Sunday 20 November 2016

2016 #22 Quick Cards {by Darcy Wilkinson}

2016 Topic 22: Alcohol Inks and Pens

Evening everyone, Darcy here with some super quick cards using Promarkers. these are my 'go to' markers whenever I want to colour in, or if i need to colour embellishments to match my project. 

Step 1. I scribbled on a non porous surface with my markers. This is a paper palette with a shiny surface and works brilliantly for this technique. 

Next add a few drops of Isopropynol until you have rewet the ink and created some nice 'bubbles'

Step 2. Easy peasy, just lay your card down onto the wet ink and let the colour transfer. 

When you lift up your card you will have a ready made funky background. Pop this aside to dry while you work on your embellishments. 

If you don't want the bubbles and rings then drag your card through the wet ink for a more blended softer background. 

Step 3. Now use them in whatever way you choose. I have made 4 small cards. Firstly I trimmed off a little from the front of the card and some from the inky background. then the coloured strip was glued inside the card. 

Step 4. Now to add some stamping. I used a variety of stamps from ESA 01 and ESA 02

I used Archival ink in Magenta, full strength on the strip inside and tapped off first before stamping onto the front panel. I then ran the Promarker around the edges. 

Step 5. Remember that alcohol ink and markers are great for colouring embellishments, including making your own bakers twine. Wrap a ruler with masking tape, then wind your white cotton yarn around, keeping the strands next to each other and not overlapping. 

Then simply draw diagonal lines with your markers. 

Once dry, unwrap and voila! you have bakers twine that matches your project. 

Step 6. To finish my cards I used Seth's dies on book pages and added them to the cards along with some twine. 

Using a black pen to outline would have been too bold so I just used a regular pencil. 

Step 7. The blue cards also have die cuts added, this time I coloured the die cut with a promarker then added clear gloss WOW embossing powder. 

I also coloured more card with a Promarker and then stamped the words from Egg and Nog 1

This time the backgrounds were stamped and then embossed again with WOW embossing powder, this gives them a lovely twinkle. 

I hope that has given you some new ideas, or reminders, of how you can use your alcohol ink markers. 


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Julie Lee said...

Great cards and such a nice quick and easy technique. No excuse not to create unique and beautiful cards now! xx

Helen said...

fabulous cards Darcy! love your self coloured twine, too.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Brilliant cards! Will be giving this a try! Chrisx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Brilliant cards! Will be giving this a try! Chrisx

Lauren Hatwell said...

Some really great ideas. Your cards are amazing. You'd never guess they were so quick to create. Lx

Artmadnana said...

Some brilliant tips in this post Darcy. Love these cards.

Deborah Wainwright said...

Love these Darcy a great idea when you have loads to do. Hugs Debsxx

Craftychris said...

Awesome technique! I am loving your cards! Thank you for the idea for the DIY bakers twine too, brilliant! xxx

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

Simply wow, such stunning cards!
Donna xx

Etsuko said...

These are fabulous card Darcy!! Love the twinkle embossing technique and self twine( this is fab idea!! ). xx

craftytrog said...

A fab collection Darcy! Some great tips and inspiration! xx

Jennie Atkinson said...

A great technique Darcy - and a fabulous set of cards! Jennie x

Craftyfield said...

I laughed when I saw your twine... been there done that! I remember when it was all the rage in the US but so expensive over here... Still a great way to make matching twine without stock all colours under the sun.
I love your alcohol backgrounds too, very subtle which is difficult to achieve with the more powerful TH inks. Great work Darcy!

Hazel Agnew said...

These are so good Darcy. Need to have a go straight away. Genius idea with the baker's twine. They might be quick but they are wonderful. Xx

Miriam said...

Some great techniques and tips.... lovely cards Darcy.

Kirsten said...

Gorgeous cards! I love the funky backgrounds.