Stamping with alcohol inks

red flowers Heather Telford

A few months ago I tried all sorts of fun techniques with alcohol inks and I am keen to get them back off the shelf to try some more. Today’s cards are all examples of stamping with alcohol inks, using die-cut felt as the ‘stamp’.

brown leaves Heather Telford

I did all the stamping on glossy photo paper which allows the inks to move and blend a little but nowhere near as much as the on yupo paper. Yupo paper is a synthetic paper which is totally waterproof so the ink does not soak into it at all but spreads across it as it dries. The photo paper does absorb ink even as the glossy surface lets it spread and blend a little.

 green leaves Heather Telford

By varying the amount of ink you drop on the felt die-cut you can get a lacy effect or a full print. By adding a little blending solution to the felt you can dilute the colour and get a blurry effect within the shape. The possibilities are extensive with this technique.

Stamp: Words of Kindness, Sentiment Collection, Happy Snippets (PB)
Die: Autumn Jewels , Pinwheel (PB)
Ink: Alcohol inks (Ranger)
Cardstock: Glossy photo paper, coloured cardstock, Neenah solar white & natural white

Family & Friends

This week it’s all about Family and Friends on the Penny Black Blog and Facebook. Visit both for a chance to win stamps and get inspired. The design team have family and friendship themed projects prepared for the week. I’m sharing a card today with a message I’ll be happy to send to one of my family or friends.
Dotted Fusion Die Cut card Heather Telford
There are two main processes in making this card. First I created my own patterned water colour paper. Secondly I die cut a bunch of images and arranged them into a design for the card.

I swiped three different colours of distress stain across a piece of watercolour paper, spritzed and tilted it to let the colours blend then let it dry. Once dry I painted water onto the Dotted Fusion background stamp and pressed it onto the watercolour paper. Nothing shows up immediately but as it dries you can see a watery print of the stamp.
Dotted Fusion background water stamped Heather Telford
After the ‘water print’ dried I stamped Dotted Fusion again, this time in blue and green stain. Once the watercolour paper was totally dry I die cut flowers, leaves and swirls from the panel and arranged them on a pale purple background. You can just make out a pale print of the Dotted Fusion on the background also. (I made two water colour panels using the same technique but the stains were spread differently)
Dotted Fusion background Heather Telford

I also added some half pearls coloured to match with Spectrum Noir markers.

Dotted Fusion Die Cut detail Heather Telford

As you can imagine there are countless possibilities with this technique. Let me know if you try it I’d love to see what you come up with.


Stamps: Dotted Fusion, Amazing (PB)
Dies: Tweet Things, Dots & Swirls, Pinwheel (PB)
Inks:   Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint, Pine Needles, Broken China Distress Stains (Ranger) Memento Paris Dusk (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb smooth, Periwinkle Mix & Match Paper ( PB), Fabriano 100% cotton Hot Pressed Watercolour paper
Also:  Half pearls