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25 August 2022

Altenew Get Inky with Alcohol Inks Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in Total Prizes!)


Hey crafty friends!  Today I am super to be part of a fabulous blog hop featuring alcohol inks from Altenew!  I absolutely adore alcohol inks...they are truly a very magical and mysterious medium that are so fun to work with!  The blog hop is being hosted by Altenew so if you want to start at the beginning you can head on over there.  You should have made it to me from Reiko Tsuchiko and after you are done here please continue on to Mindy Eggen.  I had so much fun playing around for this hop that I think we should just get right to it!
Alcohol inks are one of my favourite mediums to work with.  One of the things with them though is that they have a mind of their own.  They kind of do their own thing and that is one of the amazing things about them....you will never have 2 pieces that turn out the same.  You just kind of let them do what they do best and watch the magic happen.  The way the inks move and blend together is pretty fascinating! 
The great thing about Altenews alcohol inks...besides the fact that their colours are beautiful, is that they match their already existing ink colours.  So you can create a project that all coordinates together....how awesome is that!  You can find the entire collection of Altenew Alcohol Inks here.  So many beautiful colours and bundles that coordinate together!

But can we first take a moment and appreciate how beautifully packaged these inks are!  I held onto the packaging as I couldn't bear to throw them in the trash.  Not sure as to what I will do with them, but they are really beautiful!  And they show on the packing what the inks can do before you even open them!

For my projects I used the Tranquility and Sugarplums Alcohol Ink Bundles.    I just sat down one day and had fun, making backgroudn after background.  I did end up making one piece into a card and one I made quite larger than the rest and on a large circle too!

This first one I made on a 10" circle. I used the Tranquility Alcohol Inks for this one and I added in a bit of gold as well as using 99% isopropyl alcohol.  One of the things that I love making with alcohol inks are ripples or circles.  I did a few here and to achieve that I used a heat tool. Not a heat embossing tool, as they are too hot for the synthetic paper, but rather one you'd use for your hair.  It is not too hot but rather just the right amount of heat and air coming out to move the inks around.  I love how this piece turned out!

Here are a few closeups of the piece.  To get the droplets, I simply spritzed on some of the alcohol and it immediately removes the ink.  You want to make sure you use an isopropyl alcohol that has a percentage of 90% or higher, as any lower than that and it will have too much water in it and your inks won't move as they should and you won't achieve the best results.

These next few pieces I just had fun playing around with. Some pieces I used isopropyl alcohol to help and move and blend the inks and some I used a blending solution.  The more wispy and lighter the background is are the ones i used the alcohol with and the more concentrated ones I used the blending solution.  I also used the heat tool for the wispier and lighter ones (not sure that's the best to describe them lol) and some I used a hand puffer tool to move and blend the inks together.  For al of the backgrounds except for the circle I used a glossy photo paper, but used the back non-glossy side of it.  I find that this paper works perfect for it and is very cost efficient too.

For this one I just had lots of fun making circles or roses,,,,depends on how you look at it.  I used the heat tool to achieve these as you need to be able to keep the inks moving around with the help of the heat and air flow.  I find it very relaxing doing this.

And here is the card I made using one of the backgrounds.  I love how blended the colours got and muted too!  It has kind of a smokey and mysterious feel to it, don't you think?  I used some colours from each alcohol ink bundle on this and I got these beautiful colours! All I added to it was a gold and black sentiment to help to bring out the gold in it and it was done!  Alcohol ink are also great for making neutral non-gender cards too....this one could go either way but is a great masculine card!

If you haven't tried your hand at alcohol inks yet, what are you waiting for?  They are really so much fun to use and play around with!  You can truly get lost in this medium and before you know it an hour 2 will turn into more backgrounds than you had imagined!  Then you have them ready at hand for some quick cards in the future.

Giveaway Prizes

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this special blog hop, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 09/06/2022 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 10 winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 09/08/2022.


