Copic Ink Background

by Michelle Houghton

Use Copic Re-inker and Hand Sanitizer to create unique backgrounds.


  • Glossy Cardstock, or Photo Paper

  • Copic Re-inker

  • Hand Sanitizer Gel, Purell used here

  • Found Objects

  • Craft Mat


  1. Step 1

    Use 2 or 3 different colors and drip ink from Copic re-inkers onto your paper.

    You can use monochromatic, analogous and even complimentary colors for this technique.

  2. On glossy papers the ink will bleed and blend. The colors will fade as the ink spreads out.

  3. Step 2

    Put a small pile of hand sanitizer on your craft mat. Dip a found object in the hand sanitizer.

  4. Step 3

    Stamp your found objects into the Copic ink. The alcohol in the hand sanitizer pushes the ink and leaves the stamped area white. I used a toilet paper roll, cork and lid to create my finished look.

  5. Step 4

    Get creative and use your really cool new paper for an amazing project!



  1. Try different paper:
    You can use any paper for this technique with varying results, all of them beautiful. Try standard cardstock or even vellum for new looks.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Copic Ink Background. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Great tutorial! I am going to teach this to my class! Thank you!
Susanne527  |  Sat Jun 16, 2012 at 9:05 AM
Fabulous this technique...thank you so much for sharing....
Gloria Westerman  |  Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 3:12 AM
Awesome and way too easy, I love it! smile
Lorie-ThePeddler  |  Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 3:58 AM
This is fabulous, I'm in for trying it. TFS this
Margaret J  |  Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 3:59 AM
What a fun and fabulous technique!!! I will def try it out:) I love the card you made too, it brought a big smile to my face... TFS!!!
Karen Shirey  |  Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 5:15 AM
Oh I love this!
~amy~  |  Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 5:45 AM
Great idea!! Can I use Stampinup reinkers for this technique?
Susan Miller  |  Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 6:39 AM
Michelle this was an awesome turorial, can't wait to give it a try! TFS!!!
Kris  |  Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 6:48 AM
Great tutorial Michelle! Love your card and I LOVE that you used the stamp made for Katie! smile

True :D
Trudy Sjolander  |  Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 6:56 AM
Thanks for a cute idea, but I am also wondering if you must use copic inks or if other re-inkers will work.
Karen Young  |  Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 7:32 AM
Lovely technique. Can you use alcohol inks or just copics. Also, do you mean round object instead of found object? Just wondering.
Fran MacDonald  |  Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 8:05 AM
Great tutorial, love the use of a paper towel roll for dipping!
ilikemarkers  |  Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 8:22 AM
I'm assuming that alcohol inks would work the same way?
Ruthie  |  Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 8:23 AM
I agree, love this! But same question as Susan, can you use stampin up reinkers? I guess I will just try.
diane  |  Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 8:24 AM
Great tutorial Michelle! What a fun technique!! A must try!
Tiffany  |  Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 8:30 AM
hi,great tip,love the technique....thank you
Elizabeth f Jennings  |  Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 8:55 AM
Finally, a good excuse to use those tubes, lids, etc., that I have been saving for the last 10 years in hopes of some purpose. smile What a great idea! TFS
Dale  |  Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 9:20 AM
Susan and Diane,
Stampin' Up! reinker won't work. You need alcohol based reinker for this project. It reacts with the alcohol in the hand sanitizer to create the background effect.
Beate  |  Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 9:23 AM
How fun - I'm going to try this - I've got plenty of alcohol inks, so that should work. Tip for Dale on those tubes (they make the sour cream containers even quicker than folding your own paper - just cover or decorate before "squishing" grin
Cindy  |  Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 9:52 AM
Oh what fun, fun, FUN!!!
TexasGrammy  |  Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 9:58 AM

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