• Darcy Edl

Alcohol Ink Flowers

We hope you are all rested from the long weekend! I have been busy making a huge mess in my craft room today by creating Alcohol Ink Flowers. I know we have all seen them, but when I post a card using them, I get comments about people being nervous about trying this technique. I was in your shoes once. Below I have provided a short step-by-step tutorial with a video that should help answer some questions. If you still can't seem to get it or have questions about anything, please feel free to leave a comment below or email me at darcy@cactuscollaborative.com. I will get back to you as soon as I can! (As long as I'm not still cleaning up my mess. LOL)

Products Used:

Mini Airbrush with air compressor

Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks: Sunshine Yellow and Teakwood

White Gel Pen

99% Isopropyl Alcohol

Medium Weight Yupo Paper 5x7

5x7 linen card base

SSS Thankful Die

Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink

Here is the Video:

Place a small amount of teakwood ink on the yupo paper in a circle.

Dry with an air compressor in a circular motion clockwise and counter-clockwise.

Place a ring of sunshine yellow ink around the perimeter and dry immediately using the same circular motion.

Once it's completely dry, place a drop of isopropyl alcohol on the side ring where the yellow and brown meet.

NOTE: I added a small drop or two of alcohol here to show you the difference between petals. Adding a small amount gets you a thin and more "fingered" look. Next, I added a more significant amount of alcohol, and the effect is much different. You get a broader, more wispy petal.

Turn your paper as needed to get the desired petal look, and remember, if you don't like something, you have options.

1. Wipe it off with a q-tip dipped in alcohol or even use a paper towel dipped in alcohol.

2. Add more Alcohol ink color to the center to brighten or even change the petal color. If you want it a little darker, maybe add Sunset Orange ink here.

The point is, DON'T GIVE UP! The more you work with it, the more you learn how the ink moves, how to hold your airbrush, or how the amount of alcohol affects the petal size and shape.

As a matter of fact, I learned that the bottle I use for Isopropyl Alcohol drips and sometimes causes droplets to go where I don't want them. To keep that from happening, I ended up keeping the bottle tip down at an angle and held it to the paper towel to catch drips before I moved the bottle over my artwork. That helped so much!

You will see runs of ink down the sides of the paper. Don't worry; we cut those off when we trim down the paper.

Now I'm on to creating the card.

I have a TON of card stock that I had purchased over the years before knowing what good card stock was. I am trying my best to use that up for borders and backgrounds when I can, which you see here. I had this brown 80lb card stock that wasn't as dark as I wanted it. I took some Tim Holtz Walnut Stain to the perimeter and a section that I would use for the Thankful Die top layer. I added the trimmed Alcohol Ink Flower to the border and adhered it to a 5x7 inch linen card base. I glued three layers of that card stock together, making sure to put the inked one on top. Placing the Thankful Die at the bottom so you could still see the petals in the open spaces, I finished out by adding dots to the flower center with a white gel pen.

I love working with alcohol inks, and I hope you give this technique a try! If you do, please tag us in your photo on IG or Facebook @cactuscollaborative, and (with your permission) we will share them!

Again, I am here for any questions you might have, so don't hesitate to ask!

Take care and stay safe!

Darcy Edl

Cactus Collaborative Team Member