Blog Hop Order

Please add a link to the person before and after you in your post. You are encouraged to include the full list as well.

Altenew Card Blog

Therese Calvird

Kelly Taylor

Michelle Short


Nathalie DeSousa

Amber Rain Davis

Kinjal Trivedi

Terri Koszler

Karen ReƔtegui

Tenia Nelson


Maryam Perez

Annemarie Caister

Virginia Lu

Rosie Neustaedter

Bridget Casey

Nancy Souza

Reiko Tsuchida ***Note: Due to strict regulations in Japan, you might not be able to leave a comment on her blog post.

Michelle Burnier-----THAT'S ME!

Mindy Eggen

Amy Hill

Thank you so very much for stopping by to spend a bit of time with me.  I hope you all have the most wonderful day and find some time to sit down today and create some magic!  Until next time,


37 comments on "Altenew Get Inky with Alcohol Inks Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in Total Prizes!)"
  1. Thank you for showing all your backgrounds, they are wonderful. I have tried playing a few times but haven't been pleased with the results. You are inspiring.

  2. These panels look spectacular!!

  3. Wow i love the results you got. Great work.

  4. My goodness. What a great job . I love the colors. This looks like something that I will have to try... tyfs :)

  5. Your backgrounds are stunning! The hint of gold makes them so elegant! I love the circle best.

  6. WOW, these are incredible. They remind me of gems that hold gold and other substances. NICE JOB!!

  7. Gorgeous mixes. Is the Gold embossing powder, foiling or ?

  8. Such gorgeous backgrounds colors. Amazing…
    Thanks for sharing.

  9. I''m going to have to get me some of those beautiful colors and try them out. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Wow! I am learning so much from you. I need to try this. I love the ripples and thanks for explaining how to make them. Wonderful!

  11. Oh. Em. Gee!! These are fabulous!!

  12. You made beautiful alcohol ink backgrounds! I LOVE the colors!!!

  13. You created so many different looks with the inks! Love them all!

  14. Really like the circles and "designs" you made on your backgrounds. Thanks for all the tips on solutions and drying tools!

  15. Thanks for sharing your lovely backgrounds. So pretty!

  16. Absolutely love the techniques and colors

  17. Wow, I love your alcohol ink techniques! I have never seen people make circles with inks & a hair dryer. It is such a cool look! I also never thought of using the back of photo paper for alcohol inks either. Thank you for the tips. Your designs are gorgeous!

  18. Beautiful card and it does look smoky and mysterious!

  19. June from Minnesota27 August, 2022 20:27

    WOW! those colors are amazing! the gold touches really make them special!

  20. Wow! I love your card as well as all the other pieces you created! You sure know how to move the ink around to make a beautiful panel!!

  21. Great tip about using a hair dryer! The swirls you achieved are wonderful; very free flowing. Loved it!

  22. I need those sugarplum inks. Such great colors! Love what you created.

  23. Beautiful projects .. I love how you added gold touch to every background.

  24. Love love love your backgrounds!! Thanks for sharing.

  25. What beautiful panels! Softer colors than what I usually pick, but I really like them!

  26. I myself have a hard time using ink for backgrounds. I love these and hope to do it myself one day.

  27. Love your color selections and noted it to order. Very pretty choices of colors. Thank you!

  28. Loving so much your color selections. Very pretty colors and definitely noted to order. Thanks! You're very talented!

  29. I have never made circles in my Alcohol inks before - thanks for the tip as to how to do it!

  30. I just love your magical backgrounds, Michelle. The gold gives such an elegant look. So inspirational. Thank you for sharing.

  31. Thank you for showing which colors you used. Very helpful. Beautiful cards. Some look like galaxies. Thanks for the inspiration.

  32. I so enjoyed feasting on the variety of backgrounds you created. The swirls are very unique. I'd love to see you make it on video. Thanks for the inspiration.


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