Coloring with Artist's Loft Alcohol Markers
Happy Craftersday, everyone! I'm going to be a little shameless today and give you the low down on my alcohol markers. I am slowly amassing an alcohol marker stock pile but not the brand you would think. No, sadly, I am not gathering Copics, though those would be my brand of choice. I am collecting Artist's Loft markers which are a great alternative in my book.
I have 2 reasons that I am starting my alcohol marker career with Artist's Loft. The first, costs. Card making can be an expensive hobby and I want to save as much money as I can when I am learning better coloring techniques. This leads me to my second reason, I'm still learning. I think I would have frustrated myself if I would have started with Copics not knowing how to get the best out of them and using them on the wrong type of paper that messes up the nibs. I feel like I can give myself more breathing room to kind of mess up and get wild with a more cost effective brand, then when I get good and comfortable and feel that my level of skill has moved up, I'll level up my coloring tools in kind.
All that being said, my card today is going to focus on coloring. I am using the Hampton Art Color Me Clear stamp set "Beautiful" that a dear friend of mine from Instagram gave me (shout out to @HappyCraftyCat!!! Thanks, lady!). I am also going to be using some markers that a different IG friend gave me, @thesunshinecrafter1 (Thank you!!!). Here's a video of the whole process with written instructions to follow.
1. Stamp. Stamp your Image. Remember to use an ink that is alcohol friendly. I used Momento Tuxedo Black. For the best results, I suggest stamping using a platform. It's not required but it will come in handy. Save the stamp in the platform for re-stamping later.
2. Color. Color your image. You can keep it simple or get complex. I took some inspiration from the coloring provided on package which is always a good idea to look at on case you get stuck on how to color. Using it as a loose guide, I was able to freestyle the rest. I also traced my images with gray to give them a little more definition. Watch the video here to see the Artist's Loft colors I used. I used a ton of these and not all of them come from the standard 24 pack. Check out this Pinterest Board to see more available colors.
3. Re-Stamp. This step is why I said to leave the stamp in your platform. Pop your image in an ink your stamp with Versafine Onyx Black. You can leave this part out if you want but Momento ink isn't as dark as the Versafine. Going over the image again will give you more definition between your colors.
4. Assemble. Time to bring it all together. I cut some red color card stock to put down behind my butterflies. I stamped the "Be-you-ti-full" sentiment and I'm done.
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