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Otterlicious Backgrounds: Alcohol Ink v Copic Reinker


Otterlicious Backgrounds: Alcohol Ink v Copic Reinker

A swimming otter is the perfect excuse to create some watery looking backgrounds! I noticed Some of the pads of Yupo are on sale in Ellen’s shop so it’d be a good time to remind you it’s out there if you’ve always wanted to try it out.

In this video I show three types of paper and compare Alcohol Inks vs Copic Reinkers. With my favorite discovery in the 3rd example, the card on the front of this pile!  Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

On Yupo Paper:

On Specialty Stamping Paper:

Extra practice on Yupo:


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26 thoughts on “Otterlicious Backgrounds: Alcohol Ink v Copic Reinker

  1. So, Sandy, your really cool result on Neenah… was that with alcohol ink or Copic refills? And with blending solution or what you had in the mini mister (what exactly DID you have in the mini mister?) Or both?

    1. The Neenah was all-copic – blending solution in the mini mister too. Don’t ever put the Ranger solution in a mister, it’s dangerous when aerized.

      1. Danke!

  2. AWESOME cards! Thanks for the great video, Thanks for sharing the specialty paper as well as the Yuppo effects!

  3. Beautiful backgrounds! I bought some alcohol inkers and am anxious to try them out. I hadn’t thought of trying on Neenah paper but I will definitely try it now. Otter stamp is adorable.

    1. The alcohol inks on Neenah leave splotches, or did in my testing. Just so you know.

  4. Wow. Again you amazed me.

  5. Whatever the papers, the otter is always cute !!

  6. The cards are awesome, love how you did both, the backgrounds and the otters. Thanks!

  7. This was the COOLEST thing to watch!!! I can’t wait to play! 😉

  8. Oh my goodness these are stunning!

  9. Fantastic cards Sandy love them all and such cute otters. Love your backgrounds and will definitely try this out with my alcohol inks. Thanks for sharing and the inspiration.

  10. Your cards are lovely ! I’ve just received my order of alcohol inks…. I’ll have some fun this weekend !

  11. I love to watch you work! Your cards are beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Love these cards. Thanks for the video. I like the way you added the highlights.


  14. Thanks for this video, Sandy. I don’t have any Ranger alcohol inks, but do have Copic reinkers and wondered how they compared to each other. Love the effect of both and am anxious to give this technique a try!

  15. Oh Sandy! I have been itching to start my alcohol ink collection…. I have a few Copic reinkers but not a full rainbow. Your video was fascinating! I love how you mixed mediums also!

  16. Wow! A happy find indeed.This is really fun & beautiful.Thanks Sandy.

  17. These cards are so cute. Just FYI, I seal my alcohol ink with either Krylon Kamar Spray Varnish, or a VERY light coat of ModPodge or Multi Medium to get rid of the tackiness. Each is a little different, so it just depends on what finish you want. I recommend that you experiment on scraps first to see what works for you. Also, blowing through a straw will give you a slightly different effect from blowing without a straw. Not better, just different. Just offering more ways to play.

    1. I was wondering about using a sealant. Thanks for the recommendation,

    2. Thanks but I don’t tend to do things that require any kind of sealing in- my world moves too fast for extra steps once the coloring is done 🙂 #imabearofverylittlebrain

  18. So adorable, Sandy. Love those backgrounds. Haven’t tried any alcohol inks on specialty stamping paper or Neenah (don’t own any Copic refills), but I’m definitely going to try, esp. on the Neenah. So cool!
    Marianne x

    1. The alcohol inks did pretty badly on the neenah, just fyi. Really flood it with the alcohol solution. And don’t put it in a mini mister.

      1. So, Sandy, your really cool result on Neenah… was that with alcohol ink or Copic refills? And with blending solution or what you had in the mini mister (what exactly DID you have in the mini mister?) Or both?

  19. Wow. From moles to hummingbirds to otters – it’s been an interesting week! I had wondered if the Copic blending solution could work as a “mixative” with their reinkers – thanks for doing the research on this! I may have to get one of those craft assistants yet… Very pretty colors, very nice backgrounds – can’t wait to try it!

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