My Magical Markers

Today I’ll be showing you a rather simple looking card, but it sure has some techniques in making it.  I’ve just completed the Altenew course, Magical Marker Techniques with Sara Naumann.  It puts a new perspective on ways to use your Altenew markers, and I do love mine, so this was fun, but a bit challenging.  Step outside your comfort zone.

My card today will be highlighting the technique called “press-and-spritz” using alcohol markers and glossy paper.  To make the color background of my card, I started by coloring out three rows of color on my craft mat.  I sprayed them heavily with rubbing alcohol, then I pressed my glossy (photo) paper into the colors.  This moves the color from the mat to my paper, and it dries very quickly.  I had a couple of goes at this and have some great results that I can use on cards.

Once I saw the final background, my mind went to vacation-land, so that meant using my Altenew Never Give Up stamp and die set.   I wanted to experiment with my markers a bit more, so I decided to stamp the palm trees on kraft with white ink.  Once it was dry, I tried to color on my stamp and transfer the color to my tree, but that did not work.  I preceded to use my Altenew forest glades and evergreen ink minis to stamp/color the palm trees. I partial die cut the palm trees on the left so I could slide my vacation scene into the palm trees.  Once positioned, I placed a bird die cut on the left of the vacation scene and secured it down.  I partially die cut the bird (and stamped it) so it would lift and I could use the bird and the palm trees to secure my vacation scene in the middle.

At this point, using just the kraft cardstock, I tried a technique from a previous Altenew class Impressive Heat Embossing – I sprinkled water onto the kraft background, then put various colors of embossing powder over the splatters and heat embossed. This created fleck like sparkly over the kraft background.  I was going for a sparkly, sand like, kraft background and to give the whole card a final look.

To assemble my card, I placed the vacation background between the bird and the palm trees and secured on the back side with tape. On the front, I used a few small pieces of foam tape and placed behind the big palm tree leaves and the little palm tree.  These couple of areas showing dimension help to showcase the background.  I stamped my sentiment from the same stamp set onto vellum and since I have it positioned under the bird and towards the palm trees, I can easily hide the glue holding the sentiment.

I had a lot of fun stepping out of my comfort zone with my markers on this project. I hope you might try some of these techniques as well.  I think its time for a vacation!

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