Friday, May 8, 2020

Growing In Unity Day 5: Alcohol Ink Lifting


Good morning, friends! I have a small, secret personal obsession with alcohol inks. I love the look of them and how organic every single piece is that I create. They are like watercolors on steroids. When I first saw this stamp from April's Whit Kit, I knew I wanted to use the alcohol lift technique to create some pretty cards. Once I got started, I couldn't stop. I have a rainbow of card backgrounds at my disposal now. 


I can get really carried away once I start adding alcohol inks so I challenged myself to use one color with just a splash of a second color. I am normally not a yellow person but I think with the current climate of the world, I am gravitating toward this warm color because it is a color of happiness. When I looked it up, yellow means joy and hope which I think we ALL need more of right now. I think this is one of the best quotes ever and one I need to remind myself often. Imagine if the caterpillar gave up...how much beauty would be missed!


One of my favorite things about using Alcohol Lift-Ink, is that you get a two for one. Once you lift the ink off the alcohol ink panel, have precut white card stock at the ready so you can immediate get a stamped image from that lifting! It's amazing every single time because no matter how I clean the stamp, I always get unexpected colors when I stamp. That's how I created this second card, stamping the butterflies after I lifted them from the yellow alcohol ink background! Isn't it just gorgeous?! Ahhh, I love it. Don't let that ink you lifted off go to waste!


Creating alcohol inks is very zen and relaxing. Don't just do one at time. Take your Yupo paper and cut several sheets to just keep making backgrounds. I chose a red, yellow, blue and green alcohol ink and cut 4 panels of Yupo when I sat down to create. I ended up with 2 finished cards and all these extra backgrounds that will make creating cards a breeze later on!


The best part of being a GIU Gal is being able to select two winners to receive 25 random stamps from Unity Stamp Co at the end of the week!!! So be sure to leave your comments on each blog post this week, k?


For the past few weekends, I've been participating in a YouTube channel hop and I thought it would be fun to invite you to that. Each week is filled with inspiration from many different artists that I think you will love. My time slot is at 5pm MST and I hope you will be able to join me there as I share how to create these cards using Alcohol Inks and Alcohol Lift Ink live!!

Until tomorrow, do something that makes you happy today!


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33 comments :

stamping sue said...

I like your butterfly cards with the lift technique.
stamping sue
http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

Gayle said...

Alcohol ink and Unity stamps make a great combination! I love the lift technique. TFS!

Marcy H. said...

Amazing cards! Thanks for sharing this technique.

Karren Grayson said...

I have never used this technique, but I sure like the way it looks. the yellow is very cheerful and I love the butterflies.

Rhonda said...

Those are gorgeous, I’ve never used alcohol inks but now I’m intrigued. So glad to have found you!

{S} said...

I hadn’t seen of heard of the lift ink before! 😳
so cool! Those panels are luscious.
Beautiful week of inspiration!

EM said...

Wow just wow! Yellow is my favorite color so I’m glad you chose it, I’ve never tried alcohol ink, maybe I’ll get brave enough to try. Thank you for a wonderful week

Sugar Land Scrapper said...

Love your cards and that this technique gives two for one cards!

Tina Johnston said...

Love your alcohol ink cards!

Sanju said...

I love ink lifting too!! Beautiful card!

Kathy Dippner said...

Beautiful cards! I love to make alcohol ink backgrounds also. I haven't had good luck with the lift ink but I think the stamps lines were to thin the couple of times I tried it. I look forward to your YouTube video.

Sharon Sweeney-Russell said...

So pretty and “springy”! You are right-we need all the positive and happy we can get right now! πŸ˜‰πŸŒΊπŸŒΈπŸ

Unknown said...

Got to try the ink such beautiful colord

Natasha V said...

I love this!!!!! I need to try this technique again!!!!! So beautiful!!!!

Maria - Artsy Oils said...

So fantastic! I absolutely love your work! Thanks for being our GIU gal!!!

karen adams said...

Gorgeous!!!!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Jennyoh3 said...

Gorgeous!!! I have all the stuff to do this!!! I really need a day in my craft room. You are inspiring!!!

Linda said...

Love your cards! I had not used my alcohol ink lift pad for a while--good reminder! Thanks for a wonderful week of sharing!

Robin said...

I love alcohol inks but haven’t used them in forever! Your cards are so pretty.

Linda S Vigil said...

So lovely and I adore yellow but rarely craft it, have a little more often this year. Thanks for a wonderful week, I am adorable my Whit kit, too!

Becca Yahrling said...

A few months ago, I won an alcohol lift ink pad ... and then went out and bought a 3 pack of alcohol inks since I didn't have any. BUT have yet to try it! lol I will have to watch your video to see how to do it step by step. I'm one of those types that needs to be shown to learn it. Love your cards and loved your GIU week. tfs!

Denise S. said...

I really love these and love to play with alcohol inks too, but don't do it very often. In fact I have a pad of alcohol lift off that I have never used, so I am inspired to take it out tomorrow and try it. Great week.

Debra Dekock said...

These cards are so stunning! ❤️ Them...I’ll have to play with my alcohol inks again!

Loretta Lee said...

Love the first card, so vibrant. Going to review how you achieved this look and try to copy. Beautiful!

Phaline Mays said...

These cards are stunning! Thank you for sharing this week. 😊

Bamabell said...

Gorgeous cards! I’m going to have to try this technique.

Glennis F said...

I have never tried this - yours are just amazing!

Michelle said...

These are gorgeous! I mu ssd's t learn more about this technique. Love my Whit kits, too!!

livinglifenc said...

I absolutely love this technique! I've never heard of it before and can't wait to see your YouTube live.

Vannessa Osbourn said...

These are really lovely! I've never done the lift technique on yellow. I figured it would show up very well but this proves it looks great! Love the extra hint of color you added. Fabulous cards!

ccheney said...

Love these prints! I just ordered the alcohol ink lift pad and this was great inspiration!

Robyn Bystrom said...

Very nice. I recently ordered the lift off ink. I’m excited to try this technique.

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