Alcohol Ink Paper Craft

Fabric dye may be used like watercolours to create a beautiful card or envelope that will be appreciated by someone special on any occasion. This fun fabric dye craft is suitable for beginners; all the materials are probably already in your home.

Dyed Paper

Materials Needed:
Tintex Fabric Dye
Rubbing Alcohol

  • Tintex Fabric Dye of choice
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • White (or light coloured) paper cards, gift tags or scrapbook paper
  • Mixing container (glass, stainless steel, plastic etc.)
  • Measuring spoon & measuring cup
  • Plastic cover for work surface
  • Rubber gloves
  • Cotton swab or Q-Tip
  • Paper towels (optional)
  • Paint Brush (optional)
  • Hairdryer (optional)

Project Instructions:

  1. Protect work area with plastic and wear gloves to avoid staining hands.
  2. Mix 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol with 1 tablespoon of Tintex Fabric Dye. Create a custom shade by mixing different amounts of 2-3 colours together. Brighter or darker colours will use more dye; pastels will use less dye. Get creative and experiment with different intensities.
  3. After the powder is dissolved pour the solution into a small bowl
  4. Test ink on a scrap of paper towel. After you are satisfied with the colour use a Q-Tip cotton swab (or try a brush, sponge or gloved finger/thumb) to create designs on your paper.
  5. Lay paper flat and air-dry (or use a hair dryer on the cool setting to speed up the drying process).
  6. Clean up work area with soap and water or bleach if needed.
  7. After paper is dry, add a personal message to your mom.
  8. Tintex is not a food grade product; do not use the same dyeing container for cooking food or drinking water.

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