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Alcohol Inks- Tim Holtz has worked with Ranger Industries to formulate these wonderful alcohol inks.  Ranger Industries is the manufacturer of the wonderful dye ink pads called Adirondaks.  I have used them for years and have always liked them and loved the colors they came in.  The same great Adirondack colors are available in alcohol inks. These alcohol inks were previously sold only in kits but are now available open stock, individually,  to you. 
Alcohol inks are permanent, fast drying, transparent, acid free dye inks specially formulated to create a vibrant polished stone effect on glossy surfaces.  These are beautiful on glass, dominoes, metal, foil, shrink plastic, acetate, glossy cardstock and other slick materials.    Tim helped design these inks to allow artists to work on non-porous surfaces using nature's spectrum of colors.  
They come in 24 colors and 4 metallic mixatives in a .5 oz. plastic bottle with application tip. 
The Metallic Mixatives are luminous, fast drying, acid free inks, specially formulated to create metallic highlights when combined witht the alcohol inks.  These can be used on all non porous surfaces such as glossy paper, dominos, Memory Glass, metal, foil, shrink plastic and other slick surfaces.
If you have seen any of the videos that Tim Holtz has - you know how wonderful and inspiring these alcohol inks are.  I just recently purchased the videos to see if I liked them before I brought them to you for sale.  I L-O-V-E-D them- can't decide which video I liked better, the first or the second one.  They inspired me so much.  These inks will be shipped to me close to the end of the month.  The videos are available now and there is a link at the bottom of the page to take yo to that page. 

International Customers- Alcohol Inks or any items that have alcohol in them cannot be shipped internationally per United States Post Office Regulations.

Alcohol Ink Color Selections~  I will list the name of the color with the purchasing "Add to Cart" according to the picture of the palette below, reading from left to right.
Color Price $3.49
Metallix Mixative $4.89




Color - Terra Cotta

Color - Rust

Color - Cranberry

Color - Stream

Color - Eggplant

Color - Denim

Color - Wild Plum

Color - Currant

Color - Raisin

Color - Lettuce

Color - Oregano

Color - Meadow

Color - Pesto

Color - Bottle

Color - Mushroom

Color - Slate

Color - Latte

Color - Espresso

Color - Pitch Black

Color - Metallic Mixatives - Silver

Color - Metallic Mixative - Copper

Color - Metallic Mixative - Pearl

Color - Metallic Mixative - Gold


Alcohol Blending Solution~ Use this product to lighten, blend and remove the Adirondack Alcohol Inks.  It is also acid free and comes in a 2 oz. precision tip applicator bottle. 


Tim Holtz Sample- he used stream, sailboat blue, stonewashed and snow cap mixative.  He applied the alcohol inks directly to metal by dripping it on, then after shaking snow cap well- dripped that on also.  Using a applicator with felt he tapped it over to blend the inks until it looked like a milky mixture, then let them dry.  You can also use you heat gun to dry also.  Reapply if necessary.


Tim Holtz sample using lettuce, meadow, juniper alcohol inks and snow cap mixative.


Tim Holtz Sample using stream, lettuce, meadow & ginger alcohol inks and snow cap mixative.

Tim Holtz Videos can be found Here

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Watercolor with Alcohol inks ~ This was a tip from a gal-Lindsay Weirich found in Vamp Stamp News Publication.  You can squirt out the alcohol inks in a plastic watercolor palette and let them dry.  She then used a waterbrush to paint with them,  She said the alcohol inks will not smear water-based ink or computer printer ink and is waterproof. 

Corrines Snow Cap, alcohol Ink, Crown Charm sample

Corrines Sample using Snow Cap, alcohol inks & brass charm

Corrine's Snow Cap sample & alcohol inks & brass crown charm

Domino on Hat Pin Sample

How do I apply these alcohol inks?
I am glad you asked,  I have some applicators made up that I made from wood, felt and Velcro.  These are inexpensive if you don't want to fuss and make them yourself.  To make an applicator, you can use an old style rubber stamp you no longer use- the kind with the handle on it.  You need one about 1/2 wide or more and about 1.5" - 2" long at least.  Remove the old rubber stamp die- peel it off.  Then apply some Velcro to it, the side that has the grabby things on it.  Cut some felt to match the size of your rubber stamp and the felt adheres to the Velcro.  You then apply your ink to the Velcro.  You don't need much, just a little dap pressing the tip of the bottle directly onto the felt and at least a mix of 3 colors is best.  The metallic mixatives really set off the look.  You don't want to mix the colors on the felt or have them touching (they will spread a little).  Then you dab your color combo onto the surface you are working on.  (The video leaves no doubt as to how to use your alcohol inks.)  They dry very quickly.  You can use the alcohol inks to color your clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE). (The video shows how to do this also).  You simply get a small container and put some UTEE in, apply the alcohol ink generously (start with 10 drops or so). and mix with a small spoon.  You can sotre for later use in your Melting Pot.  YOU NEVER use the alcohol inks directly into the melting pot- because of the alcohol you will get a flash.  However, when you mix the alcohol inks with the UTEE, during the mixing and stirring the alcohol is evaporated thus making them safe for use in your melting pot.  Prior to viewing the videos, I liked the alcohol inks but really only had in mind the polished stone technique look.  After viewing the video, I have several new uses for them and they are all good. 


It is amazing to me the gorgeous look you can achieve with alcohol inks on dominos or other non-porous surfaces like glass, plastic, glossy paper, etc.  This sample is on the medium size domino.   I left this domino blank but you could stamp on it to add more depth and interest.  I wanted to showcase the beautiful color combinations you can arrive at with the alcohol inks.  A quick and beautiful background!
Also, this scan doesn't begin to capture the copper metallic that was added to it.  I applied copper foil tape to the perimeter of the domino for a finished look. 

Cool Background Technique with Reinkers~I belong to several local stamping groups and at one of our recent meetings a gal shared this technique...You probably are all familiar with the clear plastic clamshell boxes that Stampin' Up rubber stamps come packaged in--well- this is so cool- you put a few drops of your chosen reinker color in the box, then you put a marble in it and then you double stick tape your glossy card stock to the lid of the box.  Close the lid and shake- rattle and roll it- your glossy cardstock comes out with a wonderful random design for a background.  She suggested you could use 2 colors of reinker at the same time but position the drops in the clamshell box so that the colors don't run together and get muddy.

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