Alcohol ink background

Hello, everyone!

TaeEun is here today sharing two holiday cards with alcohol ink background. On the traditional red background I adorned my christmas cards with our gorgeous poinsettias and berries from Fresh Cut Poinsettias Outline stamp set!

I was playing and experimenting with alcohol inks and glossy papers :). For today’s cards I used two different glossy papers, Glossy Cardstock and Yupo paper. I’m quite new to Yupo paper and wanted to see how it reacts with alcohol inks. And the results show some differences between the two papers.

Here is my first card made with Glossy Cardstock.


To start off I made the background panel by dripping and blowing the alcohol ink droplets (Poppyfield, Watermelon, Valencia and Flamingo) on the glossy cardstock. I then added some splatters of blending solution. I set the panel aside for a few days, as the layered alcohol ink needs much more time to dry than usual. Meanwhile I stamped the poinsettia and berries from  Fresh Cut Poinsettias Outline stamp set using embossing ink on a piece of clear acetate sheet, heat embossed them in gold and cut them using coordinating dies. I filled the berries with some white Pico embellisher and let them dry. I chose a simple and small sentiment from the Mistletoe Kisses stamp set, as the background is so busy.  I gold heat embossed the sentiment on a scrap of black cardstock, fussy cut and glued it on a strip of gold glitter paper, which I made using our Adhesive glitter paper Gold. For some more glitter I adhered thin Gold glitter tape on the left and bottom edge of my card base, before I mounted the alcohol ink panel flat on it. I then assembled the poinsettia using clear foam tape and the sentiment using foam adhesive onto the card.


For my second card I used Yupo paper. The making procedure is quite the same as the first card. I took the bold Brushed Merry as my sentiment for this card. I stamped it several times in Noir dye ink using Misti tool. The gold heat embossed small christmas on the white banner is from Christmas Poinsettia Mini stamp set, which was a free gift during Fall release.


In my opinion alcohol ink moved more smoothly on the Glossy Cardstock by blowing than on Yupo but the reaction with blending solution was more dramatic on Yupo.

I hope you could pick some tips from my cards for your next projects today.

Thank you so much for stopping by!



8 thoughts on “Alcohol ink background

  1. Betty says:

    two wonderful cards TaeEun – love seeing the results on both papers – i need to order some more alcohol inks as i have so few – thanks for naming the ones you used.

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  2. Pat says:

    These are definitely wow cards from TaeEun with the beautifully bright tones of red in the backgrounds on which the gold poinsettias and black sentiments sing out. Two fabulous cards. x

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