Today I wanted to share with you a few tips when coloring with alcohol markers are this is my favorite way to color. So if you have had your eye on the stamping blends a.k.a. alcohol markers but feel a bit intimidated, then this post will help you a lot.
Also, this post is part of a technique blog hop, so if you are into trying new techniques in your card projects, I would suggest you check all blogs in this hop!
I am sure you will get a couple of ideas and techniques to try out on your next crafting time.. enjoy..
Coloring with Alcohol Markers
For my cards today I decided to use the brand new hand penned petals bundle in coordination with the hand penned designer series paper.
The bundle has a beautiful line stamp set that it’s perfect for coloring with different techniques. And today I will showcase coloring with alcohol markers.
For these cards, I decided to follow the colors from the designer series paper, so that I could play with mixing colors while coloring.
See below the cards.. what do you think? Do you like them?
Some of the things that I love when using alcohol markers is that you can:
- Get vibrant colors in your projects
- Blend different colors to get a great variety of new color combinations
- Disguise the strokes, meaning you wont see the strokes of your coloring
- Make really good shadowing in your colored images.
A Few Tips when Coloring with Alcohol Markers
If you are new to coloring with alcohol markers, you might want to consider the following tips.
- Stamp your image with memento ink or any other ink that is not alcohol base. This will help you for when you are blending colors.
- DO NOT use Stazon ink, as this is an alcohol base ink pad and it will smudge when you start coloring.
- Start with a light coat of color, using the lighter shade. You can check that it is a light coat as you should not see as much of this first later on the back of your cardstock.
- Add the darker shade next and then blend it with the lighter shade.
- When blending make sure you do this mainly in the center of the image and not in the edges. This is to avoid bleeding of the ink outside the lines.
- Use circular motions for blending the colors as this will help smooth the coloring.
- When you finish blending you will see a lot more of the ink transferring to the back of your cardstock.
- Practice, practice, practice. You will see that the more your practice the easier this gets.
I hope you find these tips helpful. I promise you that I follow these steps every single time and they work really well for me, so give then a try.
The Color Combination
As I mentioned before, I followed the designer series paper to pick a color combination. You can just look at the pattern you want to use and then select the colors you want to use.
This is the easiest way to get color combinations, and it never fails! Not to mention that most of the times I can come up with color combos that I would not have thought of.
Friendship Handmade Cards
Below you will find the close ups of the cards, you can see that the first two cards were colored with alcohol markers, and the last card was colored using the coordinating stamp images and ink pads. This way you will see the difference in looks when choosing any of these techniques for coloring.
Below you will find the video tutorial where I go step by step on how to color these images, as well as putting together these cards.
For these cards, I decided to add inserts for the inside of the cards, I used a sentiment and decorated the insert with more designer series paper.
I think this added a wow factor, especially for the recipient of these cards. Don’t you agree?
Want additional card ideas?
If you liked the Hand Penned Suite and loved the cards shared today, then consider taking my card class featuring the Hand Penned Suite.
This class includes video tutorials for Six beautiful cards all different designs.
If you want to learn more about this card class, you can read more HERE
The Video Tutorial
As usual, here is the video tutorial where you will see step by step how to make these cards. I shared how to color the images using alcohol markers as well as using the stamp images in this set.
I know you will enjoy them!
Also below you will see the full supply list if you want to purchase any of these items to recreate these cards. Just click on the pictures and they will take you to my online store where you can purchase any of these items.
The Blog Hop Line Up!
Make sure you visit all the blogs participating in this hop. I know you will get lots of ideas and inspiration for your next crafting project.
below you will see the full line up.
The Supply List
You can see below the full list of Items I used to make these cards, if you click on the images below it will take you to my online store where you can purchase any of these items. I truly appreciate your continuous support 🥰
Want to remember this post for later? Save these Friendship Card Ideas in your favorite board!