Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Altenew Academy Level 2 Course: Magical Markers Techniques

Hello Friends!  Today I'm sharing a card created for the Altenew Academy Level 2 Course:  Magical Markers Techniques.  This course focuses on tips, tricks and techniques for using your Alcohol Markers in creative ways.  

For my card, I've used the Altenew "Cotton Comfort" Stamp and Coordinating Die Bundle to create a Sympathy Card.  I don't have a need for this type of card at the moment thank goodness, however I thought the Cotton Blooms lent themselves to a Sympathy card.  


  1. To start my design, I wanted to create a card that had a soft color palette so using medium shades of pink and blue alcohol markers, I laid down color on vellum.  There was no rhyme or reason to how I added the color; I just scribbled the color on using the markers' broad tip.
  2. Using an eye dropper, I applied 91% Isopropyl Alcohol to the vellum and moved the alcohol ink/isopropyl alcohol mixture around with a Rocket Air Blaster.  The colored areas dried almost immediately due to the alcohol evaporating so quickly.  
  3. Using a stamp positioner, I stamped the images directly onto the colored side of the vellum.  TIP:  Because I've stamped on Vellum and did not use a Solvent Ink such as Staz-On, I must heat emboss because the pigment ink will not dry on this non-porous surface.  
  4. Using the coordinating dies, I cut the images and set aside to prepare the card panel and sentiment.
  5. The background was a little too plain for my liking so I embossed the panel with a leaf patterned folder.  
  6. The sentiment; from the same stamp set, was stamped and heat embossed using fine detail white embossing powder.  TIP:  When embossing, remember to use your anti-static powder.  When I heat emboss on black card, I add more anti-static powder than I think I need.  This always ensures I get a crisp emboss.
  7. I arranged the cotton picks and once I was pleased with the layout, I picked it up with Press and Seal Plastic Wrap.  This is my "go-to" method for picking up arrangements and guarantees I won't have to fuss with it again once I have it the way I want it.
  8. To adhere the vellum to the panel, I carefully applied liquid adhesive to the thick parts of the image outline.  I purposely left some areas of the image without adhesive so there would be a bit of dimension.  The sentiment strip was popped on craft foam.  



This completes my class project and I'm pleased with the result.  This was a fun class and I enjoyed the planning process.  This particular technique was not shared in the course however the course provided the ideas and I provided the design. 

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

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16 comments:

  1. SO GORGEOUS!! It looks so soft!! Like it would feel soft to touch!

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  2. WOW ... so, so pretty Donna! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Blue & White’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
    Darlene
    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS

    P.S. Are you aware of the new color challenge that began just this month? It’s called COLORFUL OPTIONS CHALLENGE and the January color is BLUE … I hope you’ll come share this beauty with us (ends on 1/28).

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  3. 💙 this! I really like the idea of the cotton blooms as the focal point for a sympathy card. Precious! Thank you for joining us at the Colorful Options Challenge. I hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Makira CO DT

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  4. Oh Donna this is absolutely gorgeous - love the soft colours!!
    Thank you for sharing this beauty with us at Word Art Wednesday
    Stay safe
    Blessings
    Maxine WAW DT

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  5. This is a very sweet card, sorry that it is a Sympathy one though. I love your design and layout and that oh so soft splash of blue. Well done! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Double D, Blue and White--Winter Optional-- Challenge. Donna, DT Member.

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  6. Beautifully done. I have a 'cotton' wreath over my fireplace for winter, I love it so this reminds me of that!! Thank you for joining our challenges at Double D and Colorful Options!
    Diane DD DT and CO DT {Nellies Nest}
    {Double D}

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  7. Thanks so much for playing in our challenge at Colorful Options!
    Darlene
    COLORFUL OPTIONS CHALLENGE
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS

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  8. Beautifully designed sympathy card. Thanks for joining us at A Place to Start this month for our "Anything Goes" challenge

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  9. Great technique - lovely result!
    Thanks for sharing with Addicted to Stamps and More!

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  10. Awesome project. I love it. Thanks for entering your card at Penny's Paper crafty challenge
    Superrrrrr je kaart. Echt tof. Leuk dat je meedoet met onze challenge bij Penny's Paper crafty challenge
    Hugs
    Claudia
    DT Penny's Paper crafty challenge
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  11. So elegant Donna, many thanks for sharing and joining us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

    B x

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  12. Beautifully elegant and I love the soft colours and subtle embossing. Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month.
    Pinky

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  13. Lovely sweet card. Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create this month. Judy DT

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  14. Sympathy cards are always difficult! I think your card strikes the perfect creative balance! Thanks for sharing with us at A Place to Start!
    Hugz,
    Chana Malkah, Owner

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  15. Once again, your card is beautiful and wonderfully appropriate!

    Thanks for stopping by our house at 613 Avenue Create !
    Hugz,
    Chana Malkah, Owner
    Redora Lee Designs . My Blog
    A Place to Start , Challenge Blog
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