Vendor Spotlight: Jacquard Pinata Color Alcohol Inks

Reported by Dana Vitek

I’m no stranger to alcohol inks, and have more than my fair share in my stash. So when the opportunity came up to test out these Piñata Alcohol Inks by Jacquard, I jumped at the chance.

I received the Piñata Exciter Pack. Somebody sure named that right… I was very excited! I started right in on some glass ornaments:

Dripped ink on the inside:

Two colors of ink, swirled around:

I had some Jacquard Lumiere (a sparkly paint) in my stash, so I thinned that out with some rubbing alcohol, and added it to the mix:

Spray glue + glitter:

Here they are on my tree:

I love how true the colors of the Piñata inks are. The red is a true red, the blue a true blue. It can be difficult to find alcohol inks with such vibrant hues. Not anymore!

Next up, I pulled out a bunch of metal ornaments that I picked up 90% off last year. They’re okayish as they are, but I knew they could be better.


I added blue, green, brown, and the blanco (white) ink to this flannel pad, with a couple of drops of the Claro Extender:

And pounced it all over the ornament:

Here’s a pad with red, yellow, orange and white Piñata Inks:

And those ornaments:

Group shot!

Aaaaand, on the tree:

You can used cotton balls or pads, but they can leave fibers in your ink (like what happened to Susan), so I find a layer of flannel works best. And you can definitely make your own pouncer tool by sticking some Velcro onto a wood block. But you don’t even need to. Inky fingers never hurt anybody!

And, you don’t even need to have an ornament blank to start with.

Crumpled aluminum foil (this is a large sheet, folded into eight layers):

Pounce on some blue and white + extender:

Use a sanding block to take the ink off the high spots and reveal the texture:

I used my Big Shot and a Sizzix nested star die:

but you could use anything, including a pair of scissors and a steady hand (although, if you do that you’ll need to glue the sheets of foil together; here the pressure from the Big Shot squishes them together).

6 inches of fishing line and 6 glue dots later, we’re in business:

It occurs to me that this might make people think I’m a Dallas Cowboy fan. I am not. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Unless you’re in Philly like I am.


  • Rich, vibrant, true hues
  • Easy-to-use nozzle top
  • The Exciter Pack is a great value, especially if you can use a 40% off coupon at a big box store.


  • I don’t really have any cons. They behaved exactly the way I wanted them too.

Jacquard’s Piñata Inks are a fabluous addition to my alcohol ink collection, and I will definitely be reaching for these often.

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12 Responses to Vendor Spotlight: Jacquard Pinata Color Alcohol Inks

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    Erika Martin - Stampin' Mama December 14, 2010 at 11:38 am #

    Love, love, love your projects! Can’t wait to try the inks!

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    Tamikko December 14, 2010 at 11:40 am #

    I love this idea. I need new ornaments really bad, my tree is very bare. Can’t afford it now, but as per your experience, I’m going to get some ink and glass balls after christmas. It’ll be fun to make and a great surprise for the kids when we take them out next year 🙂

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    Cindy December 14, 2010 at 11:42 am #

    WOW, Love the star and the metal ornaments. I am going to have to put this on my wish list this year.

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    Amy December 14, 2010 at 11:59 am #

    Wow, these are some seriously cool projects, and what’s more, they look pretty easy! I have resisted buying alcohol inks since I have so much stuff already, but I think I’m going to give these a try. I like other Jacquard products.

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    Linda December 14, 2010 at 11:59 am #

    What stunning ornaments!!! I would love to give these a try on the glass balls. Thank you for the review.ab

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    IamSusie December 14, 2010 at 11:59 am #

    Terrific, Dana! I have these inks too, but I wasn’t sure how to use them..

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    Vic December 14, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    All of your ornaments are great. I love alcohol inks.

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    Tona December 14, 2010 at 4:32 pm #

    The colors are gorgeous!
    I love the ornaments that you made.

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    Heidi Bound December 14, 2010 at 6:30 pm #

    The ornaments are so beautiful and fun! These inks are one more thing to add to my stash! Thank you for sharing.

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    Anonymous December 14, 2010 at 8:21 pm #

    You did a fantastic job–esp. with those 90% off ornaments. You made them look great!

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    Heather the MooseLover December 15, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    Great projects! Very upscale- and I love that you bought the original ornaments on clearance and did extreme make-overs on them.

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    cgl1539 December 15, 2010 at 10:48 pm #

    I am totally in love with this product, definitely just went on the wish list!