Alcohol Ink Faux Bleach

by Sherry Cheever

Create a faux bleached look by adding alcohol ink over embossed images.


  • Alcohol inks (Ranger's Juniper, Salmon, Cool Peri and Aqua used here)

  • Ink applicator with felt

  • Clear embossing ink

  • Clear embossing powder

  • Heat tool

  • Craft iron

  • Glossy cardstock

  • White cardstock

  • Paper towel

  • Stamps (Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Urban Tapestry used here)


  1. Step 1

    Emboss image on glossy cardstock with clear embossing powder.

  2. Step 2

    Apply alcohol inks to the felt of an ink applicator. Pounce the applicator over the glossy cardstock to apply the ink.

  3. It should look similar to this.

    It is okay that the embossed image isn't clearly visible after this step.

  4. Step 3

    Place the cardstock on a paper towel so it won’t slip.

  5. Step 4

    Place white cardstock over the glossy and using a craft iron, iron off the embossing.

  6. Step 5

    When the cardstock lifts off easily, turn over the cardstock to reveal the ironed off embossing. You will now have two background pieces you can use in a project.

    If for any reason all the embossing is not removed, you can place a sheet of printer paper over the glossy cardstock and iron off remaining embossing.

  7. Step 6

    Trim, stamp and ink background pieces for use on cards.

  8. Step 7

    Finish your cards.



  1. Faux Bleach with other inks
    Try sponging ink over your image, or spraying colorwash over your image for a different look.

  2. Copic Refills work, too
    Try the same technique with Copic refills.

Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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What a cool idea! I love that you used the second piece of cs and got another print. I am definitely gonna give this a go.
Viki Banaszak  |  Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 5:08 AM
This is so neat. Thanks so much for showing us. Your a hoot.
Luv all videos.
Donna Wilson  |  Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 6:15 AM
i enjoyed your video!
stampmanic  |  Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 6:28 AM
Thanks so much for sharing!! Love all your videos!!
Connie  |  Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 6:59 AM
Sherri - WONDERFUL -You did a great job on your video also! I assume I can use a regular iron? What setting do I use? No, I AM NOT BUYING KRAFT IRON - bwahahah~~ I really liked your finished cards and those colors~~
vicki (vdutchr)  |  Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 7:33 AM
Oh Sherry I love this.....thank you so much for showing us how to do these.....I will try this for sure......great video.....
Gloria Westerman  |  Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 7:37 AM
Thanks for sharing this technique and I'm going to give it a try!
Jan Hennings  |  Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 7:42 AM
Great technique and I too loved your video!!
Willow  |  Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 7:54 AM
Wow Sherry! I love this. Both cards are wonderful. I'm definitely going to have to try this one.
Cindy  |  Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 8:25 AM
Very nice technique. Tks.
Victoria  |  Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 8:39 AM
Great technique. What I appreciate the most, is the fact, that like the rest of us you had a few gliches. Best of all, you didn't have to be perfect in your presentation. This made the video all the more fun to watch. Gained alot from you.
Char  |  Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 8:46 AM
I enjoyed this. And when I tried, it did not work well. My embossing powder is called Ultra Thick....I need to buy finer powder. Thank you for the video.
Betty Siu  |  Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 8:49 AM
Loved this video!! Great technique. Makes me want to run upstairs right this minute and try it.
Nan  |  Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 8:57 AM
I loved both your cards! I haven't worked with alcohol inks much, but will certainly give them a try now. And...could you please tell me where I can get a craft iron like the one in your video? Thanks so much!
Judy  |  Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 9:12 AM
Hi Judy -

I have a similar folding craft iron from Encaustic Arts ( and I know that Amazon has a selection of several different brands.
lydia  |  Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 9:17 AM
My craft iron has been discontinued by Clover. However if you have an old household iron you can use that just be careful of the holes. The craft iron is nothing more than a travel iron that you can fold up and pack in your luggage, so that's another alternative for you. Use the iron on high with no water and no steam.
Sherry Cheever a/k/a BadSherry  |  Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 9:29 AM
How fun to see this. I tried this for the heat-embossing WT challenge recently, and was delighted by the discovery that I got a lovely coloured transfer to use as a second image. I'll definitely be giving this another go now that I've been reminded of it.
Sabrina  |  Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 9:45 AM
Do U play with th eEncaustic wax too? I try but still not to good at it.
Do u having any sugestuion on learning it better?Barbara Jardine
Barbara Jardine  |  Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 9:48 AM
Thank you for a fabulous tutorial. I love your accent, reminds me of being back home in Texas. Can't wait to try tis at home. Have a great day and thanks again.
Janet  |  Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 11:13 AM
Beautiful cards Sherry, I remember seeing this technique before, (from you?) but I've still to try it. It was a good reminder how fantastic this technique is, 2 cards from one.
Alexandra  |  Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 1:17 PM

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