Alcohol Inks are so much fun to play with! Want to see how to use them? Check out our Alcohol Inks Webisodes
What you need:
- Alcohol inks
- Glossy paper or other non-porous surface
- Ink Applicator
- Blending Solution
- Gloves (optional)
Use on non-porous surfaces
Use alcohol inks on glossy paper, glass, metal, candles or other non-porous surfaces for the best effect. If you use it on cardstock or matte paper, the ink just soaks in and looks muddy.
The thing to remember is this: Alcohol inks dry instantly. They can be reworked with the help of the Blending Solution or plain old rubbing alcohol.
Basic ink application
Place the felt rectangle onto the applicator, then squeeze a drop of color directly onto the felt. Use one color, or add a drop of one or both of the other coordinating colors in the set. Avoid overlapping the colors on the felt.
Randomly tap the applicator onto your surface. You can tap to apply the color, sweep the ink along your surface, or tap and twist for a random pattern.
Alcohol inks don’t blend unless you use the Blending Solution. If you cover a glossy surface with one ink color, you can drop other ink colors onto it and it will push the first color out of the way. You can drop Blending Solution onto your colored surface to blend, or first drop Blending Solution onto your surface, then apply the color.
To blend on your applicator, first squeeze two drops of Alcohol Ink on your applicator, then add a drop of Blending Solution. Start with just a small amount; it will really dilute the color. Tap, sweep or twist the applicator onto your inked surface to apply both color and rubbing alcohol.
To blend on your surface, squeeze two drops of Alcohol Ink onto your applicator and apply to your surface. Place a fresh felt piece onto the applicator, then squeeze a drop of rubbing alcohol onto the felt. Tap, sweep or twist the applicator onto your inked surface. Even though the ink has dried on your surface, the Blending Solution allows it to be reworked.
You can experiment with the ratio of Alcohol Ink to rubbing alcohol for a more diluted or stronger color effect. Remember, a little bottle of Alcohol Ink can go a long way, so don’t be afraid to play a little!
Here’s where the gloves come in. Squeeze a drop or two of one or more colors into separate wells of a plastic palette. Dip your (gloved) finger into a color, then tap it onto your paper. Add another color if you like; tap on some Blending Solution to blend.
Direct from the bottle
You can completely forgo the applicator and squeeze the Alcohol Ink directly onto your surface. This can give you a cool marbled effect. Alternate different colors, and add a drop or two of Blending Solution to blend. You can either let the ink dry in the circular pattern they’ll make on your paper, or you can rework it with the applicator or your finger.
To stamp or not to stamp?
The choice is yours, but be warned that applying the Alcohol Ink directly onto your stamp can dry it out—especially rubber stamps—causing it to crack over time.
Stamping over the dried, inked surface with a StazOn® gives a nice clean stamped image.