Alcohol Ink + Stencil

This card was inspired by the wonder and wizardry of my friend Ardyth who just happened to be the Featured Stamper on SplitcoastStampers yesterday. Ardyth has been doing quite a few alcohol ink techniques lately and I have been loving them while waiting for an opportunity to get my own inks out again. Take a look at Ardyth’s videos here and here for inspiration and instructions.

When I pulled out the inks and the substrates I found several panels from another session. The panels hadn’t inspired me enough to make them into cards when I first made them so I decided to work over the top of them. The panel for this card is Grafix white craft plastic and was originally covered in blue patterns, you can see a little remaining in the top right corner.

I lay the Paper Rose Studio ‘little swirls’ stencil on top of the panel and sprinkled ginger, pesto and sunshine alcohol inks over the stencil along with some rubbing alcohol to move the inks a little further. I was impatient so I pulled up one corner to check on the pattern before the inks dried. That is why the top left corner does not have distinct detail like the lower right. Once dry I removed the stencil and was left with this amazing pattern. Thank you for all the inspiration Ardyth!

Those sharper swirls at the bottom are my favourite part of the design but I love the whole effect. I will definitely be playing with this technique again. I finished off the card with a stacked PB die cut and a sentiment strip from the black Paper Rose Studio black ‘so extra’ set. I ended up sealing this panel with clear gesso. I haven’t done this before but some of my alcohol ink panels end up a bit sticky so I wanted to see if clear gesso worked as a sealant. I’ll will keep testing the process and let you know more next time I post about alcohol inks. Meanwhile head over and drool over all Ardyth’s clever cards!


11 Comments on “Alcohol Ink + Stencil”

  1. Elizabeth Jones says:


  2. marilyn418 says:

    I especially love how it “faded” out towards the bottom….really a stunning piece! Curious how this “paper” compares to Yupo…i.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Marilyn, the fade at the bottom is my favourite part. I prefer the craft plastic to yupo these days. They are quite similar but the craft plastic handles heat a bit better and wipes cleaner with rubbing alcohol.

      • marilyn418 says:

        Thank you! I just ordered the craft plastic to test it out…. Pleased that the craft plastic is cheaper…nice bonus.

  3. PaperMorePaper says:

    Sensational piece! Another vote for the card bottom.
    And thanks for all the testing you do. It is really appreciated. I’m wondering how the clear gesso works on the “sticky”.

  4. nancystiz says:

    What an impact that technique has and thank you for sharing it with us. I’m waiting to pull my less than stellar backgrounds to try this, This is phenomenal! Love that stencil too and the warm brown colors over blue.

  5. Pat says:

    This is beautiful Heather and the pretty pattern has come out brilliantly and the blend of colours looks great using that gorgeous stencil. I must give this a go. The only thing I wondered was if the AI’s stain the stencil, though I suppose even if they do it doesn’t effect the use of it. x

  6. […] trying the stencil and alcohol ink techniques earlier this week I also returned to techniques I’ve used before. The Grafix white craft […]

  7. […] success with one of my detailed stencils over an alcohol ink panel I tried a few more all with a mix of blue inks. The one above features the Darkroom Door crackle […]

  8. very cool technique, and love the colors you used too!

  9. […] You can see other cards made using this technique here and here. […]

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