Alcohol Ink Marbling

Hello! Alcohol inks are making a huge comeback. It feels so good to use a product that many of us have had for years. Well today I share another unique way to use them… for marbling!

Alcohol Ink Marbling Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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This alcohol ink marbling technique is very simple to do and gives a different look each time. So much fun!

Alcohol Ink Marbling Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

In the beginning of my video, I show many examples of alcohol ink marbling. The technique is quite easy! I filled a shallow bowl with water and dropped in 3-4 drops of 3-4 different colors of Ranger Alcohol Inks. (You could also use Copic Marker Refill.) I then dipped a piece of white cardstock into the inked water and then pulled it back out. The alcohol ink in the water “sticks” to the cardstock and gives a fun marble look! In the video, I show several variations of the technique.

After all my marbled pieces dried, I created a boatload of cards! I tried to keep them all simple so that the marble look would be noticeable.

My first card features the new Essentials by Ellen S’Whale Stamp Set and Strands Die. The Essentials by Ellen Strands Die is fun and can be used in many ways! It is perfect for subtle waves with the marble background. I colored the whale with Copic Markers and used the 0 Colorless Blender Pen to create the light dots. The bubbles? Those are HAI Elsa Blue Sequins.

Alcohol Ink Marbling Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This next background is what I call a “second generation dip.” 🙂 After dipping one card into the fresh alcohol inks and water, I dipped a second piece… which results in a softer, marble look since it is just picking up leftover ink.

Alcohol Ink Marbling Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This next card has one of my favorite backgrounds. All of the backgrounds on these cards use white cardstock, except this one. For this, I used Ranger Yupo Paper. It just gives a bit of a different look and is fun to experiment with, too!

Alcohol Ink Marbling Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For a different look, I die cut the Essentials by Ellen Strands Die from a marbled piece and adhered the pieces into a square on a notecard. I think this use of the die is my favorite!

Alcohol Ink Marbling Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I also thought these alcohol ink marbled pieces worked well for unique skies, too. This next one is another favorite. I just love the coloring on the background!

Alcohol Ink Marbling Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The bears and the sentiment are from the Essentials by Ellen Artic Pals Stamp Set and I added snowbanks with pieces cut from the Essentials by Ellen Strands Die.

Alcohol Ink Marbling Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I thought these bears would be fun with party hats. I am not great at drawing, but I can create triangles. 🙂

Alcohol Ink Marbling Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Look at this background? Swoon! I used a cute penguin and sentiment from the Essentials by Ellen Artic Pals Stamp Set. The window and snowbanks were created Essentials by Ellen Strands Die.

Alcohol Ink Marbling Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Since I had lots of background pieces, I decided to pull out another stamp set to use. I have been wanting to use the G’Day Mate Stamp & Die Set for awhile! Look at that marble sky…

Alcohol Ink Marbling Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My last example also uses the G’Day Mate Stamp & Die Set. You can see a bit of the Ranger Perfect Pearls that I added to the marbling on the top right.

Alcohol Ink Marbling Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


Looking for more ideas on using alcohol inks? Try these videos:


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Essentials by Ellen Swhale Stamp Set
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Essentials by Ellen Swhale Dies
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Essentials by Ellen Artic Pals Stamp Set
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Essentials by Ellen Artic Pals Dies
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Essentials by Ellen Strands Die
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G’Day Mate Stamp & Die Set
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Ranger Alcohol Inks
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Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution
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Neenah Class Crest 110lb Cardstock
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Ranger Yupo Paper
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EK Craft Tweezers
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Ranger Perfect Pearls, Perfect Pearl
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Sketch Copic Markers
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Hero Arts Tide Pool Ink
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Be Creative Tape
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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HAI Sequins Elsa Blue
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Tim Holtz Distress Collage Adhesive
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Darice Ultrafine Tip Applicator Bottles
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Marvy Uchida Jewel Picker
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Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops Black Ebony
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Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss White
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Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pens
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69 thoughts on “Alcohol Ink Marbling”

  1. WOW ! Another fantastic technique, giving incredible cards ! Thank you for the video with all the explanations necessary to have great fun.
    I’m so happy to have ordered some of these inks. The orders are still in Chicago…. let’s hope the flight over the ocean won’t take too long – LOL !

  2. Wow! So Fun,this is a great technique video Jennifer.Lots of great backgrounds.Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. I so want to try that technique now. What beautiful and interesting backgrounds. What I like about them, also, is that no two are alike. Thanks for always showing us something interesting and dynamic, Jennifer. You’re great!

  4. Ohh Jennifer what a great cards! I love your marbeling and than those gorgeouse stamps and dies from Ellen, together looks everything awesome. Thanks!

  5. Thanks so much for these great ides for alcohol inks. I’ve had some for many years, but put them away and forgot about them until you started sharing these wonderful techniques. I’ve since purchased several more colors and appreciate you giving me so many ways to use them. Now I have to try to find a class container!

