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Hello everyone! Karen Ellis here! I hope you summer has started on the right foot and you are having a fun and fabulous time with the ones you love — a fun, creative time, of course!

I love the summer.  I’m sure it’s psychological but I tend to be a little more “relaxed”, find myself noticing the small things and revelling in the simplest of pleasures.  I also tend to be a little more adventurous…   not just the type of adventurous that would find me on the beach in a swimsuit – the creative kind – taking the time to experiment with my supplies and discovering something new about them. That’s what happened recently to me — I played with a product that’s been in my stash for years that I haven’t had the notion to pull out again until now – Ranger’s Alcohol Inks. I was inspired by a post by Maria McGuire in which she used her alcohol inks with stencils.  I went on a card making frenzy on my weekly ustream.tv broadcast. Instead of using photo paper like I had previously used alcohol inks on, I used a special art paper for watercolours called YUPO.   It is a coated paper with a gloss sheen making it perfect for the inks.    I LOVE how the colours sit on top of the paper and almost jump off the page.

Do you have any alcohol inks in your stash?   Dig them out and give this a try!


Assorted Alcohol Inks

Yupo Paper (or glossy paper)

Stencils Blending tool and felt

Put a few coordinating colours of ink on your felt covered blending tool.


“Pounce” the ink to cover the paper


Place a stencil on the background and drop various colours of ink into it.


LET DRY before removing the stencil (5 mins depending on the amount of ink you dropped on it).  If you remove it too quickly you’ll lose the stencil pattern.   Repeat with another stencil of your choice to layer the effect.  Alcohol inks don’t like to “work together” — the colours your layer will “push” the first colour out of the way to create some interesting patterns. LOVE


When you’re done – cut and mount the image to a blank card.


Love how the inks “cling” to the stencil to create this effect. I hope I inspired you to try the alcohol inks with stencils like Maria inspired me… I have one of my Alcohol Ink Stenciled cards in my studio that is looking for a home – leave a comment here for a chance for me to send it to you (I’ll randomly pick a recipient from the comments left here next Tuesday. 🙂 ) Have fun, and have an adventurous summer!




To See more of Karen’s work visit her blog – The Art House Studio


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  1. Goldie Tidd Reply

    Wow Karen , that is very nice. I have alcohol inks I have not used in quite sometime. Will surely give this a try.

  2. That is so neat and you have inspired me to try it out….I think I have some ink refills kicking around in the corner

  3. Debra Vineyard Reply

    What a fabulous technique! Definitely going to try this one, looks like fun and it’s beautiful to boot! Hugs, Debra

  4. barbara macaskill Reply

    I will be digging my AI’s out tomorrow morning and giving this a try! I have a card in mind that this would be perfect for! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Wow, what a wonderful idea, I haven’t had my inks out in quite a while but now I have a reason to dig them out and creat

  6. I’m going to pull out my alcohol inks and play with them again. That was really cool!

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