September 20, 2018

Refresh Your Alcohol Markers Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello there,

Welcome to Altenew Artist Marker Refills blog hop!

I love Altenew Artist Markers and am so happy they released the refills for them. I can get more out of the artist markers now. Artist markers are alcohol based markers, that means the refills are alcohol based inks. So I decided to treat them as alcohol inks and make gorgeous backgrounds using them. In this blog hop I have a video tutorial on how I made one of the cards I am sharing with you today. Hope you enjoy it.

If this is your first stop, then do not worry, I will list all the participants of the hop towards the end of the post. If not, you should have come from the very talented Erum Tasneem’s blog. Your next stop from here will be to the gorgeous talented Therese Calvird.

Here are my first project for the hop.

I created the beautiful background on this card using just two of the Artist Marker Refills. Below is the video on how I made this card.

This card can be used either as a portrait version like show above or landscape version like shown below.

I also used the Alcohol Lift ink to get subtle interest on the background.The subtle stamped image does not take away the beauty of alcohol ink background using Artist Marker Refills. Here are some closeups of the card.

I then created another background using Frayed Leaf, diluted Jet Black and Sea Glass artist marker refills. Using this panel I created this card below.

I trimmed the background panel and adhered it behind the negative Hang In There die cut panel so the refill background shows through the negative space of the die cut. Then with the rest of the background panel, I die cut the leaves and two layers of the Fantasy Floral die cut to make two clusters and adhered it on top and bottom of the card front. The base layer of the flowers are just white cardstock die cuts. The white helps the alcohol ink second and third layer pop more. I tossed between adding the jewels or not for this card. I cannot not add anything because the card looked a bit naked without the final touch. So I went ahead and added the jewels. Here are some of the closeups of the card.

I am in love with the backgrounds using artist marker refills. So pretty especially with the lighter colours. If you want to bright colours, then just choose the darker shades of the refills and make the background.

Hope you enjoyed my video and got inspired by my projects today for the blog hop. I have listed all the supplies used to make these cards below.

Now there is no hop without prizes. 

Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to six lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Wednesday, September 26th for a chance to win. Six winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 9/29/2018.

I am also giving away $20 gift certificate. The winner will be chosen randomly from the comments below. I will announce the winner on my blog on 26th of September 2018.

Here is the list of all the participants in this blog hop.

Altenew Card Blog

Erum Tasneem

Gayatri Murali

Therese Calvird

Kristina Pokazanieva

Laurie Willison

Rubeena Ianigro

TaeEun Yoo

Lydia Fiedler

Agnieszka Malyszek

Kelly Latevola

Altenew Scrapbook Blog

Zinia Redo

Laura Jane

Svitlana Shayevich

Emily Midgett

Kymona Tracey

Leigh Houston

Virginia Lu

Barb Engler

Enza Gudor

Norine Borys

Erica A-B

Lilith Eeckels

Michelle Short

Hop along and get inspired.

As part of the blog hop, Altenew is having a promotion on their Artist Markers.

Here are the Artist Marker Refills link:

Your next stop is to the gorgeous talented Therese Calvird.


Thank you for stopping by and Happy Hopping!


  1. Aimee LaCroix Slocum says

    I am blown away by your backgrounds and how soft they are! You transformed them into beautiful cards…thanks for the tutorial!!

  2. Wow, these cards are gorgeous, beautiful designs TFS

  3. Wow wow wow! I absolutely love the soft and feminine look you created for both cards, with the different colour schemes. Just stunning!

  4. Debbie Rumpza says

    Oh my goodness! I love these two cards. I definitely have a huge affinity towards alcohol ink backgrounds. I love love love the way you did the first one… the colors are soft and pretty and I love the way the alcohol lift ink worked with these colors! Gorgeous. And I love the dimension and colors on the 2nd card too!

  5. Laurie Schlichter says

    Just stunning! The abstract background is perfect for the alcohol lift ink of the fish. The hang in there die is perfect for how I feel sometimes!

  6. Just lovely. Flowing, organic designs!

  7. Jeanette Hebden says

    So many great techniques can be done with alcohol inks and these are just fabulous.

  8. Molle Connell says

    So unique and creative. Can’t wait to come back and watch the video.

  9. Beautiful! So many ideas swimming in my head!

  10. Lovely cards, so soft and feminine! Very creative!

  11. Wow, stunning cards! Absolutely gorgeous backgrounds and you’ve showcased them so beautifully in your card designs.

  12. Such a beautiful technique. I need to get some Yupo paper for this one. Gorgeous cards.

  13. WOW! That alcohol ink background is gorgeous! I love the soft colors even though you used black! Thanks for the great inspiration!

