Coloring with Alcohol Markers

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. DO NOT use Stazon ink, as this is an alcohol base ink pad and it will smudge when you start coloring. 
  3. 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.
  4. Add the darker shade next and then blend it with the lighter shade. 
  5. 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.
  6. Use circular motions for blending the colors as this will help smooth the coloring.
  7. When you finish blending you will see a lot more of the ink transferring to the back of your cardstock.
  8. 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. 

          Learn how to color with alcohol markers using the hand penned petals bundle from Stampin' Up!       Learn how to color with alcohol markers using the hand penned petals bundle from Stampin' Up!

          Learn how to color with alcohol markers using the hand penned petals bundle from Stampin' Up!       Learn how to color with alcohol markers using the hand penned petals bundle from Stampin' Up!

          Friendship  card using the Hand Penned Petals bundle from Stampin' Up!       Friendship  card using the Hand Penned Petals bundle from Stampin' Up!

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?

          decorating the inside of your cards       decorating the inside of your cards

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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  🥰

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Cute Friendship Cards

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Would you want to make a set of cute Friendship Cards with the Kangaroo & Company set? If so you are in for a treat! As today I will be sharing with you three cute Friendship cards that you can send to your friends. 

But first let me share with you that today I am participating in a blog hop where my fellow demonstrators and I will be sharing some card ideas to inspire you. So please visit all blogs participating today, as you will get lots of great ideas and inspiration for your next crafting time. 

Without ado, let’s get started! 

Cute Friendship Cards with Kangaroo & Company 

The Kangaroo & Company set has a cute momma Kangaroo image that when you die cut it using its coordinating die set, you get a pouch where you can add some other accessories. You can customize this cute little momma Kangaroo with a baby kangaroo, flowers, gifts or like in my case with an envelope. 

I decided to use the envelope image on my cards, because I wanted to make “just because” cards for my friends. That way they are ready to go the next time I want to send a note to one of my friends.  Below the picture…

What do you think? 

How to make three cute friendship cards using the Kangaroo & Company bundle from Stampin' UP!

I really think they turned out super cute! don’t you agree?

One of the things I loved about this set is that you can use the images for multiple techniques. In the cards today I use a very simple technique.

I stamped the image in color cardstock (Cinnamon Cider) and then added highlights with the alcohol markers a.k.a. Stampin’ Blends. This added a nice look to the Kangaroo, but it was not a lot of work. 

Give it a try! I know you see how easy this was..  below you can find the video tutorial where I go step by step on how to color it with the alcohol markers, so make sure you watch it.

You can use this technique anytime you want to make several cards of the same design. Specially because this does not take too much time, plus it does not get overwhelming.   

The Color Combination

As far as the color combination, I used the Snail Mail Designer Paper as my inspiration for the color combo. 

I thought of this paper pack, mainly because I knew I wanted to put the envelope in the Kangaroo’s Pouch, and that trigger me to use this paper. 

Plus I really wanted to use the little heart embellishments that comes in the Snail Mail Suite. 

Card Sketches & Other Details 

As usual, I love using sketches and here you will see the sketches I used for each of these cards.

If you ever struggle with coming up with card ideas, then make sure you give it a try to sketches! I know the will hep you get creative in a snap! 

Cute Friendship handmade card using the Kangaroo & Company Bundle from Stampin' Up!

As for the coloring of the focal point on all of these cards, I used a very simple technique for the Kangaroo. 

You can see in this close up from of the Kangaroo more details of the coloring.

For instance it is soft, but you can see that I added cheeks on the kangaroo, and then added a darker color for the nose, compared to the highlights in its body. 

Like I said, this is a very simple technique but the finished product always makes it look really nice. 

Also you will notice in this close us that you can play with the designer series paper patterns, as you can mix and match how you position them.. 

And you can also play hearts, in this close up, you can see that I colored the line heart image by adding lines in different directions, and added the resin hearts on one side. 

However on the cards from this post, I used a solid heart stamp image and added the resin heart on the same section. This was made by design, since the patterned on the background had the little hearts and these would get lost in the card.  

So always play with the elements of your cards and change positions depending of what you have! 😉

Below you will see the three cards and the video tutorial to make each of them. 

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          sketches to play      How to make three cute friendship cards using the Kangaroo & Company bundle from Stampin' UP!

The Video Tutorial 

And as mentioned previously, here is the video tutorial so you can see step by step how to make these cute Friendship Cards. I go over measurements and explain exactly how to color the Kangaroo. 

At the end of this post you will see the full supply list, with links to my online store, so if you want to purchase any of these items to make these cards you can just click on the pictures below. 

