Magical Marker Techniques

Alcohol markers are very versatile tools to use with card making. Traditionally they are used to color and blend stamped images. But their qualities allow you to do so much more with them especially exploring different types of surfaces to use them on.

I have a number of alcohol inks, Copics and a few of the Altenew Artist Markers. The card I made for you today only used Altenew products because I wanted to show that you don’t need a lot to create something beautiful.

I began experimenting on my glass media mat by scribbling the pens, one at a time, and adding some alcohol blending solution. Just a note here, remember to work in a well ventilated area when using alcohol products and you have to work quickly as the alcohol evaporates very quickly.

After trying lots of different techniques I liked the images that I was creating with a stencil and a dabbing motion. Initially my plan was to only use one color but there was still some red left on the felt pad which gave me a lovely hue of purple which I thought was really attractive.

Alcohol markers come into their own on non-porous surfaces and smooth surfaces. For this card I was able to create coordinating glitter cardstock and pearl embellishments by simply colouring in these surfaces with my markers.

To keep a cohesive look I added strips of cardstock that had been colored with the same inks that I used when I made a patterned piece to match using Power Pattern (Desert Night and Dusk). There was also a leftover centre piece from the Fine Frames Circle Die that I couldn’t waste especially since it could add another circle element to my card.

Finally I added the sentiment (using both inks again) and colored three adhesive pearl embellishments to complete the look. The blue fine frames have been only adhered in a few spots to create a delicate image.

Supplies used

Alcohol markers are one of my favorite mediums to use and usually you will find that I have used at least one of them on every card that I make!

Thank you for stopping by,


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