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

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

  1. I love the pearl look of these alcohol inks. I ‘be never used any type of alcohol inks, but I have seen several of your videos. I’d like to give them a try. All of your cards turned out beautifully, but my favorites are the zigzag design and the bunny card!

  2. I have never used them, but I certainly would love to learn. You have done an amazing job with these!

  3. This was a superb video! So many new ideas are now swirling around in my head. I have used alcohol inks and love them. I can’t wait to get out to the store to buy some felt so that I can make a “super applicator” like you used. Brilliant!

  4. Thank you for posting this video! I have used alcohol inks before but not in years and this has inspired me to dig them out. Love the idea of using the longer felt pieces to create like this!

  5. I have used the previously released alcohol inks to create beautiful backgrounds, and for die cutting. But I can’t wait to try out the new Alcohol Pearls!! They looked so good! I loved all your cards using those Alcohol Pearls!! I would love to get a set of them from you! I am so, so, so grateful that you share your talents, your cards, and your wonderful ideas!! Getting an email from you makes my day, and I can’t wait to see what you have made!

  6. I love alcohol incks! I just learned I can use them on vinyl! I have painted paper, cups, and bowls! I would love to win these! The cards you made are gorgeous!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    Jill

  7. I love your cards and the techniques you have used. I am relatively new to card making so have not used alcohol inks yet. I will definately try them now I’ve read your blog. Thank you for inspiring me.

  8. The colors make me smile You rocked it out of the park with these cards. Now I need to try this. Makes me think of the rainbow sponge from years ago. 🙂

  9. Just bought some of the pearls at the Columbia, SC show. Now after watching your video I have direction on what to do with them. Thanks so much for the great video.

  10. Some great techniques with these alcohol inks and the way they have blended together is fabulous. Lots of interesting stamps and dies from the new release used over the top Barbara too. I must give this technique a go as I do like the wavy shape and the curves too. Such great design ideas. x

  11. I have not used Alcohol Inks before and I love this informative tutorial! ❤️ Looking forward to trying this out. Thanks for your videos

  12. I have not tried the alcohol inks-although I have a few from card kits. This technique of “smooth” colors may be something I can try,as the intensity of color and patterning from other videos I’ve seen looks a bit overwhelming. thank you for sharing this technique.

  13. Your cards are just gorgeous! I love the fun backgrounds you created. I have not used alcohol inks before, but I would love to try out these beautiful pearly ones. 🙂

  14. Oh so so pretty and fun!!! I love alcohol inks and have used them but really will need to get those pearls. Love your new technique and can’t wait to give it a try!!!

  15. I love all of your techniques using these inks! I’ve never used alcohol inks but have wanted to. Your beautiful creations have inspired me to go for it! I would love to win this giveaway and be able to use these gorgeous inks!

  16. WOW!! Love all the AMAZING creations you made and the gorgeous backgrounds. I’ve never use alcohol inks. They look like fun.

  17. Oh my goodness Jennifer! You have created so many beautiful card options. I absolutely love the alcohol pearl ink backgrounds. I have used alcohol inks lots before but I am anxious to try the new pearl inks and to use your swirls and zig zag and even straight across techniques. Thanks s for sharing this brilliant technique. I also want to try using the pen to remove colour and the alcohol ink stamp pad as well. So much to do! Ha.

  18. I love alcohol inks and have just got the pearls. Thanks for the inspiration. Love creating backgrounds with them. Would love to try and make a scene like Sharon does.

  19. I have used alcohol inks but with pretty varied results… I do however love the Alcohol Lift Ink, gives very interesting effects. You are quite inspirational and think of lots of great techniques, congratulations.

  20. Your cards are beautiful. What a fun technique to create backgrounds. I have not used alcohol inks, but your tutorial has made me want to try them.

  21. I love alcohol inks and have used a few times. I am a little intimidated with using them but you make it so easy. Can’t wait to try the alcohol pearls

  22. Oh these are beautiful!!!!! I do not own a single bottle of alcohol inks, would love to experiment with them. Fabulous! Stunning!

  23. YES! I love alcohol ink and use them frequently. I’d love to win a set of the pearls. Thanks for the creative video. Good luck everyone!