If you liked these cards and want to see one more card idea using this cute stamp set, you can click the image below to see all the details on this card. Or you can read this post. 

Cute Friendship handmade card using the Kangaroo & Company Bundle from Stampin' Up!

Blog Hop Line Up!

And as mentioned at the beginning, make sure you visit all the participating blogs. I know you will get lots of inspiration from my fellow demonstrators participating today! 

Below 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  🥰

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Three Cute Friendship Handmade Cards

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With Valentines being tomorrow, I am sharing three cute friendship handmade cards that you can send to your love ones during this month… But apart from that this post is actually part of a blog hop, which theme is Friendship and Valentines.

So if you are looking for ideas or inspiration related to friendship or valentines, then you will hoping with us.. Not to mention that the group participating in today’s blog hop is amazing! I know you will find lots of ideas and will get so inspired to craft right away!

Bet let’s get started! 

Three cute Friendship Handmade Cards 

For the cards I am featuring today I decided to use the “Love You Always” suite, mainly because I wanted to use the designer series papers from this collection. 

There are three paper packs that coordinate beautifully. The Love You Always specialty paper comes in three colors, and all sheets have a beautiful foil in the same color! So the paper just looks super luxurious, making your cards stand out even more. 

The True Love designer series paper is all in white and black, so this is great for backgrounds, as well as coloring the larger images, like I did in my cards. 

And finally the Love You Always Foil sheets, as its name says it, it is foil paper. And it comes in the same colors as the Love You Always specialty paper. So these two coordinate so nice when using them together!

Cute Friendship Handmade Cards

The Color Combination 

Since I wanted to use the Rococo Rose paper from the Love You Always Specialty paper pack, I decided to go for the following color combination. 

Following the colors from the paper packs makes it easy to pick color combinations for your cards. So if you have ever struggle with color combination ideas, try to use colors from the papers you want to use. You will see that then the rest comes super easy.

 

Sketches & Other Details 

And as usual, since I had already picked the paper I wanted to use, I just needed to pick sketches to come up with my card ideas..

Below you will see all sketches and the cards I made with that in mind. 

The first two cards are fun folds, so make sure you watch the video tutorial to see how to put these cards together. Additionally, I colored the flowers from the True Love designer series paper using the alcohol markers and then cut them out with the scissors. This helped me tremendously with embellishing my cards as you can see in the cards bellow. 

For all the cards, I used the foil in the coordinated color. However, please note, that I usually just add a little bit of the foil in my cards, to not overwhelm the design but instead to highlight some areas.

If you ever want to use the specialty paper like foil, and are struggling with how to use it, I would suggest to start with little accents like banners, or detailed dies that will show little, or maybe for a word die cut as I showed in these cards. Believe me this would help you get more confident using these type of specialty paper. 

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sketches to play      Cute Friendship Handmade Cards

sketches to play      Cute Friendship Handmade Cards

Also, if you liked this post and want a couple of extra projects using exactly the same supplies make sure you see the following post! I know you will love this card and this cute treat holder that you can make in no time to give your loved ones! 

The Video Tutorial 

If you want to see how to make these cards step by step, then make sure you check out the below video tutorial. I go over all the measurements and colors that I used, as well as crafting tips that you will find helpful for when you are making cards. 

Also in this video I go over how to color with the alcohol markers to get a nice blending of the colors in your flowers, so make sure you watch this one.

If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below. 

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The Blog Hop Line up

And as mentioned at the beginning, this is part of a blog post with an amazing group of card makers and paper crafters, so make sure you hop with us and visit all participating blogs. 

you can click on the button below to go to the next blog, or you can click on the names from the full line up. I know you will get lots of inspiration from all the beautiful designs and this team is putting together! 

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Angie McKenzie  ●  Alejandra Gomez  ●  Vicki Milyard

  Tricia Butts  ●  Rochelle Laird-Smith  ●  Annette Ball

Jo Blackman  ●  Leonie Stuart  ●  Jan Musselman

Terry Hamilton  ●  Lisa Mackey  ●  Deb Macdowell

Sue Allen  ●  Gez Carpenter  ●  Rebecca-Jo Unwin

Linda Moore  ●  Satomi Wellard  ●  Aurélie Fabre

Melissa Faust  ●  JoAnn Pollock  ●  Narelle Fasulo

Mo Rootes  ●  Karen Henderson  ●  Susan Webster

Susan Simpson  ●  Anne Marie Hile  ●  Ann Krucek

Shel Anderson  ●  Kimberley Morris  ●  Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Danielle Kassing  ●  Chris Smith  ●  Mikaela Titheridge

Elaine de Montmorency  ●  Jill Chapman  ●  Teri West  ●  Libby Fens

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  🥰

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Two Beautiful Birthday Handmade Cards You Will Want to Make!

