Alcohol Ink Baubles – a tutorial

I am happy to finally have a video tutorial to share with you today. It’s been a while I know. This one I created for Splitcoaststampers “Falliday Fest”.

The card designs are very simple, the intricacy is in the patterns the alcohol ink makes.

I included several different methods of making alcohol ink patterns and also a few ideas for making the patterned panels into cards by die cutting circles to turn into baubles or snow globes. Method one involved blending alcohol inks on a non-stick craft sheet then swiping a piece of yupo paper through the ink to create a pattern. In method two I used a felt applicator with dots of alcohol ink on it to apply ink to the yupo paper. Method three was alcohol ink applied directly to the yupo paper. You can see all three methods in detail on my video tutorial below.

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Stamps: holiday snippets (Penny Black)
Dies: baubles, tall trees, nature’s creatures, inspired, trees and hills (all Penny Black), circle dies 
Inks: stream, pool, stonewashed, shell pink, cloudy blue, denim, silver, snow cap, eggplant, lemonade alcohol inks (made by Ranger) majestic blue versafine ink & deep lagoon versafine ink
Paper: yupo paper, neenah solar white paper
Also: silver cord


22 Comments on “Alcohol Ink Baubles – a tutorial”

  1. trish says:

    Heather, I enjoy your card art so much and learned a lot from this alcohol ink tutorial. I always look forward to seeing your blog post in my inbox!

  2. Rosie says:

    Thank you, Heather – a great video tutorial! I hope to play very soon!

  3. creatingincolors says:

    Beautiful Baubles! I love the look of alcohol ink.

  4. mjmarmo says:

    Wow – these are stunning!

  5. Paula Meuschke says:

    I’ve been loving and playing with alcohol inks for over thirteen years, but I managed to learn some new techniques from this video. Thank you so much for sharing.

  6. Jan Crissman says:

    Thank you for a super video. I love your completed baubles. I will give this a try with
    my collection of alcohol inks. I so enjoy you daily.

  7. Mary Geltz says:

    Heather you are such an inspiration. I always look forward to your posts. Something caught my eye and I was wondering what type of tweezer were you using to lay your glued cutouts to the circles?

  8. Karen Jackson says:

    Heather, what a wonderful tutorial. Despite using alcohol inks for many years I too have learned such a lot today. So inspiring. Now I need the time to play. Thank you.

  9. Vicki B says:

    Heather those samples are wonderful! I love using alcohol inks but hadn’t thought about using them for Christmas/Holiday cards.

  10. Pat says:

    Thank you for showing us the alcohol ink and yupo paper techniques Heather, and these pieces make great baubles and snowglobe images, simple but so effective. x

  11. Liz in NH says:

    “Merry and Bright” and easy and breezy! Love how simple you make things. Time to pull out the alcohol inks and yupo again. Love the deer in front of the northern lights one the best. Thanks!

  12. Karen says:

    Wow, such a great inspiration!!!! I really like your amazing looking creations!!! Thank you for sharing that helpful video:)

  13. Lisa says:

    Beautiful technique and beautiful cards!!! Thank you for sharing!! Lisa Schipritt from RI

  14. memalagene says:

    Gorgeous alcohol ink bcakgrounds!

  15. Fantastic tutorial and love the cards! These look so fun to make too. I’m going to give this a try! Thanks for the video too!

  16. Sylvia D. says:

    Heather, I love alcohol ink backgrounds. Thanks for sharing. I may attempt northern lights background. Sylvia D.

  17. Mimi Van de Velde says:

    Super technique

  18. Heidi says:

    These are lovely! You got some really great color combos in there and the bauble idea works great.

  19. boilermom27 says:

    Those are all just amazing, can’t wait to give this a try!

  20. Bobbie Lesesne says:

    Really Beautiful cards. Also they are unusual with lots of imagination.

  21. Bobbie Lesesne says:

    Really great card tutorials. Thank you for making this one and many others 🙂

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