Hello friends,

Today’s card features a fun and easy background technique you can create with your Stampin’ Blends.  Stampin’ Blends are alcohol markers like Copic brand markers but the price point is much friendlier on your budget.  Before I forget, let me remind you that the beautiful and versatile Ride the Range stamp set and die bundle are the Retirement List and will be available only until June 3 or while supplies last.  There’s still time to order from the Jan – June Mini Catalog.  Just look for the cover of the catalog on my website.

Stampin Up Alcohol background with Ride the Range stamp set

Ride the Range Stamp Set & die Bundle


TECHNIQUE DIY – Alcohol Ink Background 

  • Use Stampin Up Vellum, it’s much thicker than most vellum you might find at a craft store. Or you can use Glossy cardstock. Regular cardstock will absorb the alcohol marker ink too quickly to be able to blend it.
  • Use your Stampin’ Blends (alcohol) markers to color directly on the Vellum.  You can see the colors of the markers I used in the Shopping List below.  Stampin’ Blends come two to a package, one is light and the other is dark of the same color.  I used the dark markers.  Refer to the photo for color placement or create your own color combinations for a sunset or sunrise.
  • Once you’ve added the marker colors onto the vellum  dip a small paintbrush into 91% or higher Isopropyl Alcohol (rubbing  alcohol). It’s important that it’s at least 91% or higher.  I bought my bottle of alcohol at Walmart.  Once your paint brush is wet with the alcohol dab it onto the vellum and watch the colors move or run into each other.  Just keep dabbing at the Vellum with your brush to get the color to blend into the next color.  You can even use a drinking straw and blow into it to move the color around.  It really is that easy and amazing!
  • Once the Vellum dries just adhere it with your Tombow Mono Adhesive to a piece of Basic White cardstock.
  • I mounted the white cardstock with the Vellum onto a Basic Black cardstock layer.
  • I used the windmill die to cut out 2 windmills that I glued together for added dimension and then used the rolling landscape die to cut out a “hill” or ground for the windmill.
  • I used White Embossing Ink pad (or Versamark ink pad) to stamp the sentiment onto the black cardstock hill and then added White Embossing Powder then used my  heat tool to melt the embossing powder into a shiny white sentiment.


If you like this type of artwork then I’m sure you will love the June Paper Pumpkin kit.  You must subscribe by June 10.  I expect this kit to be extremely popular since it will contain 2 Classic Ink Spots (ink pads) and everything you need to create 9 cards, envelopes included.  You can sign up here.

These are the items I used to make this card, just click on any of the pictures on my Shopping List or on my signature at the end of this post and you’ll be redirected to my 24/7 Online Store.

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Shopping List

One of my favorite things about living in the Texas Panhandle are the beautiful sunsets and sunrises.  They are just so colorful and dramatic.  And windmills, this area has lots of old and modern windmills. I can’t wait to get back into my craft room to create more alcohol ink backgrounds.  I hope you give this technique a try, I’m sure you will love the results.

Have a great day!

Inky hugs,



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