Passion for Promarkers – Promarker Background

Our sponsors for this week’s Passion for Promarkers challenge are Letraset, who are giving our winner a prize of a set of five Promarkers.

I have to admit that I was a bit phased by Ida’s choice of challenge theme when I first heard what it was – you have to make your own card background with Promarkers!  After giving it some thought, I decided to experiment a little; after all, we should always be encouraged to push the envelope a little, and step out of our comfort zone, shouldn’t we? So, thank you, Ida, for your very different theme!

For my background I used the alcohol ink method of applying inks to glossy card to colour and decorate it.  Those of you who are familiar with Ranger’s alcohol inks will already know about this technique, but I will describe it for those who aren’t.

Firstly, it’s important to use glossy card, as matt card will just soak up the inks, and you won’t achieve the desired look.  I used a home-made tool consisting of an old stamp block (with the rubber stamp removed of course!), to which I attached a small piece of Velcro tape (only the ‘hook’ part).  This allows small rectangles of felt to be fastened onto the block, and to be easily removed after use. 

After attaching the felt, I scribbled on it with two or three colours of Promarkers, and added one drop of Ranger’s silver ‘mixative’ for a little glitz, then three or four drops of Ranger’s blending solution.  I then pressed the inked felt tool onto my glossy card in a random fashion, covering the whole piece with colour.

This technique will leave you with an attractive pattern, rather like the veining in natural gemstones.  As the ink dries almost instantly, you may have to re-ink your felt pad with your Promarkers and blender once again to achieve the colour that you want. 

For my background pieces I used Violet, Orchid and Bluebell on the larger, and Amethyst and Orchid on the smaller oval one. I coloured my little Hanglar and Stanglar fairy with the matching Promarkers, and also tinted my ribbon and heart-shaped gem with Promarkers (Orchid and Purple).

I hope that you will enjoy Ida’s fab challenge this week. I can’t wait to see how you all choose to interpret it!

Thank you again for taking a look at my card. Mxx

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tracy G
    Apr 13, 2010 @ 08:43:27

    Wow maria, what a fabulous technique, i wondered how you achieved that look.
    Hugs Tracy x


  2. Ida
    Apr 13, 2010 @ 08:49:56

    I’m just loving the look of your background Maria! Its so artistic 🙂

    Hugs Ida


  3. Chocoholic
    Apr 13, 2010 @ 09:00:54

    Aww, what a lovely card . . . and GREAT colour!


  4. Carole
    Apr 13, 2010 @ 13:30:49

    Wow Maria, I hadn’t realised that you could do that. Will give it a try later. Thanks for sharing this technique and your lovely card. Hugs Carole xx


  5. caryn
    Apr 13, 2010 @ 14:19:14

    Wow, I did wonder how you did it Maria!! Great card.

    Caryn xxx


  6. Marie
    Apr 13, 2010 @ 17:55:26

    Really wonderful card! Such a clever idea! Really sweet and great colour.


  7. Michele
    Apr 14, 2010 @ 07:02:30

    Oh such a gorgeous card Maria. Love the background you’ve created and the colours also. Hugs Michele x


  8. Jenny
    Apr 16, 2010 @ 11:36:17

    Wow! That is brilliant. I tried out the baby wipe technique didn’t work too well at all, but I was trying it on matte paper maybe glossy would’ve worked better with the Promarkers. Shall try again. Thanks for sharing your technique it’s definately something i’ll try, given the affect is so unusual.

    Jenny T.


  9. limewire
    Apr 30, 2010 @ 06:50:10

    lmao fun info man.


  10. Elizabeth
    May 03, 2010 @ 01:11:26

    I will add my voice in praise of a beautiful card! The colors are so vibrant and lovely. It’s just adorable. I also enjoyed the tutorial you posted. You are very talented and the recipients of these lovely artworks are most lucky.

    I enjoyed visiting you!

    gooseberry from WordPress Swap-bot swap 🙂


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