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

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

You do a GREAT job in tutorials. I love your site anyway, but it's always exciting to see what new technique you came up with.
GOOD JOB! thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to share with us...
Elena Chamberlain  |  Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 2:03 PM
Cool technique! I linked to your tutorial in today's daily scrapbook news article at smile Have a terrific afternoon!
Irene at  |  Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 5:41 PM
this technique would be great for Christmas - I'll use Lovely as a Tree and they'll look snow covered! smile TFS
Laurel  |  Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 6:16 PM
Sherry, I love this technique tutorial. I will have to try it. What beautiful cards you made. Thanks for sharing.
Bev Barton  |  Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 7:53 PM
this is really awesome and a very easy project to do. i love the colors that you used for this project. where can i buy the iron? thanks for sharing.
Jocelyn Howell  |  Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 7:54 PM
Jocelyn the iron I have has been discontinued. I would suggest any type of travel iron. That is basically what I have. Someone else also suggested an encaustic iron, which you can probably find at
Sherry Cheever a/k/a BadSherry  |  Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 8:25 PM
This is totally awesome, love the video and the other cards are oh so pretty!!
Nancy Jones  |  Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 8:25 PM
cool video. thanks for posting.
RuthS  |  Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 10:11 PM
Sherry this is FABULOUS!! Love this technique and your style!!!!
Cindy Lyles  |  Thu Aug 12, 2010 at 8:03 AM
Great tute Sherry! :D
BevMom/Bev Rousch  |  Thu Aug 12, 2010 at 11:38 AM
Very nice thanks for sharing!
Tina Smith  |  Thu Aug 12, 2010 at 3:00 PM
Nice, I tried this technique, but only having copic markers rubbing alcohol and felt daubers for the background. It turned out fabulous. I haven't colorwashed the cardstock I used to iron off the embossing yet but I think it will be fine... That image is a little over ironed!!! lol Thanks for the fun time and great tutorial!
Terri  |  Thu Aug 12, 2010 at 6:22 PM
Loved your video - beautiful cards. TFS!
Kimberly  |  Fri Aug 13, 2010 at 10:51 PM
excellent video! i love that you made 2 cards out this. just awesome.
lisa  |  Sun Aug 15, 2010 at 5:13 AM
Tried this for the first time today and really enjoyed it thanks!!
Have uploaded to the gallery
Jo  |  Sun Aug 15, 2010 at 12:25 PM
That looks like alot of fun. Thanks. I'm going to try that.
vicki  |  Mon Aug 16, 2010 at 7:07 AM
Wow, this is the first thing I have visited on this site...what a gem to discover!
Sharain  |  Mon Aug 16, 2010 at 8:51 AM
I love this technique. I will try it soon. Your tutorial is clear. Thanks for sharing.
Suzanne Bouchard  |  Mon Aug 16, 2010 at 3:35 PM
Sherry, love this tutorial and can't wait to try it. I have one question for you? If a project calls to use the Alcohol Ink and you do not have it can you use the ink refills that Stampin' Up sells? What is the differents?

Thank you
Rose  |  Tue Aug 17, 2010 at 9:18 AM
Rose the difference between the two inks: SU is water based and the others are alcohol based. If you don't have the Ranger alcohol inks, you can use Copic Marker Refills as they are also alcohol based. Alcohol inks dry faster. You can try this with the SU inks and I'm sure you'll get much the same results however, they might be muddy so don't over work it.
Sherry Cheever a/k/a BadSherry  |  Tue Aug 17, 2010 at 10:01 AM

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