Alcoholic Butterfly :) – Tutorial


I used this technique in yesterday’s tutorial and I found it to be fairly quick and easy, but still has a great wow factor.  Here is another tutorial on alcohol inks and transparency film.


Stamps: Stampin’ Up Wonderful Wings and Toile Blossoms
Paper: Old Olive, Basic Grey Design Paper
Ink: Adirondack Alcohol Inks Butterscotch, Caramel, Latte, Lettuce and Stream, Stazon Black
Accessories: Alcohol Blending Solution, Aqua Brush, Brads, Transparency Film, Ribbon, Styrofoam Plate, Piercing Tool


Started out with a 5″x 5″ piece of transparency film and Basic Gray Designer paper.


Stamped Butterfly and flowers using Stazon Black ink.   Keep in mind that your finished image will be reversed in this technique.



Let the ink dry and then I flipped the transparency over, ink side down onto the Design paper.


Put about an inch of Alcohol Blending Solution in an Aqua brush.


Put a few drops of Lettuce Alcohol Ink on a Styrofoam plate and picked the color up with the Aqua brush and painted the leaves very loosely.  I’m painting on the side that does not have the Black Stazon on it.


Painted the inside of the flower petals loosely with Caramel Alcohol ink.


Painted the outside of the flower petals and buds loosely with Latte Alcohol ink. 


Painted the inside of the butterfly wings with Butterscotch Alcohol ink.


Painted the outsides of the butterfly wings with Stream Alcohol ink. 

Note:  if you get a bit of ink some where that you don’t want it.   Clean your brush and just use the alcohol filled aqua brush to whisk it away. :)


The butterfly was too bright for my liking so I tone it down with Caramel Alcohol ink.


Assembled card using brads to hold the transparency film in place on the card front.

Finished card!


Hey, if you like this tutorial and I haven’t bored you half to death, give me a shout out in the comments section below.  :)  I love to hear from you.

Hope your day is filled with butterflies and flowers!

84 responses to “Alcoholic Butterfly :) – Tutorial

  1. wow!! this is amazing…incentive to pull those alcohol inks out! your card is beautiful! Thanks!

  2. Definitely eye-catching! Your tutorials yesterday and today were easy to follow–thanks! I have quite a few of these inks and haven’t used them yet. I will now.

  3. WOW! this is just breathtaking! thanks so much for the wondeful tutorial!
    i am a visual gal and those help me so much!
    this is just so beautiful!!

  4. Michelle,
    Another beautiful tutorial. Thank you for taking the time to give us such a detailed map to follow. I have learned more from you in your tutorials about different techniques than I have from the last 6 years of taking classes. I have one question, how did you clean the brush in between color changes? Did you just wipe it off on paper or did you need to use blender solution? How well does the aqua brush need to be cleaned after putting blender solution inside? Did you cut down the acetate or did it come “card size”? Sorry that was three questions. I want to stay home from work now and play with all the toys.

  5. Linda asked “how did I clean the Aqua brush in between colors?” Linda, I just wiped it on the scrap paper until it ran clear again.
    “How well does the aqua brush need to be cleaned after putting blender solution inside?” I just empty mine and run water over it. It’s Alcohol based so I just leave it lay open after cleaning to evaperate any remaining solution.
    “Did you cut down the acetate or did it come “card size”?” I purchased a full size box of Transparency sheet years ago and I cut the sheets to fit the project.
    Linda, great questions!

  6. Oh Michelle this is so so pretty! thank you for taking me step by step through the process, I think I can do this! Big hugs, nancyruth

  7. Phyllis Gunn

    I have been an admirer of your art for a long time and recently visited your blog. I do appreciate your tutorials as they are very helpful and give me inspiration. With your guidance, I have created some beautiful cards and it just makes my heart sing! I’ve been toying with the idea of getting into alcohol inks but always hesitated; you’ve changed my mind. Thanks for sharing your beautiful talents. GREAT BLOG.

  8. How could any of your tutorials be boring? I could comment on each and every card you create. There just doesn’t seem to be a word great enough to describe your art with stamps!! You wow me everytime. I think I especially love the card you created with the girl on the beach from Seaside Sketches (I think that is the set, there was a series of 3 of those sets). I have always loved those sketches and never thought to create a scene like yours….will have to get the brayer out and be creative! I really love that you don’t just stick to one color scheme for sky, ground, water, what ever. You can use any colors. The Perfect Plum is gorgeous. LOVE LOVE LOVE your work! Thanks for inspiring! I will have to check out those alcohol inks and solution. That is new to me…

  9. ooooooh!!! I love both the alcohol tutorials
    On top of being a wonderful artist who gives the best tutorials and makes some of the most beautiful cards I’ve ever seen,( that was a mouthful) you are an enabler too.
    I have to start buying alcohol inks and blending solution, and stampin up here I come. Those stamp sets are wonderful.

