A Trendy Technique to Try – Blended Alcohol

Nope! We are not making margaritas today, but trying a “new to me” inky technique.

Nothing makes me feel more like an artist then when I create a background using my stash of ink and stamping tools. Today’s background technique is very popular right now and Stampin’ Up! is right on trend with the the right products to help make creating easier! I’m going to show you how to do the basic background technique and then showcase a new bundle of products that are designed around this technique. The new products are amazing in that they allow us to achieve a similar background effect without doing a messy ink technique, however, those messy ink techniques are what make ME feel like an artist, right? Let me show you the messy way first!

Artistically Inked Bundle and Blended Alcohol Technique
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Supplies Needed

  • Stampin’ Blends Markers (2-3 colors)
  • Cardstock Vellum
  • Water Painters
  • Isopropyl alcohol (91-99%)
  • Paper towel
  • Adhesive for vellum 
    • (Adhesive sheets, Mulitpurpose Glue, Seal+)
  • Spritzer Tool filled with alcohol (optional)
Supplies needed for basic technique

How to do the Basic Technique

  1. Using the Stampin’ Blends, color swatches onto one side of the vellum cardstock.  If you want a darker marbled effect use the dark versions of the colors.) The swatches can be any shape or size, and the color should be next to but not on top of each other.
  2. Using a Water Painter brush or paintbrush, dip the bristles into the alcohol and dab onto the color swatches.  To decrease the chance of muddying the colors, dab all of one color first before moving onto the next color. The Stampin’ Blends ink will start to pool and separate, and where the pools of colors meet you will see the marbling effect.
  3. When all the color swatches have been dabbed, use a paper towel on the edges to grab any runs or excess, and then let the alcohol dry completely.  Drying time may be sped up with a heat tool, but use the low setting so vellum doesn’t curl.
  4. Optional Step: Lightly spritz (or splatter with paint brush) more alcohol onto the dried vellum to create light splatters.
  5. Adhere the vellum to your project.  It really pops over Basic White cardstock.  Can use either side of the vellum depending on the look that you want to achieve.

Adaptations of Basic Technique

  • Once vellum is dry you can run it through an embossing folder to add extra texture. Use Versamark ink to add embossing powder to the embossed design and heat set.  Or you can use Versamark ink with Heat & Stick powder to add Gilded Leafing.
  • Instead of dabbing the alcohol with a paint brush you can just use the spritzer filled with alcohol to create the marbled effect.  
  • Use a straw and blow the pools of wet color to spread the colors.

A brand new product suite has been created to mimic the Blended Alcohol technique. Introducing, the Expressions In Ink Suite. Now, we can achieve a similar background effect without getting messy at all, but what is the fun in that???

Expressions in Ink Suite of Products
Artistically Inked Bundle – $53

So after playing with this fun new technique and really understanding how to create that marbled background, I wanted to dive into the new patterned paper that mimics this technique and do some comparing. Using the Designer Series Paper and the Ephemera pack, I created super quick cards that are eye-catching and delightful! My second favorite stamp set was used too – Biggest Wish. My research suggests that you will not only love this new paper but you will want to try this technique too! SO. MUCH. FUN.

Product List

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Place an order with me in May using the code of $45 or more and receive some fun embellishments in the mail!

Leave me a comment with your thoughts on this technique and new bundle of products – I’d love to hear from you!


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