I just wanted to touch base with all of you. Its the CRAZY season! Christmas cards, decorations, gift giving and a little pinch of kids to go along with it all and you have a fun and busy holiday.
Hi everyone! I just wanted to rant on for a bit. While I know that we all love to craft, the problem at times comes with inspiration. Coming up with an idea for your next big project at times can be daunting.
The battle is on to figure out which is better, purchasing a Cricut machine or wafer dies.
I had a very busy weekend. With Halloween fast approaching I'm preparing for my kid's, as well as that of greeting cards, kits, and decorations. Did I fail to mention I have a husband and a full time job too.
Phew! I'm tired just thinking of it.
Recently I had posted a few videos that peaked the interest of one viewer. Her question to me was "What kind of makers are those?"
My response, "Alcohol markers."
One would think, that it's just any other marker. Well I beg to differ. When I first started with my stamping and card making, I started watching these online video tutorials and the majority used the wonderful markers that just blended the colors so well. Of course me being me...I thought, "I CAN DO THAT!!!!" So I ran out to my local neighborhood Michael's craft store and found some cheap dye in markers. When I got home I was so excited that I took out my stamps and started to go into a stamping frenzy on white chard stock. When I finally finished my stamping and set myself to the task of coloring...BOY was I ever disappointed. These markers wouldn't bled out. They just overlapped each other leaving these ugly streaks of lines and horrible color combinations.
So I decided that I wanted to find out exactly what kind of markers these card crafters were using. I watch video after video, read online crafting tutorials and searched out different marker types. I finally came across one video that mentioned the "ALCOHOL MARKERS" and I went crazy trying to find some.
I was so disappointed because they were so expensive!$$$ I had gone back to Michael's one day and found that they sell the "Holy Grail" I was so desperately looking for...ALCOHOL MARKERS (drooling). Then I saw the price and cried myself to sleep that night. Every time I went to Michael's I would stare through the glass encasement at my beautiful, lovely, ever so expensive markers.
Finally...one day I hit the mother load! There was a great area sale and I was able to purchase a set of 75 markers for $50 less than the original price. I ended up paying a whopping $150 for them. IT WAS SO WORTH IT!!! I went home (this time I only made out one stamped image) and tested them out. This was the best investment ever. I will let you draw your own opinion from the video below.
Alcohol marker blend perfectly and allow your stamping to really stand out. It's especially fund if you like to color. The markers usually come with dual tips. The best type of tip for blending is the brush tip. This allows control of the color as well as being a great tool for fine line coloring. There is one particular type of marker that blends with itself. In oder words it gets darker with each application after drying. This is awesome because you don't have to buy multiple shades of markers, where one can just cut it, but you won't always get the result you would like.
Some brands are:
Chameleon (self blending)
I personally use the PrismaColor markers, but I like Copic as well.
I hope this helps and entertains!
HeartcraftPaper was founded by Monica in 2016 as a site to teach and inspire others to be creative. Her love of craft begin in youth and has been crafting with just about anything, from sewing, embroidery, paper craft, drawing, to painting.
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