    Thanks again

    Those transparency sheets, are they like the ones at office depot for overhead projectors? And if not could those ones be used for these projects?

  10. GASP! This is beautiful! And I see that I must start investing in those inks. WOW! Your tutorials are fantastic.

  11. Love the title (heh heh), and LOVE the card!

  12. Tonniece asked “Those transparency sheets, are they like the ones at office depot for overhead projectors? And if not could those ones be used for these projects?” Yes, they are the overhead projector sheets. :)

  13. Phyllis Rollins

    I really have to try this, and I have everything I need , glory be, I don’t have to buy a thing!!! Thanks so much for the great tutorial, your work is always amazing, but I feel like this is something I could actually do :-)

  14. This is beautiful… will have to give it a try sometime soon… TFS

  15. Michelle,

    Lovely! This looks so elegant. Can you use any other medium besides the alchohol inks? Like, anything from SU and would you get the same effect? I have markers, ink pads, water color crayons. Just wondering if they’ll give same effect??

    thanks! MM

  16. Melinda asked “Can you use any other medium besides the alchohol inks? Like, anything from SU and would you get the same effect?”
    Melinda, I think the alcohol inks work because they dry very quickly on the transparency, were other inks would just lay on the top of the plastic and stay wet and smear. Alcohol based markers may work. I haven’t tried them though. :)

  17. Deb Vandersteeg


    This is an awesome tutorial. You’ve done a great job. I love this technique and can’t wait to play. Thanks again for taking the time to do this.


  18. Oh gosh, you haven’t bored me at all! I just discovered your blog a week or so ago, and subscribed immediately. I just love all the detailed cards you make….I had just purchased a brayer and you inspired me to make one of my favorite cards ever! I don’t own any alcohol inks currently, but you are certainly making me want some…your tutorials are fantastic – please keep them up!

  19. I’ve done this before. My first time doing it, I thought I was so clever. Stazon, Acetate, alcohol inks, sharpies. It was going to be a fine day. I was in my stamping happy place. I stamped Santa – it was a good, clean image too. Then I started colouring… *sigh* coming from the queen of screw-ups… I forgot to turn the image over. POOF! Santa’s face was gone… It was so bad that it couldn’t even be salvaged as an altered art project. *snort*

    Terrific tutorial Michelle!


  20. I’m so glad you started blogging. I’ve enjoyed seeing some of your projects at SCS but now I get to subscribe so I know when you’ve uploaded :)
    Thanks for taking the time to do a tutorial to break it all out into steps. It really helps to be able to see how your work comes together And I am always tickled to being able to peek into the creative brains of awesome artists like yourself. Adelle

  21. Thanks. Thanks a bunch. I have been sooo good at resisting the alcohol inks, and the distress inks, but after seeing this beautiful card, and the tutorial, now I HAVE to have them. I think I need to block your blog……gorgeous as usual Michelle.

  22. Oh – simply GORGEOUS! Your coloring is amazing!

  23. Michelle, you are never boring. I find your tutorials easy to follow and complete. Thanks for taking the time to take all the pictures step by step and describing in detail your process. I visit your blog everyday and hope you will continue to show us your work.

  24. Conniecrafter

    Oh I Love this one even more, Great colors, pretty stamping, awesome paper for the bg! Beautiful!

  25. Love it…totally love it..It has such a wow factor..and such easy!
    though I have none of the products to make this card..I love the colors you used..fabulous!

    Thanks for doing such wonderful tutorials..I had subscribed to your gallery in SCS and now I’m glad I know how you do such wonderful cards!!


  26. I love this card!!

  27. Oh Michelle I love this! Really has a super wow factor! TFS!!!

  28. Do you stamp on the rough or smooth side of the transparency? I’ve been teaching stamping for years now and your blog is the first one that I can’t wait to check out in the morning. I know I will get inspired to do something creative.


  29. Lisa asked “Do you stamp on the rough or smooth side of the transparency?”
    Lisa, my transparencies don’t have a rough side, but for those transparencies that do, I would do my stamping on the rough side and painting on the smooth side. :)

  30. Julia (Artystamper on SCS)

    Wonderful technique Michelle! can’t wait to try this out! I’m using up all the color ink on my printer printing out your daily tutorials!!

  31. I’ve just recently discovered your blog and your beautiful art. I really appreciate your techniques which are so simple yet produce such lovely art pieces. I like to give cards that I put my time & effort into to show that I care and I am sure I’ll try some of your techniques. I have used the brayer quite a bit in the past and I think I”m going to have to buy alcohol inks and transparencies next!

