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Alcohol ink Merry Christmas

A card that says Merry Christmas and a happy new year on top of a red-purple alcohol ink background with die-cut stars.

This is the basic design I planned to use when I was thinking about making this batch of cards, but it is not the technique I was hoping to experiment with.

I had thought that I would use the Alcohol Lift Ink pad that has been lurking in my stash for ages along with the large Christmas stamp to leave a white sentiment in the centre of the alcohol ink background. Of course, I haven’t actually tried this before, and I made a fundamental mistake: I used glossy paper which, while it looks shiny, is actually quite absorbent and the alcohol ink does not lift off it at all. I should have used Yupo instead.

Having realised that my initial plan was a non-starter and having already made four panels, I changed tack and decided to stamp the sentiment instead.

A close-up of the sentiment, showing the gold ink detail.

I started by stamping it in gold ink and leaving it overnight to dry — I always have issues with pigment inks drying here, some just never seem to do it, and glossy paper doesn’t speed up the process. Luckily it dried nicely.

Next I offset the cards slightly and stamped the sentiment in black ink. I messed up the offset on one of the four cards, but that was quite fortuitous because it meant that I could cannibalise that panel and use it to die-cut a whole load of stars to use to decorate the other three.

It’s a simple design, but the vivid colours of the alcohol ink give it a lot of impact.

The green variant of the card.


  • stamps:
    Visible Image – classic Christmas
  • dies:
    Neat & Tangled – lucky stars
  • colour:
    Ranger alcohol inks
    Jacquar Pinata alcohol ink – white
  • inks:
    Ranger Archival ink pad – jet black
    Tsukineko Delicata – golden glitz
  • paper and card:
    Ranger – glossy paper
    Hunkydory Adorable Scorable – black
    Hunkydory Matt-tastic – licquorice
The more purple variant of the card.

6 thoughts on “Alcohol ink Merry Christmas”

  1. These are beautiful! I love the black sentiment with the hint of gold! I have some alcohol ink and paper but just haven’t played with them yet. This makes me want to get them out and give it a try! Thanks for sharing!

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