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01 October 2021

Magical Marker Techniques - AECP

 Hey crafty friends...welcome back!  Today I have my project for the second last class in level 2 for the AECP to share with you.  This has definitely taken me longer to get to this point than I had originally wanted to....some things came up, it got put on the back burner for a bit and TBH...I just got sidetracked at one point, but I am determined to finish it now!  

So for my second last class for level 2 it was all about using your alcohol markers and different ways to use them.  This class was taught by the wonderful Sara Naumann and she went over different ways to use them besides just colouring the images as we usually do.  One of the first lessons in the class Sara demonstrated using the Altenew Artist markers on a silver metal.  Now I don't have any of the Altenew artist markers yet, so I used my Copic markers in place of and I replaced mirror cardstock for the metal sheet she used...both worked out perfectly fine.  And I actually made 2 cards.....this technique is so easy and fun to do!

I absolutely love using alcohol inks and seeing how these are alcohol ink based markers they are very similar, just the inks just aren't fluid as they would be from a bottle, but  they do work the same way once down on paper or whatever surface you may be using.  So for my first card I cut down a piece of gold mirror cardstock just a bit bigger than the hello die I was going to use.  I took 3 markers - a brown, red and a purple and started to cover the entire piece with the 3 colours.  I started with the red marker and just scribbled it back and forth on an angle.  I did the same with the purple and then brown, covering about 1/3 of the cardstock with each colour.  I didn't have to worry if it was perfect or not as I was going to spritz it all with some isopropyl alcohol.  I just love the way the alcohol reacts with the ink and it just gives such a cool effect!  I then cut it out using the Mega Hello die and set it aside to do my background and I also cut out the hello a second time from black cardstock.

For my background I cut a piece of multi media paper to 4.5"x5.75" and started to blend Fossilized Amber, Crackling Campfire and Pine Needles Distress Oxide inks and then trimmed it 1/4" on all 4 sides, so that it measured 4"x5.25"...this was so that the edges of it were nice and clean, in case we had any harsh lines from the ink blending.  I then ran it through my Big Shot using the Ribbon Waves 3D embossing folder. I added some gold paint splatters to the embossed piece and wanted to bring in a bit more gold, so I dipped a paint brush in the same gold paint that I used for the splatters and ran it all along the 4 sides of the trimmed embossed piece, to give it a finished and polished look.
To assemble my card I offset the black hello die-cut a bit with my alcohol inked hello die-cut, so that it gives a slight shadow to it.  I adhered the ink blended piece to my 4.25"x5.5" black cardbase using some foam tape and then adhered my hello die-cuts to it using some clear 3D tape and then add a few flat back gold pearls to it and that's it.

For my second card I used a piece of silver mirror cardstock and coloured it the same way, but for this I used green, purple, pink, blue and red markers....to give it kind of a rainbow look and then spritzed it with the alcohol.  I cut it out using the same hello die as well as a black one for a shadow piece behind it.  Next I heat embossed in white a sub sentiment from the co-ordinating Mega Greetings stamp set.  I wanted to keep this one really simple, so as not to take away from the rainbow coloured hello die, so I cut a piece of white cardstock to 4"x5.25" and added some black splatters.  I adhered the white cardstock and the hello die-cut directly to the black cardbase using a liquid adhesive, popped up the heat embossed sentiment with some foam squares and then finished it with some black flat back pearls to tie it all together.

I really enjoyed this class and learning new ways to use our alcohol ink markers.  It is always good when you can use what you have in new and different ways...it definitely helps to stretch your supplies!  I love the look the alcohol markers gives to these hello die-cuts.  It's amazing how different they look depending on the base colour of the cardstock and obvs the colours of the markers used.  This was a fun class and there is a colouring technique that was demonstarted in the class that is on my list of techniques to try...my long list of techniques lol.

I thank you so very much for taking the time to visit my blog.  I would love to hear what you think down below and also which one is your favourite!  I hope you all have a wonderful and very crafty day!
Until next time,
Michelle 💗

Supplies used:
  • Altenew Mega Hello die
  • Altenew Mega Greetings stamp set
  • Altenew Ribbon Waves 3D embossing folder
  • Copic markers - various colours
  • 99% isopropyl alcohol
  • spray bottle
  • black and gold watercolours
  • small paintbrush
  • Distress Oxide inks - Fossilized Amber, Crackling Campfire and Pine Needles
  • Canson Montval watercolour paper
  • blending brushes
  • detail white embossing powder
  • heat embossing tool
  • VersaMark Clear Watermark ink pad
  • black cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80lb cardstock
  • Big Shot die cutting machine
  • liquid adhesive and foam tape
  • gold and black flat back pearls

2 comments on "Magical Marker Techniques - AECP"
  1. AMAZEBALLS!!!! This makes me SO happy! I always love this look!
    Thank you for submitting your work to the AECP assignment gallery.

    1. This was so fun to do! Thank you Erum :)


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