Friday, February 15, 2013

Technique Blog Hop: Alcohol Markers

Hello, and welcome to our technique blog hop!!!  This month we are showing the various uses for the new Close To My Heart alcohol ink markers.  If you are coming from Debi's blog, you are on the right track.  So, without further ado, let me show you what I have done, and what YOU can do with these fun markers!!!

I love making cards, so I came up with another one to show you.  I did use the Wishes book for a pattern idea, but I did not use the cutting instructions.  Here it is!

So, I started with the new Claire paper pack from Close To My Heart.  It's one of those that I wasn't sure I would like until I started playing with it.  Now, I LOVE it!!!  I cut the stamped paper out at 3 1/2 inches from the really smooth paper I use for Copic markers (I really couldn't say what brand that is, sorry!)  I stamped in black Memento ink.  This seems to work best for me with no smearing when I color.

I colored the image with Cranberry, Autumn Terracotta, Honey, New England Ivy, and Outdoor Denim markers.  I like to begin with the lightest color first, then add the shading with the darker color, and blend them together with the lighter color.  I colored the branch with the gold metallic marker.  After coloring the image, I distressed the papers with Saddle ink and a sponge.  I also stamped the argyle pattern with Saddle ink on the base paper.  I cut the rosette with the Artiste Cricut cartridge at 1 inch and added an old golden button from my stash.

Do you see these awesome blue pearls?!  Those used to be white!!!  I colored them with the markers!  Isn't that cool?!  You can color any white pearls or clear sparkles with these markers and get them to match whatever you are working on!  You can go over them and get them darker, just let them dry between coats for a few seconds.

I cut the flower out at 2 1/2 inches and distressed it with Saddle ink before rolling it up.  The ribbon is the Close To My Heart Color Ready ribbon.  I squashed my Outdoor Denim and Saddle ink pads onto my craft mat, then sprayed them with alcohol.  I ran the ribbon through the inks and crinkled it up and let it dry,  I love the worn look it gets by doing that!  :o)

Here is the list of supplies I used:

  • Claire paper pack
  • Saddle ink pad
  • Outdoor Denim ink pad
  • Black Memento ink pad
  • Cranberry alcohol ink markers
  • Autumn Terracotta alcohol ink markers
  • Honey alcohol ink markers
  • New England Ivy alcohol ink markers
  • Fabulous You stamp set
  • Pearl Opaques
  • Color Ready seam binding ribbon
  • Artiste Cricut cartridge (of course!!!)  :o)
  • Gold button
I hope you enjoyed the card.  Now, hop on over to Joy's blog to view more fabulous art work!!!  :o)  Don't forget to leave comments.  We all love to hear from you!

Happy Crafting!