Jaine says:

“Recently I was asked if I could demonstrate how to use alcohol inks and I had to admit it had been many moons since I’d brought them out to play. Back then, I was using the same old techniques on non-porous surfaces and had got myself into a bit of a rut.

I’d been reading a lot about Yupo paper and alcohol inks and wanted to find out more. Yupo has been around for a long time in the design world but thanks to Ranger it’s come back into favour and is now massively popular. It’s basically a non-porous paper with a shiny, plastic type finish, making it virtually indestructible. For mixed media, it’s wonderful, as it takes so many mediums really well.

With the newer, brighter range of alcohol ink colours available, making pretty pictures was a doddle. I’ve been longing to use these Carabelle Studio stamps; here their doodled style complements the inks perfectly.


Stamps Jaine used...

  • Carabelle Studio Art by Azoline: Ombrelines Aux Pistils; Les P’tits Ronds; Frises Aux Petits Pois

Other materials...

  • Ranger: Yupo paper
  • Ranger Alcohol ink: Clover; Lettuce; Sunshine Yellow; Sail Boat Blue; Watermelon; Sunset Orange
  • Ranger Archival ink: Jet Black
  • Posca pen: White














1 Drop green ink along with blending solution onto the bottom of the Yupo paper. Use an old card to move the ink around.    2 Drop blue ink onto the top of the paper and use a blending tool and solution to create a cloudy look.











3 Stamp flowers randomly with Archival ink and leave to dry.    Add more ink using a paint brush and create grassy stalks by flicking ink lightly.











Lighten the flowers by colouring in areas with a white Posca pen. Add a few more doodles.   Don’t forget to make a pretty backing for your postcard and add some stamping here too.

To finish the project: As my postcard is going out into the world without an envelope, I needed to make sure none of my information on the back was lost. I used a waterproof pen to doodle lines and a rectangle for the stamp. On the front, I added a little sticker and used Glossy Accents to protect it from the elements.


This project first appeared in the October issue of Craft Stamper Magazine