Add to Favorites

Smooth Alcohol Ink Backgrounds (Alcohol Pearls) + GIVEAWAY

Welcome back. Today I am sharing how to create smooth backgrounds with alcohol inks. I will focus on the new-and-oh-so-amazing Tim Holtz Alcohol Pearls Inks – love them! I have lots of examples showing how you can use these inks to create smooth, blended backgrounds with little effort.

Smooth Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.]

You can use Tim Holtz Alcohol Pearls Inks just like you use normal Alcohol Inks… however they give a gorgeous pearl-like shine. I am in love! I will use them more in future videos, but today I am focusing on how to create smooth backgrounds with the Tim Holtz Alcohol Pearls Inks, a straight edge and a long piece of felt. (And yes, you can always use traditional Alcohol Inks.)

I have lots and lots of examples! The reason? These backgrounds are fast and easy to make. And it is fun to get a different look out of alcohol inks. In my video I share the trick for covering backgrounds with the smooth color… be sure to watch it.

On all of the cards, I used Tim Holtz Alcohol Pearls Inks and Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution on Tim Holtz Heavyweight Yupo Paper.

My first example shows diagonal blending of Tim Holtz Alcohol Pearls Inks on Tim Holtz Heavyweight Yupo Paper. I really like the blending of color and the look of texture. I kept the card simple by only adding a stacked Simon Says Stamp Dahlia Stem die cut and sentiment.

Smooth Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

It is hard to see in the photo, but the sentiment on this card in foiled! I used the new Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strips. These pre-printed sentiments are foilable! I used Thermoweb Gold Foil and my Royal Sovereign Laminator. Worked great.

Smooth Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is another example of a blended background… but this time in a bright rainbow. (I really like how the Tim Holtz Alcohol Pearls Inks are so bright and happy.) This is a look I have tried to get so many times with watercolor… but was never able to. This was effortless!

Smooth Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I added a Simon Says Stamp You Got This die cut along with another foiled Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strip.

Smooth Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

After adding alcohol ink to a large piece of felt, you can do several pieces! The last pieces will be softer… and I love love love this! I added stacked Simon Says Stamp Outline Clustered Leaves die cuts, a foiled Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strip, and gemstones.

Smooth Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I look forward to using this technique to create more rainbow backgrounds like this next one! And the rainbow seemed to be the perfect background for a stacked Simon Says Stamp Outline Floral Cross die cut and Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Faith sentiment.

Smooth Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

It is also verrrrry simple to create scallop or zigzag blended backgrounds with Alcohol Pearls Inks on Tim Holtz Heavyweight Yupo Paper. Such a unique look! I wish you could see the shimmer…

Smooth Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I kept the card design simple by adding only a stacked Simon Says Stamp Dahlia Stem die cut and Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Faith sentiment.

Smooth Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is another zig zag example… but with a Simon Says Stamp Amazing sentiment.

Smooth Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is a background created by dragging the alcohol inks in a wave. I went over and over the background several times to create the texture-y look. I then die cut the panel with the new Simon Says Stamp Filigree Heart Die and added a foiled Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strip. This card came together surprisingly fast!

Smooth Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is another simple card using the Simon Says Stamp Filigree Heart Die. This time I put the alcohol ink piece behind the die cut. I also added a foiled Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strip.

Smooth Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

And similar card… using the Simon Says Stamp Filigree Bunny Die and a Simon Says Stamp Bunny Wishes sentiment.

Smooth Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is a close look at that dimension…

Smooth Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My next examples step things up a bit…

For this colorful background, I applied Tim Holz Alcohol Lift Ink with a Mini Ink Blending Tool over a Simon Says Stamp Triangle Blast Stencil onto one of my pearled pieces. I really love the subtle look!

Smooth Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I topped the card off with a stacked Simon Says Stamp Triangle Element die cut and foiled Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strips.

Smooth Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My next card is my favorite. But combining lots of great products, I was able to create an elegant card. I heat embossed an inked background with Hero Arts White Satin Pearl Embossing Powder and the new Simon Says Stamp Pretty Peonies Stamp. It is subtle but pearly!

Smooth Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here you can see all the pearly goodness in the background. I also added a stacked Simon Says Stamp Outline Floral Cross die cut with a Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Faith sentiment and a few gemstones.

Smooth Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This alcohol ink technique works great for ombre or gradient backgrounds. Here, I just white heat embossed over the background with the Simon Says Stamp Geometric Pattern Stamp Set and a Simon Says Stamp Amazing sentiment.

Smooth Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is another example of white heat embossing over an alcohol pearled background. This time I used the Simon Says Stamp Pretty Peonies Stamp along with the Simon Says Stamp Thinking of You Die.

Smooth Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For the background on my next example, I started by heat embossing the Simon Says Stamp Pretty Peonies Stamp on Tim Holtz Heavyweight Yupo Paper with Hero Arts White Satin Pearl Embossing Powder. I then applied the Alcohol Pearls on top. Once it was dry, I “colored” in the flowers with my Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Blending Pen filled with Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution. This “lifts” the color away.

