Sunday, July 1, 2018

Alcohol Lift-Ink

Hi Everyone!
I spent some time this week experimenting with the new Alcohol Lift-Ink that was just released from Tim Holtz/Ranger.  What an awesome new product!  It takes a few tries to get the steps down, but that is a typical learning curve on a new product.  Also released were larger sheets of white Yupo and new heavystock Yupo.

For the record, Ranger now has 4 Yupo products:
5 x 7" transparent (thinest and somewhat see through)
5 x 7" white cardstock (heavier than transparent - you cannot see through it)
5 x 7" white heavystock (even heavier - blue label)
8 x 10" white cardstock (new larger size)

Tim also has a post he created after the Facebook Live on Wednesday.  The Facebook Live video + information/samples are on his blog.  You can find it HERE.

Now sit down in a comfortable chair, pour yourself a Diet Coke or a cup of tea...this is a long one because once I got started, I couldn't stop!

Alcohol Lift-Ink Pad
I used Yupo white cardstock (my normal go-to weight of Yupo) for all of the Alcohol Ink surfaces in this post.  If you haven't used Yupo before, all you need to know is that Yupo is a NON-POROUS SURFACE...which is perfect for Alcohol Ink.  It is pricey so I usually cut each sheet in half to 3 1/2 x 5", which is what I have done for each of the cards I created.

I dripped a few colors of Alcohol Ink over the surface, then used a Blending Tool with FELT to pounce over the surface and blend the colors a bit.  Love the combination on Patina, Flamingo, Dandelion and Citrus.
Once you have your surface ready, you can use the Lift-Ink on a CLEAN stamp (like the flower below) and stamp directly over the Alcohol Ink.  The ink will "lift" the Alcohol Ink off the surface which can then be transferred to another surface if you wish.  The second surface MUST BE A POROUS SURFACE like watercolor paper, specialty stamping paper or Heavystock paper.
NOTE: I'm going to be honest, I found that I needed to have my second surface ready to stamp on right after I lifted the ink, not because I couldn't let it sit, but because I would forget and wipe the stamp off just out of habit.  That is me and maybe you would be smart enough to remember to stamp it later and not wipe it off like me.  Just a friendly warning.

So here is the freshly stamped Yupo surface.  The first thing you need to do is grab a clean paper towel and dab, dab, dab, (do not rub) turning the paper towel to a clean spot each time.  You will see the image start to appear as the residual Lift-Ink is dabbed away.   Once you are seeing the paper towel coming clean, you can move to the next step.
What happens if you skip this step?  When you buff the surface in the next step you will move the residual ink to other areas and your image could come out blurry.  That is not what you want so remember, dabbing is important!
Next, rub over the image with a soft cotton towel.  Now I'm sure you could you use another clean paper towel for this step, but I like the soft towel for the finish.  The light buffing will fully reveal the ghost image.
Adding another layer of stamping is easy.  This time I used the fabulous script stamp from the Entomology set.
Again, follow the steps:
1. Ink CLEAN stamp with Alcohol Lift-Ink (a dirty stamp will contaminate your stamp pad).
2. Stamp over a NON-POROUS Alcohol Ink Surface.
3. Dab, dab, dab with paper towel (DO NOT RUB...only dab)
4. Buff with a soft cloth.
5. If you wish, stamp a secondary surface before cleaning the stamp with Archival Ink Cleaner and water.  (This is the part where Paula cleans her text stamp before stamping the image on the secondary surface - insert crying emoji).
 I used the Stamp Platform to add an sentiment to the front (from Glorious Bouquet set)
To create the easy card, I used foam squares to mount the Yupo card onto Distress Watercolor cardstock and then added it to the card backing.  I used Tim Holtz Craft Thread to wrap around the side three times and tie a tiny metal heart into the bow.
So, remember I created this piece using Specialty Stamping paper and the stamped images from the last card (sans the Etomology script that never made it to the card front - uggg)
 I used the Stacked Deckle and some metallic cardstock to make a frame for the flower images.
I saw Audrey Pettit scuff metallic cardstock in a diagonal direction and then repeat it going the opposite way so it creates a kind of crosshatch effect.  I loved it then and I'm still using that technique today.
As you can see, I used a stencil, Blending Brush and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to add a background around the flowers.
The sentiment stamp is from the Stampers Anonymous "Pennants" stamp set.
An easy card created from the "lifted" Alcohol Ink...that's what I call a great "twofer".
 The hanging heart is from the Adornments Milagros set.
The next Yupo surface was created using some darker colors of Alcohol Ink: Willow, Patina, Stream and Wild Plum.  So fun to experiment with the colors!
Here we go with the same process.
1. Ink CLEAN stamp with Alcohol Lift-Ink.
2. Stamp over a NON-POROUS Alcohol Inked Surface.   This is what it looked like just after stamping...just a slight image.
3. Dab, dab, dab with paper towel removing the residual ink.
4. Buff with a soft cloth.
And the finish result using the Flourish stamp.
5. If you wish, stamp a secondary surface before cleaning the stamp.
Can you get a second impression?  Yes you can, it is just very subtle over Heavystock tags.  If I had stamped on Specialty Stamping paper it would have been brighter (see With All My Heart card up can see the secondary stamps mixed with the original stamped images).
To create another easy card, I die cut the Yupo sheet with the Mixed Media Thinlit to get the harlequin pattern.  I added foam squares under the Yupo and mounted it on black cardstock.  The metal prize ribbon which I thought was appropriate for the card is from the Adornments Ribbons and Bows pack.  I used Rose Gold and Mushroom Alcohol Ink to color the silver metal.
The word Thanks is from Shadow Script 2 set.  Black cardstock for the shadow and watercolor paper for the word.  I used a Waterbrush and Distress Ink to color it.  From the Heart is from the Clippings stickers (BEST sticker pack in the world - I can ALWAYS find the right saying on one of the four sheets).

