Saturday, May 22, 2021

Saturday Showcase - Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Alloys

Welcome to the Saturday Showcase featuring the beautiful Alloy Alcohol Inks! In celebration of the new sizes I thought why not share some inspiration for these beautiful inks.


I created two different projects and tried to highlight all the different  uses with the alcohol inks. 

I usually have a hard time covering up the backgrounds because they have such lovely color and movement.

To create this type of background I usually spend a lot of time dripping and layering the alcohol inks. The effect always turns out different every time and can be influenced by the paper you use as well as the time you wait between the layers.

I started by putting a large amount of alcohol blending solution on a 8 1/2 x 11" sheet of white Yupo paper. I then dripped on wild plum and sterling. I smeared it all together and let it dry. Sometimes I like to start with a color. I could have started with just the blending solution and leave the white background.

Next I dripped straight onto the dry background the sterling alloy. You can do smaller or bigger drips depending on what effect you want to achieve.

While the background is still wet, I dripped the plum color over the sterling spots and around them.

Next comes the blending solution again to help blend and weaken the colors.

I came back and dripped more of the plum into the sterling and blending solution. The metallic alloy has this effect of starting to break up into smaller pieces which is a cool effect.

You can continue to drip and blend. I also will take the foam pad with just blending solution and dab it to cause little bubbles of lighter colors into the mix. I didn't on this background because I wanted the metals to break up and be more of a little bits.

My other background on the card ended up like this:

On this background I used both Sterling and Foundry. I also kept letting it dry and coming back. I applied a bit of heat to make the metal bubble up while drying. You have to be careful on the Yupo paper as it will melt and buckle up if you heat it directly. You need to keep the heat gun further away to make sure you don't cause it to buckle.

I loved the metallic alloy and decided to apply it to various surfaces.

I sponged it onto some die cuts of white cardstock and onto paper flowers. It gave a lovely gray edge to the flowers and leaves. It also gave a beautiful metallic sheen to the die cut leaves. 

Next I took a few Idea-Ology pieces that were a lovely bronze color and modified them to go with my project.

I first sponged on Sterling Alcohol Ink and then directly dripped it onto the surface in places.  It gave it a lovely Patina.

I wondered how it would apply over a wood background. I put drops of the Sterling onto my felt piece and then added drips of Blending Solution to make it more translucent. I then sponged it onto the wood surface. I didn't cover it completely. I came back multiple times using just the blending solution to take some of the silver away from the surface. I also used a baby wipe in areas to sponge off the color.

After I finished all my pieces I assembled them onto the background. 

I hope this has you inspired to play with the new Alloy Alcohol Inks! 




  1. Two fantastic projects and so many ideas here for using the new Alloys Suzz. I love the way you've transformed that wood effect background and altered the foliage to match x

  2. Wow! Love the technique of adding Alloys to flowers. 💕🎨

  3. Great samples, Suzz! I am loving that purple and silver background, and I have to agree, it would be hard to cover it up! And that wood piece is so elegant! Very inspiring!