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Try to “RESIST” Alcohol Inks

Alcohol Ink Resist Card
Alcohol Ink Resist Technique

One of my favorite media to play with is alcohol ink by Ranger Industries. These are acid-free dye inks specifically made to work on non-porous surfaces such as glass, plastic, acetate, glossy paper, dominoes, metal, shrink plastic, and other slick surfaces.   What’s great about these inks is that each project you work on will be unique - you will never get the same exact outcome.  For this project I will be showing a “resist” technique incorporating alcohol inks.  I have a feeling you will become as addicted to them as I am. 

Important Note:  You can use gloss photo paper with alcohol inks, although your colors might be a bit muted than if using glossy craft paper. HOWEVER, because of the coating on photo paper, you cannot use a heat gun.  Heat will blister the paper and have a completely different (and probably toxic) result. This particular project must be done on glossy craft paper.

Design Block Butterfly Image, S5041 (Hero Arts)
Gloss Paper (Ranger)
Cardstock of your choice for layering
Versamark Ink Pad (Tsukineko)
Clear Detail Embossing Powder (Stampendous)
Alcohol Inks in the colors Lettuce, Stream, and Wild Plum (Ranger)
Alcohol Blending Solution (Ranger)
Gold Stickles (Ranger)
Heat Gun
Paper Towel
Adhesive of choice

1. Cut gloss paper 4 ½” x 5 ¾” and cardstock 5” x 6 ½”.
2. Ink image with versamark and stamp on gloss paper.  Coat with clear detailed embossing powder, remove excess, and heat set.  Your image will be very light on the glossy paper.  (See Fig. 1). 

Fig. 1

 Fig. 1

3. Add a few drops of the Lettuce, Stream, and Wild Plum alcohol inks to the felt applicator (See Fig. 2) and dab all over the gloss paper (See Fig. 3) until the paper is totally covered in the inks (See Fig. 4).  Make sure you turn the applicator as you apply the inks in order to get the colors in different spots all over the paper.  Add more inks to the applicator, if necessary. 


Fig. 2

Fig. 2


Fig. 3

Fig. 3


Fig. 4

Fig. 4

4. Place a few drops of the Alcohol Blending Solution either directly on the gloss paper (See Fig. 5) or on the applicator, and dab all over the gloss paper.  This thins and blends the colors.  Continue until you get the desired look you want.  You can also add more alcohol inks to the paper or applicator and dab if you want to change the look. 


Fig. 5

Fig. 5


5. Lay your inked card on a table or work surface and, using a paper towel, rub the inks from card. The ink will not stick to the embossed area.  Fig. 6 shows the left side with the inks dabbed over the whole card and the right side shows what it looks like after you have rubbed the inks off of the embossed image.  Fig. 7 shows the whole card after the inks have been rubbed off or buffed. 


Fig. 6

Fig. 6


Fig. 7

Fig. 7

 6. On a scrap piece of cardstock or paper, stamp only the butterfly portion of the stamp and cut out.  Color as desired.
7. Apply adhesive to back of gloss paper and adhere to cardstock.  Adhere cardstock to card front. 
8. Cut out butterfly image and adhere to card front using pop-dots to give it that 3D effect.  Apply Gold Stickles to the dots around the card and to the butterfly.
9.  Sign the back of your creation/art and share with someone you love.




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13 Responses »

  1. Michael,

    Loved it!! Can`t wait to do my own!!!



  2. Hello Bea - After you ink the stamp with versamark and apply it to your glossy cardstock, you need to heat set the clear embossing powder. This will harden the powder. If you do not heat set it, it will rub off with the ink. Allow it to cool for a few minutes and then apply the alcohol inks. Allow them to dry for a few minutes and then rub them off. It should take off most of the ink from where the clear embossing powder was heat set. Does this help? Feel free to email me if you have any other questions.

    And thanks for trying the technique. I would love to see what you come up with. Please share!!

    Happy stamping.
    Michael (michaeltrent@gmail.com)

  3. Hello, I try this technique but I'm unable remove the ink on the embossing powder. I rub the ink but nothing is removed, if I rub hardly I remove the powder !?! Can you help ?

  4. I did this last night and it will be uploaded to my blog tomorrow - I love the effect 🙂 Thanks for sharing the technique.

  5. Wow!! I am really impressed with this card! Great tutorial - very clear step by step directions! Love the way it turned out! Super great job Michael!!

  6. thanks michael for the incentive! beautiful card!

  7. Love it!!!! Have to get out my alcohol inks right now and give this one a try!!!!

  8. Thanks for the great tutorial! I can't wait to give this a try.

  9. Absolutely STUNNING card!! Thanks so much for sharing!

    I have been an alcohol ink lover for a while....just one more wonderful reason to love and use them!

    Thank you!!

  10. Thank you that is just gorgeous. I too have had the inks and never used them. I am going to try this one!

  11. Fantastic card.....and a great example of this resist technique. I love 'resist' anyway, but with alcohol inks, it's truly special.

  12. Thank You, Thank You, Michael !!!! I have had the alcohol inks sitting here for some time with no idea what to actually do with them. Now you have given me an insight as to how to use them.

  13. Simply Stunning! Thanks for the step by step photos too. Darlene