 Now remember this?
I put that piece to good use, using the Stacked Archway Thinlit dies to cut the stamped tag as well as metallic cardstock.  I inked edges then rubbed Collage Medium over the stamped surface and sprayed Antique Linen Distress Stain Spray right into the glue, then dried it with a Heat Tool.
The flowers were created using Watercolor cardstock and the Funky Florals 2 Thinlit set.
To color the flowers, I used a Waterbrush a Distress Ink in Victorian Velvet, Faded Jeans and Scattered Straw.  All the green is Peeled Paint (the best green ever).
Collage Medium and Clear Rock Candy were added for a sparkly look.
The metal 4 leaf clover is from the Adornments Treasures...same pack as the small heart found on the earlier card.
Butterfly - Layers Botanical
Lucky - Quote Chips
My grateful heart - Clippings stickers
 So that is four cards using Alcohol Lift-Ink in the pad form...but there is also liquid Lift-Ink!

Liquid Alcohol Lift-Ink
Start with an Alcohol Ink Non-porours surface just like last time.  The colors here are Citrus, Patina, and Coral.
Using a Blending Tool with a FOAM pad, add a SMALL amount of the Alcohol Lift-Ink.  I took a picture just to show you how little you need to add to the foam.  A little goes a long way! 
Pounce the foam on your surface a few times to distribute the ink into the foam pad.
Lay your stencil over the Yupo and pounce the Blending Tool over the stencil.  Again, it does not take much pouncing to product a light ghost image (remember this is only the first step).  Just a note, if you had added an excess of the Lift-Ink to the Blending Foam, the ink could seep under the stencil and blur the edges.  So don't need much to get a clear crisp image.
Now you are ready for Step 3...dab, dab, dab.
and step 4, rub with a soft cloth.  The ghost effect is awesome and so easy to create.

I added the text exactly the same way as I did before.  
Super Easy to create this little piece using the Yupo background and a Baseboard Frame.  All the other idea-ology products can be found below.

Well, I hope you took something from this post that will help you once you get the Lift-Ink.  I am quite sure I have only scratched the surface of this fascinating new product but I'll leave it at that for today.  
now carry on,


  1. Wow Paula! What a fabulous tutorial! I'm pinning this for sure! Beautiful cards girlie!!

  2. What a spectacular tutorial, Paula!!! I can't wait to get my hands on this game changing product. Your color combos are fabulous and the cards turned out gorgeous!!! xo

  3. Whoa! So cool. I hadn't heard of this product yet, but your thoroughness really explains how to use it. Thanks :)

    1. thank you! It's is fun to use once you get the steps down!

