This past Sunday I had the opportunity to join a great Zoom class provided by Dr. Sande Woodson. She shared quite a few ways – 25 of them – to use alcohol markers that don’t involve “blending”. So, if you’re intimidated by blending, don’t be because there are many things you can do instead… or in addition to. Here’s a link to her YouTube video from the recording of the class.
Here are 2 cards I made using the techniques she shared:
For the first card the supplies I used are:
I used the Artist Markers to color the 3 bands on a 5 ¼” x 4” piece of cardstock. I then embossed the paper with the Organic Linen 3D embossing folder using my Big Shot. Next I placed a piece of 3 ¼” x 4 ½” cardstock over the bands and lined up the Hello dies to ensure they’d be placed correctly to show the color through after cutting. I taped them down with low tack tape and ran them through the Big Shot. As I removed the cuts, I was careful to keep all the little bits to fill in the letters. After cutting the Hello sentiments, I glued a 3 ¼” x 4 ½” piece of acetate behind it and then glued in the little pieces of the words on the acetate. I added some foam tape to the back of the panel and popped it on the colored card piece. To finish it I adhered that to a top folding A2 card base and added some embellishments I had on hand.
For the second card I combined a “test” of a watercolor technique Sande shared with coloring on the back of vellum.
The supplies I used are:
To begin, I stamped the large flower on vellum using WOW clear embossing ink and embossed it with white embossing powder. I think started coloring on the back side (not the side with the embossing). I colored in the lightest – Frosty Pink, then added in some Ruby Red, then put some Warm Sunshine on the tips, finally coming back with Frosty Pink over all the colors with a light touch. I did this quickly in each of the petals. To see progress, I periodically flipped it over to see what it looked like on the front side to see if I liked the look. If needed, I just would add a little of one or another color. It was really easy to do. Once complete, I fussy cut the flower.
Next I stamped the leaves on scrap cardstock using Altenew Crisp ink in Forest Glades and Evergreen. Then I merely colored in the leaves using Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades Artist Markers. Because I wanted the leaves to have dimension on the card, I glued 2 layers of scrap cardstock to the back and then fussy cut around the leaves.
For the sentiment, I used the Hello from the Craft-A-Flower set that I die cut on the first card. I colored it using the Warm Sunshine Artist Marker to tie it into the flower. Next I used the Forest Glades marker to color a bit of scrap cardstock and cut out the shadow using the shadow die from the same set. I adhered the flower using some glue dots, tucked the leaves in around that, and added the sentiment.
Thank you Sande for a great class!!!
The following is a list of the tools I used for these projects.
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