Smooth Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I added a stacked Simon Says Stamp Spring Blessings die cut… along with Grafix Platinum Vellum circle die cuts and a Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Faith sentiment strip.

Look at that pearly shine…

Smooth Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

When I removed the color from the background of the last card, I put the ink onto this background. This is a technique I showed in THIS video.

Smooth Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I used the same technique for this next card. I also flicked on drops of rubbing alcohol to create the splattered look. This features the Simon Says Stamp Blossoming Stamp Set and Simon Says Stamp Spring Blessings Die.

Smooth Alcohol Ink Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I hope you will try these backgrounds… they are FUN to make!

NEW RELEASE

Most of today’s products are from the newest Simon Says Stamp release. Lots of happy spring products! You can see it all HERE.

GIVEAWAY

How would you like to win a set of Alcohol Pearls? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 3/12/19 telling me if you have ever used alcohol inks. (To leave a comment, head to blog, 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 my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too! I personally purchased a set of the Alcohol Pearls and then Ranger sent me a set. So I am giving that set away!)

SUPPLIES

Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you for your support! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except the Simon Says Stamp brand products which were received from the company with no expectation. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

SImon Says Stamp Pretty Peonies Stamp
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Blossoming Stamp Set
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Amazing Stamp Set
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Faith…
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Geometric Pattern…
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Bunny Wishes Stamp Set
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Spring Blessings Dies
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Outline Floral Cross…
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Triangle Element Die
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Filagree Heart Die
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Filagree Bunny Die
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Thinking of You Dies
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp You Got This Die
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Dahlia Stem Die
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Outline Clustered…
[ SSS ]
SImon Says Stamp Sentiment Strips
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Triangle Blast Stencil
[ SSS ]
Alcohol Pearls
[ SSS ]
Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution
[ SSS ]
Rubbing Alcohol
[ AMZUS ]
Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Blending Pen
[ SSS ]
Alcohol Ink Tool Set
[ SSS ]
Tim Holz Alcohol Lift Ink
[ SSS ]
Mini Ink Blending Tool
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Felt Alcohol Ink Appliator
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp White Felt
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Heavyweight Yupo Paper
[ SSS ]
Grafix Platinum Vellum
[ SSS ]
Gina K Long Acrylic Block
[ GNK ]
MISTI Cut-Align Tool
[ SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
[ SSS ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS ]
Nuvo Drops
[ SSS ]
Thermoweb Gold Foil
[ SSS ]
Gina K Sparkling Silver Foil
[ SSS ]
Royal Sovereign Laminator
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Trimmer
[ SSS ]
VersaMark Ink
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts White Satin Pearl Embossing…
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Heat Gun
[ SSS ]
Fiskars Blue Glitter Scissors
[ SSS ]
Micropore Tape
[ SSS ]
Microfiber Cloth
[ SSS ]
White Craft Foam
[ SSS ]


Leave a Comment

639 thoughts on “Smooth Alcohol Ink Backgrounds (Alcohol Pearls) + GIVEAWAY”

  1. I’ve seen you use the alcohol inks before and bought some but still need to get some yupo paper. The new pearl alcohol inks look amazing and I love the filigree cards!

  2. I have used alcohol inks on creating backgrounds in the past. The new pearlized alcohol inks are truly amazing. I cannot wait to get my hands on a set and be creative. You are a true inspiration. I can’t wait for your next video to come out. It gives me a lift for the day. Thank you.

  3. I use and love alcohol inks for making backgrounds or for die cutting out of them.

    It looks like alcohol pearls mix somewhat with each other to make a new color where they touch, unlike regular alcohol inks, which push each other away. Wonderful technique – have to get some felt!

  4. I have used AI’s before & love them for the gorgeous backgrounds. After seeing all these gorgeous cards, I will be getting the AI Pearls soon! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  5. I have not used alcohol inks yet, kind of scarred I’ll mess up!! But I will try them at some point!! These cards are beautiful!!

  6. I am soooooo glad you did this video. I had tried the pearl inks on my own and was not a happy camper. I just couldn’t make them do what I wanted them to. This saved my purchase. Also, in case you every doubted that you had special powers…. Tim says not to expect the alcohol lift ink to work with the alcohol pearls. Well you proved that to be a myth. I LOVE your videos. You are gifted and an inspiration.

  7. I haven’t used alcohol inks but I’ve been curious for a while now and Ranger releasing a pearl version makes me want to try them even more!

  8. Hello Jennifer, Thank you for your inspiring video. I have tried alcohol inks before on tiles actually. Making coasters for Father’s Day with my granddaughters. We all had a lot of fun and the coasters turned out great. I have never tried alcohol ink on paper. It looked a little intimidating, but you just made it look easy. Can’t wait to try it.

  9. I have never been interested in alcohol inks until this video. I love the Pearl alcohol inks! The other alcohol inks were just sort of ho hum for me. I hope to use the pearl alcohol inks as my first foray into the wonderful world of alcohol inks. You are such an inspiration and wonderful teacher.
    My sister had a stroke in December and I have been using your card making as inspiration for the cards I make and send to her to help keep her motivated to the maximum recovery she can achieve. Keep up the great work. You are appreciated!