  24. I have not used alcohol inks but would love to try. I love the look and the creativity that can be shown. Thanks for all that you do!

  25. I do use alcohol inks and love them! These pearl inks are so beautiful. Definitely want to try them! Thanks for all of the examples and tips!

  26. March 9, 2019 at 9:59 am
    LOVE these new inks and all those wonderful colors! Thanks for the creative and fun techniques. Will be gettimg some of the pearls soon

    !!

  27. I can’t wait to try this technique. The Pearl inks are on my wish list. Everything you did was so beautiful.

  28. Your cards are gorgeous, Jennifer! I have not tried to work with alcohol inks, but would love to try them, especially after seeing your wonderful creations. Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to try and win a set of inks!

  29. I have used alcohol inks! 🙂 I’ve had some colors for years (forget how long exactly), and your videos inspired me to get them out again. I have also added several colors to my collection more recently. I haven’t yet tried the Alcohol Lift ink, but I do have the pad & refill. I like how you showed that with a stencil to lighten part of your background in this video. I think I’ve told you before, but I really appreciate how you not only do a video/episode demonstrating your technique(s), but also do a blog post. Sometimes, I just want to look at a still shot that I have pinned, just to remind me of something, and not have a video start playing automatically in Pinterest. So thank you for doing that! I hope you have a wonderful day, and that spring comes soon to y’all’s neck of the woods! Take care! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  30. Jennifer!!! This is one of your best videos! You continue to amaze me…. I love alcohol inks…first started with them on tiles taught at a little hands on class at church! Fell in love with the wild movement! I watched your super AI video with the poinsettia stencil and heat embossing! Wow!!! I made several cards with that technique! I know look at stencils differently… And this video takes the cake !!! I have been making my own pads out of white felt, but never thought about using the felt on a straight edge!!! What the hay Ray! ? Love! Love ! Love! Thank you so much for sharing your creative talents with us! ❤🌈

  31. Such beautiful cards. Yes, I have used alcohol inks before. I love how easy they are to blend together. Thank you for the opportunity.

    You are amazing at this craft. Such an ease to listen to on You Tube and your blog.

    Thank you for your inspiration.

  32. Hi
    I always have liked card craft but never step up to do it. I decided to finally invest a little bit and do card craft , I’m new to all these techniques that you have and I love them!!!
    Alcohol ink is something that I haven’t try yet. And I’m looking forward to use all your recomendations, all your projects are awesome and beautifuls. Specially with those inspirational messages and the ones with the cross… oh my Goodness I really like them. Congratulations for such a blessing and talent God have gave you.

  33. I have used alcohol inks before and love them I would like to try the new pearls and love the cards you made

  34. I started using alcohol inks in October of last year, I had surgery on my foot and was housebound and couldn’t be up and was bored – came upon Tim Holtz on pintrest and was hooked! I have never painted and am not artistic but ended up making some coasters, then paintings and gave them as gifts. everyone loved them I was so happy. Your cards are beautiful- hope its ok if I copy. Your video is great will be following closely.Thank you

  35. HI Jennifer, I have three bottles of Alcohol inks, but I need more colours. I also only used photo paper not Yupo paper , so I didn’t quite get the results I wanted.

  36. I tried alcohol inks on a tile and wasn’t terribly pleased with the results. It wasn’t smooth. I bought upo paper and can’t wait to try it on that! Thanks for all your lessons. I learn something be in every video and you inspire me to go outside my comfort zone.

  37. I have thought about trying alcohol inks for quite some time. The techniques you have used made that decision easier for me now. Thank You

  38. These backgrounds are wonderful. I have used alcohol inks before and you were the one who introduced me to it, but never have I done a smooth finish. Now I am going to try these with the plain alcohol inks I have. Thank you for the inspiration.

  39. I have not tried Alcohol inks yet. I think my fear of not being artistic enough to create the beautiful backgounds you have shown here is what is holding me back from investing in them. You make it look so easy.

  40. wow,these are genuinely amazing. I have watched a couple of alcohol ink videos before but never used them real life. I m just a beginner so I m still experimenting with stamps and dyes.

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