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. Oh I do love playing with alcohol inks, so many fun techniques. Thanks for a fabulous video showing us such fun stuff. I think that Stained Glass Greetings is my favorite from this release, so many possibilities with it and it’s so elegant.

  2. I really love the Simon Says Stamp Bare Tree Oval Collage Wafer Die, S500SPOOKY. I want to make Halloween cards for my 3 grandsons and I believe this die could make a good background with maybe a house and a
    couple of cute ghosts that wouldn’t be too scary for my grandsons under the age of 5. Thanks Jeanne David

  3. Love the Fa La La stamps and dies the most! And thanks for sharing these alcohol ink techniques! These cards look gorgeous! Makes me want to go get some yupo paper right now!

  4. These are SO GORGEOUS!! Have to try this! Thanks for sharing all this beauty ❤
    I think My favorite would have to be the Center Cut background stamp – it’s just so clever! And beautiful 🙂 Hope they’ll make more of these, it gives so many possibilities!

  5. I love the holy stars dies! As you mentioned, this technique is quite old, and this reminded me of about 25 years ago when I was introduced to Dee Gruenig and inkabilities/Posh impressions/Rangers. And also this reminded me of shaving cream techniques. Long time ago, we made background, just like these, cuz we didn’t have beautiful designers papers, like now. I think we, the old timer stampers love to get “inky” a lot! Now, we have beautiful dies available to anyone, and just add those and ta-duh! Beautiful card gets made! Thanks Jennifer for reminding me of old days in stamping world. 🙂 In fact, I still have all those inks! I wonder they still work well…

  6. The backgrounds are stunning. I especially like the aqua one…. it reminded me of the waves softly brushing against the shore.

  7. What a stunning backgrounds, I never worked with alcohol ink and I going to give that absolutely a try.
    Especially when I see what a different kind of cardss you can make with it.
    Thanks for this great idea and inspiration!

  8. Oh boy, my 10 year old just saw this video and cannot wait to go get the supplies to do this! I think you had her at the straw blowing!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE these beautiful backgrounds, my faves are the rainbow one and the pink/red striped looking one! My fave products from this release are the Stained Glass & Give Thanks stamp sets!

  9. This technique is new to me! It’s fabulous and I can’t wait to try it. I have a few alcohol inks in my stash. I love how Jennifer kept the cards elegant with some great sentiments!

  10. Love the backgrounds – thank you for the video – been wanting to try Ranger alcohol inks — also love the Metallic Mixative — nice addition to an already beautiful background. Thank you for teaching this class!

  11. Gorgeous! I wish I had brighter colours of alcohol ink. My fave product is the Cling Rubber Stamp CENTER CUT KALEIDOSCOPE Background.

  12. Jennifer,
    Love all of your beautiful background, they look fun to make, I’m gonna have to try this technique out! I really like the SSS stained glass stamp set, love how the lettering looks. Thanks for another great video showing how to use alcohol inks for backgrounds. I think I might be able to do this one! 🙂 Creativity, Here I come! heehee
    ~Gin K.~

  13. Gorgeous cards! Honestly, I can’t pick a favourite from this release. I do really like the new stencils but everything is so awesome!

  14. WoW Jennifer! Your backgrounds are gorgeous! Thanks so much for doing this video! I have had alcohol inks sitting in a drawer for years and had no idea they could work like this. I used them to make fall leaves for my daughters wedding and never used them again! So excited to get them out and try your technique! I use them on photo paper that I don’t really need for photos anymore. Thank you Thank you Thank you!

  15. oh, those Holly Triptych wafer dies are surely my fave! Thanks for the refresh on using Alcohol inks Jennifer – I’ve already pulled out my stash to make a stack of backgrounds for the Caring Hearts Card Drive!

  16. Your cards are all gorgeous Jennifer and your video was fantastic, I really learned a lot about using alcohol inks!!! I have a lot of alcohol inks but I’ve never used them (I have been a bit intimated by them) but you have inspired me to get it out and give it a try, thank you! My favourite product from the new release is the Christmas Star Stencil, I love how detailed it is, so beautiful.

  17. Wow! I don’t have enough words to say how much I love all your stunning backgrounds and cards you made from them. And what a gorgeous stamp Kristina designed on your request, that is my favorite from this great release.
    Thanks for your time and effort.

  18. I love the Bare Tree Oval, Rejoice and Holy Star dies from this release. But I’d happily take one of everything! The cards you created are gorgeous. These will be great mass-produced as Christmas cards! Thanks for the ideas.

  19. I like the bare tree oval as it can be used for different seasons. I love the Holy Star dies, too. And the beautiful stained glass sentiments.

  20. These cards are just beautiful. The technique looks so simple and really quite fun. Guess I am going to have to try it. I believe I have a few inks, but will have to purchase a few more if I want the result you got. Thank you for another great way to make dazzling cards!

  21. I just love the stained glass words stamps. They’re so beautiful, versatile! Thank you for sharing your cards, you always have such great ideas!

  22. You gave me some new ideas to use with my alcohol inks. I think I love that background stamp the most!
    Thanks for a chance to win!

  23. Soooo beautiful! I love every one! Thanks so much for reminding me about alcohol inks. I have had some for years & will be getting them out to play with soon.

  24. Really wonderful. Plus an awesome video. Have never tried this, but I am going to now. Love the new release from SSS and thank you for asking Kristina to create that wonderful stamp.

  25. As usual I’m having trouble picking a favorite from this release but I finally narrowed it down to two dies – Rejoice and those beautiful stars. Thanks so much for demonstrating this alcohol technique! I bought alcohol inks way back when but never really knew how to use them. Now I will be getting them back out to play. I’m looking forward to more videos showing us how to use this product.

  26. I’ve never seen alcohol inks in use before so thanks for sharing your techniques. My favourite from this release is the stained glass font stamp.

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