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Welcome to the July 2021 Technique Squad Blog Hop.  Thank you so much for joining me and my fellow demonstrators today.  This month’s theme is the Alcohol Coloring technique.  I must say that I found this to be a bit of a challenge – until I discovered the importance of using the correct isopropyl alcohol.  Once I discovered the importance of using an isopropyl alcohol that was at least 91% alcohol, the whole technique became super easy.  Fortunately, it is easy once again to find this at your local drug store.  I hope you enjoy the examples I have created and that it inspires you to try this technique as well!


To make my card, I started with a piece of vellum, a collection of Stampin’ Blends and some isopropyl alcohol.  I colored random spots of color on my vellum.  You want to fill up most of the space with color, but let the alcohol do the work for you.  Drop a generous amount of alcohol on the area you have covered.  Have a tool available that will help you move the alcohol around.  A straw will work, but I found I have my best results when I used my Stampin’ Up! Heat Tool on low.  As the alcohol was moved around, the color spread as well.  I added different colors (Poppy Parade, Mossy Meadow and Night of Navy) to create my card.  Believe it or not, the card base is Polished Pink!  I love how the color changes as the alcohol moves it around.  It is such a soft look and the colors blend together so nicely. 


For a quick video tutorial on how to do the Alcohol Coloring technique, click here or on the picture below:


A couple of tips for you:

  • Use Isopropyl Alcohol 91 – anything less and the color will not move as it should
  • Use washi tape to adhere the corners of your vellum to your work surface.
  • Use a larger piece of vellum than what is needed. Cut to size once you have finished spreading the color.
  • Be generous with the alcohol. On the card pictured above, I used a capful of alcohol.
  • Use mini-glue dots to adhere to card stock. I found that using Basic White card stock behind the vellum helped to pop the color.
  • Try different color combinations, do not be afraid to try unusual combinations.

When I first tried this technique, I did not know that  the alcohol content was important.  I used what I had on hand, which was Isopropyl Alcohol 70.  I was not excited by the results and continued to research this technique.  Here is an example of a card I made using the 70% alcohol.  This created nice circles of colors, but reminded me more of the Bokeh technique. 


Thank you for hopping to my site and checking out my projects.  If you saw something you love, please contact your demonstrator to place your order.  If you do not have a demonstrator, I would love to help you!  To see the products that I used to make the Butterfly Card, click here.

Click the NEXT button to head over to Kristie Strum's blog to see her awesome project.


Here is a list of the other demonstrators in the hop in case you want to go back and look at one of the posts again.  Be sure to check out all of their blogs to see their amazing projects.

July 2021 Alcohol Coloring Technique Blog Hop Demonstrators

Nicole Mahler

JoAnn Pollock

Tracie St. Louis 

Vy Tran

Carole Garrison

Kristie Strum

Mackenzie Grimme

Rachel Tessman

Amy Rudd