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A few months back my friend Amy bought me some Tim Holtz Ranger Alcohol Inks for my birthday. I’ve played with them on ceramic tile, which is a lot of fun, but I wanted something I could use as a paper element. The standard medium for alcohol inks is Yupo Paper, which can be pretty pricy, generally over $1.00/sheet. I did some research and found that some people have had great luck with glossy photo paper – on the back side. I happened to have quite a bit of glossy photo paper on hand, so I gave it a try, and I was pretty pleased with my results. It doesn’t wipe clean like Yupo, but it does allow the ink time to spread and mingle well, and at 1\10 the price, you can afford to play. If you would like to see the alcohol ink in action, check out the video below. You can also scroll down for some photos.
The paper I had on hand has some printing on the back, but it is possible to find it without any printing. However, for my purposes I only need the middle space, so it didn’t matter. I also ran my finished sheets through embossing folders, and I loved the results! I punched 1.25’ circles from this one and made a simple but beautiful card with loads of color and texture.
Photo paper also looks stunning when embossed or die cut plain, as you can see on this card I made a few years back. Excuse the awful flash photo. I was trying to really capture the embossing.
If you’ve got a box of glossy photo paper on hand and don’t print your own photos, don’t toss it! Get out your die cutter, embossing folders, or just some paper punches and make some really striking card and scrapbook elements!