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Do you like making and sending Birthday Handmade cards? If so, you are going to like this post. As I share with you two beautiful birthday handmade cards that you will want to make for your loved ones! 

Also, please know that this post is part of a blog hop to help you get ideas and keep you inspired! so make sure you visit all participating blogs! I know you will enjoy it! 

So let’s get started! 

How to make Beautiful Birthday Handmade Cards

For these cards, I wanted to featured the So Much Love stamp set, which has a beautiful flower that can be colored in different techniques. However for my cards I thought of focusing in just one technique, which happens to be one of favorite ways to color. This is using alcohol markers a.k.a Stampin’ Blends! 

For the sentiments I used the So Much Happy Stamp set, which is one of my favorites for birthdays as I can get a mix of fonts for the sentiments. That always catches my eye! 

Birthday Handmade Card for a Friend coloring with alcohol markers

Color Combination 

Once I know what stamp set to use, then I pick a paper pack or designer series paper (DSP) to use, as this always helps me in getting beautiful color combinations without too much trouble.

If you ever struggle with colors, I would suggest you do this. I promise you all your cards will look amazing when you follow the paper you want to use. 

So for this cards, I picked the Playing with patterns DSP, and I decided to use the purple designs.. (no surprise here, since you know I love purple!)

I added the greens in this color combo, mainly because the flower image I have has leaves.. but as you can see the main colors are shades of purple. 

3 Tips for Coloring with Alcohol Markers 

Birthday Handmade Card for a Friend coloring with alcohol markers  As far as coloring, like I mentioned I decided to go with alcohol markers!

I love these markers a lot more, as I can blend the tones and you don’t get the strokes of your coloring, which is something you would notice if you use regular markers. 

A few things are important to follow to get the best image when coloring with alcohol markers or stampin’ blends. 

1.- Use Memento ink for your stamped image.. this is key as this is a water/dye basis ink that will not be pulled as you color with the alcohol markers. DO NOT use Stazon, as you will smear the black lines as you color, since Stazon is alcohol based ink. 

2.- Add a light layer of the lighter color to the full image you wan to color – TIP – DO NOT over saturate the image with the color.   

3.- Add the shadows with the darker color, and do the blending in the middle section of your image. This will help you avoid any bleeding of ink outside the lines of your image. 

You can see on the video tutorial below how to color step by step in case these tips are not 100% clear, believe me, when you master these steps your images will look amazing every single time! 

Sketches and Other ideas

Once I have the image colored, then it is just matter of selecting a sketch that will go perfect for my focal point, in this case I fussy cut the flower, so I can use this in pretty much any layout.. 

The video tutorial below, shows you exactly how to make this card, from coloring to assembling.. 

               sketches to play     Birthday Handmade Card for a Friend coloring with alcohol markers

One thing I didn’t mention is that when I colored this flower, I also added wink of stella to the petals of the flower, this adds a beautiful shimmery look that makes your card stand out even more. 

And finally, I love adding some bling, so in this case I used the Highlight Heather stampin’ blend to color some Rhinestones. This helps to have your embellishments color coordinated, when you don’t have them in the exact color you want..  You can do this with ribbon or rhinestones. Another reason to love your alcohol markers, don’t you agree?

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Birthday Handmade Card for a Friend coloring with alcohol markers This second Birthday handmade card is actually using the same supplies and same technique for coloring, however I changed the layout of this card.

This card was inspired in a previous card I made using the Ornate Garden Suite. Interestingly it was another Birthday card .😁 

If you are interested in learning how to make this fun fold, you can see the step by step video on this post. This video tutorial shows this fun fold using the Ornate Garden Suite, but as you can see, you can make it with any paper pack you have, like I did on this card. 

So if you ever struggle with coming up with card ideas, just think of a card you have previously made and change things up.. different colors, different suites, or different techniques. I promise you, this will help you a lot!  

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However, at this time this program is closed..

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The Video Tutorial

If you want to see how to make the first Birthday handmade card idea shared on this post, make sure you watch this video tutorial. I go over measurements and step by step on how to color using the alcohol markers, I know you will love it! 

Also at the very end you can get the supply list, in case you want to purchase any of the items I show in this video. 

Blog Hop Line-up

And as mentioned before, this post is part of a blog hop to bring you some inspiration on your Sunday to keep you crafting! 

Make sure you visit all participating blogs as I am sure you will get lots of ideas and inspiration from this amazing group! 

