used to color in areas to detail or accentuate. These markers would be the same ones you use to color on your craft projects, scrapbooks or card making.

Alcohol markers you use in your craft room

The video shows the results of two different examples. The first is done on Dura-Lar and the second one is done on Yupo paper. They use both DIY Alcohol Inks and Ranger's Adirondack Alcohol Inks. Jen also does a great job explaining the process as she goes through it step by step.

Watch WEEK #3: Alcohol Markers and Ghost Stamping to learn this exciting way to create your own designs for your card backgrounds, images or sentiments!

Click to go right to WEEK #3: Alcohol Markers and Ghost Stamping

Just a few thoughts...

A great way to store all of your Alcohol Inks is to use this 3 layer Acrylic Nail Polish Caddy. It sits flat but has three risers so you are able to see your selection of inks easily! Really a space saver too!
Acrylic Nail Polish Caddy

Any inexpensive 91% isopropyl alcohol, found at Walmart, Target, Walgreens or any place you prefer to shop, will work on this craft.

Inexpensive felt purchased at any hobby store or section of your preferred store will work. There should be quite a few pieces cut to fit your blending tool out of one piece of felt.
Adirondack Alcohol Ink Blending Tool

Glycerin information obtained from:

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

How to make your own Blending solution

We all would love to see your creations as you play along with us! An album has been created on the Facebook page to download your artwork. Just click on 'Photos' up in the left-hand corner. Click on 'Albums' and then on the picture of the Alcohol Ink Design. Enter your artwork there!

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