alcohol ink ocean background

Let’s play with alcohol inks today to create easy but stunning ocean backgrounds!

SimonSaysStamp has a new release packed with awesome goodies and we celebrate with a fun blog hop. Join us to see the products in action to help you choose your favorites, to get inspired and to win prizes!

video tutorial

You can enjoy the video below or at my YouTube channel

close-up photos

How adorable are these narwhals?! They come from the Narwhal friends stamp set from this new collection.

I went with a red, a green and an orange… but really any color would work great on them.

The stunning backgrounds were created by using my alcohol inks on yupo. Check the video on a step by step tutorial!

Blowing the alcohol ink can give amazing results!


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Hello Beautiful – New Release
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CZ Design Clear Stamps NARWHAL…
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology SENTIMENTS Label…
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink STREAM Ranger…
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink DENIM Ranger…
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink AQUAMARINE…
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink MERMAID Ranger…
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink PATINA Ranger…
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink POOL Ranger…
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Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH…
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My Favorite Things EXTREME BLACK…
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EK Success CUTTER BEE Scissors EKCB01
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Tim Holtz Tonic GLASS MEDIA MAT 1914e
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SSS is giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the hop from your blog comment section.That’s 15 chances for you to win!

They will choose the winners and post them on the Simon Says Stamp blog on Wednesday, the 3rd of March.


blog hop order

Simon Says Stamp Blog 

Laura Bassen

Debby Hughes

Amanda Korotkova

Bibi Cameron

Heather Hoffman

Yoonsun Hur

Bobbi Lemanski

Emma Williams

Vicky Papaioannou

Dilay Nacar

Kim Hamilton

Natasha Vacca

Kath Stewart

Mandy Stacey


  1. These are such sweet little cards Vicky. Love the simplicity of the design, but really appreciate seeing you create the amazing alcohol ink backgrounds. They’re just incredible and all so different. Like you, I often find I’ve bought the same colour twice. I guess it’s because I’m drawn to it. It’s the same with nail polishes and lipsticks??‍♀️ Love this release. The hardest think is deciding if there’s anything I don’t want. Enjoy your weekend ❤️

  2. I really enjoyed your video showing how you achieved these ocean backgrounds for this cute narwhale stamp. Now I want to play with my alcohol inks & blower. Thanks for this inspiration.

  3. I’ve been following you for years. You always make things look effortless but it really takes talent and creativity to achieve the beautiful pieces that you have made ranging from CAS to vintage and all sorts of mixed media. I really enjoy your works of art, because they truly are art.

  4. Alcohol inks make the best backgrounds & yours are gorgeous. Such a great backdrop for the sweet narwhals. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I love creating alcohol ink backgrounds and think yours are beautiful. I particularly liked the technique you used to create them. They are a perfect backdrop for the adorable narwhale!

  6. I definitely agree that the alcohol inks made a perfect “sea” for the narwhals! Thanks for sharing these fun designs!

  7. I really like the contrast of the two styles you used – cutesy and more elegant alcohol ink backgrounds. They work so well together!

  8. These cards are so cute! I can’t believe you did all those backgrounds with alcohol inks without wearing gloves ?. I would have had blue fingers and probably Thank you for sharing these. I am feeling inspired.

  9. Vicky, your backgrounds with alcohol inks are stunning!! Love it!! Your cards are so cute!! Thanks for sharing!!

  10. I’ve never tried using the alcohol inks, but you made it look so easy. God bless you for sharing your lovely talent.

  11. I love to make my own backgrounds. Haven’t tried alchol inks, yet. Now it is probably the next thing on my list!

  12. Beautiful ocean backgrounds for these cute little narwhals! Looks like a fun project; I’ll have to try it soon. Thanks for your inspiration.

  13. You certainly do have steady hands when stamping!! I know I don’t!!! (Ask me how I know that!!!!) The alcohol inked backgrounds are perfect for the narwhal and I agree the backgrounds with a darker and lighter color blend to a striking result. I’m still learning about how to use alcohol inks so I appreciate you sharing your experience. Thanks for the video, Vicky! I was watching Tim Holt’s live on the Ideaology release when notice came to my inbox that there was a video waiting for me to watch from you! It’s been a good day so far! The creative juices are beginning to flow again.

  14. Such fun cards! Your alcohol ink backgrounds are perfect for those cute narwhals. After watching your video I think I may finally be brave enough to give alcohol inks a try. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  15. Amazing backgrounds and cards! I’m just learning how to do things like this and subscribed to your newsletter. Thank you for sharing your talents!

  16. Beautiful backgrounds. I have a nice collection of alcohol inks and recently ordered Yupo and lift ink. Excited to try them out.

  17. Cute cards!
    Love your alcohol ink backgrounds!
    I have yet to try the alcohol inks, so far I have only worked with distress inks and LOVE them!
    Thanks for sharing.

  18. Such wonderful cards and colors. The only thing that I achieved with alcohol inks was to make a mess and to stain my hands. haha haha ???

  19. Love your cards with their gorgeous ocean backgrounds! This is just the BEST new Simon Says Stamp release! 🙂

  20. Giggles to the narwhals! The water backgrounds are really really nice! I get it tee hee star fish! There are so many wonderful turns in this release to keep you coming back! I’m loving this!

  21. Simply inspired. The lift ink on the denim background has great contrast. You just gave me an idea for another card. Thank you so much for your inspiration!

  22. You have inspired me to get out my alcohol inks again. Thanks for the tip about leaving some white space. It really did enhance the background!

  23. The alcohol inks give your backgrounds
    the necessary glow of water for the
    narwohls. Fantastic cards.
    thanks for sharing

  24. Hi, Vicky – You are one of my favorite online crafters and I love listening to / watching you create. Your backgrounds are PERFECT for these little narwhals. Great job!! TFS!
    Lori S in PA (USA)

  25. Thank you, Vicky. These cards are just darling, and I love how you showed the technique with the alcohol inks! 🙂

  26. Alcohol inked underwater background; I like it! I love the whales, so I’ll have to try your method. Thank you for making and sharing your cards on the blog hop.

  27. I love using alcohol inked backgrounds. These are perfect for ocean/water effects. Love the narwhals!

  28. Your cards are so cute. I have never tried alcohol inks. You make this technique look so easy the backgrounds are perfect for the narwhal stamps!

  29. You have inspired me to dig out my alcohol inks and give this technique a try. Adding the isopropyl alcohol first seems to be a winning idea. Thanks to SSS for another great card kit!

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