  32. Michelle, thanks for answering everyone’s questions, now I don’t have to ask! LOL! Your card is just so beautiful! I’ve been playing with my acetate the past few days doing a polished acetate technique so now I’ll have to pull out my butterflies and play with them using this technique! Thanks for the inspiration!

  33. Gidget-Trish

    This is another awesome card! You should have shares in the alcohol ink stock market as sales are going to soar because of your great tutorials! I have no alcohol inks but now, of course, I want them too…..just like everyone else who follows your work. 😀 I also want to thank you for the great site with video tutorials that you had on your blog yesterday. I plan to spend some time on there too. Thanks so much for all your sharing. I’ve been a teacher all my career and I must tell you that your tutorials are very well done in teaching your methods. Keep up the fantastic job!

  34. Absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for the tutorial. Your talent is amazing and it is so good of you to share your knowledge. I have the inks but have only used them once or twice. God Bless!

  35. Gorgeous as always, thanks so much for the great tutorial

  36. Michelle! This is such a fabublous beauty! I love the colors!

  37. Absolutely FABULOUS!!!

  38. Um…WOW! I think it’s all been said, but I wanted to say how pretty this is. Your design goes so beautifully with that background paper. You are so amazing with all of your ideas! You are just the best, and thanks for all of lessons and sharing your art!!!!

  39. Judy Gabriel

    WOW! Another amazing card. I love everything you do and the tutorials are so educational. Thanks again for sharing. Judy

  40. Thanks! Your tutorials give me inspiration to get my, uh, stamps in gear! Thanks!

  41. This is gorgeous, I can’t wait to try it myself. Tomorrow I’m picking up a Staz-On pad!

  42. Harriet Skelly

    Michelle your tutorials are perfect for me – I am a visual learner and I can step through your tutorials with ease. Thank you so much for taking the time to make these every day! You are awesome!

  43. Love it love it love it…. you are amazing!!!

  44. Thanks for sharing your tutorials with us all. I just recently found your blog and I love it! I can’t wait to try this technique.

    Melissa Cash

  45. Barb (GrandmaUpNorth)

    thank you so much for the tutorial. I absolutely love this card! You make it sound so easy, but I know its not!!! However, it gives me the desire to try it!!

  46. I do not have alcholol inks but I must buy some.. this is abeautiful card. You are truely talented and I enjoy reading your blog daily. thank you for the inspiration to become better!


  47. Wow! Another great tutorial and more product to buy! I always wondered what to use those alcohol inks for, thanks for enabling me. Really love your blog…you are amazing!

    Shawn K.

  48. I think this is fantastic. My only complaint is this: You are enabling me to go buy more stuff! LOL

  49. Wow! I absolutely love your work! Thank you for sharing your techniques!!!

  50. Be still my beating heart! Stunningly gorgeous has left me speechless!

  51. so adorable! I can’t take my eyes of it!
    Many greetings from Germany!

  52. You bring such art to stamping–you’re so amazing! I find it fascinating that you have immense talent as an artist…you don’t even need stamps to make beautiful images, yet you enjoy this medium as well. You write wonderful tutorials, too. It’s very generous of you to share so freely. Everything you make is breathtaking!

  53. Wow what a beautiful card! I went to search for my alcohol inks.. Thanks for the tutorial.

  54. I love all your tutorials. I greatly admire your use of colour. I must break out of my ‘pastel box’.

  55. You say the image will be reversed in this technique. Could one not have the stamped image on the outside and the coloring on the inside of the transparency/card?

  56. Etha asked “You say the image will be reversed in this technique. Could one not have the stamped image on the outside and the coloring on the inside of the transparency/card?”

    Etha, I don’t see any reason you couldn’t do it that way. Thanks for pointing that out. :)

  57. This is a wonderful tutorial, thank you very much!

  58. Sue (Snellybelle)

    Beautiful, just like everything else you touch!
    I bought Alcohol Inks a couple months ago because I saw something that struck my fancy and I couldn’t live without those alchohol inks for another minute. Last week I looked at the unopened package and couldn’t for the life of me remember why I had bought them. Thanks for giving me a new reason, I won’t forget this time ’cause I check your blog at least 3 times a week. Thanks so much for sharing your talent!

