Repurposing with Alcohol Inks

Hello everyone! I’m popping in today to share a tutorial I created for Simon Says Stamp last week! In the video, I’ll be showing you how I repurposed some mugs I had and gave them a fresh, new look with the help of alcohol inks! I love how these mugs can become anything from pretty marker and supply storage, to sweet planters for Spring flowers!

Repurposing with Alcohol Inks

You can apply alcohol inks to just about any surface; I’ve done this on glass before too and it works beautifully! The bold-colored mugs on the left use Flamingo, Coral, Salmon, Dandelion and Peach Bellini.

Repurposing with Alcohol Inks

Like I had mentioned, these mugs would make great planters for the Spring flowers that will soon be blooming! Check out the cute mug above with the pretty orange and soft pink colors; I filled this with some Spring silk flowers to brighten my studio! I used Peach Bellini, Salmon, Shell Pink and a VERY tiny amount of Coral.

Repurposing with Alcohol Inks

Or you can use them for supplies and crafting! Here’s the turquoise, green and purple mug I made, which I often use as a water cup for painting. I used Sail Boat Blue, Turquoise, Citrus (very sparingly) and Amethyst.

Repurposing with Alcohol Inks

You can seal these mugs if you’d like to make sure they are waterproof. I chose not to, as I have not had any issue with the mugs getting chipped and the alcohol ink wearing off (a couple of my mugs that I’ve done like this get handled frequently and hold supplies). If you do choose to seal the mugs, Ranger suggests using a water based sealant.

I hope you will check out the video at the top of this post to see how I made these cute little mugs! I have a blast working with alcohol inks, as they can be used on so many surfaces other than paper!

Looking for more alcohol ink ideas? Check out the ink smooshed backgrounds I made by visiting this post HERE (or click the image below).

Repurposing with Alcohol Inks

Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting with me; stay tuned for some new tutorials I have coming up here on my blog later this week!!

Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink SHELL PINK…
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink SALMON Ranger…
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink PEACH BELLINI…
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink DANDELION…
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink FLAMINGO…
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink CORAL Ranger…
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink TURQUOISE…
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink CITRUS…
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink AMETHYST…
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink SAIL BOAT BLUE…
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Tim Holtz Ranger ALCOHOL BLENDING…
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C&T Publishing Quilter’s FREEZER…
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Tim Holtz WHITE ALCOHOL INK YUPO…
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink MINI APPLICATOR…
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RESERVE Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink MINI…
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2 Comments

  1. Teresa Doyle March 18, 2018 at 8:28 am - Reply

    This was such a great idea Nina. The cups are so pretty and they would look awesome on the kitchen windowsill with herbs planted in them too, don’t you think?

  2. Megan S March 18, 2018 at 1:54 am - Reply

    I made these as gifts for friends this week and they were a huge hit. Thank you so much for always inspiring us with your talent and creativity.

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