Drunken Watercolor Powders

by Jenny Hall

Use rubbing alcohol with watercolor powders for a uniquely blended background.


  • Glossy cardstock cut to fit stamped image
  • Mister bottle
  • Rubbing alcohol (70% used here)
  • Watercolor powders (Brusho Crystal Colour used here)
  • Paper towels
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (Stampin’ Up!® products used here: VersaMark stamp pad, heat tool, anti-static bag, gold embossing powder, Beautiful Promenade stamp set, Beautiful Layers Thinlits dies, Big Shot, Whisper White cardstock, Sahara Sand stamp pad, Gold Faceted Gems, tape runner adhesive, double sided foam adhesive)


  1. Step 1

    Fill water mister with rubbing alcohol. Spray a fine mist of alcohol onto the shiny side of the glossy paper.

  2. Step 2

    Sprinkle the watercolor powder directly onto the wet paper.

  3. Step 3

    Give time for the reaction on the paper and if needed, add another mist of alcohol.

  4. Step 4

    For this project, a second color was applied to another panel in the same manner. Allow all paper panels to dry completely before moving on.


    If paper is warped, place it under a book when completely dry or bend the paper back the opposite direction.

  5. Step 5

    The panels can be used as you prefer. In the sample, they have been stamped and embossed in gold and die cut with the coordinating dies.

  6. Step 6

    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 Drunken Watercolor Powders. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I love this! Now I know I need to get some powders!
muscrat  |  Wed Oct 3, 2018 at 2:02 AM
Rubbing alcohol can be toxic when inhaled.
Candy Clouston  |  Wed Oct 3, 2018 at 3:42 AM
Thank you. I hadn't thought of using glossy CS with my Brushos but now I will give it a try. Great tutorial.
Linda Tarolli  |  Wed Oct 3, 2018 at 3:56 AM
What a great technique...can't wait to give it a go!! Best part is that I have all supplies in my stash and is so versatile!! Thanks...tons of ideas going thru my head!!
jmhoffmann  |  Wed Oct 3, 2018 at 4:51 AM
Love this effect. I am curious - why is rubbing alcohol better than just misting with water?
Gillian Birch  |  Wed Oct 3, 2018 at 5:22 AM
I have to try this! I'm always looking for new techniques to use my powders because I always seem to make such a mess with them!
Carol Coneeny  |  Wed Oct 3, 2018 at 5:52 AM
Oh, Jenny, what a WONDERFUL tutorial today! I love the results and the wonderful card design. You sure made it very doable, and one of these days I just might have to try it. It was wonderful to hear your voice today too!! Thanks for the step-outs and for taking the time to do a video! Hugs and love! xoxo
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Wed Oct 3, 2018 at 8:06 AM
so pretty, never tried the alcohol with the brusho
conniecrafter  |  Wed Oct 3, 2018 at 8:09 AM
Such a fun technique & beautiful results! Love your background stamping & layout--stunning card!
Greta H  |  Wed Oct 3, 2018 at 9:34 AM
This is pretty awesome. Thinking this might work well for Pointsettia Christmas cards! Thanks.
Gulffire  |  Wed Oct 3, 2018 at 1:00 PM
Never mind, didn't read the disclaimer. i'll get on another browser. Sorry. Jean
Jean Kanack  |  Fri Oct 5, 2018 at 11:06 AM
I enjoy creating my own backgrounds for my projects and I am going to try this. Thanks for sharing... bless you.
Sheila Hatfield  |  Fri Oct 19, 2018 at 6:40 PM

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