  59. This is beautiful work. Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial with us. I can’t wait to try it!

  60. This is absoleutly fantastic. Will have to try this technique.

  61. Thanks Michelle for another wonderful tutorial!

  62. What a stunning tutorial, Michelle. Nancyruth just pointed it out to me. I have a question. Does the alcohol blending solution have to be put in a closed container like the aqua brush or could I use it like water and dip a regular brush in it? I guess I am wonderfing if it would evaporate if in an open container????? I cannot paint worth a darn with an aqua brush. I am so intrigued with this technique although I do not own any alcohol ink. Cha-ching!!!!! Maybe it would be better if you told me you couldn’t paint with an open container of the solution.

    As always, Michelle! I am amzed at the lovely work you do with your colors and painting.

  63. Kittie asked “Does the alcohol blending solution have to be put in a closed container like the aqua brush or could I use it like water and dip a regular brush in it?” Kittie, I think you could put just enough for the project in a container and dip your brush into it. I don’t think it would evaporate that quickly, but I wouldn’t plan on storing it that way. So get those alcohol inks, I’m excited to see what you come up with!

  64. What is the name of the Basic Gray designer paper? The only place in my city is Hobby Lobby and the only BG paper they have comes in packages. Maybe they will have it, if i know the name of the paper. Thanks

  65. Jerri Jimenez

    Wow, Michelle, this card is stunning! What a wonderful tutorial you’ve put together. I have alcohol inks and have only used them once. Thanks for sharing this technique, I think I’ll pull out my inks and experiment.

  66. Smallcity asked “What is the name of the Basic Gray designer paper? ”
    Smallcity, the Design Paper is one of Basic Grey’s from their Perhaps line. I buy the 6″x6″ Paper pads, so I don’t know exactly what that particular paper is named.

  67. You provide the best tutorials! I know it takes a lot of time typing each step, but it’s so well worth it because of the inspiration they provide to get started on casing your beautiful work. Thank you so much for your time and for sharing your talent with the “less fortunate” :-)


  68. Thanks Michelle for letting me know what the paper was. I will hunt me a pack of “Perhaps” down. I love all of Basic Gray papers.


  69. Carol Hinton

    I love this card! This is a great and easy way to use alcohol inks. I’ll have to try this. TFS

  70. Today is my first time seeing your work and it’s beautiful! Thanks so much for the wonderful tutorials; I always wondered how to use the alcohol inks and this answered any questions I had. I plan on buying the alcohol inks now. Thanks again.

  71. Michelle, I just found your blog a little over a week ago and quickly subscribed. Now, when I come home at night, before I start dinner or do anything else, I check my email to see and learn about another one of your wonderful cards. Your tutorials are fantastic and being a visual learner, I love the step by step instructions. I made a similar card tonight with my alcohol inks. I had always used them as a background and had never painted with them before. Thank you for your wonderful cards and inspiration.

  72. giggle- I was expecting maybe a hiccuping butterfly with the title of Alcoholic Butterfly!
    Simply gorgeous card- thanks for teaching us your beautiful techiques.

  73. This is one of the most elegant cards I’ve seen using transparencies and alcohol inks. Yet your tutorial is clear, simple and easy to follow. Thanks a million for a fantastic use of two of my favorite art supplies. This is my first visit to your blog, but I’ll definitely be watching for more exciting projects.

  74. WOW! This is absolutely gorgeous!!!

  75. I have never posted a remark before but this is just TOOOOO beautiful a card but more so (or equally terrific) are the terrific directions you have given. Thank you so much. How come I never found your site before. You are bookmarked now.
    Thank you.

  76. Just stunning! Your card & butterfly are gorgeous and your tutorial as usual is a work of art. Hope it’s ok if I link you up? Thanks for sharing it all! :O)

  77. Nichole Taylor

    Love this! Thank you for the tute!

  78. Beautiful, enjoyed your tutorial.

  79. Thank You, for sharing your knowledge through your tutorals. I didn’t know that you could use the blending solution in my aqua brush! I must try this technique out! Found You from the ‘How do I use my Brayer’ link over at SCS. Many Thanks

  80. Your work is breath taking and I can’t even imagine myself doing the things you do. I have been getting your e-mail for quite a while now and just found all of your neat works of art all lined up. I think I am going to try my hand an some of the easier works but I don’t have that kind of ink and I can’t get out to get it. All I have is Stampin’ Up and Stazon along with a few others. Thank you so much for sharing. Karen B.

  81. Outstanding tutorial! You saved me a hell of a lot of agony. Really, thank you.

  82. Hi Michelle,
    I just have to tell you that I think this is a fabulous tutorial, love the results. I haven’t played with my alcohol inks in jonks but I am going to go dust them off and give this a try. Stunning result, I love it! I will definitely be popping in here more often…
    Have a great day!

  83. This is amazing. I have tried the AI directly onto transparency but one colour bleeds into the other. I never dreamed of using my aqua brush to do this.
    Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial.
    This is a stunning card.