Stunning Backgrounds with New, Ranger Alcohol Inks

When I found out about the new alcohol inks from Tim Holtz and Ranger, I saved up to buy them because after playing with just a few of the colors that I have along with some Pearl inks, I was hooked. The backgrounds you can create are just amazing and the new colors are bright and really pack a punch. I must warn you, this is addictive! I made 6 backgrounds in one night!

Stunning Backgrounds with New, Ranger Alcohol Inks
This set comes with 15 new colors

These are the new colors in this set:



Other supplies I used were:

  • Alcohol Blending Solution
  • 99% Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Silver & Gold Mixatives (can’t wait to try alloys which I ordered)
  • Tim Holtz Alcohol Air Blower
  • Pipettes
  • Yupo Paper
  • Alcohol Lift Ink

And to clean up, I kept baby wipes nearby. Basically, I used my pipette to pick up the alcohol ink first, then added drops of the alcohol ink on my yupo paper and used the blower to move the colors diagonally across the paper. I added blending solution to help the color blend cause I was going for a whispy look on the edges.

I also tried my hand at alcohol lifting using the “Beautiful Butterflies” Simon Says Stamp set from their June 2020 card kit. The technique that inspired me was from watching Simon’s YT Channel with special guest, Nicol Sphor demonstrating her beautiful cards. I embedded that video and linked to it below in case you haven’t seen it and you want to try it. I recommend it!

Stunning Backgrounds with New, Ranger Alcohol Inks

Isn’t this card just stunning?! I used “Dijon”, “Glacier” and “Moss”. Then, I let that dry completely. After that, I used the alcohol lift ink and stamped 2 of the butterflies from that stamp set. I wiped the butterflies with a microfiber towel to reveal them through the background.

If the video doesn’t play below, click here to watch it on YT!

Stunning Backgrounds with New, Ranger Alcohol Inks

I didn’t do much with this card cause after I blowing it in a downward motion, I liked the effect and didn’t want to run the risk of messing it up by adding more color and what not. I’m notorious for being a perfectionist and not knowing when to quit.

Stunning Backgrounds with New, Ranger Alcohol Inks

For the purple card, I used a combo of “Bosenberry” and “Vineyard”, this one is my 2nd favorite background. I used the alcohol lift ink to stamp 2 butterflies from the card kit and when I wiped them, it shows them through the colors!

Stunning Backgrounds with New, Ranger Alcohol Inks

I decided to use the gold mixative for the card above, let the panel dry before doing the alcohol lifting. And again used “Glacier“, “Monsoon“, and “Dijon“. I really like the alcohol lift technique because it takes on the colors you stamp on. One note: I cleaned my stamps off before using them again because it does take some of the alcohol ink off the paper onto the stamp. I used a cleaning solution to ensure the stamps were good and clean!

Stunning Backgrounds with New, Ranger Alcohol Inks

This card is similar to the “Friend” card although I put down more “Moss‘ coloring. I love the direction of the color gradation. I actually didn’t do a lot of blowing cause I got sidetracked and when I came back this was the design left!

Stunning Backgrounds with New, Ranger Alcohol Inks

This is byfar my favorite card from the bunch. The outcome was just amazing!!! And, even when you mix just 2 colors together, you’ll get more shades of color.

The gold letters for my main sentiment came from an older Simon card kit that I had saved. I was able to make several phrases and words, then I adhered them right on top of my alcohol backgrounds. Finally, I looked through my sentiment strips stash to find these from Simon and from Taylored Expressions.

I glued the backgrounds down on various colored cardstock, again from the Simon kit for my card bases. They are so pretty and heavyweight. Oh, I forgot to mention that I let my backgrounds dry on their own, no heat gun this time! I also decided not to use foam squares on the sentiment strips since the gold letters have enough dimension on their own.

Usually I like topping my cards with sequins, jewels, enamel dots or gems but this time I skipped that because I wanted the alcohol backgrounds to be the focal point. I so enjoyed making these backgrounds and it’s great for mass producing cards cause you can make a bunch of backgrounds at one time and save them for later!

List of Supplies:

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Stunning Backgrounds with New, Ranger Alcohol Inks