 

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  🥰

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Non-traditional patterned paper for Easy Halloween cards to make

Do you want to see three easy Halloween cards to make using a non conventional patterned paper? If so you are in for a treat, as today I will share with you how to make these cute Halloween cards using any paper you might have.

In these cards I used the Playing with Patterns designer series paper, which has nothing to do with Halloween!! 

I shared this on my past videos, but this year’s Halloween paper from Stampin’ Up! was not really my cup of tea. It is beautiful, but I thought it was darker for my taste. I love bright colors with monsters or spooky critters the best, so I decided I was still going to make my Halloween cards using non-Halloween designer series paper for this year. 

These is my second set of Halloween cards.. If you have not see the first one you can do so here! – As you can see the first one used the Have a Hoot bundle with the Plaid Tidings designer series paper (DSP). Similar to the designer series paper I am using on these cards, the Plaid Tidings is another great DSP pack for so many occasions and it has way too many colors so the possibilities are endless. 😉

Easy Halloween Cards to make

So where do you start when making your Halloween cards?? you might ask…  Keep reading and I will take you thru the steps

Three Easy Halloween Cards to make

First thing first, we need to decide on the designer series paper you want to use. In my case, as I mentioned before, I wanted to use the Playing with Patterns DSP.  

Once you have selected the DSP pack, go thru it and see the patterns you want to use and even more important the colors that you are liking from the pack!

This step for me is the one that sets the tone of my cards most of the times! Let me explain.. If I wanted to get a “Happy” card, I would select colors that are bright and cheerful. Like in this case I wanted to have cheerful Halloween cards.

Below is the color combo that I picked form the Playing with Patterns designer series paper. 

Once you have selected the color combination you want to go for, then it is matter to decide which color you want to use as the main color and which one as the highlight. In this case I went with what I saw in the DSP.  Crushed Curry as the main color and then use Night of Navy for highlights. But Honestly I could have gone the other way around and I can guarantee you, the cards would have turned out stunning as well.  So just play with the colors and you will see!

Card Details

Easy Halloween Cards to make

Once I had selected the colors, I went ahead and picked my stamp set, and here is the thing.. before hand I kind of knew I needed to have something I could color in any color. Specially cause I knew I was going to use a non-Halloween theme DSP.

The Flight of Fancy was a great one to use as I could use image of the witch and change the colors of the outfit to any color combination I needed. 

So it made it the perfect image to use! 

TIP – Always have in mind what you want to do.. In my case I knew I needed an image I could customize so and image I can color, would be ideal, specially cause I was going to use a paper pack that is not Halloween themed!.

Because I was going to color her using blends, I stamped the image with the Memento ink. that way the alcohol markers would not pick up any of the black ink. 

To highlight the witch’s outfit I added wink of stella to her dress and her hat, which adds a glimmer look that you will love!! so try it out!

And finally, you can just play with the layout of the card using the cardstock, DSP and images you selected. One advice here is to always use one embellishment for your card, specially one that coordinates with it. In my case I used ribbon! and I honestly think, it made the card pop!

This first card was very basic and easy to follow, but I knew for next two I wanted to try using the same image, and colors but step it up with the folds so below you will see both of the fun folds I used. 

If you want to learn how to make these fun folds, make sure you watch the video tutorial below.. here is where I would show the step by step as well as the measurements of how to make all these cards.  

                    Easy Halloween Cards to make         Fun Fold cards

                   Easy Halloween Cards to make        Fun Fold cards

The Video Tutorial

Below you can watch the video tutorial, where you will see how to color the witch step by step. Plus you will learn how to make both of these easy fun folds! Both of these fun folds are super easy to make and you can use them for any card you card you are making.. so give it a try! 

And below you will find a full supply list, in case you want to recreate any of these cards! 

TIP – as you can see on the video tutorial the Flight of Fancy is very similar in their images, so you could be doing these cards but for Christmas and Valentines!! believe me you want this set as you will be able to make these cards for two more holidays!!! 

Are you taking the challenge and recreate these cards for the other two holidays? even better what if you use the same DSP????  that sounds like a great challenge!!! 😁😁😁

Share with me if you create these cards..

and Let me know if you have any questions, I would love to help you with any question you might have regarding card making.. I am serious, if you could have a private chat with me, and you could ask me anything about card making, what would you ask me?  Leave me a comment below or send your question at allie@creatingwithallie.com 

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  🥰

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Coloring with Alcohol Markers

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Have you been intimidated with the thought of coloring with alcohol markers? if this is you, then keep reading as I will be sharing with you how to color without any fuss.

Also please know that Today I am participating in “The Joy of Sets” blog hop and this month’s theme is Splish Splash, which is great for Summer. So you will get tons of great ideas to get you inspired and hopefully crafting. Please make sure you visit all the blogs participating on this hop. I know you will enjoy!  So let’s get started!

