100 thoughts on “Alcohol Ink & Glitter Ornaments

  • A couple things:
    – These techniques should work on plastic ornaments. I haven't made these in few years and I can't remember doing them on plastic. But plastic ornaments are more popular now. Not sure you could heat emboss on them though. But you could try!
    – As for glitter – I don't really know if it is safe or not or what – but last time I did a glitter video people complained that it was bad for the environment. I read bit about it all and personally decided not to freak out about it, and to just use what I already bought. Everyone can do what they want. I LOVE glitter. Not badmouthing it. Just mentioned it because I felt I should. 🙂 I am just doing my best, like everyone is. 🙂 Happy crafting!

  • Beautiful… I created alcohol ink ornaments for the first time last year but didn't think to add more to them since they were so pretty but I love the creative ways you combined various items. thanks for sharing yet another great idea! Have a wonderful day!!! 🙂

  • I have so many plastic ornaments left over from a different project. Can you heat emboss on a plastic ornament or does it have to be glass?

  • I remember years ago watching Tim Holtz do alcohol inks on the inside and after dry, coat the inside with black paint to make the colors pop. Great video tfs

  • Hi Jennifer, I was wondering if you could do a video on acrylic pour techniques and how we might use them on card designs. Acrylic pour is a huge artsy trend going on right now and the effects are mesmerizing to watch and they’re addicting to make! I found a video using hero arts metallic inks so you can see what I’m talking about https://youtu.be/jBJ8z9g6Il8. By the way, love the ornaments and plan on making a few this year!

  • These are beautiful!!! It’s fun watching you make other diy’s besides the regular paper crafts, you’re really good at it!! TFS!! I’ve tried the crayon technique with melting crayons inside, it’s fun too!

  • You are so inspiring! I love how you talk about doing crafts with your family and how so many of your projects focus on letting people know they are loved. Please keep sharing your wonderful love and joy.

  • Can you die-cut the vinyl that is used in the cri-cut machines? Just popped in my head to wonder as you were heat embossing and mentioned it. These are lovely. The fun thing is that it would be hard to make one ugly, even if you tried! Thanks for this perfect breakfast/coffee video!

  • Gorgeous and such fun. I made something like these using the floor wax, many years ago. I think it’s time to resurrect this project. Thanks for sharing.

  • I LOVE MAKING ORNAMENTS. I'VE TRIED DIFFERENT WAYS BUT THE MARBLED LOOK ON THE OUTSIDE IS DEFINITELY MY FAVORITE. I LEARNED VERY QUICKLY THAT GLASS ORNAMENTS ARE BEST IN MOST TECHNIQUES. I'VE USED PLASTIC BUT FOUND GLASS IS USUALLY MORE SUCCESSFUL. JUST MY OPINION. HUGS TO LILA! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE. WOULDN'T IT BE NICE IF WE COULD ALL BE HAPPY AND LOVE EACH OTHER. IN THE LAST 3 YEARS I'VE BEEN THROUGH ENOUGH HEARTACHE TO BE ANGRY AT EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING. BUT I CANNOT LIVE MY LIFE THAT WAY. I LOVE EVERYONE BUT HAVE QUICKLY LEARNED THAT I AM IN THE MINORITY. WHEN I LOST MY GRANDCHILD, I THOUGHT MY LIFE WAS OVER. I STILL GRIEVE AND SHED TEARS EVERYDAY, BUT I HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT WITH ENOUGH LOVE IN OUR HEARTS WE WILL LIVE ON. IT'S TAKEN ME 3 YEARS AND I STILL HAVE TO PUT FORTH EFFORT EVERYDAY, BUT I WILL DO MY BEST SO WHEN I GET TO BE WITH MY GRANDSON I WILL HAVE NO REGRETS.

  • I have never tried this before,  but I have purchased the bulk of your supplies and plan on giving this a try.  Do you have any advice on getting started?  Appreciate all of your ideas and tips.  Sheila

  • These are awesome! I am going to dig out my bulbs I have stashed away from a previous project. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • These are all gorgeous, I have been doing some of these gorgeous baubles too,,,. Just a little tip , you can get hard plastic baubles which I have brought, if any of your crafty friends have these warn them that , don’t leave the heat gun on it for to long as it will melt , as this happened to a friend of mine , we all had a good giggle as her bauble was deformed, but she said it was unique lol,,,,,😆😆🌲☃️🎄

  • I've scrolled through comments and replies but didn't see this addressed: how long does it take the alcohol ink to dry? Wondering if you have to put back on a cup while they dry.

  • What a great idea!!! They all are beautiful. I just tried die cutting with sticky back vinyl and it works beautifully! No circuit machine…no problem….use your dies!!

  • I'm glad that you mentioned glitter being bad for the environment. I am concerned about how many art supplies are made out of plastic and other products that harm the environment but I never hear any crafters or artists talking about it. Thanks!

  • I used Krylon Crystal Clear acrylic coating and the alcohol ink ran off my glass ornaments ruining them. After a few tears and some google searches I found that the acetone in the coating activated the alcohol ink. I read that you should set the alcohol inks with varnish first. Anyone else out there with comments or suggestions? Thanks so much.

  • These are so amazing and your descriptions of how to are so thorough. You are the best and thanks as always for sharing your creativity and talent with all of us!

