Easy Alcohol Ink Backgrounds + Blog Hop + Giveaways

Hello! Today I share fast and easy ways to create bold backgrounds with alcohol ink. This technique is fascinating! I also am part of a blog hop celebrating a great new product release.

[All supplies are linked both in the text and thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I remember using alcohol ink mannnnny years ago when I first started stamping. I would use it to make coasters! Well I have been getting a lot of requests to do a video on them since they are popular in the art world right now. These techniques are easy and addictive. AND there are many more things you can do with them. (But we will have to save those for another video!)

I made a TON of examples in my videos. But the background techniques are pretty much the same on all. Be sure to watch the video to see how! I used Ranger Yupo Paper for all of my examples, along with Ranger Alcohol Inks. I also used a bit of Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution and normal rubbing alcohol.

(Please be safe when using these products. Visit the company’s websites for more info.)

Let’s look at the examples:

I am simply in love with the new Simon Says Stamp Rejoice and Holy Stars Dies. They are beautiful! I cut the star from Courture Creations 12×12 Glitter Paper and added Studio Katia Silver Foil Crystal accents.

The shimmer vellum I used on all my cards is from the Grafix Vellum Assortment Pad. And I backed all my white cardstock with Couture Creations Double Sided Adhesive before die cutting. I am really liking this adhesive!

These next cards are similar, but use the Simon Says Stamp O Holy Night Die. Those bold backgrounds go nicely with these die cuts.

Sometimes simple is best! Here, I die cut the Simon Says Stamp Wise Men Still Seek Him Die from white Courture Creations 12×12 Glitter Paper and added the words onto vellum… and then the card.

This next card features the Simon Says Stamp Bare Tree Oval Die and SSS / Gina K We Can Do This Stamp Set. 100% of the SALES of the We Can Do This Stamp Sets go to hurricane relief. AMAZING. (More on that stamp set in a few days!)

The new Simon Says Stamp Stained Glass Stamp Set is very detailed, so I decided to keep the rest of these next two cards simple…

Check out that bold background. Wow. Effortless to make, too!

I am also crazy about the new Simon Says Stamp Fa La La Stamp Set and Die Set. I like how it fills a card nicely.

This next card is smaller – 3.5″x 5.5″ – and has the fa la la die cut hanging off the edge. It will still fit in a normal envelope nicely…

What is the saying? “Go bold or go home?” I guess you could say that about some of these backgrounds!

You can also heat emboss on alcohol ink backgrounds, but be careful not use too much heat. The new Simon Says Stamp Center Cut Background Stamp was something I begged Kristina Werner to design. You can take the center out of it! So cool – she nailed it!

This simple and sweet sentiment is from the new Simon Says Stamp Merry and Bright Stamp Set.

And last but not least, the rainbow background that I decided to leave as is. Swoon!

By the way, I am sure folks will ask which alcohol inks are my favorite. Really, it depends on the colors you are drawn to. But here are the ones I used a lot in the video. Keep in mind these are mostly bold colors:


Today I am playing along in the Simon Says Stamp Making Spirits Bright Blog Hop. Everyone in the hop is focusing on the newest release (a GREAT one), which you can see HERE.

The next person on the hop is the lovely Laura Bassen! (You can also start at the beginning of the hop at the SSS blog.)


How would you like to win a $25 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 10/16/17 telling me your favorite product from this release. You can see them all HERE. (To leave a comment, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on the SSS blog.)


Want to find the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk or SSS-branded. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.)


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659 thoughts on “Easy Alcohol Ink Backgrounds + Blog Hop + Giveaways”

  1. SSS Center Cut Stamp the versatility makes it a go to stamp, love it! I can see many uses for this love that I can pop out the center and put what I like in there!

  2. love it! now I need some yupo paper! those backgrounds look like those huge cut stones that are used for decoration!

  3. Wowsa! I really love these backgrounds. I have not tackled alcohol inks yet. Somehow you always find something to try that is totally new to me! These made some beautiful holiday cards with alternative colors. Love the added shimmer!

  4. Oh my goodness!!! Your cards are simply AMAZING!!!
    My fav from this release is Christmas Star Stencil!!!

  5. All of your backgrounds are fabulous!
    I really have a hard time choosing only one favorite from this
    release as it really is spectacular! I do love the Stained Glass
    sentiment set; it would be so much fun to color in (and being
    someone who doesn’t color much, even I could color them. lol).

  6. I am so glad you did a video with alcohol inks. These turned out beautiful!!! My favorite right off the bat in the new release would be the center cut circle stencil.

  7. Beautiful cards! Beautiful backgrounds! I haven’t played with my alcohol inks in forever, but I’m going to dig them out for some weekend fun 🙂

  8. Wonderful cards! I love the technique! I have only used the smooching technique with the ranger tool, so it’s great seeing different ways to play with the inks. Thanks for sharing! So many great products in this release, but I think the holly oval frame is my favourite.

  9. Like you I love alcohol Inks. Thanks for the inspiration. I love the falala stamp set. I was thrilled when it showed up in my “Crafters for a Cause” box. I have to get the dies now. Absolutely gorgeous cards.

  10. The Stained Glass stamps and dies are my favourite from this release and it really is a great release. I’ve never tried alcohol ink but I definitely want to give them a go now.

  11. Wow, these are absolutely gorgeous backgrounds you’ve made for your cards!! I love the bright bold colours. They’re just so fun!! Thanks for all the helpful tips!! I usually have a hard time deciding on a favourite as there are so many awesome products but this time, even though I would love just about everything in the release my favourites are the bold sentiment dies!! Rejòice, O Holy Night, and Wìsemen still seek Him are just beautiful and Falala is just fun. Love them!!

  12. Gorgeous cards with a fun technique! The Holy Star die is great, but the Storybook Dies are my favorite because they are just so cute.

  13. Yes this technique is very addictive ..somuch fun I especially love the Rejoice with Stars and Wise Men Still Seek Him. The inks move even more on glossy card stock, but the results are great either way.
    Wish I had all those dies!
    Have a blessed day!

  14. I can envision a lot of cards using the bare tree oval die! I love playing with anything that involves alcohol! ha! 😉

  15. I am a decorative painter & used to following a pattern & directions. I am trying to think outside the box. The alcohol ink technique will certainly open that door for me. I love watching your tutorials.

  16. I can’t get over how beautiful these vivid, bold backgrounds are! SO gorgeous! My favorite are the Picture Book Santa and Deer–so cute! Thanks for some AMAZING inspiration today!
    Take Care!

  17. WOW! Awesome as always. Love watching you and getting inspired. My favorite is… EVERYTHING!! SSS always has the best releases. But the Deer-So Cute is just that!

  18. Stunning stunning stunning! I have some Alcohol Inks from back in the day too – definitely time to get them out and play!

  19. The small spider webs are actually my favorite from this release. So cute and tiny.
    I love these alcohol ink backgrounds, they’re gorgeous. Also the falala die is brilliant.

  20. Such gorgeous backgrounds you created. It makes me want to go play with my limited selection of alcohol inks. As for my favorite item in the new release? That is a hard choice, there are so many wonderful products in there. I think the frozen fractal stencil set might be my favorite.

  21. I adore this background technique and can’t wait to give it a try with my alcohol ink colors. I love the Wise Men Still Seek Him and the Bare Tree Oval dies. Those 2 were my ultimate faves. TFS!

  22. my favorite I think is the center cut background die. What a great concept.
    these backgrounds are beautiful!

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