make your own alcohol inks
DIY, paper, tutorial

DIY Alcohol Ink! Make it yourself on the cheap and clean out that box of old markers!

Alcohol Ink can give gorgeous results. SO MANY beautiful possibilities!

And I wanted to try it. I wanted to try it on multiple mediums…including paper! I love to try new things, especially when they can be incorporated into my art!!

But the price of quality alcohol inks kept me from rushing out to get a bunch of colors (ok, kept me from putting a few sets in my amazon cart, ha ha).

So I did what I always do: I made it myself!

rainbow of DIY alcohol inks

It was so easy to do, helped me clear out my old dried out markers, and created some beautiful paper that I then used for a few Fall/Thanksgiving cards. I want to share my steps with you:

Supplies:

supplies for diy alcohol ink

  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Travel bottles (2oz)
  • Scissors
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Old Markers
    • I used dried-out crayola and sharpies, but others will work, too
    • I used 2-3 markers of each color for each ounce of rubbing alcohol
  • Gloves (unless you enjoy stained hands!)
  • Newspaper or paper towels

Steps:

  1. Pour rubbing alcohol into the travel bottles until half-full. You want to leave room for the markers and the shaking. Pour rubbing alcohol into bottle to fill halfway
  2. Organize your markers by color. Use scissors to pull off the top and bottom of the old markers. These came off easier than I thought they would, but can still be a bit messy! Use pliers to pull out the felt part on the inside of the marker that is soaked in ink. I left some of them inside their plastic sheaths, but it didn’t seem to make a difference. Do this one color at a time (and wipe off your tools between colors!). pull apart markers
  3. Drop the marker pieces into the travel bottle with rubbing alcohol. I used 2-3 markers of each color into each bottle. Close the top of the bottle. drop marker pieces into bottle
  4. Swirl and shake the markers in the alcohol. You should see the ink becoming more and more pigmented.           shake marker in bottle
  5. Repeat with other colors.   repeat with other colors
  6. Let these sit at least overnight. Carefully remove the felt marker pieces from the bottles. Now your alcohol ink is ready to use!!

 

I’ll post my creations and tutorials using these beautiful inks in the coming days and weeks. I’m so excited about this!!

die cut leaves from alcohol inked paper
Sneak peek at one way I used the inks for some Thanksgiving Cards!

I hope you found this tutorial useful! If you have any questions, feel free to email me at laurascraftcloset@gmail.com. It was easier and took far less time than I had anticipated. Making these inks myself allowed me to get creative with my projects while learning the best techniques without worrying about “wasting” the inks. I can’t wait to share these with you, crafties! These inks go a long way, but when I run out, I’ll feel more confident considering the fancy colors from the name brands…unless I make my own again!

Happy Crafting!

 

 

halloween treat holders
paper

Halloween Candy Crate Treat Holder

Anything that holds candy can be super adorable, even when it’s for the spookiest holiday!

I was looking for a simple treat holder for trick-or-treaters when I created this. We get a lot of kids and wanted something quick and easy, yet cute!

halloween treat holder

It’s also quick enough to make multiple of these candy crates, making them a good idea for a teacher to make for their students, a “room parent,” or anyone who wants to make something cute for the candy-lovers in their life!

Check out my easy tutorial for this halloween candy crate below.

Supplies:

And your favorite Candy, of course! I lived in Hershey, PA for a few years, so of course the kisses (wrapped in orange foil) went into the treat bag!!

Just a few easy steps:

  1. Create the Crate.
    • Use the Wood crate framelit to cut two pieces out from the wood textures paper. I was able to cut both from a single sheet of 6″x6″.
    • Fold and Glue together.
  2. Use the Cat Punch with a black cardstock scrap for your black cat.
    • Glue to the front of your crate.
  3. Stamp the moon from Wood Words in Mango Melody on a white cardstock scrap.
    • Die cut using the wood crate framelit set.
    • Glue to the front of your crate.
  4. Stamp a sentiment for your tag on a white cardstock scrap using Mango Melody ink.
    • Cut out using the wood crate framelit set.
  5. Fill the bag with candy and tie it up 12″ of your with your bakers twine.
    • Don’t forget to tie your tag onto it!

halloween treat holders

If you found this tutorial useful, please follow my blog so you can find many more! I love sharing my passion with others and hope to see you again!

With this project, I’m playing along with the following challenges:

If you love halloween as much as I do, why not make a few fabulous halloween cards to send, too? These use the Stampin Up Beautiful You set, and are perfect for sending to your “ghoul-friends!”

Happy Crafting!

Halloween cards made with the beautiful you stamp set
paper, tutorial

Halloween Cards Made From the Beautiful You Stampin Up Stamp Set

You read that title right.

When I buy stamp sets, I like to look at all of the possibilities to use each of the stamps. To get the most out of my supplies. Halloween is my favorite holiday (I have already decorated!), so my brain quickly asks, “Can I use this for a halloween project?”

When the Beautiful You stamp set (with the coordinating Life Events set) arrived, I was excited about all of the wedding, pregnancy, birthday, and encouragment cards and projects I could make for the beautiful women in my life. So many possibilities!

But then I thought about changing her hat. And the DSP with witches hats! Of course, she could be a beautiful witch! With a dark dress, a tall hat, and a green tint to her skin, her power became so dark!!

Halloween cards made with the beautiful you stamp set

Supplies:

While this card is made with mostly Stampin Up supplies, I really wanted a chandelier for my witch! If you also missed out on their set from last years catalog (I have to stop second-guessing what I want!), here is a fantastic substitution that I fell in love with:

If you want to make this card, I wrote out a handy-dandy Thursday Tutorial!

Halloween card made with the Stampin Up Beautiful you stamp set and orange DSP

Instructions:

Cut:

1. Cut your cardbase from black cardstock (1/2 of the 8 1/2″ x 11″) and fold in half.

2. Cut your Halloween DSP to 5 1/4″ x 4″.

3. Cut 2 banners from Pumpkin Pie and Granny Apple Green cardstock. Tip: If you don’t have a banner punch, snip down the center about 1/2″. Then snip from the corners to meet the end of your cut.

4. Die cut your chandelier from black cardstock.

Stamp:

5. Stamp the woman twice:

  1. Once onto your white cardstock
    • Die cut using the Stitched Shapes Die.
    • Using the sea foam stampin write marker, color the witches skin.
  2. Once onto a scrap of your halloween DSP (whatever pattern you want her dress to be.)
    • Fussy cut out the dress from your halloween DSP.
    • Glue it onto the white dress.
    • Fussy cut out the hat from your DSP and glue it to cover the original hat.

6. Stamp your favorite halloween sentiment on the Pumpkin Pie banner.

Assemble:

7. Adhere your DSP to your black card base, and your banners over the DSP toward the bottom of the card.

8. Using fine-tip glue, adhere the chandelier towards the top of the card.

9. Use dimensionals to pop up the witch on the bottom right over the banners.

Add Accents:

10. Add rhinestones or pearl accents for fabulous flair.

I created these cards to play along with these challenges:

I hope you like this tutorial to use an all occasion stamp set and use it for a fabulous halloween card. Happy Crafting!

pumpkin near tree