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Alcohol Inks- Article By Heather Hopkins

Alcohol Inks are a wonderful product made by Ranger and available in the Scrapbooker’s Club House Store.

The colours mix together wonderfully to create beautiful backgrounds for stamping projects, cards or scrapbook embellishments. Fun and quick; the alcohol inks dry quickly, these transparent dye inks are also acid free so safe to use with your photographs. They dry to a smooth, shiny finish.


  • Alcohol Inks (these come in small bottles and are in sets of 3 coordinating colours)
  • Applicator and Felts
  • Glossy Paper or other slick surface (metal, glass, acrylic…)

 Protect your work surface and your clothing ~ these inks will stain! Have your 2 or 3 colours of alcohol ink near at hand. Put the small piece of felt on the alcohol ink applicator (either a Tim Holtz applicator tool or one you’ve made yourself by attaching a small piece of Velcro to the side of a small wooden block).
Apply the ink by putting the tip of the bottle directly on the surface of the felt and squeezing out a drop or two, soaking the felt. Use the second colour the same way, but putting the drops of ink beside the previous colour, NOT over top of it. If you wish to go for a third colour apply it beside the previous two colours.
Now blot the ink onto the glossy paper or other surface by pressing down randomly with the applicator. Move over the entire surface using an up and down stamping motion. Add more ink to the applicator if needed. You can stop after one application giving you a lighter look or continue adding ink for deeper, more vibrant colour.
For a more mottled look stamp up & down with the applicator tool when the ink is almost dry. The more ink you use the more ‘edges’ you will get around the different colours. Experiment and have fun.

On the Fathers Day card I swiped the inked felt across the glossy paper rather than dabbed it to create a background with more movement in it. I love how it looks with the sailboat stamped on top.


If you choose to stamp an image on top of the Alcohol Ink background, be sure to use an ink formulated for the glossy surface. Like Staz-on or Brilliance.

On my SWAK layout I applied the Alcohol Inks to thin strips of glossy cardstock and then created a mosaic a-la-Tim Holtz, by running the strips through my xyron sticker machine. As I cut the mosaic pieces, I applied them directly to a matting strip, sticky side down. I also used some of the Alcohol Inked cardstock to die-cut the letters for my title.


 For ‘My fishing GUY’ I used Alcohol Inks on the Heidi Swapp ghost letters



Ranger also makes a product called Alcohol Blending Solution made to work with the alcohol inks. It will soften and blend the inks producing more of a ‘watercolour’ effect (it also works well to remove staining on your hands)

So have fun. I challenge you to open up your scrapping supplies.

Come and check out other Ranger products available in the Scrapbooker’s Club House Store!





Comments on: "“Technique Tidbit Thursdays” – Alcohol Inks" (3)

  1. TY for the helpful info on Alcohol Inks and a glimpse of your GORGEOUS work, Heather! Alays a pleasure to see it! WTG: Beautiful job.

  2. Oh YAY! I was wondering what the felt applicator was for. Now I know! I will definately be trying these techniques!

  3. Michelle said:

    this is wonderful! I finally found my inks, been looking for them for a while, now I’m motivated to play with them some more! Excellent job.

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