Alcohol Ink with Water Colour Paper


Earlier this week, I shared a card for the Paper Craft Crew challenge (you can still join!). The technique I used is an embossed resist, but on water colour paper, and using alcohol inks! If you missed that card, you can see it HERE. I had such fun creating that card, that I made another one, this time using a stencil.


I love this large mandala stencil I have in my stash, and thought it would work perfectly for this technique. Have a look!

Alcohol Ink with Water Colour Paper


To start, cut a panel of water colour paper. Lay your stencil over top, holding it in place with repositionable tape; I use the Thermo Web Purple Tape for this. Next, use your whole Versamark ink pad and press the ink through the openings of the stencil. Be sure to press firmly, and go over it several times. Remember that the water colour paper will ‘soak up’ some of the ink, and you want a firm impression.

Gently remove the stencil, and cover the panel with White Embossing Powder. Set it with a heat tool, and allow to cool. Now get your alcohol inks and alcohol ink applicator ready. Be sure to use an alcohol ink applicator; it’s a linen pad, instead of a foam pad, specifically for alcohol inks.  Apply your 2 coloured inks – I used Turquoise and Limeade – to the applicator, and apply it to the water colour paper. I used a side-to-side brushing motion, but you could also use a pouncing, blending motion. You’ll have to add more inks to your applicator, and you can also add Alcohol Ink Blending Solution, which will help extend the ink.

Once you’re happy with the coloured ink application, now apply some Gold Mixative to the applicator, along with some of the blending solution. Brush it across the panel – I only swiped partially across, and worked from both sides, so there was no one single, solid swipe from side to side.


When the panel is dry (it doesn’t take long), cut it into 1″ strips, and attach them to a white cardstock panel, with foam tape.

Stamp the sentiment from The Ton Pyrotechnics stamp set onto white cardstock in Versamark ink. Cover it with Gold embossing powder, and set with a heat tool. Add the sentiment strip across the bottom right side of the front panel. Finally,  attach the front panel to a dark green card base.

Alcohol Ink with Water Colour Paper


Using alcohol inks on water colour paper gives a beautiful result! The inks have a matte look, rather than the bright, shiny appearance when used on Yupo medium or glossy cardstock. I’ve attached some links for products below, for your shopping ease! Thanks for spending some time with me today – I hope you’re inspired to get creative this weekend!

Alcohol Inks on Water Colour Paper

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

6 thoughts on “Alcohol Ink with Water Colour Paper

    1. I love that sentiment too, Buffy! Everyone needs to hear how amazing they are 🙂 The stencil was fun to do as well -now I need to buy more stencils! :O

    1. You’re too kind, Jackie! I’m glad that you like this alcohol ink with water colour paper card – I hope you’ll try the technique. I know you’ll come up with something amazing!

    1. That’s what I thought about cutting into strips too, Susan – add more interest. Thanks for your kind comment – glad you like it!

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