Coloring with Alcohol Markers made Easy 

Based on our theme I decided to share the cards I made with a beach theme. In this case I used the Seaside Notions stamp set from Stampin’ Up! for the cards you see below! 

Coloring with alcohol markers can be easy!

So let’s start talking about how to color with alcohol markers! But first things first, we need to go over a few things you need to have handy. 

  • A line image stamp, like the one I show for these cards
  • Memento Ink
  • Alcohol Markers – in my case I used Stampin’ Blends from Stampin’ Up!
  • Good Quality of White Card stock – I recommend the Whisper White from Stampin’ Up!

NOTE – Please note that you want to have two shades of the colors you pick for your alcohol markers, this is so that you can make some shading or blending with them. Below the list of colors I used in my cards. 

  • Petal Pink (light/dark)
  • Calypso Coral (light/dark)
  • Crumb Cake (light/dark)
  • Soft Suede (light/dark)
  • Pool Party (light/dark)
  • Bermuda Bay (light)

As you can see not only did I picked the light and dark shades of the Stampin’ blends, but also another color that would be in the same type of color family.  In this case  Petal Pink with Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake with Soft Suede, and finally Pool Party with Bermuda Bay. This will allow you to get even more dept in your color, as you will see on the video tutorial that I share later on in this post. 

Process to Color with Alcohol Markers 

So here is the process to color with alcohol markers, when you follow these steps you will see how easy this gets. Please know that the more you practice the easier it gets! I promise you give it a try and you will see how you will be improving with each piece that you color. 

Also at the beginning of your coloring journey you might want to do some samples to see which colors look great together, and if you like the color combinations, that way you will start building an eye for colors and color combos. You will get that savvy-ness to know exactly how things will look like, even before you color your images 😉

Step by Step Process

  1. Stamp the image using Memento Ink – This is super important –  since you are using alcohol markers you want to use a water base ink pad, other wise when you start coloring you will smudge or pull the black color from the image into your coloring. 
  2. Add a light hand of color to the image using the light shade of the alcohol markers.  DO NOT saturate the image, this is a light hand of color – in the images I am showing today, the image is in one color, however there are images that have sections that you might want in different colors, so you would follow these steps for each section of your image.  
  3. Add darker lines with the darker alcohol marker in areas where you want to accentuate color, or add a shadow. You could use the lines on your stamped image or you can add your own. For the images in these cards, I followed the lines of the stamp itself to add darker highlights. However, you could also follow my simple rule of seeing what is on top of something in the image and then add color to the thing that is under. 
  4. Go back with the lighter alcohol maker and in a circular motion start to blend the darker line with the lighter color, so it looks like a gradient going from light to dark. I would recommend to do the blending towards the middle of the image and avoid over saturating the edge of the images, as this could lead to some bleeding, meaning color moving outside the lines.

Once you are done blending, see if the image looks like you wanted, if you need to add a bit more of the dark color you can repeat steps 3 and 4 until your image looks how you wanted it. 

Also remember it is always better to go from light to dark as you can add more color. However, it is harder if you want to remove the color.  

Thinking of you card #1 

Coloring with alcohol markers can be easy!

 Following the steps I shared above, I colored the sea horse with Calypso Coral, the shell with the star with Crumb Cake and the larger shell with Petal Pink.

You could add little of the Calypso Coral (light shade) to the larger shell to add a bit more of color.

I cut the images and glued them down onto the stamped circle that I used for the background of these images.

 

 

Thinking of you card #2 

Coloring with alcohol markers can be easy!

For this second card I followed as well the same process for coloring with alcohol markers. 

I colored the sea horse with Pool Party and then added the light shade of the Bermuda Bay to make it a bit darker. 

Then I colored the shell with the star with Crumb Cake, And the other shells with the Crumb cake but I added Soft Suede to make them a bit darker and make them look different. Make sure you watch the video tutorial to see how to color with multiple shades.  

And if you are wondering about the background, I used watercolor to add the blue-ish color. The paper has to be watercolor paper to have this effect, you just color the background and then once it dries, you add some droplets of water and dry it with a paper towel so it removes the color on the areas where the water was. 

The Video Tutorial 

Here is the video tutorial where I show you step by step how to make these cards. On this video I show you how I colored all the images using the process I described above. 

Also if you are interested in getting the supply list for all the products I used you can click here 

Finally as I mentioned at the beginning, this post is part of a blog hop. You can go to next the blog post by clicking on the image below. I know you will enjoy the projects shown in this blog hop!

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