Alcohol Pearls & Acetate Card Backgrounds

Hello friends! Today I'm super excited to share some cards with you using the new Tim Holtz Alcohol Pearls and Alloy. This is my first time playing with this type of alcohol inks and I had so much fun creating backgrounds with them on acetate! Typically alcohol inks are used with Yupo paper, however I thought it would be fun to switch it up a bit and try something a little different. 

Tim Holtz Ranger Ink Alcohol Pearls & Acetate Card Backgrounds by Juliana Michaels

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Make A Wish Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Ranger Alcohol Pearls, Rose Gold Alloy & Acetate Card Backgrounds

Make A Wish Card | Alcohol Pearls & Acetate Card Backgrounds

This first card uses the gorgeous new Opulent Alcohol Pearls on Acetate. I combined it with Purple Twilight Alcohol Ink and the new Alcohol Rose Alloy. As Tim recommends, Alcohol Blending Solution is the best medium to use for blending and moving the Alcohol Pearls. To learn more about this, I really recommend that you check out Tim's New Alcohol Pearls + Alloy Release YouTube Live where he goes into great detail explaining things. Basically, 91% Isopropyl Alcohol is not compatible with the Alcohol Pearls because the base of the pearls is the Alcohol Blending solution. It causes the pearl to clump and get kind of chunky looking. I will vouch for this as I actually tried using isopropyl alcohol and I yes, it got all clumpy and chunky and yucky looking. Now granted, you may like this look, but it's not the look I was going for. I really love the smooth, fluid look you can achieve with them.

I used the Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Blower to move and manipulate the ink with air. This is a much safer alternative to using a straw. Always makes sure you are working in a well ventilated area when working with Alcohol Inks. Once the ink was dry, I splattered it with a bit of 91% Isopropyl Alcohol to add a bit of interest. I allowed this to dry and then added a little more splatter with a bit of Alcohol Ink Gold Mixative.

After completing the background, I trimmed it down to 4x5.25 inches so that I could layer it onto a piece of white cardstock trimmed to 4.25x5.5 inches.

Next, I used the Tim Holtz Brushstroke No. 3 Thinlits to die cut a piece of Distress Watercolor paper. I adhered the layers of the flower together, leaving the center separate. I then ink blended the edges using Wilted Violet Distress Ink for the flower, Mustard Seed for the flower center and Mowed Lawn for the leaves. I left the other greenery piece plain.

With the inking finished, I adhered the flower center using double sided foam adhesive and then used the same type of adhesive to adhere the flower to the alcohol pearl background. I then applied the panel to the card base using double sided adhesive tape. I applied the adhesive to the back side of the acetate, but behind the flower, so that you wouldn't see the adhesive through the acetate.

To complete the card, I added a sentiment using the Tim Holtz Tiny Text Stamp Set. I stamped it onto black cardstock using embossing ink and then heat embossed it with white embossing powder.

Hello Friend Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Ranger Alcohol Pearls, Rose Gold Alloy & Acetate Card Backgrounds

Hello Friend Card | Alcohol Pearls & Acetate Card Backgrounds

This second card uses the exact same technique to create the background, die cut and sentiment. The only thing that's different is the colors of ink I used for the background and the die cut.

For the background I used Divine Alcohol Pearl, Glacier Alcohol Ink and Rose Gold Alloy. 

On the die cut I used Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink for the flower, Mustard Seed for the flower center and Mowed Lawn for the leaves.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope these cards inspire you to create some Alcohol Pearls and Acetate card backgrounds!


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  1. These are beautiful!!! Love the beautiful combinations!

    1. Thank you so much Anna! I really appreciate your sweet comment!

  2. I love these cards, they're beautiful!! I have just started playing with alcohol inks again after years of neglect. I will definitely give this a go as I also love the Brushstroke Flower dies! Thank you for the inspiration!


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