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. I have never used alcohol inks but I really need to get some.. I loooove the looks of your cards. Thank you very much for sharing and inspiring…. 🙂 No way I can pick a favorite….. I love the word dies very very much 🙂

  2. I absolutely love the backgrounds you’ve created! I’m going to have to give alcohol inks a try. My favorite of your cards are the Rejoice ones with the holy stars!

  3. So cool! When do you know when to stop!? The second example reminded me of the Very Hungry Caterpillar when you first started 🙂

  4. O.M.G. These backgrounds are awesome….Cards are lovely but my favourite is the Pink & purple coloured one with the Love on it……Thankyou so much …..

  5. Oh my–these are absolutely stunning! You have thoroughly inspired me to expand my crafty stash to include alcohol inks. I’m fairly new to stamping and always see these inks, but they were never really on my radar…until now.

  6. Beautiful backgrounds! And I love the cards you made with them. Thanks for sharing this technique.
    I like the bare tree oval die, I can see lots of ways to use it.

  7. Hy! Thank you for this great video! I also have lots of alkoholinks at home and now i knew what to make with it! THX 🙂 Of course my `love` Produkt is : SSS Center Cut Stamp . This stamp is amazing! I love it! Thank you and Christina for this genius idea! Best wishes!

  8. These backgrounds are so pretty. I love the alchohol ink work on that yupo… especially the designs you get with the use of a straw. Christuna’s collection is awesome I think I need that Rejoice set 🙂

    Bark tree oval die is on my list for sure… such an elegante looking card you created with it… love it! And yes, I can see why you saved the rainbow… so very pretty 🙂

  9. Hard to pick one favourite … O Holy Night and wise men still seek Him are close -but I think rejoice will win because of its versatility… rejoice indeed!

  10. These are absolutely gorgeous Jennifer! I just LOVE those bold colours, I am gonna need some more inks! My favourite product is the set of four stencils and I also love thr Gina K stamp set ♥️. Thank you for the great tutorial, I am struggling to,get the effects that I want with the inks, and this is really helpful. Lisa x

  11. LOVELY!!!!!!!! I really like the Star Dies, O Holy Night, Rejoice, and FaLaLa. the best, but I really like everything. Thanks for more ideas.

  12. What an amazing array of colors and beautiful cards!
    Thanks you, Jennifer, you make me want to drop all the everyday ballast and run for my studio (and dig out the ooold alcohol inks again, i wonder if they go bad or just evaporate ? Hm…)
    My favorites are both the holy star dies and the center cut out background stamp.

  13. Jennifer I love these cards you made so much! there are no words to say how gorgeous they all are! Awesome video and techniques thank you for sharing with us! I think the Background Stamp (SSS Center Cut Stamp) is AMAZING, it’s really innovative and unique! love it so much!!!

  14. Wow, those backgrounds and cards are just great !! I should ‘play’ again with my alcohol inks. Thank you for the inspiration and the clear video.
    The stained glass stamps are my favourites in this realease.

  15. I love the review of alcohol inks! And I have never heard of Yupo paper before, so the video was a really good lesson for me, as they all are! My favorite item from this release is the “Rejoice” die; there is something so appealing about this! Thanks also for sharing your favorite colors of alcohol inks to work with; I will have to check my stash as its been quite a while since I’ve worked with them. Thanks so much for another great lesson! Wonderful cards, too!

  16. Waiting for my tree oval to come! Can’t wait to use it 🙂 Love your backgrounds and the Falala & rejoice dies!

  17. the Center Cut Stamp looks great, so versatile!
    it’s been a while since I want to try alcohol inks. I love those bold backgrounds. I will try them soon, I feel inspired😊

  18. Wow, thank you for sharing all of those beautiful backgrounds (both bold and soft) you’ve created! I really like the frozen fractal stencils but the center cut background stamp looks pretty cool too.

  19. gorgeous vibrant backgrounds!! They pair so well with the elegant simplicity of the images and sentiments. I am loving the bare tree oval die especially.

  20. Without a doubt, my favorite from this release is the O Holy Night set. It’s my all-time favorite Christmas carol (hymn?), so the set is the same.

    I just watched this before getting ready for work … I’ve lost my creative mojo, but seeing your alcohol ink creations makes me want to stay home. I do know what I’ll be doing this weekend.

    Thank you, Jennifer, for this inspiring video.

  21. I am so in love with these cards! I wold love to have Simon Says Cling Rubber Stamp CENTER CUT KALEIDOSCOPE Background or Simon Says Stamp BARE TREE OVAL COLLAGE Wafer Dies S500 Spooky.

  22. Alcohol inks!! YES!! This takes me way back to your Thinking Inking videos when I purchased almost every colour available but have let them sit for years! I’m so happy to see them make a comeback, but never thought to use a straw to move the colours around! Brilliant! And this new SSS release makes me just as happy too. Favourite item is definitely the large background stamp with the cutout centre, which I’m off to add to my cart! Great video as always Jennifer!

  23. Jennifer!!!!!! Love these cards!!!! I have been playing with alcohol inks for over a year now, but only on tile…. Time to get some Yupo paper! Your gorgeous backgrounds are perfect with the sentiments you chose! Great job girl!!! Thank you so much for your videos…. You are so talented….. Thank you for sharing pieces of yourself with us…

  24. That does look like a lot of fun, I’ve never thought to put alcohol ink directly on a surface – thanks for sharing!

  25. Your cards are beautiful. Love the colors you selected and how bright the backgrounds turned out. There are a few items in the release that caught my eye, but I think the star dies are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  26. I love them all! Such beautiful colors and cards. I really love the “Wise men still seek him” die, the “holy star” die and that great one with the center cut out!! I have to get some Yupo paper and give this a try.

  27. After seeing this video I will be breaking out my alcohol inks for my backgrounds on my christmas cards. The new dies are awesome. I especially am drawn to the ones that reflect my faith . Thanks for sharing your creativity.

  28. Wow these cards are beautiful. The colors are vibrant and will make anyone happy to receive one. I like the rejoice dies (if I have to pick one). Have a great day.

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