Rubber Stamper's Studio - Alcohol Inks

By  Suzanne Czosek 

size: 5-1/2"x5-1/2"

  • With Faith Card
  • Journey Card
  • Alcohol Inks on glossy cardstock
  • Same inks on transparency sheet
  • Alcohol Inks


  • Cardstock, 8-1/2”x11”: white, white glossy, light blue, brown
  • Acetate transparency sheet, 8-1/2”x11”
  • Making Memories glass bottle
  • Charms: number, key
  • Tiny seeds
  • Natural twine
  • White seam binding


  • Stamps: Memory Box Fine Fern Print and Journey Collage, Serendipity Stamps Large Pussy Willow, Verses Rubber Stamps Mustard Seed, Stampabilities Dragonfly
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink Applicator, Felt, and Blending Solution
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks: Butterscotch, Lettuce, Caramel, Juniper, Cloudy Blue, Aqua
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Peeled Paint Distress Ink re-inker
  • Tsukineko ink pads: VersaFine Onyx Black pigment; VersaMark watermark; StazOn Jet Black and Timber Brown solvent
  • Signo Uni-Ball White gel pen
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, clear dots, foam dots

Basic Supplies

  • paper trimmer, detail scissors, ruler, small mister bottle
  • Background
  • 1. Drip alcohol blending solution onto acetate sheet and smear to create thin layer over entire sheet.
  • 2. Squeeze and drip a line of Butterscotch alcohol ink down length of acetate. Repeat with remaining alcohol inks, spacing ink lines 1/4" apart. See photo for ink order.
  • 3. The blending solution layer should cause the inks to blend immediately. If more blended look is desired, lay a second sheet of acetate over first and gently "smoosh" them together. Peel away top layer and use both sheets to create backgrounds. See photo. Let ink dry until slightly tacky.
  • 4. Ink script background stamp with watermark ink and carefully stamp into alcohol inks on first acetate sheet. Stamp image onto glossy cardstock.
  • 5. Ink fern stamp with watermark ink and stamp over script image left behind on inked acetate sheet. Stamp image onto glossy cardstock over script background.
  • 6. Place another sheet of glossy cardstock over remaining ink on "stamped" acetate sheet and let sit until almost dry; carefully pull sheets apart.
  • Mustard Seed Card
  • 1. Cut 3-1/2"x4" piece from acetate sheet where images were stamped.
  • 2. Cut a 3-3/4"x4-1/4" white cardstock piece; stamp Onyx Black sentiment.
  • 3. Adhere acetate over sentiment using paper adhesive behind textured areas; dots are more likely to show.
  • 4. Make white side-fold card base. Cut 5-1/4"-square blue piece and adhere to card. Cut 3-3/4"x4" brown piece and adhere to card.
  • 5. Fill mini bottle with seeds, inserting clear dot inside mouth to keep bottle closed. Tie twine around right side of card and attach seed bottle.
  • 6. Adhere stamped panel with foam dots, overlapping twine and brown cardstock.
  • journey card
  • 1. Cut stamped fern/script background to 3-3/4"x4-1/4"; double mat on 4"x4-1/2" brown and 5-1/4"-square blue cardstock. Adhere to brown side-fold card.
  • Journey Card
  • 1. Dye seam binding with Peeled Paint re-inker added to water in mini mister bottle; spray ribbon evenly and let dry completely. Accent card with seam binding tied in knot with twine bow and charms.
  • 2. Stamp dragonfly on un-inked side of acetate background using black StazOn ink. Detail cut image and adhere to card with clear dot.
  • Pussy Willow Scrap
  • 1. Cut a section of leftover glossy cardstock created in Background Step 6.
  • 2. Drip five drops of alcohol blending solution onto felt applicator and randomly dab onto background to create bubbled effect. Let dry.
  • 3. Stamp Timber Brown pussy willows image onto background; let dry. Accent image with white gel pen.
  • 4. Use background on a card of your own design.
  • Tip
  • 1. StazOn solvent ink can be stamped onto an alcohol ink surface after it dries. Do not apply alcohol inks over a StazOn-stamped image; the image will dissolve.
  • 2. Every time you use alcohol inks you will get a different effect, which is part of the fun!
  • 3. Alcohol blending solution applied to any inks will dilute the colors. If you wash out too much color, simply apply more alcohol ink.