Alcohol Ink Baubles

by Heather Telford

Transform beautiful alcohol ink backgrounds into holiday ornament cards.


  • Craft mat
  • Alcohol inks (used here: Lemonade, Shell Pink, Stonewashed, Stream, Cloudy Blue, Denim, Pool, Snow Cap and Silver Ranger Adirondack alcohol inks)
  • Rubbing alcohol (99% used here) or alcohol marker blending solution
  • Yupo paper (opaque used here - glossy cardstock can also be used)
  • Old paint brush
  • Blending tool with felts
  • Cotton swabs
  • Circle dies in various sizes
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project: (Penny Black products used here: Inspired, Trees & Hills, Joyful Ornaments, Tall Trees, Baubles, Nature's Beauty dies, Holiday Snippets stamp set; silver cord, silver gel pen; Majestic Blue and Deep Lagoon Versafine inks)


  1. Step 1

    Drop several droplets of alcohol inks randomly in the center of an impermeable craft mat. Colors used here – Pool, Denim, Stream.

    Add drops of rubbing alcohol (or blending solution) in amongst the alcohol ink droplets.

  2. Step 2

    Swipe Yupo paper across the mat, picking up ink.

    Repeat several times to fill the panel and vary the pattern.

  3. Step 3

    Drip rubbing alcohol onto the panel to dilute color and add interest to the pattern.

  4. Step 4

    Drop extra alcohol ink onto the mat to swipe again, or onto the Yupo to add to the pattern.

    Set aside to dry.

  5. Step 5

    Add rubbing alcohol to the ink remaining on the craft mat.

    Swipe a fresh piece of Yupo paper through the diluted ink for a paler patterned piece.

    Set the panel aside to dry.

  6. Step 6

    Shake Snow Cap alcohol ink thoroughly then splatter it onto the first panel with an old paint brush.

    Let dry.

  7. Step 7

    Shake silver alcohol ink thoroughly then splatter it onto the second panel with an old paint brush.

    Let dry.

  8. Step 8

    Another method for applying alcohol ink to Yupo is to do so with a felt applicator.

    Apply a line of alcohol inks to a felt applicator (Stonewashed and Stream inks used here). Press the felt onto the Yupo paper repeatedly.

  9. Step 9

    Continue to ‘stamp’ with the felt applicator all over the Yupo paper to intensify the pattern. Add extra drops of alcohol ink or rubbing alcohol to change the pattern.

  10. Step 10

    Repeat step 9 with a different selection of colors and random placement of colors on the felt pad.

    Colors used here – Cloudy Blue, Stonewashed, and Shell Pink.

  11. Step 11

    For a third method of creating an alcohol ink pattern on Yupo, apply lines of alcohol ink to Yupo paper. Colors used here – Stonewashed, Shell Pink, and Lemonade.

  12. Step 12

    Drip or drizzle rubbing alcohol onto the alcohol ink to spread and dilute it. Tilt the paper to move the ink in the desired direction.

  13. Step 13

    Continue to add alcohol inks and rubbing alcohol to the panel to create patterns and blends. Use a cotton swab to create pathways for the alcohol inks to follow.

  14. Step 14

    Define one edge with a cotton swab to create an area of ‘snow’ under a ‘northern lights sky’.

  15. Step 15

    Let the panel dry thoroughly.

  16. Step 16

    All panels, once dry, can be cut with circle dies or decorative ‘bauble’ dies.

  17. Step 17

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Alcohol Ink Baubles. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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Thanks for the terrific tutorial Heather. Yupo and rubbing alcohol are now on my shopping list! I love your Aussie/Canadian accent sweet girl.
susie australia  |  Sun Oct 8, 2017 at 3:31 AM
Thanks for a wonderful tutorial. I haven't played with my AIs in a long time, but now I'm eager to go and play some more.
Marianne Vos  |  Sun Oct 8, 2017 at 4:21 AM
I love the combination of the fun unpredictable inky background with the clean and simple silhouette on top of it. Great project!
Meg McAlister  |  Sun Oct 8, 2017 at 5:25 AM
Thank you - great tutorial.
Kathy Stacy  |  Sun Oct 8, 2017 at 6:44 AM
Thanks for the fabulous tutorial. I haven't used alcohol inks much but this tutorial may be the 'kick in the butt' I need. Thanks for the inspiration.
Mrs Noofy  |  Sun Oct 8, 2017 at 7:47 AM
These are all just Stunning Heather, thanks for sharing!
Stacy Sheldon  |  Sun Oct 8, 2017 at 8:03 AM
Heather, thank you for sharing this wonderful technique with us. I have loved making a couple of Christmas cards, and even ran out and bought that beautiful reindeer die!
Barbara Joyce  |  Sun Oct 8, 2017 at 9:22 AM
I have a limited amount of alcohol inkers but had a wonderful time with this technique! My fingers are stained and I am a happy stamper! Now to check out my dies to see what I have to use with my creations. Thank you so much for your tutorial!
Pamela Ratcliff  |  Sun Oct 8, 2017 at 12:20 PM
Wow.. i really like this
mogu mook  |  Mon Oct 9, 2017 at 11:30 AM
I'm getting my alcohol inks out and buying some yupo -- this looks so cool!
melanhelen  |  Mon Oct 9, 2017 at 4:48 PM
Awesome tutorial!!!!
Nancy Williams  |  Tue Oct 10, 2017 at 3:51 AM
Thank you Heather for sharing this beautiful technique. I love this and sure will try making some easy and fast holiday cards one of the weekend.
Jhowell  |  Sat Mar 3, 2018 at 4:51 AM
I'm just amazed. I love how you created such exquisite, CAS cards with alcohol inks!
Rosy Newlun  |  Sun Apr 22, 2018 at 9:01 PM
Excelente explicación muy útil para poner en práctica muchas gracias
Yinneth Vásquez Víquez  |  Sun Oct 21, 2018 at 10:08 PM
I'm always looking for alcohol ink techniques, thanks.
jnsarna  |  Wed Jul 22, 2020 at 1:23 PM
Thanks so much for this tutorial. I got the Yupo paper and 2 colors of alcohoi ink, intending to make a background, then stamping an image, when the background is dry. Will it work to stamp the image with Stazon ink. The Yupo paper is kind of limp. Is it meant to be attached to cardstock with glue or adhesive tapes or what? Are there certain inks or adhesives that WON'T work with an alcohol ink background? Your tutorials are so easy to hear, and you go at just the right speed. MANY thanks!
Bahb  |  Fri Mar 5, 2021 at 10:37 PM

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