  14. Both of these awesome jewels are wonderful! I love both stunning backgrounds & will be playing with this technique soon. Thanks for the great inspiration?

  15. Awesome technique with the inks

  16. Beautiful cards!! Very creative!

  17. Beautiful cards!! I like the second one a lot 🙂

  18. Your cards are so beautiful Gayatri ! Loved the BG on first card a lot !

  19. Beverly Jordan says

    Am your newest follower on Youtube and loved the video tutorial!! Beautiful frosty pink with the “grey” colors! Very helpful tips!

  20. Wow both cards are gorgeous and unique. I love that first one!

  21. Awesome background and I like that the first card can be landscape or portrait. I like how you used a background to create the flowers and leaves on the second card.

  22. Beautiful cards! Love the design and colors.
    Thanks for sharing…

  23. Mary Ellen Parks says

    Your cards are amazing! I never thought of using the marker refills in the same way I have used alcohol inks. Your choice if colors is beautiful. I especially like pink and grey together. Also I have to try using negative space in my cards. Thank you for sharing!

  24. Denise Kitts-Wadlow says

    Wow!!! Both cards are beautiful, and while I normally gravitate to blues, I have to say that the gray and frosted pink, which appears as a soft peach, are just stunning!!! Thank you and have a blessed day.

  25. Two very pretty cards. Thanks for the video showing the first one. I love the way you used the refills. I probably wouldn’t have thought to use them for anything besides filling the markers!

  26. Mugdha Gujarathi says

    Both the cards are stunners..fabulous..and the tutorial is so informative for beginners like us thanks for sharing!!

  27. Love your cards Gayatri, my fave is the sideways sentiment, totally fab and funky!


    I love these! Such pretty backgrounds. Beautiful designs, too.

  29. Charlotte Deerborn says

    Love the cards’ backgrounds. They helped to make two pretty cards.

  30. Thanks for sharing. It’s gorgeous

  31. Gorgeous backgrounds Gayatri! Love all your cards, but the color combo and big die cut on the 3rd card just made my crafty heart skip a bit! Thanks for the inspiration!

  32. Both cards are beautiful. I love those color markers!

  33. Debbie Meyer says

    I don’t know why I am so afraid to try tha alcohol markers… I think your backgrounds are so sweet they just might have given me the courage to try them!!

  34. beautiful cards, Gayatri – and so pleased these markers are available as mine are getting pretty dry.

  35. Both cards are gorgeous Gayatri – love that background on the “thanks” card – great color choices.

  36. Nana Griffin says

    Nice job.

  37. Meghan Kennihan says

    Simply stunning!! I love the 3-D effect of your cards! The diecut technique is so cool!

  38. BrendaLea Abbott says

    OMG! I am in love with the way you c elated both backgrounds with the ink refills.mi have got to get some of these a give it a try. And it was brilliant the way you used the alcohol like ft ink! Both cards are fabulous!!!

  39. Lauryne Cunningham says

    What beautiful cards, very unique backgrounds!

  40. Mindy Drummond says

    Your cards are awesome, love the colors you used. I am so excited about the new Artist Marker Refills, I can’t wait to get a few and start making some backgrounds and die cuts! Thanks for the inspiration today.

  41. Shona Chambers says

    OMG this are so beautiful! I love the colour combo of the first one and the second card with the colour on the die-cut flowers is simply amazing!!

  42. Your pink and grey background is so pretty! It’s like a fine marble. So interesting to see how you created grey from the black ink…I learned a lot from watching your process. I absolutely love the colors in your second card as well! Beautiful! These new refills are going to be so useful!

  43. Stunning Gayatri. Love the grey and pink together like this.

  44. Wow!! That grey and pink background was amazing!!! It looks so real!! You did an awesome job on that card, I love it!!

  45. Lisa Ainscough says

    Love your cars, so very elegant.

  46. Beautiful color choices. Th e gray marbeling is so unique. I also love the reverse cutout.

  47. these cards are so gorgeous! Love both of them. Your video was very nicely done, also.

  48. Michele K. Henderson says

    I love both of these beautiful cards, Gayatri! The blend of colors is really pretty, and I especially like how you used the die cut flowers and leaves along with the alcohol refills. It all looks brilliant!

  49. The cards are gorgeous. I particularly love the backgrounds how soft they are. Thanks for participating.

  50. Dee Earnshaw says

    wow thanks for sharing theses awesome cards!!

