Stamping and alcohol based markers seem to be all the rage right now in the paper crafting world. If you haven’t had the opportunity to try them out then today’s steal, American Crafts Chromatics Markers, are the perfect opportunity to get your feet wet! Not only is this a fun new steal, but we are treated to the talents of Design Team member Julie Koets. It just doesn’t get better than this!

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I had so much fun working with the Chromatix markers from American Crafts!  Having never used alcohol markers before, I was thrilled with the chance to try them out for my first design team feature.   I loved that the markers are grouped in complimentary shades to take all of the guess work out of it.  With colors that are so intense and vibrant, these markers make coloring fun again! Armed with a set of “grass” and “sapphire” colored markers and the clear blending pen, I set out to experiment and create.  My first project was this fun card featuring some cute little inked critters. 
I also used the markers to color directly on a background stamp.  Because the alcohol inks are quick drying, I worked quickly and spritzed my colored woodgrain stamp with a light mist of water before stamping directly to my paper.  The results give a great watercolor affect and a muted image.
Just in case you’re thinking these markers are only for stamping, check out this layout where I utilized the markers to color my title letters.  I started with plain white die cut letters and used the varying shades of blue markers to make customized letters in varying shades of blue.  I didn’t pay much attention to getting perfect shading, but just colored and blended randomly, resulting in a great “watery” look.
Thanks so much for checking out my projects and be sure to pick up several sets of markers for yourself.  They are great for doodling, coloring, and stamping!

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Thanks so much Julie! Your projects were as fantastic as always. I especially love the way you used the blue markers to make the “wet” letters. Perfect for the summer scrapbooking I haven’t quite finished up.

Thanks for stopping by and we’ll see you next week!