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Using Alcohol Ink

Using Alcohol Inks
By Nancy Thaut, Artistic Guide 

I started using alcohol ink a little over 10 years ago and there have been many changes.  At that time most card producing techniques were using either Polished Stone [putting drops of alcohol ink on a homemade applicator, adding rubbing alcohol and/or use Gold or Silver Krylon pen for a dot of metallic color and pouncing on glossy paper] or stamp on front side of Acetate, turn acetate over and then use alcohol ink with future floor wax, glitter, scrunching up tissue paper and covering the back of acetate.  I still use both of these techniques but there is so much more out there now.  Several examples are shown above.

Alcohol ink is a fast drying, permanent, acid-free transparent ink that is used on nonporous surfaces such as glossy, acetate and vellum papers, plastics, clay, metals, buttons, glass, etc, as long as it is clean and oil free.

There are two main brands of ink: Pinata by Jacquard and Adirondack by Ranger.  Pinata colors are much more vibrant than Adirondack and are sold separately. Adirondack is sold in groups of 3 and has more colors and now includes metallics.  The two brands can be intermixed on any project. Adirondack can be purchased at Joanne’s, Michaels, or local craft, chain stores.  When ordering on-line, the ink and solution must be shipped by ground because of the alcohol content.

When I use metal or chipboard (grunge) I usually paint first with white acrylic paint to give it a better surface to adhere to.  I have three ways of applying alcohol ink:  an applicator, directly to paper or applying ink to a craft sheet and swiping  paper across the ink.  Below are some examples of different elements to which you can apply alcohol ink to use in your card creations.

I hope you'll get out those inks and try some of these techniques.


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3 Responses »

  1. Thank you Sue and Trena. You can also use re-inkers. So many possiblities. That’s what is so fun creating cards.

  2. Thanks for the idea for elements Nancy!! When I use alcohol inks, it's always been on a background. Endless possibilities. :o)

    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

  3. Don't forget copic reinkers can be used in the same way. Think of all the choices you have at your disposal with them.