  51. Cecilia Lewis says

    I LOVE the ink resist technique. The color choice is beautiful.

  52. I watched your video, and you have so much talent applying and moving around the ink from the refill.

  53. Carla Hundley says

    These are fabulous
    cards! Love the inking
    especially the second
    card background.
    Carla from Utah

  54. I love how you used the ink refills! Such an elegant look!

  55. Rema DeLeeuw says

    Beautiful cards!

  56. Your two cards are fantastic ! I specially love the colors of the second card (blue is my color). Thank you for the inspiration.

  57. Gorgeous cards! Love the marbled look of the background; very elegant. Thanks for sharing.

  58. Brenda Kuder says

    I love your cards. Both are very beautiful!

  59. Maryam crafter says

    Love your cards . They are both amazing .

  60. Oh Gayatri, I simply adore your cards! I just placed an order which includes the Fantasy Floral dies and am so happy to see your post! Thanks for sharing all the details and the video. I can’t wait to try this!

  61. Linnea Sundstrom says

    just amazed that these are the result of two and three colors, beauties!

  62. Those backgrounds (and cards) are stunning! Love the look of the negative die cutting. Great inspiration!

  63. Kelsey Thomas says

    These look really cool! I love the background on the first one. 🙂

  64. Stunning use of the colors!

  65. Bonnie Johnson says

    Those backgrounds are amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  66. Louise Schubert says

    Really beautiful cards! So inspiring to a beginner with alcohol inks.

  67. Margarita Navarro-Rivera says

    That background on your first card is out of this world!

  68. Simply gorgeous love these cards and colors lovely

  69. The alcohol background is stunning!

  70. Caroline Menes says

    These cards are gorgeous! So glad I jumped onto this hop so I could discover you.

  71. These are so pretty, and that’s not a word I use often with alcohol inks. Vibrant, beautiful, yes, but not pretty. But you managed to make them so soft that I can’t help but use the word pretty. I’m surprised by how much I like the grey in the backgrounds; maybe that’s what has helped soften out the colors. I love what you’ve done with these cards. Thank you so much for sharing!

  72. Sharon Dolan says

    Wow, I absolutely loved the first card. Thank you for the video on how to make it!

  73. Beautiful cards. Love the alcohol lift you did on first card and colors. Very nice!

  74. Rose Mary Smalley says

    Thank you for sharing your two beautiful cards…and thank you also for having such an informative video….it always so helpful….those gloves where just so big on you…..LOL….Hope to see more of your work soon….hugs

  75. Mary Holshouser says

    Love the marbling on the first card.
    Big, bold strokes of color.
    Great cards. thanks for sharing

  76. Niki Stashuk says

    I don’t think I would have thought to use that color combination. I will have to keep it in mind. Beautiful card.
    P.S. The ‘share’ list to the right of the screen covers up a small part of your content.

  77. Andrea Hastilow says

    Fantastic, the marble look on the first card is stunning so much depth & texture WOW & those colours are amazing together. Your other card is equally stunning using it for the diects, such a great effect. Thanks for a great video with so much helpful information, do they do smaller gloves ?

  78. Carmela Hubler says

    These are gorgeous cards! I love the effect of your first card. The Hang in There card is so pretty. I love those rose die cuts. So intricate. Great job on the coloring.

  79. Yasmine Omar says

    Wow! Stunning cards!

  80. I love both your cards! Thank you for the tutorial, it was very helpful to see how you made that beautiful background.

  81. Cheryl Rigney says

    Lovely cards with beautiful backgrounds!!

  82. Wow! the first card is simply stunning! Love the second one too. The new marker refills are really great. They are so versatile!

  83. WOW! I love the soft muted color palettes! Amazing cards 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

  84. These are sooo gorgeous! Love!

  85. Rose Mary Smalley says

    Hi…..I have been searching…and cannot find where you posted the winner to the Altenew Refresh Your Markers Release Blog Hop. I have looked and looked…..Can you please repost it if you have already posted? Thanks so much…..I love your work….thanks again…have a great day.

    • I’ve searched, too, and can’t find the blog hop winner either! The cards are beautiful, and I just bought the die used in the blog hop. Can’t wait to use it!

    • Same here. It says the winner will be posted Sep 26th.

  86. Really great cards and I like your combination of colors for both. Whoever won on this hop, congrats!

  87. Hello Gayatri.. Eager to know if the winner of your giveaway was announced.. Fingers crossed 🙂

  88. Peg Peg Palmer says

    I’ve been afraid to use my heat tool on yupo paper. Your tutorial makes me want to try again.

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