Amazing Alcohol Lift Ink


You know how sometimes you hear about something, but you’re  kinda ‘meh’ – until you try it? Well, that was me, with the new amazing Alcohol Lift Ink by Tim Holtz. You know I’ve been having fun with alcohol inks and Yupo paper – you can see projects in THIS POST and THIS POST. Well, I happened to be browsing through Youtube, watching one of my favourites Jennifer MaGuire. I came across her showing the Alcohol Lift Ink.  Of course, I had to order some, and give it a try!


How Alcohol Lift Ink works is that it picks up the ink from the non-porous surface that it’s been applied to, so that it can be transferred to another surface. So, you can ink up a stamp with the Alcohol Lift Ink, stamp onto a panel of alcohol inks, and then stamp down onto paper. The colours picked up by the stamp covered with the Lift ink are then transferred onto the new surface.


Another way of using the Alcohol Lift Ink is with a stencil. I had a panel of Yupo paper that I had already created a background with alcohol inks a while ago. The colours are Flamingo, Amethyst and Patina. I purchased them in the trio pack, called Beach Deco.

I took a mandala stencil from my stash, and covered it with the Alcohol Lift Ink. I then place it ink side down onto my Yupo panel, and rubbed the back of the stencil. Next, I lift up the stencil, and placed it – again ink side down -onto a panel of white cardstock. I rub the back of the stencil, to transfer the ink firmly – and voila! After lifting the stencil – my pattern has transferred!

Amazing Alcohol Lift Ink

This is what the cardstock panel looks like, with the ink lifted & transferred from the Yupo paper panel. I decided to layer it on aqua and purple cardstock, and added the die cut words. To add some sparkle, I went over the words with a Wink of Stella Clear ink pen, and added some glitter dots from my stash.

Amazing Alcohol Lift Ink

In this picture, above, you can really see the sparkle from the Wink of Stella.


The other fun part about using the Alcohol Lift Ink is that you can create patterns on your Yupo panel! Whether it’s with a stamp, or as I did with a stencil, you can create a new look. This is what my Yupo panel with alcohol inks looks like, now that I’ve lifted the mandala pattern.

Amazing Alcohol Lift Ink

You can clearly see the pattern, lifted from the alcohol inks. I decided to layer this panel onto an aqua panel, and add some more glitter dots.

The top half of the sentiment is from the Penny Black Sentiment Collection stamp; the die cut ‘love’ is from my stash of dies.

Amazing Alcohol Lift Ink

You can see that for the die cut words, I cut them 3 times, and stacked them on top of each other, for more dimension. (I did the same with the die cut words on the first card, as well).

Before die cutting the words, I highly recommend applying a Stick It double sided adhesive sheet to the back of your cardstock. Then, after die cutting, simply peel of the backing & stick the words together – no fuss, no muss!

I hope that you’ve enjoyed today’s post, and given you some inspiration! I  highly recommend trying out what I call the Amazing Alcohol Lift Ink – it really is fun! Your imagination is the limit.

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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! :)

3 thoughts on “Amazing Alcohol Lift Ink

    1. Two for one techniques are the best, aren’t they Buffy?! Especially when they’re this fun & easy to make. Thanks for your comment – I like the 2nd one the best, too, for it’s vibrant colours.

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