Rainbow Alcohol Ink Tags

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Hi there! Today I’d like to share how I made this pair of rainbow colored alcohol ink tags. I used one of the techniques that Jennifer showed in her videos about using alcohol inks.

How I made my tags

To start, I got out my non-stick craft sheet and some 12″ x 12″ glossy paper. I cut a strip of glossy paper 5″ in height and laid it on the non-stick craft sheet. Then I got out my ink applicators.

Tip: Ranger makes ink applicators with foam to use with Distress Inks and ink applicators with felt to use with alcohol inks. The good news is that the ink applicators themselves are the same. So, you can put foam or felt on them, depending on whether you are using them with Distress Inks or alcohol inks.

Technique 1: Making a rainbow with alcohol ink

Each ink applicator is approximately 1 3/4″ long. So, it would take about three of them to cover the 5″ height of my glossy paper, if I held them vertically. I got out three applicators and put felt on each of them.

On the first applicator, I put Watermelon and Mountain Rose alcohol inks. Holding the applicator so the Watermelon was on top, I swiped the applicator across the length of the glossy paper to make the first two stripes in the rainbow. Then I set the applicator aside.

On the second applicator, I put Pool and Eggplant alcohol inks. Holding the applicator so the Eggplant was at the bottom, I swiped the applicator across the length of the glossy paper to make the bottom two stripes in the rainbow. Then I set the applicator aside.

On the third applicator, I put Lemonade and Citrus alcohol inks. Holding the applicator so the Lemonade was near the Mountain Rose stripe and so the Citrus was near the Pool stripe, I swiped the applicator across the length of the glossy paper. This made the middle stripes. Some new colors were made where colors overlapped.

Alcohol inks and alcohol inked backgrounds Alcohol inks and alcohol inked backgrounds

The applicators still had plenty of alcohol ink left on them. So I used the applicators on additional pieces of glossy cardstock to make extra backgrounds for other projects. You can see the larger rainbow piece in the photo above, along with the extra backgrounds that I made.

The alcohol ink dries fairly quickly. Once the glossy paper was dry, I cut it into strips just a tiny bit bigger than 2 3/8″ wide. Then I adhered an Avery manila shipping tag (after removing the twine) to the back of the rainbow inked glossy paper. I trimmed the excess glossy paper away using scissors.

Technique 2: Over-stamping

Next, I stamped Hero Arts S5034 DesignBlock Flourish over top of the alcohol inked backgrounds. It is best to use a permanent ink when stamping on alcohol ink on glossy paper. So, I used Ranger Archival Ink in jet black. The glossy paper is a bit slippery, so you need to use extra care when stamping to prevent smudging the impression.

Technique 3: Dying twine to match using alcohol inks

To dye the twine, I got out a snack size baggie. I put in the twine for more than one tag and then added a few drops of Watermelon alcohol ink and a few drops of blending solution. I sealed the baggie and then smushed the twine and ink around inside the baggie until the twine was fully coated.

Dying twine to match Dying twine to match

Then I propped open the baggie to let in plenty of air and let the twine dry overnight. It will take a while for the twine to dry. Once it is dry, it will be a bit stiffer than regular twine. I tied the twine into bows to finish my tags.

Thanks for stopping by!

{ 3 appreciated comments }

1 Michelle September 6, 2010 at 11:13 am

These tags are gorgeous Anne, love your selection of Alcohol Inks:-) Thank you for the tutorial…

2 Tiffany W September 6, 2010 at 9:59 pm

LOVE these tags! Thanks for sharing both here and at 2peas. :)

3 Patty September 7, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Beautiful tags Anne! I love how colorful they are!!

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