Stamping On Alcohol Ink Background

As promised in yesterday’s post, I’m back today to share my completed alcohol ink projects! If you missed yesterday’s post (check it out HERE), I shared a work in progress using alcohol and pearl alcohol inks and plastic wrap.  Today’s project doesn’t include the plastic wrap, but I did use both pearl and regular alcohol inks. I also did stamping on an alcohol ink background – something I wasn’t sure would work out!


The background for this card was create on Yupo, using Sailboat Blue alcohol ink, Celestial Pearl ink with Snowcap and Silver Mixatives. Alcohol Blending Solution was also added, to create the flow of the ink. Using a combination of tilting the Yupo panel, and using an air puffer, helped move and mix the inks and Mixatives.

Stamping On Alcohol Ink Background

The Mixatives are heavier and thicker than the inks, so it’s important to leave plenty of drying time. I allow the panels to sit overnight to thoroughly dry. In the photo above, you can see the shine of the silver, plus the pearl sheen of the Celestial light blue.


Keep in mind that Yupo is a ‘plastic’ synthetic substrate, which means that the ink will not sink into it. This has to be taken into consideration when if you want to stamp on top of it. Set up the Yupo background panel in your MISTI, or other stamp platform. Line up the whale from the Picket Fence Studios A Dose of Vitamin Sea stamp set. Cover the stamp completely with black StaZon ink, and stamp firmly onto the panel. Repeat this process, inking the stamp again with the StaZon. This will give you a nice, clear image. StaZon ink is meant for use on non-porous surfaces, such as Yupo, acetate, glass, etc. Again – be sure to allow drying time for the StaZon, before handling it.

While waiting to the ink to dry, stamp the sentiment onto dark blue cardstock in Versamark ink. Cover with white embossing powder and heat set. Attach the Yupo panel on an angle to a light blue cardstock panel with foam tape. Attach these to a dark blue card base with more foam tape, and finally attach the sentiment piece.

Stamping on Alcohol ink Background

I liked the flow of the inks, symbolic of waves, for the background.


For this panel, I used a different colour scheme. Limeade alcohol ink, Envy and Villainous Pearl inks and Silver Mixative are used for this panel.

Stamping On Alcohol ink Background

Follow the same process as for the first panel. This time, stamp the Gina K. Designs Heartfelt Hydrangea image in StaZon black ink twice, using your stamp platform. The Concord & 9th Fabulous Phrases dies are used for the sentiment; cut 2 times from black cardstock, and once from silver foil cardstock. Layer them all together using the Thermo Web Sticky Dots Adhesive Sheets – these are awesome for fiddly die cuts!

Attach a strip of purple cardstock to a bright green card base, then attach the front panel with foam tape.


It’s all about using the proper tools for the job! Stamping on an alcohol ink background is easy, if you use the right inks. Since you have a non-porous surface, using the proper ink for that surface pretty much guarantees a good result. I hope I’ve inspired you to try out alcohol inks, add in the pearl inks and mixatives, and image stamping. If you need to add to your stash of products, I’ve added links below for shopping. I’ve only added the colours that I’ve  used, but just browsing through the online stores once you’re there, you’ll find a world of colours to choose from!


Here’s a couple of photos that you can use, to pin to your inspiration boards!

Stamping On Alcohol Ink Backgrounds

Stamping On Alcohol Ink Backgrounds

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

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