Alcohol Ink Card Set Tutorial -- The Novella

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Alcohol Ink Card Set Tutorial -- The Novella

Postby Kathi on Tue Sep 01, 2009 7:04 pm

Did you ever have a project that took on a life of its own? I did and this is it. I had the idea to use alcohol inks with the silhouette of a clipper ship from Bombshell Stamps' A Pirate's Life stamp set. So, I set out making one little scene. I wasn't totally thrilled with it, but it didn't totally reek, so I made another. Then another. Then another. Until I had five little circles. Being me, I couldn't decide which one(s) I liked best, so I decided to make five cards. Then I decided to decorate matching envelopes. Then I decided that the cards & envelopes needed somewhere to live, so I decided to make a little box for them. Well that couldn't be plain, so I made another alcohol ink scene for the front of it and a magnetic closure for the back of it. Somewhere in there, I thought to myself, "Self, this would make a decent tutorial", so I started to take photos. Then to top it off, I tried to put the five cards and the envelopes into the little box I made and they wouldn't fit because the cards are layered and have dimensionals and pearls. But I finally decided that enough was enough and fit three card/envelopes into it and am calling it done. :D


Clipper Ship stamp from "A Pirate's Life" set by Bombshell Stamps
Anchor & "Ahoy There!" sentiment stamps from "Ahoy There" set by Bombshell Stamps
Compass & Anchor Chain stamps from "Homeward Bound" set by Bombshell Stamps
Glossy paper
Alcohol Inks (I used Caramel, Latte, Stream, Bottle, Butterscotch, Cranberry, and Stonewashed)
Blending Solution
Permanent Black Ink (I used CTMH)
Inkssentials White Pen by Ranger
Stamp Positioner
Prismacolor Black marker
Removable Scotch Tape
Black Archival Ink
Onyx VersaFine Ink
Black Soot Distress Ink
Galaxy Gold and Starlight Black Brilliance Inks
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Stream Adirondack Ink
Tarnished Gold Embossing Powder
Black Prismacolor Marker
Copic Markers
Spica Pen
Core'dinations Cardstock
Bazzill Cardstock (black, teal)
Neenah Cardstock (white)
Black Sparkly Vellum
Invitation envelopes
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
QuicKutz Dies (banner & square/circle frame)
Nestabilities Dies (circles and spiky circles)
Pearl stickers
Hemp twine stuff
Anchor charm from my stash
Glue dots
Dimensional foam adhesive sticker thingies
Sanding Block
Distressing Tool/Scissors
Stipple Brush
Stamp Positioner

Alchohol Ink Scenes

1. Cut circles from glossy cardstock and cut one piece that is big enough to cover the front of your little card-box. My card-box measures 6" x 4.75" x 5/8".
2. Put tape horizontally across the circles and rectangle slightly above where you want the first line of color. For the cards, that would be the "sea". For the card-box's front panel, that would be the "sand".


3. Add a few drops of each color alcohol ink to the felt on the applicator (Stream and Bottle for the "sea" and Caramel & Latte for the "sand".
4. Pounce the color on, being sure to twist the applicator, so the color is not uniform. Continue to pounce the color on to achieve some depth of color. You might need to add additional ink to the felt. When you're relatively happy with the result, add a bit of blending solution too the felt and pounce that on to blend and add a textural look.
5. Pull up the tape and throw away.
6. Pull the felt off the applicator and set it aside.
7. Add another horizontal line of tape for "sunset" or the "sea" and follow the directions above. The Sunset is Butterscotch and Cranberry alcohol ink applied separately.
8. When you're done with the "sea" and "sunset", add the "sky" by applying Stonewash to a clean felt and pouncing that to the top of the scene and a bit over the yellow and red of the sunset. Continue to add Stonewash and the other colors until you're happy with the result. You can lighten and/or blend with the blending solution.


9. Give the piece a few minutes to dry.
10. Ink up your stamp with permanent black ink, use a stamp positioner, and stamp the ship over the sunset on the sea's surface.


11. If the image is "spotty", go over the silhouette with the black Prismacolor marker to deepen the image.
12. Using the Inksentials pen, add whitecaps, seafoam, and waves to the sea.