  4. Thanks Paula! I saw Tim's video but I couldn't take notes fast enough so I'd remember! I just printed out your post (all 32 pages!) as I just ordered all the new supplies and I want to remember what to do with it when they come! Love your beautiful samples! Julia xx

    1. wow, that's a lot of pages! I didn't even know you could print a post! lol

  5. Excellent tutorial Ma'am! Thank you!

  6. Thank you Paula, this is such a great reminder after watching the FB live! I so can't wait for my pre-order to arrive! I also adore how you finished each of the experiments off and made them into stunning cards! Thanks for all the inspiration!!

    1. thank you Astrid! I appreciate it! I'm not a confident card maker so that is a nice complements!

  7. Well, I finished my cup of tea and thoroughly enjoyed seeing you work with the new Lift Ink. Thank you for sharing your hints and tips (bookmarked for future reference), it is always so good to see the close ups. The cards you created are beautiful! Anne x

  8. Absolutely wonderful! The colors are do rich. I WILL try this. One question, how do you prevent the ink permanent?. Somehow my creations on yupo seem to never remain "still". Should I use heat tool to dry?

    1. I have never had a problem with the alcohol remaining permanent. The only trouble I had had is when I have added so many layers that it becomes almost gummy (shoes I throw away and start over, lol) You can dry Yupo with a heat tool but you have to be aware it's plastic so it will warp if you get the heat too close.

  9. The results are SO stunning!! I love it! TFS Paula!

  10. Beautiful projects, as always! Can't wait to play. I noticed you and Tim both used rubber stamps with the lift ink. Is there any reason I can't use acrylic stamps?

    1. I prefer red rubber stamps but you can use what you on both!

  11. Fantastic photos and processes shared Paula ♥️ Love your layers in the photo booth baseboard make. I have preordered the lift ink and can’t wait to get my hands on it here in Australia. When I do I am sure coming back to refer to this project!

  12. Really great post--thank you!! I enjoy seeing your artwork so much--you always have the perfect touch. Yupo is a really great substrate and nothing beats the vibrancy of alcohol inks. Now that stamping can be a part of that combo--the possibilities are truly endless.

  13. Paula these are all so awesome... you had way too much fun !! Can't wait to get ' Lift ' !!

  14. After reading through your steps, I can see the differences and similarities to the we learned in Creative Chemistry. I am SOOO looking forward to trying my hand at this...not only the lifting technique but to also be able to stamp what has been LIFTED! Wow!!! Once I can get the new, Ranger Lift Ink, you can bet I’ll be doing that “two step”! VERY exciting!

  15. Wow Paula! I'm sold! I've never wanted to use alcohol ink much until now. Your samples are most impressive and I'm always a big fan of adding some white space to a design, so this is the perfect combination for me. :) Thanks so much for sharing all of this info and your gorgeous work. Hugs, Autumn

  16. All your pieces look great. Can't wait until I am home again (stuck in a hotel room after a building fire) for a while yet. Have so many things I want to try stuck to pages in my idea notebook, and pinned. thanks as always for sharing.

  17. wow Paula, what a great tutorial and beautiful projects. Can't wait for my Alcohol Lift It goodies to arrive and it will be fun fun fun dab dab dab playtime xxx

  18. Marvelous Paula! Beautiful cards and a lovely framed panel. Thank you for the step ours and for including the “don’t do what I did” moment, although I know I will. LOL I’m looking forward to trying some of these awesome techniques!

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  20. Thanks for the walk through. Your projects came out great. I can't wait to get my hands on the Alcohol Lift ink.

  21. WOW!!! This is stunningly GORGEOUS. THANKS for showing so many different ways of using these! :-)

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  23. Beautiful results and great instructions. I'm bookmarking your site and will check back often. What script stamp did you use?

  24. Great tutorial, I have bookmarked it for future use too.
    Can you re-use the foam that you used with the re-inker to lift ink from another artwork? i.e. Do I have to throw away the foam after I have used it only once? Thanks.

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  27. Love your cards!! thanks for the tutorial on that Lift-Ink product. Looks like fun. I have just got the Distress Glaze to try on the Oxides, so that will be my next investment ;)

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  29. Is there anyway to clean ink off of the lift pad? I guess my stamp wasn't clean enough and the pad is now black.

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  33. Oh wow that is a great tutorial. Thanks!

  34. Wonderful tutorial thankyou! Cathy x