Birthday Card Idea with Alcohol Inks!

Birthday cards are always a welcome gift! It's thoughtful and personal, and it's a great way to release our creativity for a person we care about.

For today's tip, we'll be working on a unique cardmaking technique using alcohol inks for a cute birthday card idea!

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Read the Step-by-Step Guide Below:

The materials that you'll need are the following: some sparkly paper, two different colors of crepe paper, yupo paper, distress oxides, and alcohol inks.

Step 1

Prepare your plain yupo paper alongside your alcohol inks. No need to trim down the paper at this point because we're just trying to build the design first.
embossing folder

Step 2

Pick up some alchol inks in the color of your choice. I'm using this bright red color and mixed it with other colors in the same tone.
Start putting small amounts of ink into the paper.
ink-embossed card materials
ink-embossed card materials

Step 3

Use an empty bottle to blow air into your inks to move in around on the surface.

ink-embossed card materials
ink-embossed card materials

Step 4

Just keep adding more inks as you wish and play around to mix them all up and get different effects. I tried folding the paper and sliding off the inks to spread the ink thoroughly.

Step 5

As you can see, all that playing around gave us this interesting look. You can also spray some isopropyl alcohol on the surface if you wish to move the inks a bit more.

Just wait for it to dry overnight and we can start making our cards from it.

Step 6

And now the fun part! As you can see below, I trimmed my inked up yupo paper to my desired size and ran it under the cricut tool.

I tried to imprint or emboss it with my birthday sentiment but found that it did not work as well as I intended. The cricut had a bit of a hard time cutting through the yupo because it's a different type of paper.

To remedy that, you can get some distress oxides and start inking up the area of the letters. Try to get into the edges of the letters as much as you can.

Step 7

Then you can just wipe off the top with an alcohol wipe to remove the excess distress oxide, leaving us with the letters now colored in. This quick technique helped us make the sentiment stand out more from the background.

Step 8

From that, you can proceed to trim it down further to fit your card.

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It's up to you how you'll incorporate this into your card, but here's what I did:

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I just mounted it on a decorated cardstock and had some sparkly paper and crepe paper sit behind it.

embossing folder

It really looks lovely and unique! The alcohol inks gave the sentiment a cool sort of ombre effect and it really brings the card to another level!

Try this card idea to surprise a family or a friend celebrating their birthday soon!

Stay tuned for more upcoming inspiring and creative tips!

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