  • Oh my gosh, these are lovely!! I really love the combo of the alcohol inks and glitter. I can't even get started on the environment thing. I agree that we all have to do our best. Most environment issues are economy-of-scale industry related and way past being solvable on a personal choice level but we, of course, need to take personal responsibility and make the best choices we can. I'm glad you care. 😉

  • A medicine syringe from the drug store (the kind for kids) would be great for the glitter bauble. What? Glitter isn’t good for the environment? I better go rescue the invironment and buy up as much glitter as I can so it can be used on something that doesn’t get thrown away…like Christmas baubles!!!!!

  • This is a great tutorial.  You get right to the point and move quickly through the time but not too quick to learn.  Thank you for sharing.

  • Another honest and wonderful video. Cars are bad for the environment but we dont live without those. And yes it is about people making their own choices. Thanks for your ingenious ideas and thanks for sharing.

  • Love these! Every year I help my son make each of the grandparents ornaments for Christmas, we attach them to their gifts. It’s been great seeing his love of arts & crafts evolve over the last 13 yrs and have the visual in the ornaments. Of course the grandparents love them too. We started doing it on his first Christmas. (Of course then it was a handprint on the ornaments that I helped him do. Lol)

    These techniques work on plastic as well, all but the heat embossing BUT you can use glitter pens or stickers/stencils instead.

    Happy crafting!

  • Thank you so much for sharing this video. I have been wanting to try the glitter ornaments for years. And how ingenious to use stamps and heat embossing. Again, thank you for sharing this.

  • Thank you for the tuition I think I will try and fine some glass ornaments to try this for next year. Thank you again.

  • Thank you so much for the great video, I have been making ornaments with the glitter on the inside but the alcohol inks is a great idea I am definitely going to try.

  • What a great tutorial! I have some clear ornaments and glitter and alcohol inks. I will give this a try. I was looking for tutorials on how to use alcohol inks for cards and Christmas tags when I came across this.

  • In the video, you mention that you will provide a link to critters made from glitter ornaments. I'm not seeing it. Did I miss it?

  • Where did you hear about glitter not being good for environment and I was always told only use minwax no floor polish. Also just use extra fine glitter and no chunky.
    The lady that told me is a professional crafter

  • +Jennifer McGuire Ink ….these are just SO beautiful!!! Every time I watch one of your videos…I learn SO MUCH!! Thank you for sharing your creative gift with the world!!! Merry Christmas to you and your family…and all the very best to you in 2019!!! ☺

  • I really like the way the white acrylic paint appears inside the ornament. I think it would be interesting to attempt some form of 'acrylic pour' inside an ornament… would look marbled and gorgeous. I may try it. I love these videos because although I rarely do the thing being explained in the tutorial, they give me all sorts of new ideas… oh, the pleasures of brain with ADD… lol

  • Jennifer, you inspire me to create, constantly. I can’t think of one single video I’ve ever watched of yours I did not thoroughly enjoy. These ornaments look fun, easy and do not seem to need the use of anything I do not already have lying around my craft room! It will also help me stop hoarding glitter! TFS! You are such an inspiration, both as a crafter and certainly as a lovely person and devoted wife and mother. Thank you for all you do and share! 😇❄️🎄 Ali K. (I also thank your commenters, as I have read a lot of additional crafty tips and options)

  • Wow! These are just stunning! I can do this… 🙂 I haven't heard of alcohol ink. so this is wonderful to find. And all the newer forms of glitter made now too. Thanks for showing me a new way to do some really professional grade "art" Jennifer! ❤️️❤️️❤️️

  • Hi, I am so glad I found your channel. These Christmas Balls are beautiful! Many years ago I was into stamping and embossing cards and notes, I enjoyed it very much! I think I will try it on the Orniments for next year. Do you know of the best way to ad a photo to the Christmas Balls? Have Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!🎄

  • Love these Jennifer, Can I use Kamar on the plastic ornaments with alcohol ink? Or should I use something else? Thank you 🙂

  • I watched the video first then read your comments regarding using the acrylic or plastic ornaments. I love glitter too, it is still being used for many types of projects. I’m glad I found your video, I have a stash of supplies I want to create with. Thank you for your ideas and easy instructional video! I also subscribed to your channel for other ideas you might share!

  • Thank you for sharing these techniques in your video. Lovely results. A few months ago, I used triple clear varnish on a dozen projects that I had alcohol inked. They ALL bled. uh… now I can laugh, but at the time, as I was watching the alcohol ink bleed on those 12 projects… uh.. wasn't laughing at the time!! I then learned that alcohol inks need to be sealed with Krylon Kamar Varnish first. It is available at Walmart in the crafts section. Then you can spray the triple clear if you want a thicker, glossier finish.

  • I know this has nothing to do with your video, but could you tell me the nail polish you are wearing in this video? It is so pretty.

  • When I paint my ornaments inside and drain them, I get small transparent openings from the paint dripping over night. Do you find you have to go back and put a second coat or touch up with a brush? Im not using liquid acrylic. I use acrylic from a tube and add water to create a liquid. Could this be the problem?

  • Beautiful work. Thank you for taking the time to teach. Happy New Year from East Texas. What state do you live in. I love finding others location.

  • Hi Jennifer. I was just wondering when using the heat embossing: if you find (when you add embossing powder) that you haven't stamped it well enough and its patchy, is there an easy way to clean it off so you can start again? x

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