  6. Thank you so much for sharing another way to use alcohol inks! I just recently acquired a few and had some fun making backgrounds as you showed in another video. Using the water is a great alternative, and being able to use regular card stock a nice cost savings, since Yupo paper is somewhat expensive.

  7. What a cool technique and no need for any specialty paper! As your video progressed my thought on the new Strand Die went from “what would I do with that” to “gotta have that” so thank you for your inspiration.

  8. I love these backgrounds and the fun cards you’ve made with them. I don’t have any alcohol inks but I am sorely tempted to get some.

  9. Omg this technique is unbelievable!!! Sooo cool!! I had no idea you could dip the paper in the water WITH alcohol inks, amazing! I am so inspired. Thank you so much for this video, I love it so much. 😀

  10. Awesome technique, Jennifer, and I love the backgrounds & cards you created! I’ve pinned this for future reference. Gotta try this! Thank you for such an informative & inspiring video! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  11. Jennifer, This is a great way to make marbling background mats for the cards. I’ve done this with shaving foam which is (I admit) messier than using water with the alcohol drops. I really like the results and I just finished viewing the two new stamp sets on Ellen Hutson’s email and just knew I would see you use them on your videos. They are absolutely adorable and I really like that strand die to make a wavy window for these cards.

  12. This makes BEAUTIFUL papers! I can imagine pinks, light and dark, for valentine cards. Thanks for sharing your art with us.

  13. I used to do quite a bit of marbling, but got tired of buying expensive supplies to “carry” the ink. I never realized I could use my alcohol inks this way—will give it a try. I love the die you used for your cards and the Arctic Friends stamp set.

  14. Love this technique! I’ve been playing around with some alcohol inks lately and will have to give this one a try too. Thanks for showing us this technique and the beautiful cards you made.

  15. So, so cute!!! The designs are super creative and the marbled paper adds such a beautiful touch! Thanks for your inspiration –

  16. Woo hoo! Fabulous video! I love all the cards, but my favorite is the Happy Brrrday one. The background looks like northern lights!

    Can’t wait to try alcohol ink marbling.

  17. These cards are just plain fun Jennifer. From playing with alcohol inks and darling stamps to that fun background die, I love it all. Thanks so much for sharing such a fun technique and once again getting more out of our crafting supplies. Have a wonderful (& warm) week. ~HUGS~

  18. Oh these are really pretty! I don’t have alcohol inks but love to see what you can do with them. It reminded me to try more background techniques with what I do have!

  19. Another great technique! School resumes tomorrow, and our routine will go back to normal. Sequoia will be back with Gramma in the afternoons and this will be super fun to try together! But not in the craftroom! :o)

  20. This was one the techniques I promised myself I would try this New year, so Thanks for this post. QUESTION: I sent you an email thru your actually website, I know the holidays have been crazy, it was awhile ago, just wondering if you had got it. Thanks.

  21. Love this technique! Does the container have to be glass? Is it safe to use the container with food afterwards (of course, I would wash it)?

  22. I love your backgrounds & what you did with them.
    I can’t wait to give this technique a try. Thanks for the continued inspiration.

  23. What is the difference between the Nuovo Shimmer and the Wink of Stella? Could wink of Stella be substituted?
    Great cards Jennifer. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Thank you for taking the apprehension away from alcohol inks. After watching your informative video I am ready to give it a try! Thank you for sharing your ideas.

  25. Wow – such stunning results! I love how you created so many different designs with the wave die. And the party hats on the polar bears? Cuteness overload!

  26. I also made a whale card using HAI supply’s sequins as the water from the blow hole.. Made a ocean background with a new technic too. Watch you video and was suprised we made similar cards today.:)

  27. Lovely cards Jennifer! The marbling technique is amazing and I was really looking forward to this video after the sneak peaks 🙂

  28. Amazing amazing amazing!!! I LOVE these cards and they really spotlight the technique. Definitely going to give this a try, the results are gorgeous. I don’t know which card I love the most! But the polar bears with that streaky background looked spectacular. Thank you Jennifer, another fantastic video full of great ideas. Lisa x

  29. I was amazed by this technique, the results are stunning! I’d love to know which colours you used, particularly the green, please. Many thanks.

  30. These backgrounds are amazing, Jennifer! You did such a nice job of finishing them for cards, too. Great way to show off all the winter and water critters. I’ve already got those new Ellen Hutson stamps and the die on my wish list, so I will be having some fun with that strands die, too! I always love the range of ideas you can present on any given technique. Thanks, and keep doing what you do!

  31. I really like these and I can do this technique for sure, thanks for showing us great ways to make cards.

  32. Oh my the endless possibilities! I could use this for my backgrounds with my quilling. I’m so excited! Thank you for sharing and I am a new follower 🙂

  33. Every one of your cards is FANTASTIC!! They are just beautiful and I adore all of the new (and old) stamps and dies you used from EH.

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