It’s a fact that I’m not a great colorist. I’ve haven’t been practicing for long and most of my cards don’t feature a lot of coloring, moreso stamping and diecutting, but I so adore the cards I see other cardmakers create with alcohol markers. I began looking at Copics but they’re just way outside my budget. Thankfully, one of my crafty friends gave me some of hers to try out. I really like them, however to really get more into them, I need the basic colors and shades which I don’t have. So, I looked around for some alternatives and that’s when I found out about Studio 71 alcohol markers.
I looked at several YT videos on this set before I invested in them. First the price point was reasonable and you get a lot of colors! They work very similar to Copics, for instance, the numbering system for the colors are similar. I do think the Studio 71s color a bit brighter on paper than Copics or maybe that’s just me! LOL! The only drawback I saw is that the Studio 71 markers aren’t refillable, but for a beginner like me, I don’t think that’s a problem since I don’t color everyday or even every week.
The first thing was to decide what stamp set to use and I decided on “Thankful Flowers” by Simon Says Stamp. I wanted a large cluster of flowers because I knew I’d stamp them on both sides of my card panel. I used a trick from Jennifer McGuire’s video here where you put two card panels on your Misti tool, or other stamp positioner, line them up and put the stamp right in the center off to the edge so that it overlaps both card panels. Stamp the image and then flip the two card panels and stamp on the opposite side. This way, you get 2 cards in 1 with a border cluster on each edge. It’s a great way to mass produce cards as it saves a lot of time! In her video, she added clusters on all 4 sides which you certainly can do. I chose just 2 for my cards.
For the card above, I colored the flowers using R20 (ruby red), R11 (poppy red) for the flowers, V14 (concord grape) for the center and YG2 (apple green) for the leaves. I think this card is so rich and beautiful! After I let that dry, I colored them with my Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen and under the right light, the flowers just have such a shine to them. I also took the Poppy red marker and drew a border around the panel then adhered to it white Neenah solar white 110 lb. cardstock. Added the red enamel dots last.
For these cards, I decided to go with blues. I used 3 colors: B1 (pastel blue) for the lightest color, B4 (denim) for the shadows and B9 (sapphire blue) for the center. I wanted to make the leaves a little more darker than in the birthday cards so I used two colors: BG4 (sprout) and BG8 (green).
I added some white paint sprinkles and used a white gel pen to add to it to depict snowflakes on top. The gray enamel dots were added last. Decided to adhere the design to Neenah blue cardstock for added interest.
The links to all the supplies I used are at the bottom of this post.
I did have a lot of fun coloring and I can see why I should do it more. You really can get lost in it and just exploring with what colors and shades go together. I learned a lot with just these 4 card designs. I kept a scrap piece of paper beside me to try out the different color shades before I decided on the colors I used. After making these and putting them in the Shop, I knew that not only do I need to keep practicing but I want to now because it’s just so much fun!
List of Supplies Used:
Below are links to the products I used and some of them are affiliate links meaning if you purchase through them, I’ll earn a small commission and it is no extra cost to you. Your purchasing helps support our small business and we appreciate that so much! – Kim
- Simon Says Stamp “Thankful Flowers” Stamp set – https://bit.ly/36d0Ujt
- Ranger Letter It sentiments stamp set – https://amzn.to/36bH4Fl
- MaGuo Sentiment Clear Stamps – https://amzn.to/2Q86bTX
- Darice Studio 71 Alcohol Markers – https://amzn.to/2MiQ4zG
- Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen – https://amzn.to/2F3lhnw
- Uni-ball White Gel pen – https://amzn.to/2F9cZdC
- Neenah 110 lb. Solar White Cardstock – https://amzn.to/2yxWEfs
- Neenah Pastel Assorted Cardstock – https://amzn.to/39rmOSb
- Distress (Picket Fence) Paint – https://amzn.to/2zsBEHp
- WPlus9 Autumn Splendor Red enamel dots – https://bit.ly/2ZD5vZT
- Misti Stamping Tool – https://amzn.to/2ZvDQcD
- Gina K. Designs Black Amalgam Ink – Gina K Designs – http://shrsl.com/21d38; SSS – https://bit.ly/35cLFWq
- Teflon bone folder – https://amzn.to/2VcfC8
- Martha Stewart Scoring Board (not available on Amazon) – EK Tools has a similar one – https://amzn.to/2jJeEj8
- Tim Holtz Paper Trimmer – Simon Says Stamp – https://bit.ly/2Jb0L7V
- Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat – https://amzn.to/2lawwDO
- Assorted envelopes – https://amzn.to/2ZX2IJO
- T-ruler – https://amzn.to/2yC8ncS
- Baby Wipes – https://amzn.to/2M1n5kM
- Scotch Double-sided Foam Tape – https://amzn.to/35c2r8m
- Holiday Red envelopes – https://amzn.to/2rI3VcP
- Assorted envelopes – https://amzn.to/2ZDgVNb