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Inspiration: Ways to use Alcohol Inks

3 October 2016  |  Nicola

Alcohol ink mug tutorial at Babble

The best thing about autumn and winter is that there are so many different celebrations and events - which means plenty of opportunities for crafting! Hallowe'en, Guy Fawkes night, Advent, Christmas and New Year are all great times for trying out new craft techniques, so we're going to be covering a few here on the blog over the coming months. First up, we're talking about alcohol inks; beautifully versatile, they can be used on anything from paper and card to ceramic and fabric, and today we've rounded up our four favourite DIY projects using this brilliant medium. 

We found the DIY marbled cup tutorial at Babble (above), and thought they'd make a great Christmas gift. The best thing about alcohol inks is that they create different effects every time you use them, so you can be sure that your decorated mugs will be completely unique!

Watercolour style coasters using alcohol inks from Lines Across

Moving onto homeware, these DIY watercolour coasters from the Lines Across blog would make the perfect addition to the Thanksgiving, Advent or Christmas table - alternatively, wrap them in some pretty paper, and give them as a Christmas gift.

Festive ornaments using alcohol inks from Michaels

Christmas decorations are always great fun to make, and the baubles decorated with alcohol inks at Michaels would really make your tree stand out; experiment with complimentary or contrasting colours, add a little glitter or finish off with a few embellishments - there's plenty of opportunity to really go mad with this tutorial! 

iPhone case with a print made using alcohol inks from Society 6

Lastly, we found this phone case by Sweet Harmony Photography on Society 6 that's been decorated with marbled pink and cream alcohol inks; a lot of people think that alcohol inks are only really any good when used on paper, but the truth is that they work on almost anything - so get experimenting!

Want to give it a go? See our full range of alcohol inks and accessories, including new colours in Flamingo, Amethyst, Limeade, Patina, Turquoise and Valencia.

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22 September 2016  |  Nicola
DIY Concrete Plant Pot Tutorial

Get quick and easy results with the Concrete for Creatives range from Viva Decor, with a tutorial for a DIY concrete plant pot.

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17 December 2015  |  Nicola
Five Easy Ways to Make your Gifts Stand Out

If you’ve found (or made!) the perfect present, you’re going to want to make the wrapping as exciting as what’s inside. These days, you can buy all sorts of fancy wrapping paper and eclectic gift toppers, but it’s always fun to make your own – today, we’ve got five great tips on making your gift stand out.

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13 February 2015  |  Nicola
Quick and Easy Valentine's Day Bookmark

If you’re looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the book-lover in your life, why not ditch the Amazon wishlist and try something handmade instead? Our bright and colourful felt bookmark is practical and pretty, and is the perfect way to keep your page.

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4 December 2014  |  Nicola
Get the Kids Involved: DIY Gifts for Little Hands - Part Two

In part two of our series of tutorial ideas for little ones to make, we’re thinking about fabric; beautifully scented sachets, homewares and accessories are all simple for small hands to customise in their own unique way.

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29 November 2014  |  Nicola
Handmade Christmas Gifts: Felt Corsages

Last on our list of handmade gift tutorials is a simple felt corsage; bright and colourful, with plenty of ribbon and trimmings. They make great little stocking fillers, or part of a main present for a close friend or relative.

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27 November 2014  |  Nicola
Handmade Christmas Gifts: DIY Printed T-shirts

In the third of our festive gift tutorials, we’re concentrating on something you can make for anyone; Mums, Dads, boyfriends, girlfriends…. even the littluns can get a look in on this one: an ultra quick and easy DIY printed t-shirt.

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24 November 2014  |  Nicola
Handmade Christmas Gifts: DIY Felt Tablet Case

Today, we’re showing you how to make a felt tablet case, which requires almost no sewing, and will be finished within the afternoon.

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18 November 2014  |  Nicola
Handmade Christmas Gifts: DIY Letter Necklaces

It might only be mid November, but if you’re thinking about forgetting the shopping lists and giving handmade presents this year, it’s a good idea to get a head start. We’re kicking things off this week with an alphabet necklaces tutorial.

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1 October 2014  |  Nicola
Bright Aztec Wall Hanging using Magic Stamp Foam

Geometrics and Aztec prints have been everywhere this past year, we’ve come up with a great little tutorial on how to make your own geometric wall hanging from ink pads and mouldable foam stamps.

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