Yupo Winter Scene

by Ana Reese

Use alcohol inks to create this winter scene.


  • Yupo® synthetic paper
  • Alcohol inks (Pool and Turquoise alcohol inks by Ranger used here)
  • Rubbing alcohol, Ranger Alcohol Ink Blending Solution
  • Wide paint brush
  • Alcohol Lift Ink Reinker by Ranger
  • Mixatives (Gunmetal, Silver, and Snow Cap Mixatives by Ranger used here)
  • Alcohol-compatible ink (Gina K Amalgam Ink used here)
  • Stamps (Altenew Holiday Wishes and Inkadinkado Trees used here)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (used here: Ranger Glossy Accents, foam tape, translucent sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Neenah 110# Solar White Cover)


  1. Step 1

    Trim Yupo paper to card size. Brush rubbing alcohol over the entire area of the Yupo paper.

  2. Step 2

    Drop a few drops of alcohol ink and mixatives onto the panel (Pool and Turquoise inks and Silver and Snow Cap mixatives used here).

  3. Blend the inks on the paper using a brush soaked in rubbing alcohol.

  4. Step 3

    Repeat step #2 several times until you are happy with the layers and colors. In between layers make sure to pick paper up and allow the wet ink to run from side to side on paper to create different patterns.

    Finish this step by adding a last layer of just Snow Cap mixative to enhance the look of falling snow on your background.

  5. Step 4

    Set panel aside for about 15 minutes, if still wet you can use your heat tool, but be careful not to overheat it since Yupo paper can start to warp or melt. If after applying heat some areas still feel sticky, either set the panel aside for additional time, or use your finger tips to pat the areas and remove any excess moisture. You need to have a dry background before proceeding to the next step.

  6. Step 5

    Add a few drops of the Alcohol Ink Lift reinker on to your mat, and use a stamp to rub on the ink and stamp on to the background. (Two different tree stamps used here.) The goal of this step is to create shadows for the images we will stamp in the next step.

  7. Once you stamp, grab a couple pieces of paper towel and blot any excess ink on paper. Then gently rub off any remaining Alcohol Lift Ink. This will expose a beautiful shadow of the image you stamped. Clean both stamps using ink cleaner to remove the Lift Ink.

  8. Step 6

    Use an alcohol-friendly ink to stamp again over the shadow you just created. Make sure to position slightly offset to the side to reveal the shadow in the background.

  9. TIP:
    When stamping on slick surfaces such as Yupo paper, make sure to press stamp directly down and lift straight up; do not rock the block since this may cause the image to move.

  10. Step 7

    Heat set the inked images to ensure they are completely dried.

  11. Step 8

    Mix Snow Cap mixative with Alcohol ink Blending Solution.

  12. Pick up with a brush to sprinkle over the entire image to create finer small snowflakes. Gently heat set.

  13. Step 9

    Drop some Gunmetal mixative on a craft mat, and use an alcohol-soaked brush to pick up and apply it right below the stamped scene to ground it to the card. You only need a small amount of ink for this step. Gently heat set.

  14. Step 10

    Prepare a sentiment and other embellishments for the card.

  15. Step 11

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Yupo Winter Scene. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

What does it mean to be an alcohol-friendly ink? I’d like to know if I already have such an ink so I can try this lovely technique. Thanks!
Artful1  |  Wed Dec 5, 2018 at 5:54 AM
Gorgeous card! Thanks for the tutorial.
Valerie  |  Wed Dec 5, 2018 at 5:58 AM
Artful1, here's an ink comparison blog that might help with your question. http://kathleendriggers.com/kats-favorite-ink-pads-2018/
Valerie Peterson  |  Wed Dec 5, 2018 at 6:08 AM
Thank you Valerie! That was very helpful.
Artful1  |  Wed Dec 5, 2018 at 7:08 AM
Hello Artful1, alcohol ink friendly is one that will not run when using alongside alcohol ink (for example what you would use to color with copies which are alcohol ink markers) I found this link where it shows you how to test to see if your ink is alcohol ink friendly https://www.scrapbook.com/articles/choosing-stamp-inks-to-use-with-copic-markers
Ana Reese  |  Wed Dec 5, 2018 at 7:32 AM
Thank you Valerie!
Ana Reese  |  Wed Dec 5, 2018 at 7:33 AM
What a beautiful card, Ana! I've not tried yupo yet but this makes me want to. I like to "control" you have over the alcohol ink - especially for that iced lake look.
Thank you for the excellent tutorial!

And I love your nails!
Billie Dee  |  Wed Dec 5, 2018 at 8:03 AM
Thank you so much Billie Dee!
Ana Reese  |  Wed Dec 5, 2018 at 10:25 AM
Beautiful card! Great tutorial - everything was explained so well. I'll be giving it a try.
Susan Bridgman  |  Wed Dec 5, 2018 at 11:37 AM
Thank you Susan! Share your project with us when completed smile
Ana Reese  |  Wed Dec 5, 2018 at 3:19 PM
Love it! I bought Yupo, but haven't used it. I think I needed this last bit of inspiration to get me going! Thank you!
Suzi Metcalfe  |  Wed Dec 5, 2018 at 5:47 PM
thanks Suzi! do it! it is so much fun working with it and alcohol inks!
Ana Reese  |  Wed Dec 5, 2018 at 10:45 PM
Honestly, so so gorgeous!!! You make it look so easy!!
Ree Donnelly  |  Thu Dec 6, 2018 at 12:10 AM
You are a rockstar Ana! Love your work😊😊😊
CraftyShannonigans  |  Thu Dec 6, 2018 at 12:12 AM
Thank you Ree! so very nice of you!
Ana Reese  |  Fri Dec 7, 2018 at 12:09 AM
Thank you CraftyShannonigans! very kind of you to say!
Ana Reese  |  Fri Dec 7, 2018 at 12:10 AM
Is there a substitute for alcohol lift ink?
muscrat  |  Fri Dec 7, 2018 at 12:25 AM
Hi Muscrat, I believe you can do this with Archival Ink, it will just stain the project with whatever color the archival ink is.. I am thinking maybe you can also try to stamp with rubbing alcohol since it would remove some of the ink (but it is not the best for your stamps since it will dry them and can possibly ruin them) I know Tim Holtz has done videos in the past doing the ghosting technique with archival inks, search on youtube smile
Ana Reese  |  Fri Dec 7, 2018 at 10:39 AM
Wow, I learned so much from watching your video. You went over so many cool things I've never seen done before. Thank you so much!
mfb  |  Sun Dec 9, 2018 at 6:56 PM
Love your results! I'll look forward to playing with this after the holiday rush has passed!
Bev Gerard  |  Mon Dec 10, 2018 at 7:37 PM

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