alcohol ink on vellum

Hi lovely crafty friends, today I have super easy and relaxed crafting for you. Alcohol inks are so much fun to craft with and the results are always gorgeous with hardly any effort.

This is a great way to get your mind of things and create beautiful cards, art journal pages, mixed media or other craft projects.

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Working with alcohol inks is so cool and if you haven’t tried it I can really recommend it because it’s so much fun. I know I say that about a lot of paper crafting, what can I say I just love crafting and there are so many fun things out there it’s hard to pick a favourite.

So I’m here to help by showing you fun, easy and cool techniques with different products, so you can make the best choice in what is the most appealing to you.

In today’s video you’ll see some easy to apply techniques to spark your imagination and give you some ideas to get started right away and distract yourself for a while in these weird times. So make sure to watch the video to see all techniques at work.

There is lots more alcohol ink inspiration on my YouTube channel, so if you haven’t seen the Easy Textured Alcohol Ink Background Ocean Scene video yet, make sure to check it out

alcohol ink spectrum kits

For the cards the new Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Spectrum 3 Packs ( SBC | ELH | JGG ) were used on three different sorts of vellum.

Vellum is a fairly cheap translucent paper that goes perfect with the alcohol inks. You don’t want add products to vellum that are to wet as fluids will cause the vellum to bulge but with the Tim Holtz – Alcohol Ink Mini Applicator Felts ( SBC | ELH | JGG ) just the right amount of ink is added with the vellum staying perfectly flat.

You can use the  Alcohol Ink Mini Applicator Tool ( SBC | ELH | JGG ) but if you already have the ink blending tool you only need the felt applicators as they will fit because it’s the same size tool.

The Tim Holtz alcohol ink Spectrum are the same inks as regular alcohol ink, but they come in groups of three colours that go well together because they are from the same spectrum.

They are also available separately which is great if you are new to alcohol ink or want to try them out. 

If you like alcohol ink or are interested in the new alcohol ink colours, here is a colour chart to check them out.

And if you want to collect the kits, the separate colours or want to stay organized, here are the Alcohol Ink Spectrum Kits Colour Chart and the Separate Alcohol Ink Spectrum Colours Colour Chart for you to download and fill yourself with these gorgeous colours.


I am using three different kinds of vellum, Bazzill Basics – 8.5 x 11 Vellum – White – 40lb ( SBC | ELH ) and Hero Arts – Layering Paper – Classic Vellum – 48lb ( SBC ) that are quite similar a nice sturdy vellum that can be used in lots of different ways.

Another vellum that was used is Lawn Fawn – Vellum – Pearlescent – 27lb ( SBC | ELH ) And even though I thought it was quite flimsy compared to the previous two, I am super excited about it because the pearlescent property is so gorgeous especially combined with the vellum. It’s actually a got to try product:-)

On all cards I used Tim Holtz – 8 x 8 Kraft Stock – Metallic ( SBC ) with different dies, the silver compliments the bright alcohol ink colour beautifully.

On these cards the Sizzix – Thinlits Die – Bold Flora ( SBC | SZZ ) were used to add some fun details making sure the background still shows.

studio katia crystals

The Studio Katia Crystals are a simple and fast way to add some sparkle, dimension and lovely detail to your cards.

They come in many colours from left to right in the picture are Silver Crystals ( STD ) ,
Sparkling Crystals ( STD ) and Studio Katia Crystals, Jade ( ELH | STD ).

Use the Studio Katia Embellishment Wand ( ELH | STD ) to pick them up and a great glue to add them on non-porous and slippery surfaces is  Ranger Ink – Glossy Accents – Clear Dimensional Embellishment ( SBC | ELH | JGG )

fun alcohol ink techniques

Lots of texture is on these two backgrounds again with easy and fun techniques, alcohol inks give such beautiful results every time.

To decorate the cards I used Sizzix – Tim Holtz – Thinlits Die – Scribbly Butterflies ( SBC ) combined with Studio Katia Crystals, Jade ( ELH | STD ).

The crystals were added with the Studio Katia Embellishment Wand ( ELH | STD ) and Ranger Ink – Glossy Accents – Clear Dimensional Embellishment ( SBC | ELH | JGG ) was used as a glue.

On these two cards Sizzix – Bigz XL – Alphabet Die – Handmade ( SBC | SZZ ) was used to add some sentiments. together with the Sizzix – Thinlits – Bold Flora ( SBC | SZZ )

To get some extra dimension it’s fun to cut the letters out of Craft Perfect – Greyboard – 8.5 ( TNC | TNCUKand again out of silver. Then glue them together which gives you instant dimension.

For the card on the left another butterfly was used, a layered one this time Sizzix Intricate Wings Thinlits Die ( SBC | SZZ ) and a bunch of Sparkling Crystals ( STD )

On the card on the right Sizzix Floral Layers Thinlits Die( SBC | SZZ ) was used layers in only one colour with the Silver Kraft-Stock ( SBC ) and some Silver Crystals ( STD ) to add extra detail and dimension.

I hope you are inspired to grab some alcohol inks and get started with playing around on vellum to do some relaxed crafting and make some gorgeous projects.

Thanks so much for stopping by and make sure to keep on crafting!