Card Instructions:

1. Cut, score, and fold teal cardstock to form an A2 card.
2. Cut black cardstock to 4" x 5.25", distress edges, and mount on the card's front
3. Cut Core'Dinations paper to 3.75" x 5", emboss with Cuttlebug folder, and sand to reveal the interior color. Distress the edges and mount onto the black layer on the front of the card.
4. See Tutorial Part #1 for the instructions on how to make the alcohol ink circles.
5. Die cut the frame, mount the frame onto a slightly larger piece of teal cardstock, and then mount the alcohol inked stamped piece in the frame's circle. Color the pearls with Copic markers and the add them to each corner of the frame. Adhere the framed piece to the Cuttlebugged layer as desired.
6. Die cut the banner from a remaining piece of the Core'Dinations cardstock, stamp "Ahoy There" with VersaFine ink on the teal side, ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink, and mount the sentiment banner to the card using dimensional foam adhesives.



1. Cut strips of white cardstock to 1.5" x 4 3/8".
2. Stamp Chain from "Homeward Bound" set using Starlight Black Brilliance ink, which is kind of pewtery looking.
3. Using a stamp positioner, stamp anchor from "Ahoy There" set using Memento ink. Color as desired with Copic Markers. Use the Spica marker to add a bit of glitter to the stars.
4. Stipple Stream ink over the images and then edge the strip with Stream ink as well. Distress the edges of each piece, then edge with Black Distress Ink.
5. Mount onto the envelope ~ 1/4" from the left side.

Front of the Card Box:

1. Cut the card box from black cardstock, score, and fold. I have a .pdf file available if you'd like it. Email me or leave me a comment to let me know and I'll email it to you.
2. See Tutorial Part #1 for the instructions on how to make the alcohol ink circles and the front piece.
3. Cut a piece of teal cardstock to 4.75" x 6". Emboss it with the Cuttlebug Embossing folder. (You'll have to run it through twice to get the entire thing embossed. Line it up as best as you can, keeping in mind that most of it will be covered by the alcohol ink panel.) Distress the edges of the Cuttlebugged teal cardstock. Ink the raised/embossed design (swirls) with Black Soot Distress ink and also ink the edges.
4. Die cut a teal and a black spiky circle and mount the teal onto the black one so that the black spikes peek out from the teal ones. Mount the Clipper Ship scene onto the teal spiky circle.
5. Position the circle scene so it lines up with the beach/sea/sky of the rectangle alcohol inked piece. Use dimensional foam stickers and adhere in place.
6. Put the hemp/twine through the hole of the charm. Add glue dots to the charm, and adhere to the front of the card in the "sand". Run the hemp/twine up and adhere to the back of the teal cardstock.
7. Mount the teal cardstock to front of the box.
8. Assemble and glue the box together.

Back of the Card Box


1. Using Galaxy Gold Brilliance Ink, stamp the Compass onto white cardstock and emboss with Tarnished Gold embossing powder. Use a circle nestability to cut it out and then paint it as desired with Twinkling H20s. Color a large pearl with Copics and put it in the center of the Compass.
2. Die cut a black and a teal spiky circle that is slightly bigger than the Compass' circle. Mount the Compass circle onto the black spiky circle. Adhere the magnet between the teal and black spiky circle
3. Die cut an additional two black spiky circles. Adhere the magnet between the two black spiky circles and adhere to the box where the flap will cover it. Figure out where the other magnet needs to go and adhere the Compass/spiky circle/magnet to the outside of the flap, so that the magnet will keep the box closed.

I hope all the above made sense. If you have any questions, please let me know. <---My blog

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Re: Alcohol Ink Card Set Tutorial -- The Novella

Postby bombshellstamps on Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:10 pm

Yeah! Wonderful tutorial Kathi, thanks so much for taking the time to post!
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Re: Alcohol Ink Card Set Tutorial -- The Novella

Postby PinkStar on Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:18 pm

Oooooo, those are pretty, Kathi! Thanks for such a great tutorial!
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Re: Alcohol Ink Card Set Tutorial -- The Novella

Postby kasmello on Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:45 pm

Wow!!! they came out great!
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