alcohol ink backgrounds | 3 cards

Today I am playing with my alcohol inks. I had them for a while and experimenting with them so I decided which is my favorite of all the techniques. It’s quick, it’s easy and gives great results every time.

In the video I am going to show you how easy it is to create airy and watercolor looking backgrounds. And I am going to turn my background into 3 quick and stunning cards.

I like to work on aĀ  YUPO PAPER ( SSS | SBC ) paper and I first apply ALCOHOL BLENDING SOLUTION ( SSS ). Once my surface is nice and wet I then add alcohol ink drops. I always use colors that are next to the color wheel or shades of the same color. If you keep color theory handy then you will not end up with muddy colors.

There are way more techniques to use alcohol inks. But taking into account that this is a medium that you can hardly control it, you can easily end up up with ugly backgrounds or too busy to use.

After letting my background dry I cut 3 pieces to be the exact size of a standard card. I also made sure that all those pieced had enough white space. If you embrace the white you will see how gorgeous results it can give. Helps all the colors to pop even more and turn everything into really vibrant looking.

For my cards I used stamps from the SSS UNDER THE SEA ANIMALS stamp set ( SSS ), this is from the latest release just in time for summer cards! I love the cute images and the sentiments that go along with them.

I colored all the sea animals with my alcohol markers and cut them out. Just one animal on every card was enough for a clean and simple look. After all the background is so stunning you don’t need to do much on these cards.

Just make sure to use contrasting colors, so your focal points pop against that blue ocean!

You can enjoy the video below or at my YouTube channel

Supplies:

Links to multiple online shops used below. Affiliate links used at no extra cost to you.

Simon Says Clear Stamps UNDER THE SEA…
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp UNDER THE SEA…
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink POOL Ranger…
[ SSS | SBC ]
Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink AQUAMARINE…
[ SSS | SBC ]
Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink MERMAID Ranger…
[ SSS | SBC ]
Tim Holtz WHITE ALCOHOL INK YUPO…
[ SSS | SBC ]
Tim Holtz Ranger ALCOHOL BLENDING…
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz ALCOHOL INK STORAGE TIN…
[ SSS | SBC ]
RESERVE Tim Holtz Tonic GLASS MEDIA…
[ SSS | SBC ]
Altenew Artists Markers SET C ALT1783
[ SSS | SBC ]
Altenew Artists Markers SET B ALT1782
[ SSS | SBC ]
Altenew Artists Markers SET A ALT1453
[ SSS | SBC ]
My Favorite Things EXTREME BLACK…
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Tonic Craft MINI SNIPS…
[ SSS | SBC ]

16 Comments

  1. Diana W. said:

    Vicky, This is a wonderful tutorial. Not only did it give me some great ideas, it was nostalgic. Took me back to my grade school days (1950s) when our art teacher had us put drops of black ink on slick butcher paper and then blow on them with straws to make an Asian looking tree. Then, red dots on the branches. It hung in my father’s office for years. I so love watching your videos. Thanks for sharing.

    April 30, 2018
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  2. Teresa Doyle said:

    These backgrounds are beautiful Vicky. The fish are perfect for these cards.

    April 30, 2018
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  3. Shari A. said:

    Wonderful cards. I haven’t been able to play around with that paper yet, but I’m hoping to one day. Thanks for sharing.

    April 30, 2018
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  4. Fikreta said:

    those are super great cards!

    April 30, 2018
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  5. Kathy P said:

    Oh, these are so stinking cute! Love the alcohol inks and the stamps really pop with the colors you have chosen!

    May 1, 2018
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  6. Maria said:

    So beautiful in wonderful color! Thank you for the tutorial!

    May 1, 2018
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  7. Kristine Boydstun said:

    Love the use of white space! It really makes the colors pop!

    May 2, 2018
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  8. Colleen Howell said:

    These are so cute, I am loving these backgrounds

    May 2, 2018
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  9. Jan Mancini said:

    OMG! Such a simple process with such stunning results! Just love it Thank you! Will be trying today for sure!

    May 2, 2018
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  10. Dafne Guasch said:

    Lovely and fun technique. Can you suggest the colors I need to start this type of backgrounds? Thank you.

    May 2, 2018
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  11. Henriƫtte said:

    Great cards and video, thank you so much!

    May 3, 2018
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  12. M. Carmen Rodriguez said:

    Cute cards love the results that you achieve with the pretty inks. Thank you

    May 4, 2018
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  13. I love using alcohol inks for backgrounds. I haven’t tried using Yupo yet though, I usually use glossy card stock or paper. Thanks for another fun video.

    May 11, 2018
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