How to use alcohol markers with heat embossing…

I am blog hopping today with an amazing group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from the Crafty Collaborations group and we want to bring you the best of our Stamparatus techniques. If you have a stamping platform, read on, because this hop is definitely for you! I am going to show you how to use alcohol markers with heat embossing today, because it is something that frustrated me for a long time until I learnt how to achieve it!

The thing with alcohol markers is that they contain a solvent. I love working with the Stampin’ Blends but for a long time I got really annoyed when I tried to colour in my heat embossed images because the solvents seemed to react with something in the heat embossed powder and started to break it down, ruining my project and my markers too. There is an answer though!

Alcohol Markers with Heat Embossing

A Christmas card using alcohol markers with heat embossing

The first thing that you are going to need for my technique is a Stamparatus. This is the Stampin’ Up! stamping platform and let me tell you it is amazing for techniques like this. Take the stamp that you want to colour in and put the stamp on the Stamparatus. Don’t forget that you use the black foam mat for photopolymer stamps but you don’t need it for the rubber stamps.

A stamparatus stamping platform

Yes, yes, it is a Christmas stamp set, lol, I just really thought this would be a great set to demonstrate this technique with and hey, I have just made my first Christmas card of the year! This is the Poinsettia Petals stamp set, and co-ordinating dies, and I absolutely love it.

So, but your card right into the top right corner of the Stamparatus and stamp your image in grey ink (you can use any colour really but grey works for me) and then colour it in normally with your Stampin’ Blends. Just DO NOT REMOVE YOUR STAMPS from the Stamparatus. Leave them in place. Once you have coloured in your images, place the card back in exactly the same place and stamp again in Versamark, before heating embossing with Gold embossing powder.

My step by step image showing how to use alcohol markers with heat embossing

Use the dies or fussy cut the poinsettias out and then overlay them to create one flower. Look how good the gold embossing looks on the Cherry Cobbler – really love this look and how easy it is to achieve with the Stamparatus.

A Poinsettia coloured with alcohol markers and heat embossed in gold

To finish the card I simply cut some sprigs of gold foil, added some gold twine and some metallic pearls and a sentiment in Cherry Cobbler onto a Basic White mat and a Thich Basic White card base. Easy peasy. I really do hope that I have helped to show you how to use your alcohol markers with heat embossing

A Christmas card using alcohol markers with heat embossing

Please do hop on to see the rest of the gang’s projects, but feel free to pop back if you would like to purchase any of the products that I have used here, or if you would be interested in learning many other Alcohol Marker tips and techniques in my Stampin’ Blends course, open for bookings a little later in the year.

Until next time, Happy Stamping xx

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