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

Passion for Promarkers week 14

Our challenge sponsors at Passion for Promarkers this week are the wonderful folk at Letraset, who, as you know, produce the fabulous Promarkers.  They are offering a prize of a set of five pens to the lucky winner.


This week’s colours were chosen by the lovely Sue, and she has given you a choice of four: Lavender, Lilac, Amethyst and Aubergine, and you must use at least two of these colours on your card.  As these are also some of my favourite shades, I’m using all four!

The image is by Hanglar and Stanglar, and is coloured with Promarkers, of course! The background paper is by Paperpizzaz, and the floral one was a magazine freebie.  The purple card is Bazzill Bling, and I cut the mat with a Nestabilities label set.  The scalloped punches and sentiment are by Stampin’ Up, and the hydrangea flowers are by Prima. Please scroll down to see my colouring recipe.

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Promarker colouring recipe: 

Skin:  Ivory, Blush, Pastel Pink.

Costume and wings:  Lavender, Amethyst, Lilac, Aubergine, with a touch of crystal glitter on the entire wing.

Shoes:  Amethyst, Aubergine, Black.

Flowers and Leaves:  Aubergine, Amethyst, Lilac, Lime, Marsh Green, with crystal glitter on the edges of the flowers.

Bowl:  Lavender, Lilac.

Passion for Promarkers – Ruby and Gold

The Passion for Promarkers challenge colours this week are Ruby and Gold, and the added twist is to add gems to your card. This gorgeous combination reminds me of shades of autumn, so I made an appropriate card. The image is by Hanglar & Stanglar, and I used papers by Stampin’ Up and Crafts-Too. The embossing on the red card was done with a Cuttlebug folder, and the scalloped frame is cut with Nestabilities.  The lovely scallop border is made with a Martha Stewart punch, and the gems are from my stash.  Scroll down to see the Promarker colouring recipe under the card.

Our sponsors this week are Emerald Crafts, who are offering a £10 voucher to the winner of this challenge, so why not have a go?  Remember that you must use Promarkers in the colours stated, and add that week’s extra element to your card, to qualify for the prize.

Emerald Crafts

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Recipe for colouring:

Skin:  Ivory, Blush, Pastel Pink.

Coat and Hat:  Pastel Yellow, Gold.

Scarf and Dress:  Poppy, Ruby.

Tights:  Sky Blue, Agean.

Boots:  Spice, Cinnamon.

Here Comes Summer!

The theme at Tilda and Friends this week is ‘Summer Fun’, and on my ATC I’ve chosen to use a sweet Hanglar & Stanglar image of a girl enjoying a picnic.  I used my Promarkers to colour her, and the backing card has been embossed with a Cuttlebug folder, then gently sanded to show off the pattern a little more. I edged the card with a dark pink ink pad to define it a little. The daisy brads are from my stash, and the text was made on the computer. Do take a moment to visit the challenge blog and the other DT members, who have some gorgeous creations to show you. The links are on my sidebar.  Thanks for looking, and for your comments, which I very much appreciate.

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Passion for Promarkers – Apple and Pastel Pink

Firstly, a big thank you to everyone who took the time to enter our first challenge last week.  We were overwhelmed by the fantastic response, and we enjoyed looking at all your cards.

Welcome to the second challenge at Passion for Promarkers, which is to use the colours Apple Green and Pastel Pink on your card.  The lovely Hanglar & Stanglar image was one that was given to me, and I coloured her in the required colours with my Promarkers.  I edged the oval, which I cut out with my Nesties, with a Versamark ink pad in Sage, and stamped small leaves (Art Impressions) all around with Tea Green and Olive inks.  I used papers from the Porcelain range by Basic Grey, and the pale green cardstock is by Bazzill. The flowers are by Prima, the sentiment stamp is by Stampin’ Up, and brads and ribbon are from my stash.

This week there is a fabulous prize of a Whiff of Joy stamp – Shy Willow – kindly donated by Denise, so why not join us for another fun challenge?!  We look forward to seeing your cards!

Promarkers colours used:

Face/Hair:  Ivory, Blush, Pastel Pink, Sandstone, Cocoa

Clothes/Hat:  Apple, Pastel Pink

Shoes/Socks:  Pastel Pink, Satin, Sandstone 

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That’s Torn It!

This week’s theme at Tilda and Friends is to add something torn to your ATC.  I’ve used a cute Hanglar & Stanglar image on mine, and he is coloured with Ranger Distress Inks for a change.  The papers are scraps left over from other projects, and the brads are from HOTP.  I hope you’ll come and join our challenge this week.  There are some fab examples by the other DT members to inspire you over on the Tilda and Friends blog.


All Hearts

The new challenge theme at Tilda and Friends is ‘Hearts’, and what could be more appropriate this week?   I made my ATC with a sweet Hanglar & Stanglar image that was kindly sent to me.  I decided to go all out for pink, and coloured the image with Promarkers, with some fine glitter to accent the heart in the centre, and the wings.  The backing paper is by Papermania,  the sentiment was cut out from a magazine, and the brads are from my stash.


Happy Valentine’s Day for Saturday everyone!  I hope that you’ll have time to come and see the other lovely ATCs that the Design Team have created, and  join in the challenge with your hearty creations.

Happy New Beginnings

A Happy New Year to you all!  This is the start of a new year of challenges at Tilda and Friends, and from now on you may use any cute image, stamp or download, on your ATC.  We thought this would enable more of you to join in the fun with us.  The challenge this week is to use some of your newly acquired craft stash on your ATC.  I’m sure that some of you will have been lucky enough to receive lots of crafting goodies from Santa, so now is the time to put it all into creative use!

Unfortunately, the Hanglar & Stanglar image that I used isn’t part of my new stash, but an image kindly given to me by a friend.  The DP is new, though, from the Basic Grey ‘Offbeat’ 6″x6″ pad, and I punched it out with a lovely new Martha Stewart border punch, given to me for my birthday a little before Christmas.  Many of us use the  New Year to make new resolutions.  One of mine this year is to adopt a healthier lifestyle, with more exercise, and lots more fruit and veg in my diet, which was actually the thought behind my ATC this time.


How about making it one of your resolutions this year to join us in our challenges at Tilda and Friends?  We look forward to seeing you!

Trick or Treat!

Here is another Halloween challenge theme, this time from Tilda and Friends.  I would like to thank Nikki and Fran for coming to my rescue when I was in need of some ‘spooky’ images for this theme; thanks girls, you’re the best! The image I used is the very cute Hanglar & Stanglar witch, and she is coloured with Promarkers. The starry background paper is from my stash, but I’m afraid that I don’t remember the make. As the image almost fills the space on the ATC, all I needed to add was a punched-out circle to represent the moon. I drew the tiny bat on it to make it a little more spooky, and for the finishing touch I added the two little silver star brads to the ATC.

Friends are Forever

This week at Tilda and Friends we have decided that from now on the category of ‘Friends’ should include all cute characters and critters from other companies, as well as from Magnolia.  I decided to use this very cute little miss from the Hanglar & Stanglar range of stamps, which will shortly be available to purchase from Funky Kits in the UK.  I used an HOTP paper for the background, with the ‘Friends Are Forever’ sentiment stamp, from Elzybells, stamped on pink card edged with faux stitching.  I coloured the girl with Promarkers, and added a small Prima flower to accent.

Come along, bring all your friends,  and join us in this week’s challenge.  There is a wonderful prize, kindly donated by Andrea, on offer for the winner.

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