Break out your alcohol markers! These card backgrounds will change the entire look of your card in minutes!

These DIY card making techniques don’t require a stencil, embossing folder or die, just alcohol markers. But if that wasn’t enough, I’ll teach you how to create an incredible splatter technique that will add depth and texture to the background colors. Whether using Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Blends alcohol-based markers or not, you’re going to love this papercraft tip!

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Alcohol Marker Card Background | Video

Alcohol markers are all you need to create this card making technique. Wait until you see how easy it is to create these card backgrounds!

splatter technique tutorial






Alcohol Marker Card Background | Framed Florets

If you love to get your hands on new products before their official release, then the Framed Florets Bundle is for you! 

Alcohol Marker Card Background

For a limited time, Stampin’ Up! is offering the Fitting Florets Suite which contains limited edition designer paper, gold swirl gems and a coordinating holiday stamp set called “Framed & Festive”. The limited edition products are only available while supplies last through January 4, 2023 then they’re gone forever!

alcohol marker techniques

This background is created with easy by combining both light and dark shades of one or more colors. Allow overlap for the tones for a beautiful ombre appearance. Allow the alcohol base to the markers to evaporate then add splatters using more alcohol! 

alcohol marker card background

Alcohol Marker Card Background | Penguin Place

The percentage of isopropyl alcohol is important for the splattering technique. Instead of purchasing numerous strengths, I used the same 99.9% isopropyl that I used previously for other techniques. CLICK HERE to view those projects. I’ve linked this isopropyl alcohol for you – CLICK HERE to view it. 

handmade penguin card

This wintery scene uses a variation of blue tones for the water. The splatter provides the perfect icy feel which is enhanced by the white craft ink sponged around the inside of the die cut opening. 

diy holiday card

The original greeting was too long to represent the iceberg for this penguin. Since several phrases are separated by a bullet point on this stamp, I chose to eliminate a portion of them by simply cutting them off after I stamped. It’s a great tip for greeting stamps!

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Alcohol Marker Card Background | Joyful Flurry 

This 4″ x 4″ card is a fantastic size if you’re looking to place up a single image or accessory. The Wonderful Snowflakes are laser cut with a striking iridescent appearance.

Alcohol Marker Card Background

The Snowflake Specialty Vellum is one of my favorite products this year! The flocked and iridescent foiling sheets in this vellum package are elegant and versatile. I cut one of the foil snowflakes out using my scissors and adhered it to the top of the larger Wonderful Snowflakes. The rhinestone compliments the foil and gives this card the perfect holiday feel!

stampin up handmade christmas card by lisa curcio

Grab those alcohol markers and give this technique a try. Guaranteed addicting! 

stampin up handmade christmas card by lisa's stamp studio

Click on the red tutorial box below to view and/or download the card measurements and the supplies. Click on any product in the download and it will redirected to my online store where you can view them larger and/or add them to your cart. I offer exclusive and generous online ordering REWARDS, too!







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