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Alcohol Ink Exploration

I have heard artists talk about using craft plastic with their alcohol ink. I received a package from Amazon in a white plastic bag and it made me wonder how it would work with alcohol ink. So I had to experiment. I am rather pleased with the results. 


  • plastic mailing bag
  • alcohol inks
  • rubbing alcohol
  • cosmetic sponge
  • paper tape
  • heat tool
  • scissors


I began by cutting a piece of the plastic mailing bag and taping it down to my work surface. 

mailing bag

cut piece taped down

alcohol inks used

I dropped ink onto the plastic sheet, building layers and removing any areas that were too think with ink using a cosmetic sponge.
I liked the result.

I remembered seeing someone selling fused plastic so I thought, "what if I apply heat?"
I used two layers on the plastic mailbag and a heat gun.
The results were a textured surface.

I applied alcohol inks in the same way as above.
Again, I liked the results.

I like the texture and added thickness from the fused plastic.

I wondered what I could use this for and decided to see if I could die cut the plastic.

Yeap, it worked really well. Here is an example of the plastic after I die cut it and applying it to a greeting card.

This was so fun I can't wait to explore more with the plastic mailbags and ink.

I think they could also be sewn with a machine so that would open up more applications and experimentation.

Another thought, instead of a heat gun, what if I used my Cricut EasyPress?

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