  10. Beautiful cards! I’ve never used alcohol links before but I’m definitely tempted to go out and buy some after these great examples.

  11. Thank you for sharing this wonderful technique and beautiful cards. I have never used alcohol inks before but would like to give them a try.

  12. I have tried alcohol inks and I love them! I love the bright colours and my technique still needs a bit of work. They say practice makes perfect and I am enjoying practicing. I love what you do!

  13. I started using alcohol inks last year. I made some alcohol inks ornaments for friends and family. They were such a hit. I love all your videos. They are so inspiring. Thanks.

  14. I really liked what you did with the pearlized alcohol inks. I previously used the regular alcohol inks & didn’t like the results; this is much more my style. Thank you for the great idea.

  15. I love your videos and tutorials. They have inspired me so much as I recover from ankle replacement surgery. I saw this technique and just had to buy some alcohol inks and yupo paper to try it.

  16. I tried this technique today with my new pearl alcohol inks, and it was so easy and flawless. I love the backgrounds that I made and can’t wait to make more. I taped felt to a metal kitchen scraper that I found at the dollar store yesterday – perfect size and built in handle! Thank you for the idea – your techniques are so appreciated.

  17. GORGEOUS cards Jennifer!!! I love my alcohol inks, and am super excited to get some alcohol pearls and try some of your techniques. Thanks so much for all of the time you put in bringing all of us such wonderful tutorials and inspiration!!! Have a blessed week. Hugs!

  18. I have used usual alcohol inks once, but not pearls. I quite liked the result, but I need to have more colors, to get even better result.
    Thank you!

  19. Yes! And I love them. I feel they are very therapeutic as you are totally in the moment working with them, and you can be free to change the ink patterns again and again. Whenever I come up with a beautiful result, it’s been a matter of luck, not because I visualized a specific image or result. I love that! As someone who can get a little too obsessive and attached to perfection in representational art, I love the freedom of alcohol inks!

  20. Such a stunning technique Jennifer! I love how easy the inks blend together giving a flawless finish or textured finish depending on how you do it. Your cards are amazing and the rainbow cross is my favorite!

  21. These cards are absolutely beautiful! I especially love the ones using the cross die cut. Thanks so much for sharing how you made them!

  22. I have all the TH alcohol inks, and these look super promising as well. I love what you did combining the inks with embossing and oh gosh those foilable sentiments are the bomb! Love it all!

  23. I have used alcohol inks before. I like the look of these new pastel colors, and would love to be entered in a chance to win the set. Thank you. The cards are stunning.

  24. I have worked with alcohol inks though there’s plenty more I can learn. I love your application technique on these cards! Thanks for the chance!

  25. Wonderful ideas Jennifer! I needed to dig a ruler and protractor out of my giveaway box! I love alcohol inks and look forward to the pearls!

  26. I’ve never used alcohol inks, but this inspires me to try. Good thing my fave craft store just sent me a coupon for this weekend.

  27. Dearest Jeniffer
    Wow your creations are so so beautiful.
    I know that i wont win a prize but that is ok as I wanted to say how much i love your work and your big beautiful and kind heart. Love you loads always.
    May you and your family including your lovely parents be blessed with good health and happiness always.
    Your kindness makes me dance with happiness.
    I wish I could one day see you in person and say all these things to you. I know that i will be frozen with happiness. I visit Dr Sonias blog all the time and she always says that crafters are amazing people and yes they are.
    From today onwards I will visit your blog daily as your blog is full of happiness be it in creations, colors or kindness.
    You and all the other crafters are in my daily prayers. I thank youll for the happiness you’ll give me and asks God to bless you all with gd health and happiness..
    I love to craft but as i have to support my daughter and grand daughter financially I hv to work. I work as a freelance journalist now. So i have to be extra careful with my work to get more work to pay the bills of my daughter and grand daughter.
    My husband died 2 years ago while my daughter is a single parent.
    My children are my whole world.
    My grand daughter is the greatest gift i got from God. She is amazing. She never troubles us with anything and is a little helper. They are in New Zealand. when I go there she gets involved with my crafting.
    our house is about 150 meters away from Hagley park and she was at home wen the shooting took place. if it was about half an hour late she would have been passing that way. God is amazing but i feel sorry for the people who died and are injured.
    I had a blog but deleted it as i had to change the email addresses. now in the process of creating a blog.
    in between work i do a lot of things including crafting, studying Korean, learning the guitar online and writing a bk.,
    Love and Hugs from Sri Lanka

  28. I love Tim Holtz alcohol ink and use it quite a bit. I haven’t tried the pearl, but it looks amazing!

  29. What Beautiful cards you have created. Enjoyed watching your video as well.
    Nope; have never used alcohol inks but sure would like to.
    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway opportunity

  30. I have never used Alcohol Inks! Have often thought about trying them. I do so love the bright colours and many gorgeous looks they give! And the shimmer, love, love the shimmer.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *