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Holiday Quickies-Tags and Ornaments

Alcohol Ink Resist Ornaments and Tags

By: Cathy Peper, Artistic Guide

Stars (Stamper’s Anonymous, Tim Holtz Collection)

Tree (Rubbernecker)
Ornament and Scroll (Innovative Stamp Creations)
Reindeer (unknown)
Ornaments on a chain (Onyx Xpressions)
Patterned paper (Basic Grey)
Alcohol Inks in various colors including Red Pepper (Ranger)

Archival ink Jet Black (Ranger)
Fragments (Idea-Ology-Tim Holtz)

Ink Blending Tool and Felt pads (Ranger)
Paper Towel
Sand paper (optional)
Craft pick (Tonic for Tim Holtz)
SRX metallic markers in pink, silver, blue and green (Mega Brands)
Glossy Accents (Ranger)
Beading wire, beads, jump rings and jewelry pliers (from stash)
Baker’s Twine (from stash)
Sewing Needle


I got the idea for these tags and ornaments from a class I took at My Creative Classroom about using alcohol inks.

  1. Choose a selection of fragments to use.  I thought the larger ones might be used for Christmas ornaments while the smaller ones could be used as tags.
  2. Choose the alcohol inks you want to use.  From experimentation, I found that the darker colors work better.  The effect is subtle in any case.  I used Red Pepper primarily, but also Oregano, Denim and Pitch Black.
  3. Place a couple drops of each color alcohol ink on the foam pad.  If using more than one color, try not to let them overlap.
  4. Pounce over the fragment.  It is important for the resist to work properly, that you only apply one layer of alcohol ink to the fragment.  (Don’t keep going over the same area, hit it once with the blending tool and move on.)
  5. Pick your stamps.  They should be either small stamps or choose an area of a larger stamp to highlight.  Use simple shapes, nothing too detailed.  Ink them with the archival ink and stamp them on the fragment.
  6. Immediately wipe the fragment with your paper towel to remove the archival ink.  The archival ink reacts with the alcohol ink, removing it from the fragment.  What’s left is a ghost-like image of your stamp.
  7. Cover the back of your fragments with patterned paper.  I used Glossy Accents to adhere them.  Once they were dry, I cut around them with scissors.  Any rough areas can be smoothed with sand paper.  Use the craft pick to poke out the hole.
  8. Color the sides of the fragments with metallic markers if desired.
  9. For the tags, thread some baker’s twine through a sewing needle and poke it through the hole.  Tie it in a knot.
  10. For the ornaments, open a jump ring using jewelry pliers, run it through the hole in the fragment and close it again.  Thread a beading wire through the jump ring and add any beads you desire.  Twist the ends of the wire together to form a loop to hang the ornament and clip the ends of the wire so they don’t stick out.
  11. Enjoy hanging your tags on your tree or tying them to holiday packages.

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1 Responses »

  1. These are ever so cool!