Friday 6 April 2018

A first play with alcohol inks and Yupo - Part 2

The other day I posted about my first play on Easter Sunday with alcohol inks and Yupo paper. I showed the two cards I made with the darker colours - and here are the two lighter ones:
At first glance they might look identical - but in fact I used the positive and negative pieces of the inked Yupo sheet and a snippet of white card:

I used:

- one sheet of Tim Holtz white Yupo paper, just the small size (5" x 7")

- two white card blanks,  5.25" x 4" (tent style)

- three different alcohol inks (Aqua, Mountain Rose and Eggplant)

- as with the darker piece I just added drops of the inks plus some blending solution onto the sheet of Yupo paper then blew through a straw onto them, for as long as it took to add more coverage and spread the inks around a bit and repeated the process until I felt it was time to stop

- then die cut the Yupo sheet using the MFT 'Bold Stripes Cover-Up' die and kept the waste as well as the frame

- did the same using a snippet of white card

- backed both pieces with Stick-It adhesive sheet and added in the contrasting strips

- stuck the completed front panels to the card fronts

- die cut ovals for the sentiments using snippets of white card and a Spellbinders oval die (I glued two oval layers together for dimension for each card and added definition by running a ball tool around the oval die cut whilst it was still in the die)

- stuck the ovals to the card fronts using red line tape (mostly as I wasn't sure of just how Collall glue would react against the alcohol ink) - I found out with the darker cards that fun foam and Yupo slither about a lot before they dry properly. Fine if you leave them alone but it made me aware of possible reactions with a medium I'm only just getting to know

- die cut the sentiments from two layers of white card (snippets) and a top layer of the inked Yupo. The word I used is 'hi', from the MFT 'Hello There' set of dies

- glued the words 'hi' to the ovals

- two cards from one piece of inked background!

Jennifer McGuire used a fabulous 'Starburst' die for this technique but I just used the dies I already had. Thinking back, I have other cover-up dies such as the MFT 'Stitched Diagonal' which may work better. It's all trial and error, as they say! Half the fun of crafting :)


  1. Great cards, Di, very clever way of getting two cards out of one piece of alcohol inked Yupo paper. I love how you've use the inked paper for the die cut word too. xx

  2. great colour combo with the AI's :)

  3. Two great cards the colours are lovely xx

  4. Wow . . . You have been having fun haven't you! Another 2gorgeous cards made.

    Happy Friday.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  5. These two cards are gorgeous Di, I love the colours that you've used for them.

    Sue xx

  6. These three colours look great together Di and the cover plate die gives you two very pretty cards, and love the large sentiment too. x

  7. Two gorgeous cards and so magical they are your so talented Di and your always trying out other ideas which are so inspiring xx

  8. Fabulous cards Di, gorgeous colours and using that die was a great way to get two from one xx

  9. Great cards !!!!!
    Love those colors !

  10. You got the hang of AI very quickly and made some great cards. I love that you made two cards from the same cover plate and they are both so clever. Beautiful choice of colors and they blended so well. Good for you!

  11. I love both these cards, Di. I am going to have to try this technique even though I don't have Yupo. I do have SU watercolor paper and Tim Holtz other paper, which I don't like as it is too bumpy.

  12. Super way to get more mileage out of your background! Looks great!

  13. Brilliant both! Very clever use of your die and of the yupo background!

  14. Gosh, well done, lovely blend of colours.
    Only just getting my head around backgrounds with Distressed Inks, could be quite a few years till I get round to these.

    Kath x

  15. these are gorgeous Di - love your colour combinations!

  16. A great technique and your results are gorgeous!
    Lia xx

  17. love the effects you got, great cards xx

  18. Hi Di, two lovely inky cards, love the crisp white against the alcohol ink paper you made. Have a wonderful weekend... Megan

  19. oooooh I do like that colour mix, now of course I need to add to my collection but then I may be able to augment with my copic refills mmmm. Love the use of both positive and negative as well and yes the eye does trick us into thinking its the same. Love the words cut from the Yupo too.

  20. Love these! It's cool you two from one! Fab colours and I love the matching die cut letters too! Good idea to use tape incase glue causes problems. Hugs xxx

  21. Your cards are gorgeous, Di! Two cards for the price of one! I love playing with alcohol inks too! I've had mine for many years and I'm so happy they are trendy again!

  22. Ooooh I love this Di, those inks look like fun!


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