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Alcohol Marker Ink Smooshing

Today we’ll be ink smooshing with alcohol markers, specifically Altenew Artist Markers. This is an easy & loose technique that results in a beautiful backdrop for your project.

Start by scribbling an alcohol marker on a craft sheet and spritzing with alcohol or pouncing and alcohol pad on the ink. Quickly place your card front down in the ink and press.

Dab the ink with alcohol again and repeat for a lighter addition of color. Add as many layers and colors as desired.

Scribble a black alcohol marker onto a stamp block or mat, add some alcohol, dip in a brush and splatter some ink over the background. The droplets are graphite color in this case as a result of the ink being diluted by additional alcohol.

The florals in this set are from Altenew Golden Garden Stamp & Die Bundle. The outline images were stamped with Pure Graphite and the layer with Limestone Mini Ink Cubes. 

I added extra details to the stamped flowers with the Altenew Cool Summer Nights Artist Markers. I practiced with the flower in the middle & you can see it’s less sharp and has less contrast. As I became more comfortable I started adding more structure to the loose images.

Alcohol Marker Ink Smooshing with Altenew Golden Garden

I die cut 5 hello sentiments with Altenew Envelope Liner Die Set. I stacked the bottom 4 layers and clear heat embossed them. I then glued a plain cardstock hello on top offsetting it so that the clear heat embossed layer would create a drop shadow.

I backed the panel with medium gray cardstock, added 3 clear sequins, & called it done.


Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope your inspired to do some alcohol marker ink smooshing on your next card. Breathe · Ink · Inspire 

Altenew Educator Level 1 Participant

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  1. Your creative process was so fun to watch! I love the coloring details that you share! I am so glad that you enter your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Awesome details and design! Super work!