Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I Love These Markers

I used the current Retro Sketch to make this sweet birthday card. I used the adorable little monkey from the Reverse Confetti Monkey Business stamp. I stamped the monkey, party hat, and balloons with some Black Licorice Hybrid ink. I used my Misti, so I could quickly ink the same images with versamark ink and then gave them a quick coating of clear embossing powder. The Misti allowed for perfect placement as I re-inked my images. 

So let's talk about the coloring. OMG! I have been eyeing all the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers all summer long. I have also had numerous conversations with a handful of my crafty friends. I should have trusted my girls! They were all right. These markers are pretty awesome. If you are like me, you already have LOTS of mediums to water color with. I have never mastered any of them. In fact I don't use most of them, ever. So I really had no business buying more watercolor markers, BUT boy am I glad I did! With little effort, I was able to create some pretty cute water colored images. This monkey was the first one I did. 

A couple tips....go ahead and emboss your image first. This helps with color bleeding if you are a little heavy handed on the water, like I am. The other tip I have for you is, go to YouTube and do some video watching. Do your homework. Just search Zig Clean Color markers and you'll see lots of choices. I love Jennifer McGuire's tutorials. There are also, many stores selling these markers. I shopped around and found a fantastic price on Amazon! Gotta love Prime 2 day shipping!

Once I finished coloring my images, I used the matching Monkey Business Confetti Cuts and quickly was able to cut out the images. I like to use washi tape to hold the dies in place as I run it through my Vagabond. 

To finish off my card and following the sketch, I added in a strip of pretty scallops with the Double Edge Scallop Confetti Cut. I stamped the sentiment along the bottom right and then tied on some bakers twine. 

Here is the sketch I used. 
Stop by Retro Sketch Blog to check it out. 

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  1. Thanks for sharing about the zig markers. I am resisting them right now because I am worried I won't use my copics but I know I'd love them! Your card is so cute.

  2. I adore this little monkey. Very cute card!


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