• Darcy Edl

Ink Trap Technique

Ink Trapping is a technique that I am sure some of you have seen before. The video that I saw used masking fluid to trap the alcohol ink, but the result wasn't as clean and didn't have the shine that Texture Paste provides.

Follow along on the steps below and don't hesitate to ask questions in the comments section at the bottom of this page.


1. Take a completely alcohol inked piece of Yupo paper, making sure it's pretty dark in color and has a few layers to it. I used three colors of ink and Tim Holtz Blending Solution in all of my backgrounds. I would apply generous amounts of ink, dry them with my air dryer and then add more ink to get a darker layer. Allow to dry completely before moving on, this will ensure wonderful patterns with lots of interest get trapped in the next process.

Tip: I tried adding Piñata Bronze to a few pieces and Ranger Mixatives to others. The ranger product did not wash of with Alcohol drizzled on it, but the Piñata brand did and I liked the effect much better..


2. Choose a stencil with a pattern that you like or a specific theme if you have a card in mind. lay it down on top of your alcohol ink covered Yupo paper and apply an even coat of Ranger Transparent Gloss Paste. Remove the stencil and immediately wash with soapy water. If you don't, the texture paste will ruin your stencil once it hardens.


3. Allow your stenciled background to dry, the paste will be completely clear and shiny. This could take a few hours depending on how thick your paste is, temperature and humidity. I do not recommend trying to speed the process with a heat tool.


4. Place several layers of paper towel down on top of a craft sheet. hold your background perpendicular over the paper towels and begin to drizzle Isopropyl alcohol directly over the inked background. the trapped ink behind your dry texture paste will stay trapped, but the surrounding ink will "melt" onto the paper towel.

Tip: Consider your design. Where would you like the drips to make lines, in what direction. How much do you want to remove and how much to keep? Experiment with colors and designs, you will quickly discover you have favorites and the wonderful thing is, you can use the same stencil over and over, but it will never turn out the same way twice. The video below shows exactly how the dripping process works and how I turned the paper to get the desired effect.


5. Cut your background down to the desired size and shape. Be aware of the best parts of your finished background. There will be areas that you don't want to cover up with the rest of your design, so keep that in mind.



6. It's time for you to take over from here! I know this isn't a difficult process, so I didn't want to take up too much time. If you have any questions about this technique, don't hesitate to ask! We're here to help you create!


Let us know if you use this technique! Good luck and stay safe!

Darcy Edl


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