Technique Squad Blog Hop - July 2021 - Alcohol Ink Tech


Hello and welcome to For the Love of Stamping and the July Technique Squad Blog Hop. Our theme this month in Alcohol Ink Technique.  I love this tech because you get a different result every time.

Some time ago I created a bunch of backgrounds with this tech, knowing that one day I would use them. Today is that day!! 

In previous posts I have used the piece as a full background. Today I am changing it up to create more of a focal point on my card. The Stampin' Blends® that I used for the technique are Balmy Blue, Highland Heather and Polished Pink. 

The approach that I take is to create large spots of color on the vellum. I start with one color and add the Isopropyl. I then move to the next color and repeat the process. 

Once the ink is dry I adhered it to a sheet of Vellum to a piece of Basic White using  adhesive sheets. This not only brightens up the color but it also provides stability for the die cut hearts! The hearts were die cut using the Give It A Whirl dies.

When creating my projects I tend to lay them out first to get a sense of how the card will piece together. The only problem is that I find that when I get the "perfect" layout I don't want to "mess it up". So I have the perfect solution to solve this problem and that is once I have arranged all the pieces the way I want them I will use a piece of Press n Seal Cling Wrap to keep them in the exact spot I wanted. 

Here you can see that I laid the Press n Seal over the hearts. I then gently lifted up off the white cardstock, keeping the placement of the hearts in the exact spot! The Press n Seal is perfect for this!   I love this stuff, although I do believe that it is only available in Canada.

My next step was to finish the card base by stamping the sentiment with VersaMark using my Stamparatus® and then embossing with  black embossing powder. 

You may be wondering where this sentiment comes from.... well... it is new and not yet released. That said, it will be available at the beginning of August in the 2021 Winter Mini Catalog.

The stamp set is called Heartfelt Wishes. This is strictly what I call a "sentiment" stamp set with beautifully scripted messages (10 in total) that fit many different  occasions.

I have layered this layer onto a piece of Polished Pink cardstock and then on to the Basic White base layer. 

It was now time to place my hearts, so I turned the Press n Seal over and applied Tombow to the back of all the hearts and then flipped it over and gently laid the Press n Seal back into position on the card front. 

I waited about 20 seconds for the Tombow to grab and then gently pulled the Press n Seal off the hearts - and VOILA!! Everything is in place!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. Be sure to continue your blog hop journey onto Vy Tran's blog to see what beautiful creation she has come up with.

Happy Stamping!
Hugs, Tracie


  1. I love how you used the background to make hearts. So pretty.

  2. Love your card! Thanks for the tip on using Press n Seal (I happen to have a large roll in my stamping room)!

  3. What a beautiful way to use your backgrounds! And Press n Seal is easy to find in the U.S. too!

  4. I love how the color turned out and how you arranged your layout.

  5. Brilliant idea using shapes. Another thing for me to try!