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. Hi Jennifer,
    What a great teaching video – THANK YOU! You have done some pretty amazing things with alcohol inks and I LOVE them all!
    My favorite items would have to be the new Stained Glass Alphabet stamps, the Yupo paper, and the Silver Foil Crystals. I couldn’t pick just one!
    PICK ME!
    Thanks, Cheryl

  2. I was just looking at my alcohol inks the other day and thinking that I should pull them out and play. Thank you for the inspiration! I love the Fa la la stamp set (and die).

  3. I love the O holy night set. That can be used many ways. I can see distress ink, alcohol ink or watercolor backgrounds, die cut on colored or watecolor or glitter paper…the ideas are endless.

  4. Such vibrant, show-stopping cards! Thanks for sharing this technique – would love to try it!

    Lots of pretty dies in the release, but I actually think my favorite is the frosted sequins.

  5. Absolutely LOVE the SSS Stained Glass Stamp set in this release. Many wonderful products to choose from!

  6. Wonderful cards! I love the Courture Creations Glitter Paper. I use a lot of glitter paper and the colors are really great. Thanks for another fantastic video.

  7. There are so many great items to choose from but my favorite are the SSS Holy Stars Dies. I love how vibrant the alcohol ink backgrounds are. Gorgeous!

  8. These are gorgeous! I have several bottles of alcohol ink that I got on a clearance table years ago. I hope they are still good! I’m inspired! I want to play with them! Thank you!

  9. Great cards!!! I especially like the one using the Bare Tree Oval Die. Adding the beautifully inked background and the sentiment about kindness makes it perfect card! That die and Kristina’s word stamps / dies are my favorite part of the new release.

  10. WOW so many gorgeous cards!!!! I really need to get my hands on some alcohol inks! My favourite is the centre cut stamp its awesome!!

  11. Shoot….that centre-cut kaleidoscope cling stamp is too awesome for words… :D. Your cards are stunning btw.

  12. S
    These cards are so, so beautiful and so very different. I must drag out my alcohol inks! They showcase the new Simon Says Stamps stamps and dies beautifully.

  13. I’ve never used alcohol inks, so when you set the paper aside to dry, I thought for sure there would be more to what you had to do, because there was no way that what I was seeing was the gorgeous, marbleized paper I saw on your cards. Silly me! I can’t believe how nicely those smooth out, and they really do have a marbleized feel that I love. Thanks for the introduction to something I’ve never seen before (I’m a baby crafter, so I missed when they were popular the first time around)!

  14. What a card making marathon! Hard to go past the beautiful colours in the alcohol inks. Oh no….another supply I need to buy.

  15. Stunning cards – love the colors, simple use of holiday sentiments and the kaleidoscope background stamp is ahh-mazing!

  16. Your cards are just beautiful Jennifer! My daughter & I are going to make some of these for Christmas. I dug out my alcohol inks & was pleasantly surprised with my color choices! If I had to pick a favorite it would be FaLaLa & Rejoice.
    Thanks Jennifer!!!
    Marcia m

  17. Beautiful cards! I’ve never bought alcohol inks, but I sure would like to give it a try.
    I think the star die is my favorite, but really, they’re all great!

  18. What a great technique with such a beautiful result! These backgrounds are really stunning and the cards are so inspiring!

  19. Great backgrounds! They are the perfect backdrop for these amazing word dies and Holy stars. There are so many great products in this new release.

  20. I seriously love the release but when I say your use of alcohol inks i almost sucked in and swallowed my tongue. I believe I have seen colors today I’ve ever seen before.

  21. I love all the cards you did . Now I need to get my alcohol inks out and try some of these technique . I like the Center cut stamp.

  22. Okay, your cards are so amazing! I am in love and lust with each and everyone! They are all so me and I can’t believe I’ve never done this technique before but I think I know why. I don’t think I have any alcohol ink! I am going to have to check all of my inks and see if I have any. If I don’t, guess what I will be buying because I want to do this technique? I’ll give you 3 guesses and the first 2 don’t count. I see a lot of yellow too which as you know is my favorite color. I have to check your video to see how you did this so when I get my alcohol inks if I don’t have any, I can do your technique. I so want to do this!
    Thanks for showing us you’re amazing cards and for giving us the chance to win something. When I win, I am buying some alcohol inks among other things so I can do this.

    1. You asked what we loved from SSS. Let’s see, the Stained Glass Words, the Christmas light bulbs, the stencils, the FaLaLa, the snowman, the Santa, I love everything!

  23. Each one is a work of art! I love how every background is so unique and that even if you used the same colors it would turn out different each and every time. The AMAZING word dies are the perfect complement to these gorgeous and so beautifully vibrant cards.

  24. Wonderful ideas for relatively easy, colourful and interesting backgrounds to make. Really like that Center Cut design stamp and the great word dies.

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