Sandi MacIver, Paper Craft Artist -

Alcohol Pearls Backgrounds New Video

Hi stamping friends, today I’m sharing some Alcohol Pearls Backgrounds New Video.

If you are reading this in an e-mail you may need to CLICK HERE to visit my blog to view the new video.

Tim Holtz introduced these new Alcohol Pearls at Creativation 2019.  There are 12 new colors in these specially blended inks.  The mixture is similar to using the Metallic Mixatives, but different in that the pearlization, is in the ink instead of being added on top.  Therefore, it doesn’t create a white sheen like the Mixatives, it shows a true color with a pearlized finish – truly stunning!  and worthy of a play.

Alcohol Ink Backgrounds

For today’s cards I also decided to use the My Favorite Things – Flowers In Bloom Stamp and Die set as my overlay on my cards.  They are lovely flowers and a great size to watercolor which I did with my Gansai Tambi watercolors.  You could also use watercolor pencils/crayons, zig markers, tombow markers, etc.

I black heat embossed the images onto my watercolor paper to help control the paints and provide a nice deep black outline to make them pop from my backgrounds.

Alcohol Ink Backgrounds

My first card background was created with Tranquil and Sublime inks and lots of blending solution.  Blending solution is the secret ingredient for these backgrounds, it really helps to get the colors flowing and blending.  I did the Blotchy technique for this one, using the Tim Holtz Mini Alcohol Ink Applicators.

Alcohol Ink Backgrounds

For my second card: on the left side, I blended two colors together Enchanted and Deception then added the yellow Alchemy on the right for a bright and happy background.  This is a combo of the blotchy technique created by laying down two colors and the run technique.

Alcohol Ink Backgrounds

The third and final card has this amazing background created with Mineral and Smolder I kind of love the volcanic lava flow image these two create together.  I use the full “waterfall” technique or run on this one.  All three techniques are shown in my short video below.

Here is the video that walks you step by step through creating each background.  They are super easy to create but one tip if I may, make sure you are working in a well ventilated room, and protect your work surface, this can be “messy” fun.  You can watch the video here or over on my YOUTUBE channel in HD.


You see in the video I’m using Yupo Paper, something else that Ranger brought to us recently.  It’s “plastic” paper, so the ink sits up on top of it giving us way more play time.  I prefer the thick Yupo, but both work very well.  Links to both kinds are below for you.

Win Me Alcohol Pearls

Want a chance to win some Alcohol Pearls?  Simply leave a comment on my blog under today’s post, as to what your favourite Alcohol Ink Color is?  No purchase necessary, enter as often as you like, this time, it’s Canadian Residents only please (thanks for understanding).

Random Draw will be held Monday afternoon Sept 26 and announced in my Tuesday Blog Post, Sept 27th.

I have links below to numerous companies selling the products I used today.

Thanks so much for visiting me today and I hope you enjoyed the project.  I’ve listed the products I used below.  Clicking on the image will take you directly to the product.  Where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase through my link, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.  Thank you so very much for your support, it helps to keep my blog and YouTube channel running and I truly appreciate it.

P.S.  if you do place an order through my affiliate links, please E-Mail Me with the date and amount along with your name and address as I would love to send you a thank you card.



for the Alcohol Pearls Backgrounds Cards:

Tim Holtz – Alcohol Pearls – Bundle
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Alcohol Ink – Blending Solution
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MFT – Clear Stamp – Flowers in Bloom
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MFT – Dies – Flowers in Bloom
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Tim Holtz – Alcohol Ink Mini…
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VersaMark – Ink Pad
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WOW – Embossing Glitter – Regular -…
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WOW – Opaque White Embossing Powder -…
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Gina K Designs – Cardstock – White Heavy
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Gina K Designs – Cardstock – Black Onyx
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Tim Holtz – Yupo Paper – White
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Ranger – Cardstock – Distress…
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Thermoweb – Foam Tape – White
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Thermoweb – Adhesive Dot Runner -…
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Zig – Gansai Tambi – 12 Colour Set
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Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 COLOR SET
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50 thoughts on “Alcohol Pearls Backgrounds New Video”

  1. Wow what beautiful cards you made from rose Stunning backgrounds . I really like the third one that u did .
    Thank u for sharing!

  2. Fabulous cards and video. I love the way you made a smooth background by using a lot of blending solution. I will try this with my inks (I do not have the pearls). I do love the Tranquil color.

  3. I’m drawn to the Mineral colour but must say I love them all! You really did a fine job showcasing these inks, I hadn’t heard of them yet. Thanks Sandi!

  4. What a lovely cards and so vibrant colors too.
    I am new to alcohol inks but they have been my bucket list now for while.
    I used to stamp over 14 years ago and now returning back to it and it feels like so many things have changed. I had to learn to stamp again!

    1. thanks Janette, wow 14 years, yes, a lot has changed, there seems to be something new every day, haha but welcome back

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