Have you had trouble with alcohol ink projects being “sticky” after they’re done? Me too! Not all of them but some – I can’t even figure out consistently what causes it….it seems like it should be thick sections of dark color. Or maybe particular color combos. But nope, it seems to be somewhat random.
I have found that the back side of the photo paper does it less than the front side, along with the color moving better on the back. (The Epson linked at the end of this post doesn’t have the big HP grey logo on the paper I’m still using up – so if you’re looking for logoless, that works!)
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The solution to the sticky is so simple: powder! Check it out:
Alcohol Ink Landscape on IGTV
This card was painted in a little speed version on IGTV….click to watch the video.
My card designs for these rest on just the beauty of the ink – just popping the panel on a card base with dimensional adhesive. Easy!
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- Pipettes, 200 https://amzn.to/37AKa7Y
- Alcohol solutions to create flow:
- Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution
- 99% Isopropyl Alcohol
- 91% Isopropyl Alcohol is also just fine!
- Epson photo paper, 8-10 cents per card front size sheet
- Freezer paper for table, slick side up!
- Blowy tools YES:
- Gocheer Handheld Airbrush (no compressor needed)
- ABS3: • EH • AMZ • Blick
- Air Compressor – ($69 without the kit in-store)
- Cord, if it doesn’t come with the compressor
- Blowy tools meh:
- Bipple or bendy straws – limited usefulness
- Canned air – limited usefulness
- Ranger Blower Tool – limited usefulness
Great tip, i will have to give this a try
Simple and brilliant! Thanks for sharing. And your alcohol scenes are gorgeous.
thanks so much for the tip, I have had so many that are tacky and so good to know there is a fix!
These are just beautiful Sandy – and thanks for the tip!
Thanks for this great tip–I planned to work with alcohol inks the next couple of times–it’s play time!
Love this tip! Thanks so much. Fabulous cards, as always.
Your scenes are absolutely amazing! Wow! Also I have used baby powder to eliminate the tacky surface for some time now. I often use powder to eliminate tacky glue(that was in the wrong place) on a card and I just tried it on the alcohol inks and …it worked! Thanks for the inspiration!